Goa & Kovalam Holidays
With one of the world's longest coastlines the tropical beaches in the Indian states of Goa and Kerala offer golden sands, gently swaying palms and the seductively warm waters of the Arabian sea. Whether you yearn for solitude and sunbathing or a livelier resort with fun around the clock, some time spent on these shores is the perfect end to your escorted tour through India.
India's premier beach destination has a distinctly European flavour along with a delightfully laid back vibe and relaxed pace of life which is a legacy from the 1960s when Goa was a hippie hotspot. This glorious region of India has over 65 miles of coastline peppered with beautiful beaches which look out over the Arabian Sea providing a veritable paradise for sunseekers.
The resort towns of North Goa are a hive of activity with broad sandy beaches, watersports galore, vibrant roadside markets and a lively nightlife. The eipicentre of the north is Calangute, which has a huge sweep of sands along with a fast pace and plenty of things to do. In South Goa, and particularly around Mobor Beach, the tempo is slower and home to more luxurious hotels that border spotless white sands and lead to an interior of coconut groves, jungle and sleepy villages.
If you can drag yourself away from the beach, Goa's inland attractions include ancient temples set among deep gorges and thick forest, Portuguese churches, spice plantations, waterfalls and authentic local markets for those in need of a spot of retail therapy.
The sun-drenched state of Kerala has a picture-perfect coastline that stretches for over 370 miles, dotted with historic colonial towns and lush forests. Kovalam, once a small fishing village, is Kerala's most famous beach town and is renowned for its three crescent shaped beaches of golden sands – Lighthouse, Hawa and Samudra – that are lapped by shallow waters and separated by rocky hills. Lighthouse Beach is the largest and most popular of the three and has a promenade lined with open-air restaurants bars and shops; Hawa is often busy with day-trippers, while Samudra is less crowded and has several upmarket resorts and restaurants along with a peaceful, but steep beach and is a great place for watching the local fishermen at work.
Away from the magnificent sands Kovalam is known for its traditional Ayurvedic massages so don't miss the opportunity to indulge in the wide array of rejuvenating treatments.
- Miles of palm-lined beaches
- Array of resorts and hotels
- Lively resort towns
- Sleepy fishing villages
- Relaxed vibe