Xic Xelvona village in South Goa, India
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India’s capital of coastal cool
A kaleidoscopic blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures, sweetened with sun, sea, sand, seafood, susegad, and spirituality, Goa is India's capital of coastal cool. Goa’s biggest draw is undoubtedly its virtually uninterrupted string of golden-sand beaches. East meets West in this sun-soaked state. The beaches have long served as a magnet for serene hedonists. To the north, the tourist-centric scene is prevalent, with an international flair that is now skewing more hip than hippie. Travel south for stretches of unspoiled sand and an escape from large resorts. Temples, mosques, and wildlife sanctuaries provide diversions from the beach.
Overall, it's a great weekend getaway if the COVID-19 protocols allow you to travel. Make sure to bring some sunscreen lotion and your favourite beach gears when visiting this beautiful place.