India and Sri Lanka Beach Holiday Ideas

From upscale beach huts on Goa’s exclusive hidden coves to the temple-adorned sands of Tamil Nadu – not forgetting Sri Lanka’s exquisite southern coast – discover beach holiday ideas for India and elsewhere in South Asia. Each is crafted by destination experts from a trusted local travel company.

Highlights

  • Watching dolphins frolic close to the shore in South Goa
  • Admiring the views from Kovalam’s iconic lighthouse
  • Discovering a near-deserted slice of paradise in Tangalla
  • Swimming in a pristine natural lagoon near Agonda
  • Visiting the beachside Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram

South India Coast to Coast

  • When to go: October – April
  • Duration: 10 nights

Sample what Rick Stein believes is the “perfect curry” on the Coromandel Coast, discover the world’s finest Dravidian temples in Tamil Nadu and sip tea surrounded by the glorious Western Ghats. Not forgetting, of course, exploring Kerala’s blissful backwaters on a private houseboat, or watching the sunset over Fort Cochin’s Chinese fishing nets. To experience South India is to travel from its eastern to western coasts on this most enchanting of journeys.

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Sri Lankan Family Adventure

  • When to go: November – April
  • Duration: 13 nights

From exploring tropical jungle on the back of an elephant to roaming ancient forts beside the Indian Ocean’s turquoise waters, nowhere can capture kids’ imaginations quite like Sri Lanka. Taking in its coastal and inland highlights, this magical two-week holiday – which features relatively short journeys, exciting excursions and child-friendly hotels, plus plenty of downtime – is designed specifically for families with an appetite for adventure.

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Classic Kerala

  • When to go: October – April
  • Duration: 8 nights

Stretching from a palm-fringed Malabar Coast in the west to the verdant peaks of the Western Ghats in the east, Kerala is a state that richly rewards those who explore it. Beginning in historic Fort Cochin – which blends Portuguese, Dutch and British influences – this classic route takes in Munnar’s lush tea estates, Kumarakom’s enchanting backwaters and some of South India’s finest beaches.

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Guesthouse Explorer

  • When to go: November – April
  • Duration: 14 nights

Nothing gets you as close to the ‘real’ Sri Lanka as staying in the island nation’s gorgeous guesthouses and heavenly homestays. Do just that on this two-week journey across its central and southern regions, where you’ll climb to the summit of ancient rock fortresses, marvel at centuries-old Buddhist frescoes and spend at least two days lazing on an impossibly pretty palm-fringed beach. There’s even time to travel on what’s regarded as one of the world’s finest train journeys.

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Secret Goa

  • When to go: October – March
  • Duration: 7 nights

Beautiful beaches, warm waters and lush landscapes – minus the crowds. Get off the beaten track and discover not only Goa’s best-kept secrets, but the ‘real’ face of this former Portuguese colony. Starting in the sublime south and ending in the nearby north, this week-long holiday combines the state’s coast and backwaters with the finest hand-picked boutique accommodations.

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Sri Lanka’s Ayurveda Trail

  • When to go: November – April
  • Duration: 21 nights

Discover the time-honoured secrets of Ayurvedic healing on this relaxed three-week journey through Sri Lanka. Combining the island nation’s cultural heritage with a fortnight-long wellness retreat on the sublime south-west coast, this is a unique opportunity to discover ruined kingdoms and ancient healing techniques, palm-fringed sands and glorious Buddhist temples. After completing a tailor-made treatment programme – one that encompasses relaxation, rejuvenation and detoxification – you’ll leave feeling totally refreshed; the balance between mind and body restored.

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Exclusive Secret Goa

  • When to go: October – March
  • Duration: 10 nights

Discover Goa’s blissful beaches from two secluded seaside retreats. This exclusive take on our Secret Goa holiday allows you to experience a slice of tropical paradise otherwise hidden from view, in the most authentic way possible. Beginning in the north – at a location separated from the mainland by a salt water creek – this unique trip ends in the south at what is, quite possibly, the prettiest beach in India..

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East Coast Explorer

  • When to go: May – October
  • Duration: 13 nights

Largely untouched by mass tourism, Sri Lanka’s east coast is defined by near-deserted golden sands, pretty fishing villages and fascinating cultural relics. After briefly exploring Sri Lanka’s gloriously green interior, this fortnight-long trip takes in laid-back Arugam Bay – a favourite of local surfers – and peaceful Pasikudah, which boasts one of the world’s longest stretches of shallow coastline. Before heading back west, there’s enough time to climb the iconic rock fortress of Sigiriya.

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Wellness South India: Goan Yoga Retreat

  • When to go: November – April
  • Duration: 7 nights

Sandwiched between the palm-fringed shores of the Arabian Sea and the peaceful waters of the Mandrem River, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect location for a spiritually minded wellness retreat. This week-long escape to a relatively undiscovered, completely relaxed corner of Goa will introduce you not only to elemental yoga therapy, but to ancient practices like meditation and chanting – all set in a serene tropical environment tailor-made to relaxation and rejuvenation.

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