1. Discovering Goa’s prettiest off-the-beaten-track beach
  2. Watching out for dolphins from a boat or the shore
  3. Tasting some of India’s best seafood curries
  4. Swimming in an impeccable natural lagoon
  5. Exploring the traditional riverside villages of North Goa

Day 1: Arrive in South Goa

Welcome to Goa, India’s smallest and arguably most idyllic state. Head south from the airport to what’s almost certainly its prettiest beach – your own slice of near-deserted paradise. Overnight at Dwarka Eco Beach Resort.

Day 2: South Goa

Your first blissful day is kept entirely at leisure. Relax and unwind by sunbathing, strolling along the beach or taking a dip in the pristine waters of the Arabian Sea. Overnight at Dwarka Eco Beach Resort.

Day 3: South Goa

Spend the day at leisure or head out on a dolphin-spotting excursion, a visit to a nearby spice farm or a trip to a local temple. The more adventurous, meanwhile, can opt for a kayaking adventure. Overnight at Dwarka Eco Beach Resort.

Day 4: South Goa

Again, today is entirely up to you – if you fancy heading out, perhaps a day trip to the beach fort of Cabo de Rama, followed by the nearby resort town of Palolem, is in order. Overnight at Dwarka Eco Beach Resort.

Day 5: South Goa

Make the most of your final full day in South Goa by relaxing on the beach or the natural lagoon that sits behind it. End the day by watching the legendary Goan sunset, looking out for dolphins. Overnight at Dwarka Eco Beach Resort.

Day 6: South Goa to North Goa

Bid farewell to the beach and travel north to your next destination. En route you’ll explore Old Goa – once among Asia’s most powerful cities – and the Portuguese-inspired state capital, Panaji. Overnight at Casa Colvale.

Day 7: North Goa

Surrounded by sleepy villages, whitewashed churches and lush jungle, your next (riverside) destination is a taste of the ‘real’ Goa. If you wish, take a boat out on Chapora River. Overnight at Casa Colvale.

Day 8: North Goa

Before heading to the airport, consider a relaxing massage, a morning yoga session or a swim in one of your accommodation’s two swimming pools. Image: Dominik Hundhammer/Wikimedia Commons

Activities to consider

  • Dolphin-spotting boat rides
  • Fishing trips
  • Island-hopping excursions
  • Kayaking
  • Jungle trekking
  • Bird watching
  • Visiting a nearby spice farm
  • Visiting a local temple
  • Yoga classes
  • Boat trips on Chapora River
  • Evening champagne cruise on Chapora River

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