Goa, Kerala + The South

Goa, Kerala + The South Travel Guide

Goa is a traveler's delight with miles of relaxing beaches, catholic cathedral and Hindu temples and a wild interior of jungle to explore. Whether you want to lie on the beach, uncover the region’s unique history or wander the bazaars and markets there are so many things to do in Goa.

A trip to old Goa is a must for history buffs and culture seekers. The Basilica of Bom Jesus, St Catherine’s Cathedral and Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception are the relics remain for the region’s 500-year Portuguese occupancy. Visit the Manguesh Temple in Ponda, the nearby Naguesh temple and Mahalsa temple to witness the Hindu culture of the region.

Wondering what to do in Goa for the modern explorer? A trek through the jungles to Dudhsagar Waterfalls where the water cascades 2,000 feet down a sheer rock face is sure to delight. Visiting the Sahakari Spice plantation in Ponda is a day well spent. Here you can learn about the spices, sample a traditional Gaon lunch and watch some folk dancing. For animal lovers visiting the wildlife sanctuary in Cotigao is a must.

One of the best things to do in Goa when looking to relax is visit one of the region’s beaches. From Ashvem beach to Mandrem Beach to Morjim Beach (known for its seas turtles), there are is vast array of sandy enclaves to choose from. With so many tempting sights travelers will never be left wondering what to do in Goa.

A British colonial church built in 1821, modeled on London's Church of St.-Martin's-in-the-Fields

If you want to check out the Goa music scene, this dusty, open-air disco is a reliable spot.

Stay in one of 75 traditional wooden bungalows along a white-sand beach. Ayurvedic therapy is integral to the essence of the place, with packages offering everything from Ashtanga yoga to anti- aging clinical treatments.

Check out the innumerable starfish that wash up on this 550-yard beach.

Traditional clothing and linens in block-printed cottons.

Take a short walk through the temple city's seven concentric perimeter walls, each traditionally inhabited by a separate caste, and come away with a blur of mostly superficial impressions of the "hall of 1,000 pillars" (there are actually 953). Seemingly

The posh dance club of the moment for Indian urbanites.

The market is a riot of jewelry, spices, wandering cows, Gujarati tribeswomen, and, yes, tourists—because the shopping was so good.

Open Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to sundown, from October to April.

The temple, built in 1998, features high-tech robots of Krishna and Arjuna, and the temple's patron.

Filigreed Indian gold and gemstones at great prices. No haggling required.

In India’s “garden city” (now known as Bengaluru), holistic health center Soukya is spread out over a 30-acre organic farm with orchards and herb gardens, butterfly sanctuaries, walking trails, and a “reflexology track.” Certified doctors and therapists tackle everything from skin problems to chr