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Goa


Goa, which was once an Old Portuguese Colony till 1961 is located south of Bombay (Mumbai) in India's Resort area of the country. This state is the smallest in India and it has miles and miles of white sand beaches. Goa has everything from the budget travelers to the celebrities coming here. You really aren't experiencing the real India when you come here, but it is definitely worth checking it out.

When the Portuguese left in 1960s, Goa became a new hippie destination and it still holds that reputation today with over 1.4 million visitors coming here annually. The one thing Goa is known for is their weekly market, which takes place in Anjuna Beach and it’s definitely worth a look. Here you can buy anything here from handicrafts to clothing.

Accommodation
in the region includes the luxury resort of Aguada, the Taj holiday village and the Aguada hermitage. There are also good, simple hotels and cottages for rent in villages along the coastline, notably Calangute, Baga and the more developed Colva, which has the most of the high end luxurious hotels. If you are looking for more hippy style accommodation go to Arambol, which is in the far north of the state, as this is your budget area, which attracts a lot of hippies and backpackers.

If you are thinking of coming here for the nightlife, because you have heard stories of wild parties, I’ll stop you there. Those crazy raves they used to have in the 90s have all but disappeared because of government crack downs and those wanting to make it more family orientated. You can still find parties happening in the backpacker areas, but don’t come thinking its one big party because it just isn’t anymore. For more information on Goa please go to http://wikitravel.org/en/Goa


 

 

Kerala


Kerala is located in the Southwestern tip of India and is one of India’s most popular tourist destinations. With over 600km of picture-perfect coastline and amazing beaches, it’s no wonder it has been referred to as ‘God’s Own Country’ and selected by the National Geographic Traveller as one of the 50 destinations of a lifetime and one of the thirteen paradises in the world.

In the 1960s like Goa, Kerala attracted thousands of backpackers and hippies looking for that place in the sun. Today, hippies and backpackers still come, but know you will see package holiday makers and families as well trying to see what all the fuse it about.

The most popular beach is Kovalam Beach, which have thousands of sun seekers on it every day. It’s not just the beach that brings visitors here it’s also the activities off the beach as well. If you come inland you can do jungle treks and elephant safaris, as well as check out the breathe taking Western Ghats Mountain Range, which back in the day provided a natural defense from inland invaders. 

If you are looking for nightlife here, there are many great clubs ad pubs, but like Goa the old all-night raves are all but gone. Today, you will find most of the best bars and clubs in the western hotel bars or along the beach. For more information on Kerala go to http://www.keralatourism.org/

 

 



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