Top 6 hotels in Goa, from the finest in luxury to old world charm

A riot of colour. A gentle pace of life. Palm trees, tumbling bourgainvillea and white sandy beaches that stretch for miles. Temples and churches. Jungles to explore. And not forgetting some of the most delicious food I’ve ever tasted. Goa is a perfect holiday destination for me. Having spent a wonderful week here visiting hotels with The Goa Experience here’s my pick of my favourite 5 places to stay in this magical corner of India.

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Unwind on a houseboat on the Chapora River, Goa

Kicking off my sandals I lie back on the cushions, take a sip of a cool Kingfisher beer and watch the palm trees drifting by. It’s the second to last night of a fabulous week in Goa and we’re spending it on a Kerala style rice boat on the Chapora River in northern...

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Through the jungle to the Dudhsagar Falls, Goa

The rocks around the pool's edge are slippery. I sit down, slide into the cool water and swim over to the waterfall. At the height of its rage, the torrent races down the mountainside in an overpowering, deluge. Despite it now being the end of Goa's dry season when...

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Exploring Southern Goa – First stop, Zeebop!

Winding our way through the narrow lanes of southern Goa, flanked by coconut palms and dotted with brightly painted houses, I can't believe I'm finally back in India. But this isn't the India I remember. It bares no resemblance to chaotic, charismatic Rajasthan....

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Goa, an unexpected journey

It is ten years since I last visited India and I have dearly longed to go back ever since. Earlier this month I was over joyed to receive an unexpected invitation to visit Goa. It didn’t disappoint…

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A mini guide to Indian street food

Indian is one my favourite types of cuisine but, during the couple of times I visited, I didn’t get many opportunities to try the wonderful variety of Indian street food available throughout the country. Next time I visit India I plan to put that right and, to point...

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Me, the Raj of Thanjavur and a bowl of soup

In one of my posts last year I told you about the wildlife in The Gambia and how I once found myself stroking a crocodile. That led me to thinking about other foolish things I've done while traveling so here is the tale of another misadventure. Dinner with the Raj One...

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Interview: Memories of India

I was happy to oblige when Shalu, from ShaluSharma.com, a colourful blog all about India, asked me to take part in a series of interviews with travellers to India. It brought back many happy memories which I'd like to share with you. Shalu: When did you visit India...

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The beautiful costume of a Kathakali dancer

This week's travel snap is of a Kathakali dancer in Kochi (formerly Cochin) Kerala. We were lucky enough to catch a performance of this classical indian dance/drama in our hotel on our last night in India after the most amazing few weeks exploring Tamil Nadu...

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Photo Roulette Round 39: Local Character

Last Sunday I woke up to glorious sunshine, made a cup of coffee and, as is my habit I'm afraid, checked my emails. I was delighted to see a post by Nomadbiba saying that I'd won the last round of Travel Photo Roulette (Sunshine) with this image taken just after...

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Dastkar

This week’s travel snap is an old photograph (taken on print film) at Dastkar, a women’s collective just outside the Ranthambore National Park in India. These wonderful ladies were busy making the most delightful clothes, tablecloths, napkins and wall hangings. I was...

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An invitation to dinner, deep in the Indian jungle

In 2005 I visited India for the second time, not long after the horrendous Boxing Day Tsunami. I was travelling with a small group led by an amazing friend of mine, Annie. She is addicted to India and has a knack of finding the loveliest, sometimes quirkiest hotels...

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Jain temple at Ranakpur

Over 1444 marble pillars, carved in exquisite detail, support this beautiful 15th century Jain temple at Ranakpur, Rajasthan, India (50 miles north of Udaipur). It is said that it is impossible to count the pillars and that no two pillars are the same. I hope this...

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