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The former Portuguese-ruled state is an attractive destination for a variety of reasons: balmy beaches, unique East-meetsWest cuisine and pristine natural surroundings—and that’s just the beginning.
The Upper House is a restaurant that specialises in traditional Goan cuisine, which has both Indian and Portuguese influences. Be sure to try the cafreal (chicken in masala sauce) and the balchão (a spicy tomato and chilli sauce with rice). theupperhousegoa.com
Alila Diwa Goa is a resort located on the stunning Gonsua Beach in Majorda, surrounded by lush rice plantations. The 153room property features elegant contemporary design, that incorporates traditional Goan elements. The resort’s new Alila Experience takes guests on a train to Chandor, the ancient capital of Goa, for a guided tour of the village’s heritage landmarks. alilahotels.com/diwagoa
Arambol Beach is a quiet spot renowned for its watersports. Holidaymakers who prefer to relax can get a massage on the beach while enjoying the views.
Located in Benaulim, the Goa Chitra Museum contains one of the largest collections of ethnological artefacts in one place, with more than 2,000 pieces representing the ancient culture. goachitra.com