If it is out and out luxury you are seeking, Goa also has the best choice of five-star hotels with grand facilities and impeccable service. Toward the south of Goa, some delightfully laidback resorts that are becoming increasingly popular yoga retreats are being put firmly on the map. Places such as Palolem and Patnem exude Goan charm and their tranquil beaches offer great rustic appeal. Enjoy dolphin spotting or sample the Goan cuisine and fresh seafood for which the region is renowned.
Along the Malabar Coast, Kerala’s beaches are less popular but equally beautiful, with Mararikkulam, Kovalam and Somatheeram offering both quality accommodation as well as fine beaches. On the southwest side, the Coromandel coast is not without its attractions, with the charming and French-influenced seaside town of Pondicherry and the fine resorts at Covelong.
For the adventurous traveller, the Andaman and Nicobar islands are India’s last frontier. Only recently part of the tourist trail, the islands are simply a hidden paradise. Although infrastructure is less developed than other parts of India, this is indeed part of the charm.
Fly from the mainland to Port Blair before travelling onto one of the smaller islands, where pristine beaches, snorkelling, a wide variety of marine life, jungle flora and fauna, coral reefs as well as active volcanoes await you.