Former hippie haven and beach-party central, Goa is a little more grown-up these days, since the authorities shushed the all-nighters. It's still fin and games though, with miles of beaches to play on and a bevy of clubs that still attract a trendsetting crowd. The Portuguese colonised the state and traded here for more than 450 years; the – still in fairly good nick - colourful, porch-fronted townhouses and crumbling churches can still be seen in Old Goa. Otherwise, the jungly Western Ghats and vertiginous waterfalls beg to be explored. The hippie crowd may have moved on, but there's still a lot of peace and love here.
When to go
The state's at its most comfortable temperatures from mid-November to mid-February.