India’s Latin Quarter, its Ibiza, the Rishikesh of the South. Goa is known by many monikers, but it can most succinctly be summed up in a word: ‘susegad’. Colonised by the Portuguese in the 16th-century, their centuries in power left their mark on this tiny seaside state, most notably in the colourful corner of Fontainhas and the churches of Old Goa. With 112 km of coastline, it offers a level of laidback living that nowhere else in India affords. Providing an innovative food scene, excellent yoga and wellness, and a heady mix of Indian-Portuguese cultures. Wildlife enthusiasts will be excited to know that black panthers, leopards, guars, and Bengal tigers can be spotted in Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. Best visited between November and February, it is beautifully lush in September, just after the monsoon, though some restaurants and hotels may not be open at this time.