South Goa offers up a stark contrast to the lively north. Forget what you’ve heard about Goa’s full moon parties and all-night raves, because this half of the region is decidedly peaceful. It’s really scenic, too. Areas of jungle are broken up by white-sand beaches and sleepy villages.
North Goa, on India’s west coast, was a hippy mecca back in the Sixties and, unlike the south, the north has retained its free spirit, with full moon parties on the shores still a regular occurrence. As far as scenery goes, this is starry-eyed territory, with white-sand beaches and ancient temples hidden among jungle foliage.