12/10/2010 04:33 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Goa, India: Destination Of The Day (PHOTOS)

A Portuguese colony for almost 500 years, the south Indian state of Goa is a chimera of cultures and a travel magnet for beach bums, hippies, foodies and party animals alike. Its swaying palms and white sandy beaches, charming Indo-Portuguese architecture, colorful parades and festivals and a famous laid-back reputation attract 2 millions visitors annually.

The best time to visit Goa is in the winter months in the northern hemisphere (between November and March) when there isn't as much rain and the weather is cooler than normal.

We bet you'll soon join the crowd!