The Indian Ocean is the third largest of the world’s oceans, covering 19.8% of the water on the Earth’s surface, and houses some of the world’s most beautiful islands and bustling cities.

The region is famous for yoga and meditation retreats, unique wildlife, amazing cuisine, and fascinating culture, and birthed a practice called Ayurveda. Based on herbs and diet, this 5,000-year-old practice was the region’s only medical treatment method until the introduction of Western medicine in the 1800s and is still used today.

One of the smaller countries in this region is Sri Lanka, but despite its size, there’s a lot going on. There are a huge number of species of animals and plants that are only found in this country, so you’re sure to see something unique on your trip. With a diverse population, it’s no surprise that Sri Lanka is one of the countries with the highest number of religious and cultural holidays and festivals throughout the year, there’s always something happening. In Sri Lanka, you can opt to take things slow and visit an Ayurveda retreat or step it up a level and take part in the many water sports and land-based adventures that the landscape lends itself to.

India is full of diversity, in culture, religion, cuisines, architectural styles and landscapes. To make the most of this diversity, we recommend travelling the Golden Triangle. Combining three vastly different major cities of India, Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, the Golden Triangle gives you the opportunity to experience the architectural wonder of the Taj Mahal in Agra, the best bazaars in Jaipur, and the bustling city streets of Delhi. Or head to Goa for a yoga retreat with daily yoga classes and meditation sessions to help you relax and re-centre.

Or for a more relaxing on-the-beach vibe, you could give the island life a try with Mauritius, The Maldives or The Seychelles. Think white powder-soft sand beaches, clear blue-green seas and pure tranquillity. You could opt to spend the day scuba diving around the reefs, or lounging by a pool or the sea, and after you can watch the evening go by with a private meal on the beach for the perfect romantic end to the day. A trip to Mauritius, the Maldives or the Seychelles is the ultimate way to relax.

If any of this has piqued your interest about holidaying in the Indian Ocean, call us today to speak to one of our experts.

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