And, there really is something for everyone in Goa, from luxury hotels and world class fine dining restaurants to mellow yoga retreats, to adventure sports to wild all night beach parties, to cheap and cheerful beach huts and hippie markets. Although Goa is the most westernized and touristy state in India, there is still so much to explore and love, and the best parts are usually away from the main tourist hot spots (cough cough Baga and Calangute) zipping through paddy fields and colourful villages fringed with palm trees past white washed Portuguese churches and discovering quieter beaches.
Many people, like me, love it so much they decide to stay long term, and so, to make sure you get the best out of your time here I’ll be sharing all my experiences and insider knowledge in my insider guide to Goa.
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•THE ULTIMATE BACKPACKER’S GUIDE TO GOA, INDIA--
Welcome to Gorgeous Goa! There’s nowhere else on earth like it!
Goa is India’s smallest state, famous for it’s laid back lifestyle and with over 101 km of tropical beaches there is a beach here to suit everyone. From the colourful beach huts of Palolem in the far South to the hippie and backpacker vibe of Arambol and Anjuna in the North and with everything from luxury resorts and laid back sands to the busy, party and package holiday central Bagaand Calangute.
I’ve spent 4 seasons now living in Goa and backpacking India. I get alot of emails about tips for visiting Goa and as I see more and more backpackers visiting and new backpacker hostels opening all the time so I thought it would be good to put all my backpacking Goa tips into one handy post.
Goa is one of the best places for backpackers in India where they can easily meet other travelllers, enjoy the beaches, party until sunrise, shop till you drop or just chill out and learn yoga. Many come for a few days a end up spending months here as they find it hard to leave so watch out, Goa is a great place to start your Indian backpacking adventure but many backpackers have spent their whole trip in Goa and never got round to leaving to explore the rest of India!
Goa became famous in the 1960s and 1970s in the days of the ‘hippie trail’and you can still soak up the hippie vibe on some of Goa’s beaches (and meet some of the hippies at a trance party!) Goa has a bit of a reputation for techno parties and drugs but, whilst there is a bit of that scene left, there is so much more to love about Goa!