This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Agonda.
Agonda is a large village in the Canacona region of South Goa, India. Its main attraction is the Agonda Beach, which is top-rated among beaches in both India and Asia on traveler websites. Although its beach has been receiving attention from quite some travelers lately, the town is still pretty untouched by tourism. For that reason, there are a limited number of hostels in Agonda. For more options, you can get on the bus or train and head over to some of the other beach towns in Canacona, such as Palolem. There you will find a more tourist-driven economy with plenty of hostel options. For the cheapest hostels in the Agonda environs, search in the towns of Cavelossim and Benaulim. No matter where you find your hostel style lodgings, Agonda is a gem you will enjoy visiting.
First you will fly into Dabolim International Airport. After a 90-minute taxi drive, you should be arriving in the serene beach town of Agonda. Hopefully you left your work at home because there is minimal mobile coverage (Vodaphone is your best bet). Most accommodations are concentrated between the long stretch of beach and the road running parallel to the water. "Resort," "heaven," "paradise," and "fiesta" are some of the names of the hostels and hostel-type lodgings you will see costing you around $20 to $30 for a double-occupancy room per night. Once you are settled into your room or dorm, the fun is ready to begin.
Agonda's beach is top-rated due to the many efforts made by city officials to keep it pristine and natural-looking. Unlike Palolem Beach 6 miles over, this is not party central. If your interest has been piqued by the promise of a long stretch of serene beach, you will have plenty of activities to pursue at Agonda Beach. From dolphin watching on fishing boats and parasailing to relaxing sunbaths and even turtle watching in Septembers, the variety of activities won't give you a chance to grow bored here.
There are also many places to practice yoga, meditation, and pilates. On top of the Blue Planet Cafe, for example, you can encounter Fluidsymmetry. Located in the jungle just off Agonda Beach, The Blue Planet Wellness Retreat presents a rooftop solar heated pool. You can get a one-hour watsu (water shiatsu) session in the body-temperature water to realign your whole body to ideal levels. Once done, you can have a vegetarian meal in the cafe downstairs so that your belly is as nourished as your soul.
For more culinary delights, bar-hop along the beach strip and enjoy an evening meal overlooking the water. Otherwise, get a tuk tuk at the beach's church, hop on and head into the village for more restaurants.
Written by local enthusiast for Agonda hostelsJakob Lombardi