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 Goa.
Goa is a former Portuguese colony on the west coast of southern India. It’s vastly different from the rest of India thanks in part to the distinct Portuguese culture and food that still permeates the small state. Goa has long been a holiday destination for Indians and tourists alike. It’s most well known for its inaccessibility from the rest of India, the picturesque beaches, and the spices and teas it produces.
Goa is one of the smallest regions of India, on the southwestern coast. When people say they are going to Goa, they often mean the beach towns, so in looking for a hostel in Goa, you can also check in nearby cities Anjuna, Canacona, or Arambol. Hostels in Goa tend to be similar to backpacker hostels across Southeast Asia and Australia, with friendly, knowledgeable staff, and a chilled out beach vibe. Most hostels in this area are also beachside and cater to a wide range of international travellers.
The largest cities in Goa are Vasco da Gama, Margao, and Panaji; by far the easiest way to get to Goa is to fly to Mumbai and catch another flight to Goa. There is an international airport in Goa, but it only accepts international charter flights; the remainder of flights to Goa are scheduled domestic flights.
It has been said that Goans live in villages, not the cities. This is exceptionally true on the coast, where you’ll find village after village on beautiful beaches. If you need a break from the relaxed beach scene in Goa, you can take a day trip to Old Goa, the former Portuguese colony and capital. It was abandoned due to plague in the 1700s and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The churches, convents, and more are well worth a visit; its highly recommended to go on a weekday morning as it does get busy with tours.
Written by local enthusiast for Goa hostelsJakob Lombardi