Backpacker’s Guide to Hostels in Goa

India’s smallest state is Goa and with over 101km of tropical beaches, it has everything from beach shacks in Palolem to a vibrant hippie culture in Arambol and Anjuna. Here’s where you can stay in Goa and explore it on a backpacker’s budget.

I. The Funky Monkey Hostel

Where: Anjuna

Run by a group of friends, Funky Monkey Hostel is a quiet oasis near legendary party spots like Curlie’s and Shiva Valley. The hostel provides all essential services including WiFi, taxi and bike rental, ticketing services, tours, laundry, sanitizing stations, hot showers, private lockers and security guards All night long.

Located close to the beach and a 10-minute drive from the top of the hill, the hostel offers a peaceful environment within the property. Apart from parties, live music and jam sessions, during high season you can spend your time strolling through the bohemian markets of Anjuna. The hosts also organize tours and share the hidden gems of Goa with the guests.

Although the hostel is not pet friendly, rescued cats and dogs roam the premises and part of your stay will be spent on food and vet visits for the rescued animals.

It is a perfect place for solo travelers, young couples and backpackers.

Learn more here.

Image Courtesy: The Funky Monkey Hostel

II. Pappi Chulo

Where: wanderer

Pioneers of hostels in Goa, Pappi Chulo rests atop a cliff above Vagator Beach in North Goa. Home to a late-night bar, an on-site restaurant, and the same vibrant vibe that’s always present in Goa, it’s just a five-minute walk from Ozran Beach. Being able to watch the sunset over Ozran Beach every night is also budget-friendly, with themed dorms that include female-only dorms and free Wi-Fi.

This pet friendly hostel is located in the middle of Anjuna and Vagator, close to all the hotspots and with 24 hour parties, this is definitely the place to be.

Image Courtesy: Pappi Chulo

III. An old coin

Where: Panjim

Panjim is India’s smallest capital and was occupied by the Portuguese for over 450 years, the influence of this can still be seen in Panjim today. Located in the old Latin Quarter of Panjim in Goa, the Old Quarter is a budget option for solo travelers.

Near the Panaji Ferry Terminal along the Mandovi River, they offer a variety of rooms and dorms for anyone wanting to experience this lazy little town full of colorful houses. Featuring period architecture and traditional artwork, the hostel is perfect for anyone looking to explore the historic Latin Quarter.

Learn more here.

Image Courtesy: Old Quarter

IV. dream hostel

Where: wanderer

The hostel located in a traditional Portuguese house has been redesigned with dormitories to suit all travelers wishing to experience Goa on a budget. Located near Vagator and Ozran Beach, Dreams Hostel provides adults-only accommodation with a bar, a shared lounge and a garden. The hostel includes a common area, a garden with hammocks, a fully equipped kitchen, secure lockers and 24-hour security.

The atmosphere caters to anyone who longs to relax, whether it’s reading a book, cooking a meal, creating art, or practicing yoga.

Learn more here.

Image Courtesy: Dreams Hostel

V. The Yuppi Hippi Hostel

Where: Anjuna

Located in Anjuna, Yuppi Hippi Hostel caters exclusively to women and is just a 2-minute walk from Anjuna Beach and Flea Market. The Saturday night market, St. Michael’s Church and the famous Curlies nightclub and bar are all within 4 km of the surrounding area.

An ancient villa, once home to hippies, on the slopes of a hill overlooking a secluded beach in Anjuna, has now been restored and transformed into a quaint stay that harbors classic hippie culture and offers travelers the essence of Goan hospitality in a picturesque village setting.

Image Courtesy: The Yuppi Hippi Women’s Hostel

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