Parties and drugs are the first things when it comes to Goa. You may heard lots of people saying “Hippy heaven” when describing Goa but I like Goa because it is quite and cleaner than the other parts of India. Here is a small Goa travel guide for those who like to learn more about daily stuff.
Cycling to Goa from Mumbai
I started cycling from Mumbai and arrived in Goa after a long bike trip. Goa is very beautiful with its uniqe atmosphere full of people from all around the world. Since the parties are there every single night and free for foreigners, tourists love Goa. Also local people in Goa are much more friendly and kind.
Accommodation in Goa
Since there are lots of tourist prefers to stay in Goa, there are lots of hostels as well. It offers quite cheap accommodation opportunity with hostel prices starting from 2 dollars. It is also possible to rent a room starting from 600 Rupees per night. So I highly recommend you to use Airbnb to decide your stay in Goa. Airbnb helps you to find the best hostel with the perfect price and it also helps you to find a uniqe house if you are looking for a comfy stay. You can both find a hostel for $5 dollars and a villa with a pool for $20 dollars.
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How To Visit Goa?
There is no direct flight to Goa since it has a small airport. If you are willing to fly, then you can make a transfer from Bangalore, Mumbai or Delhi. The easiest transportation is from Bangalore I assume. You can either take a flight, train or bus from Bangalore to Goa. Since the best time to visit Goa is between November and February you may want to make your reservation earlier in order to find a cheap ticket. This is one of the most important information of this small Goa travel guide for sure.
Transportation in Goa
Most of the people are riding scooter and motorbikes in Goa. The traffic here is much more better comparing the rest of the India so it is sade to ride here. You can rent a bike for 200 Rupees a day which is approx. 3 Euro.
There are also busses running between Keri-Aranbol-Anjuna-Panjim but it is a little hard to understand their schedule. However, you still need a private vehicle to go to beaches and some touristic parts of Goa.
Places To Visit In Goa
Basilica Of Bom Jesus and Church of St. Francis of Assisi
Basilica Of Bom Jesus and Church of St. Francis of Assisi are the most famous places visited by thousands of people every day. It is free to visit churches. There is a museum in the St. Francis of Assisi and entrance fee is only 10 Rupees.
Panjim is the capital of Goa. It is a city center which you can find almost everything. There is also one church which is very popular. Panjim is only 10 kilometers away from Old Goa.
Beaches of Goa
Goa is very famous for its beaches. This is one of the reasons for high tourist population. It is possible to swim in all the beaches in Goa. Most famous beaches: Vagator Beach, Paradice Beach, Anjuna, Arambol ve Kerim Beach.
We spent most of our time in Aranbol. It was only 4-5 km away from our hostel and we were going to Arambol almost everyday. There are lots of shops, restaurants, hostels and markets here. Please be careful when you are buying something. Sellers are starting from high numbers but eventually they reduce their price almost 4 times lower. If they start with 600 Rupees it means you can buy it for 200 Rupees. When you don’t like the price and start walking away, the only thing you will hear will be “What is your price”
Aranbol Beach is a very big and touristic beach which also means it is pretty safe. Everynight there is a sunset bazaar starting after 4 pm and drum circle starting around 7pm in the beach. People are playin mostly drums and dancing all night long.
Banian Tree in Aranbol
There is a road goes into the jungle from Aranbol Beach. After walking for 15 minutes there will be a big banian tree welcomes you. This is one of the best places you can ever visit in Aranbol. There is also Baba living in the jungle so don’t forget to bring him some fruits.
No Name Free Hostel
Did you know there is a free hostel in Goa, India? Ankit and Elissa came up with this awesome idea and now they are hosting people from all around the world in this lovely place they decorated with volunteers. “The idea of creating a crowedfunded “Free Hostel” came when we merged our wish to open a structure in Goa and our passion for travelling/backpacking. We wanted the travellers to be freeminded from the money aspect and get straight to what we are most interested in: his stories.” they said.
What they offer?
“We basically offer a bed, for a period the traveller only decides. The purpose is also to make him feel at home during these times he is fo far from his landmarks. This lead to quality human interactions, thanks to the natural and less stressful environment, and the contact created between everyone who stays here is quiet special. So we offer a bed opening a chance to experience the feeling of a home far from home and a family you had never met.” If you like what they are doing and want to support them please click here.
What I Did?
I had so much fun in Goa. I met many people from all around the world, shared my adventures, listened their stories. For the short distances I travelled with my bike but for the long distances I hired a scooter mostly. Every morning and every night I practiced yoga in the temple just next to the hostel. I stayed in No Name Free Hostel for a month and help them for the management of the hostel.
I visited Redi Fort which amazed me with its uniqe nature and awesome view. Redi Fort is actually in Maharashta state but pretty close to the Keri Beach. It is free to enter and since there are not so many people visiting here it is full of peace.
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