Where to Find the Best Backpacker Hostels in Goa

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Many, who are not well versed with the concept of a backpacker hostels believe that they are just popular on account of the lower cost. But the fact is, they offer so much more! With so less a punch on your wallet, nowhere else will you find such comfortable accommodation, good amenities, great food, wonderful ambience, and more importantly, a platform for people to meet other travellers to share your experiences with, especially for solo travellers, who are out and about exploring on their own. Some even offer volunteer work in exchange for a free stay, something you should try if you wish to taste the bohemian lifestyle.

These backpacker hostels are now a growing trend in India and since Goa tourism has an evergreen popularity, no doubt there are quite a few of them there. Moreover, when in doubt about the best places to visit in Goa, these backpacker hostels are equipped with a knowledge that is more versatile since they host a diverse range of travellers. So this blog is a guide to the best backpacker hostel categorised based on its proximity to the popular beaches in Goa.

North Goa:

North Goa is where all the action of the Goa nightlife is. Upbeat and happening, hosting a lot of events, a diverse crowd and range of adventure sports worth checking out, this side of town is known to house the some of the best things to do in Goa. Obviously, the prime location to try nesting your vacation in.

 

Anjuna & Vagator:

 

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The Funky Monkey:
The one with wide open spaces and a lot of greenery! This is one of the backpacker hostels in Goa where you just want to sit outside on one of the bean bags lying around and chitchat with the fellow travellers, or just enjoy your solitude with a book or some music. These guys have created a wonderful environment for travellers to be able to share their experiences and ideas through various means.
Location:  773 San Minguel Vaddo, Anjuna
Cost: Starts at Rs. 450 per night and the base price can go up to 799 during the peak season
Speciality: Greenery and Calming Vibe.

 

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Wonderland Hostel:
This hostel is said to be one of the coolest backpacker hostels in Goa. They have maintained an open environment for artists, musicians, writers or anyone from the creative world. Take a step into this place and you will feel the creative spirit in you impassion itself by the vibrant yet laid-back ambience. This hostel is very close to the Anjuna beach and just a walk-able distance from the famous Anjuna Flea Market. One of the best hostel to experience the Goa nightlife.
Location: 69/6 Govekar Waddo, Near Cafe Liliput, South Anjuna Beach, 403509 Anjuna
Cost: Starts at Rs. 450 per night and the base price can go up to Rs. 1800 during peak season
Speciality: Amazing Location and Ambience.

 

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Yuppi Hippi Female Hostel:
The Yuppi Hippi is one of the best backpacker hostels in Goa for female travellers, especially the ones travelling solo. Each bed has its own fan and is also equipped with curtains for privacy. The place was initially an old Portuguese house which was later converted into a hostel. Moreover, it offers an amazing view of the Anjuna beach and is located next to the famous ‘Curlies’. So the best things to do in Goa are all right next door!
Location: Monteiro Vaddo, Anjuna
Cost: Starts at Rs. 800 per night
Speciality: Amazing location, proximity to the beach.

 

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Prison by thehostelcrowd:
This prison themed hostel is an epitome of the Goa nightlife. Easily a great choice for a thrilling holiday. This hostel was built for party animals and even provides a shuttle services to take you the hotspots of the Goa nightlife. They even have a bar built on an old bus right in their backyard. The hostel is part of a chain of hostels with four other branches in Goa, each with their own unique vibe. These guys know exactly what a traveller would want from Goa.
Location: 940, Flea Market Road, Anjuna
Cost: Starts at Rs. 450 per night and the base price can go up to Rs. 1200 during peak season
Speciality: Party crowd and the Prison theme.

 

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Roadhouse Hostel:
These guys have one of best services among these backpacker hostels. Very responsive to the customer’s needs and guide you better when asked about the things to do in Goa. Their primary branch is in Anjuna, but they also have two other branches, one at Arambol and the other at Palolem. This chain is one of the most popular backpacker hostels in Goa.
Location: Grand Peddem, Off Flea Market Road, Near German Bakery, Monteiro Vaddo, Anjuna,
Cost: Starts at Rs. 450 per night and the base price can go up to Rs. 1800 during peak season
Speciality: Very well maintained and BBQ facilities.

 

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Dreams Hostel:
With  a really cool manager, a bunch of hammocks to chill out in, and located at close proximity to many of the amazing places to visit in Goa, this hostel is exactly what you need to make your visit a blast. The Chapora fort where the iconic scene from the movie ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ was shot is also located quite close to this hostel. A thing of dreams this hostel is.
Location: 500(1), Vagator Beach Rd, Opposite Garden Villa Restaurant, Vagator, 403509 Vagator
Cost: Starts at Rs. 400 per night and the base price can go up to Rs. 1200 during peak season
Speciality: Excellent location, Hammocks

 

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Jungle by thehostelcrowd:
This hostel is a part of the chain that owns the PRISON hostel, but has a significantly different ambience. This one has adopted a ‘Jungle Theme’. The hostel was initially a Portuguese villa which was later converted into a hostel. Today it features BBQ nights, rooftop movies and morning Yoga sessions for an excellent start to the day. As the name suggests, it is shrouded in the foliage, to get you into the Mowgli/Tarzan vibe.
Location: 486(2) Mendonca Vaddo, Vagator, 403509 Anjuna,
Cost: Starts at Rs. 450 per night and the base price can go up to Rs. 1600 during peak season
Speciality: BBQ nights & rooftop movies.

 

Calangute, Candolim and Baga:

 

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Zostel:
Zostel is India’s first chain of backpacker hostels. The hostel was an old heritage home, but it has now been converted into a colourful and artsy nest for travellers. Here you can find all the comforts of a home like a library of books to read and a bunch of classic board games to play with the wonderful people who stay here.
Location: House No.3/15, Dr Alfonso Road, Tivai Vaddo, near the spice rack, Calangute
Cost: Starts at Rs. 450 per night and the base price can go up to Rs. 1200 during peak season
Speciality: Well maintained & a very friendly staff.

 

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Backpacker Panda:
The backpacker Panda is one of the highest rated backpacker hostels in Goa, thereby becoming it one of the best places to meet a diverse bunch of travellers. The location too is an amazing one, since it is not far away from the airport and is also just a stone throw away from the Candolim beach, one of the best places to visit in Goa. All in all, these guys have selected an amazing location, the crowd that comes here really brightens up the place, and having experience with managing other branches across the country, they provide an amazing service as well.
Location: 1116, Anna Vaddo, Ximer, Bardez, 403515 Candolim
Cost: Starts at Rs. 450 per night and the base price can go up to Rs. 1300 during peak season
Speciality: Location

 

 

Morjim:

 

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Wanderers Hostel:
First of all, these guys have an actual POOL! Not just that, if ever you fancy spending the night in a tent, here you have that as an option too! Where else would you get such facilities on a shoestring budget? The hostel is located very close to Ashvem and Morjim beach, so it is conveniently located close to the major places to visit in Goa.
Location: 1088/A, Madhlavado, Opp. Nanu Wines, Morjim Beach, 403512 Morjim
Cost: Starts at Rs. 500 per night and the base price can go up to Rs. 2000 during peak season
Speciality: Pool and tent facilities, Location.

 

 

Arambol:

 

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Happy panda Hostel:
If adventure sports are your game, this is where you should board. That’s right, this is one of the few backpacker hostels located at such close proximity to a range of adventure sport activities. The hostel is conveniently located so as to provide a boarding to the hippie crowd who prefer to stay near Arambol beach. They also feature a great library with numerous books to read from. The hostel is also pretty close to the Tiracol Fort as well as the airport.
Location: Mandrem Road, Madhlawada Arambol, 403524 Arambol,
Cost: Starts at Rs. 400 per nigh
Speciality: Library, Close to a lot of adventure sport activities.

 

 

South Goa:

There is a significant polarity between south and north Goa. The south is the quiet place good for long and tranquil walks along the beach as opposed to the energy of north. The Goa nightlife is not very active but that is part of the charm. You may not find as many backpacker hostels, nevertheless the ones that are there do make a wonderful choice of stay. Come here to take a chill pill and enjoy the pleasant stay with a soothing vibe that emanates from the places to visit in Goa, the quieter side.

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Old Quarter by thehostelcrowd:
Again, this hostel run by the same team as the Prison hostel and the Jungle hostel. This time, it is themed to gel well with the ‘History of Goa’. They also provide you with cycles to help you tour the place and explore the rich history of Goa. The heritage walks the location facilitates are known to be one of the best places to visit in Goa.
Location: 5/146 Rua 31 de Janeiro, Fontainhas, Panjim
Cost: Starts at Rs. 600 per night and the base price can go up to Rs. 1600 during peak season
Speciality: Perfect for history buffs

 

 

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Summer by thehostelcrowd:
This is the fourth branch of the hostels managed by ‘thehostelcrowd’. Just like the name suggests, the hotels creates a vibe of a ‘summer along the beach’ with a close proximity to the quiet beaches of South Goa. For the beach people looking for a hushed vacation along the repose of the south, this would be one of the best backpacker hostels in Goa.
Location: House Number 99/1, Ourem Road, Palolem, Canacona,
Cost: Starts at Rs. 450 per night and the base price can go up to Rs. 1200 during peak season
Speciality: Location

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