A Short Guide To Goa
We were lucky enough to visit Goa twice in our month backpacking trip around India. It provided the ultimate respite from the busy and chaotic north.
The best way to travel?
Motorbikes! Bikes can be rented for 300RPS per day, and petrol is pretty cheap too. Mopeds are probably better to rent for Goa as the distances you travel are never that long, so you wont need too much speed.
South vs North
We stayed in both of these locations, with the north being our favourite. We felt as though it was a lot more sociable with better beaches (in our opinion). The Russian influence is hard to avoid in both areas, with many restaurants having special Russian food added on.
Beaches to Visit: Mandrem Beach, Vagator Beach and Anjuna Beach.
We stayed in the Vagator area which seemed to be a pretty good location (1 hour from airport). We stayed at the Papi Chulo Hostel for 3 days which was nice to finally be able to ‘sort of” unpack. It was also a 5 min walk from Vagator Beach which had a few places to eat and watch the sunset. There was also a motobike rental just down the road. If you are in this area and are looking for some nice western food, Salt ‘n’ Pepper had some amazing burgers. They are also a lovely family run restaurant with cottage rooms to rent!
If you don’t have long in Goa or would rather stay nearer the airport, stay in the South. Goa doesnt seem that big but its around 2.5 hours drive from one end to the other.
Before our flight back to London we decided to stay in Goa for a few extra days rather than spending those days in Delhi! We stayed at Fishermans Guest House. The wifi was so bad at our previous destination that we weren’t able to book a hostel. So we just asked a taxi driver to take us to a cheap hostel and this is what we got! We managed to negotiate the price to 800RPS a night (double room) as there was no hot water.
Colva beach was the the nearest beach and we were nicely surprised by it! There are around 5 restaurants on the beach (no wifi) which all serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. You will probably get encouraged to go into each one you walk by, as they try to shout to you from the other side of the beach. Just politely chat to them but pick the one you think suite you the most. Water sports are available all day on Colva beach. Jet Skiing and parasailing are the only ones we saw. The Parasailing only lasted for 1 minute so we gave it a miss! It happened to be our two year anniversary on one of the evenings at this beach. We strolled to the beach in the evening and found out that after 9 they move tables down to the beach front and have it all lit up with candles! It was the perfect ending for the trip.