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10 of The Most Happening And Best Hostels in Goa For Travelers Living Out of Their Backpacks

By Sanjay Gouda

Updated - Jan. 29, 2020 9 min read

It is that time of the year again when each one of us starts planning our yearly trip to the tropical city of GOA. Given our BUDGET limitations and the peak SEASON, we all want to save as much money as we can. And what’s better than saving it on ACCOMMODATION and yet getting a quality stay. This is your go-to guide of the 10 Most Happening and Best Hostels in GOA to enjoy the best time of your life and meet people from every part of the world and expand your mental


Probably one of the hippiest places in Goa, famous for its flea markets and trance parties. Majority of the backpackers prefer to live here. The hostels worth living in Anjuna includes:



Noted to be one of the best hostels in Goa, this backpacker hostel is themed to look like a prison and is probably the best party hostel in Goa. The dorms are basic but Prison Hostel attracts a lively party crowd and even has a bar made out of an old bus in the front yard. They also offer a shuttle bus to take people to parties.hostels-in-goa-PRISON-HOSTEL-image

hostels-in-goa-PRISON-HOSTEL-imageAddress: 940, Flea Market Road, Anjuna, Goa (Get Directions)
Highlights: Bus bar, quiz nights
Price of Stay: Starts at INR 450/-
Complimentary Facilities: Wifi, Parking, BBQ facility



Located at the heart of India’s buzzing tourist capital of Goa, ROADHOUSE HOSTEL is situated at Anjuna Beach with German Bakery and Mango Shade as their illustrious next door neighbors to keep your taste buds tingling. All Air Conditioned dormitories with attached bathrooms enable a comfortable stay and rooms vary from occupancy of 2, 4, 6 & 8 beds. Scooters and bicycles are available at the hostel for travelers to facilitate easy movement to explore the surrounding locales at their own convenience. At Roadhouse, two is a company and three is a carnival. So, hop in without giving any second thought!hostels-in-goa-ROADHOUSE-HOSTEL-image

hostels-in-goa-ROADHOUSE-HOSTEL-imageAddress: #954, Grand Peddem, Near German Bakery, Monteiro Vaddo, Anjuna (Get Directions)

HighlightsBook exchange, Reading light on beds, pin-based access, luggage storage

Price of Stay: Starts from INR 550/-

Complimentary Facilities: Free Wifi Everywhere, Fresh Tea & Coffee, Daily Housekeeping, 24-hour Front Desk

Additional Branches: Arambol and Palolem




Located right in the center of Anjuna, the red door hostel in Goa has a spacious lounge area, a garden, and a communal kitchen. It’s a good place to meet new people. It balances between being a party hostel and a laid back sociable traveler scene within walking distance of all the attractions of Anjuna.hostels-in-goa-RED-DOOR-HOSTEL-image

hostels-in-goa-RED-DOOR-HOSTEL-imageAddress651/4, D Mello Vaddo, Bardez, 403509 Anjuna (Get Directions)
Highlights: Garden Bar & Cafe, Portuguese Villa
Price of Stay: Starts from INR 450/-
Complimentary Facilities: Wifi, Parking



Located right behind the popular shacks like Janet and Johns and Lilliput, Wonderland Hostel is the closest hostel to the beach in Anjuna, the flea market, and the beach parties. The dorms are located in cute beach huts and private rooms are also available. There is plenty of outside spaces to sit and meet other travelers, a community kitchen and hammocks to chill in.hostels-in-goa-WONDERLAND-HOSTEL-image

hostels-in-goa-WONDERLAND-HOSTEL-imageAddress: 69/6 Govekar Waddo, Near Cafe Lilliput, Anjuna (Get Directions)
Price of Stay: Starts from INR 450/-
Complimentary Facilities: Wifi, Parking, BBQ facility


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In a lush tropical setting, this down-to-earth hostel in Goa with an annex is a 12-minute walk from Vagator Beach, 1 km from the Chapora Fort ruins and 4 km from the Saturday Night Market. The modest mixed and single-sex dorms have bunk beds and offer free Wi-Fi, lockers and en-suite bathrooms. Some quarters have air-conditioned and are located in the annex, set a 5-minute walk from the main building. Breakfast is complimentary. Amenities include a rooftop terrace and a relaxed cafe, plus yoga classes. Private rooms are also available.  hostels-in-goa-JUNGLE-HOSTEL-image

hostels-in-goa-JUNGLE-HOSTEL-imageAddress: 486(2) Vagator Beach Road, Vagator, Goa (Get Directions)
Highlights: BBQ night, rooftop movies, yoga
Price of Stay: Starts from INR 550/-
Complimentary Facilities: Free Wifi, lockers and En-Suite Bathrooms, Breakfast



Pappi Chulos is located on the cliffs within walking distance to Little Vagator Beach, 9 Bar, Thalassa and most of the action in Vagator. The funky pictures and murals on the walls give the place a cool vibe. The hostel has comfy dorms and funky communal areas including a living room, kitchen area and a nice, sociable garden area with a bar which means it is easy to make friends with other travelers.hostels-in-goa-PAPPI-CHULOS-image

hostels-in-goa-PAPPI-CHULOS-imageAddress: Ozran Beach Rd, Vagator (Get Directions)
Highlights: Community vibes, crazy & loving staff, graffiti art, BBQ, Bar, hostel Pets
Price of Stay: Starts from INR 400
Complimentary Facilities: Free Wifi, Free Parking, Free Internet Access


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Baga, Calangute & Candolim:


The largest and branded hostel chain in India & NepalZOSTEL HOSTEL was started with a vision to promote traveling as a way of life. In 2013, before Zostel introduced the concept of backpacker hostels to the Indian mainland, there were hardly any backpacker hostels. Fast forward to August 2017, Zostel has top rated hostels at 20 locations across India & Nepal – surrounded by a completely new and fast evolving ecosystem of more than 200 backpacker hostels.hostels-in-goa-ZOSTEL-HOSTEL-image

hostels-in-goa-ZOSTEL-HOSTEL-imageAddress: House No.3/15, Dr. Alfonso Road, near the spice rack, Calangute (Get Directions)
Highlights: Bedside lamps, hot water, common television, lockers
Price of Stay: INR 500 starting
Complimentary Facilities: Free Wifi, Parking Facility


Backpacker Panda Goa is the first hostel property of Backpacker Panda and it has ensured that you get nothing less than the best. It’s 100 meters away from the beautiful Candolim Beach as well as from Calangute/Candolim main road border. It’s well connected with all means of transport that you may choosehostels-in-goa-BACKPACKER-PANDA-image


Address: #1116, Anna Vaddo, Ximer, Candolim (Get Directions)
Highlights: Bicycle hire, hot shower, kitchenette, games, secure lockers
Price of Stay: Starts from INR 399 
Complimentary Facilities: Wifi Facilities, Laundry, And Drying


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Peace and tranquil air - Mornings filled with birdcalls - Forest, fields & the sea for neighbors - Birds, frogs & dogs for friends! Stay with artists, yogis, poets & writers. About five minutes’ walk back from Morjim Beach, Wanderers is a real find for budget travelers. The main building, decorated with original travelers murals, has spotless air-con dorms with lockers, bed lights and Wi-Fi, full kitchen, cozy communal areas and a pool table. In the garden, next door is a tent village with swimming pool and yoga retreat center and outdoor cinema.hostels-in-goa-WANDERERS-HOSTEL-image

hostels-in-goa-WANDERERS-HOSTEL-imageAddress: Madhla Vaddo, Opp Nanu Wines, Morjim (Get Directions)
Highlights: Bar, locker, 24-hour front desk, bicycles are available for rent. 
Price of Stay: Starts from INR 500
Complimentary Facilities: Outdoor Swimming Pool, Library, Game Room



Hop onto the local bus for Rs.10 and visit the churches of Old Goa – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Panjim has a nice movie theatre not too far from the hostel. They organize weekly movie nights to ensure that you keep up with Hollywood. They also rent out Indian style bicycles. So grab a bike a local map and see what Panjim has to offer you.hostels-in-goa-OLD-QUARTER-HOSTEL-image


Address: 5/146, Rua 31 de Janeiro, Panjim (Get Directions)
Highlights: Bar, locker, 24-hour front desk, bicycles are available for rent. 
Price of Stay: Starts from INR 650 
Complimentary Facilities: Basic Breakfast, WiFi, Hot Water, Common Room


1. SUMMER BY TheHostelCrowd

Goa has 67 beaches and the beaches of South Goa are quite desolate and very different from the touristy beaches of the North. Palolem, Patnem, Agoda and Cola beach are all a short ride away from Summer. Behind the scenes of The Hostel Crowd, they are a young group of 20-somethings who want to make a difference. In their own way, they have all packed stuff into backpacks and abandoned the conventional way to live a life more in tune with their values. A holiday to Goa isn’t complete without experiencing the beautiful beaches of South Goa. Grab your sunscreen, a coconut and clock some serious holiday time on the beach. Summer Hostel has been designed to give you a perfect beach holiday with the comforts of a clean room and bathroom walking distance from the waves. All private rooms and dorms come with attached bathrooms. Free wi-fi and free breakfast are included in the package.

Address: House Number 99/1, Ourem Road, Palolem, Canacona (Get Directions)
Highlights: Laundry service, printer, luggage storage, cafe
Price of Stay: Starts from INR 550 
Complimentary Facilities: WiFi, Breakfast


Q. For people mostly on the go, are hostels better or hotels?

A.  Hotels require you check-in and check-out at specific times and also have various other miscellaneous charges, plus, you have a more hippy party culture in the hostels with cheaper liquor and food.


Q. Do hostels have a secure environment?

A. Hostels, especially in renowned cities and tourist spots or institutions, have various applicants every year and hence are a choice by a vast number of people. There are various bunker beds and specific rooms for girls and guards on duty.


Q. Do these hostels only accommodate young people?

A. The hostels, especially in the party capital of the city, have a much hippie and party culture even internally. Though there is no such age criteria for applying but given the on the move and fast culture of the lodgement place, it might get a little hard for the aged people to cope.

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