5 Reasons Why The Hippy In You Would Love Goa

If you enjoy positive and easy going vibes then you will love Goa.  This tiny state was an important part of the hippy trail in India around the 1960’s.  Free thinking people flocked in search for something spiritual and well…. some never left.

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Today you can still find a few psychedelic new age hippies doing Yoga or Meditation on the beach.  Its not only about the few hippies who stayed behind but the vibe they created which is still a part of Goa today.

1. It’s all about the vibe

Goa runs at a much slower pace than the rest of India.  The people who live and visit are friendly and have more of an acceptance to a easy going lifestyle.  Music and dance is everywhere.  There is a wide range of trance parties and drumming circles that bring people from different countries together.

There’s not many places in the world where you get to lie on the beach, drink out of a pineapple and get a Henna tattoo while cows casually walk past.  That is why we love Goa!

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Exploring Goa

The best way to explore Goa?  On a scooter of course!  The roads are quieter than the cities and if you a first timer you are guaranteed to have a few giggles getting lost, figuring out the rules of the road and going over the speed bumps.

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There are plenty of places to stop and bargain for a souvenir around Goa.  Who knows you may even decide to get a permanent one!  We almost ended up getting a tattoo from this guy, who is a local tattoo artist at Arambol beach.  Luckily enough there were three of us and we eventually decided it was not such a good idea. (Well, I would have done it!)

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2. Beaches and Sunsets

 Goa is a small state found on the Indian West Coast along side the Arabian Sea.  It has a history of once being a Portuguese colony and is predominately Catholic.  The landscape of crowded urban India is replaced with tropical spice plantations, amazing beaches and rows of lush palm trees.

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Feast for eyes

With beautiful beaches come beautiful sunsets.  Sunsets are the perfect time to go for a walk, do some yoga, take some happy snaps or sip on a cocktail.

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North Goa or South Goa?

There are so many online debates on which part of Goa is better to stay.  North Goa or South Goa?  I have been to Goa twice both peak season and stayed North and South and honestly they both have amazing things to offer.  It depends on what you looking for.  If you would like to visit a more traditional part or India the consider Bodh Gaya or Varanasi

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North Goa

North Goa is all about the night life, shopping and hippy vibe.  There are countless bars, parties and it is the best place for shopping, not to mention there is ample adventure for all the water sport enthusiasts.  I recommend you check out Anjuna beach, Baga beach, Calangute beach and Vagator Beach.  If you looking to party, New Years is best!

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South Goa

South Goa’s beaches are more secluded and rustic offering more tranquillity.  I believe the beaches are more beautiful and the drives more scenic.  South Goa is also home to Goa’s wildlife sanctuaries and forests.  If you coming as a family to relax and soak up the sun then South Goa is ideal.  Palolem Beach has beautiful beach huts to rent and there are a few bars which do get a bit lively but not as wild as North Goa.

If you looking for accommodation in Goa then check out AirBNB, which offers some unique places to stay.

Hire a driver

You can plan a day trip to North Goa but I suggest hiring a driver for the day so you can relax and enjoy the drive.  (It’s a long journey) If possible, try go on a Wednesday so you can visit Anjuna market and get some shopping done.

If you planning on travelling around India and considering using a Train then read about Traveling India by Train

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3. Abundance of food 

You cant visit India and not try some of their traditional Indian food.  If you enjoy seafood you are at the right place and you wont be disappointed.

Goa is not short of restaurants.  Most beach accommodation offer bars or restaurants where they will go out of their way to serve you what ever culinary experience that you are looking for.  Ingredients are always fresh and you may even get to meet your dinner before hand.

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4. Drinks in all shapes and sizes

Did someone say cocktails?

Find a bar and beach and have a sun downer or two to close a perfect day while admiring the sunset.  There are so many interesting cocktails to choose from that you will be tempted to try them all!  Fresh fruit is always available and some barman can get quiet creative to impress their guests.

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5. Retail therapy 

Anjuna Market

The best market in Goa! You have to go at least once because you will find more than just a few souvenirs to buy here.  Anjuna Market is the perfect place to meet some of the locals and find tapestries and trinkets of India.

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Café Looda @ Anjuna Beach

After finding the perfect gift for everyone back home and realising that your shopping bag has reached its full capacity you come to a light at the end of the tunnel.  The market ends at the beach where you will find the entrance to one of our favourite bars in Goa, Cafe’Looda.  The bar has live music every Wednesday and offers an incredible view.

We watched this band called Kundalini Airport, it was one of the highlights of our trip.

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Mapusa Market

When you ask your driver (who does not speak English very well) to take you to a market to do some shopping.  Not quite what we expected but a fun adventure anyway.  It a popular spot among the locals who are buying pots, pans, and bindies.  Here is a short video so you can get a feel for the market:

 Add Goa to your bucket list

No doubt that Goa is a small dent on the map but has so much to offer.  You will realise why people keep coming back each year (myself included).  These are just a few reasons why we love Goa but there is so much more to this magical place.  I highly recommend you add Goa to your bucket list!


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Liza Williams

Born in South Africa, fascinated with culture and loves wood fire pizza. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away” Follow me on twitter: @soul_drifters

38 thoughts on “5 Reasons Why The Hippy In You Would Love Goa

  • February 22, 2018 at 4:41 pm
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    I hope to go to India one day and I think Goa would be a great place to start. I would be so undecided about the North and South so I’d just want to do both haha. I’d probably also want to spend my time by the beach while there. Glad you had a great time there.

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  • February 22, 2018 at 3:24 am
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    Shelby and I NEED to visit Goa after reading this!

    Nature and music best soothe the soul for us. Meditation and yoga are both practices we admittedly don’t exercise daily, but still very much a part of our lives. Coming from southern california we’ve enjoyed a musical festival called Lightning in a Bottle. Essentially a modern day hippy festival with music, yoga, meditation and healthy work shops. Goa sounds right up our alley.

    I fell in love with Trance music back in 2011. A lot has changed with it now, but I’d still be very interested to hear what they’re playing out here!

    Very informative and great overview! I feel like I’ve been there with all the points you covered. Surely a whole new story once in the flesh!

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  • February 20, 2018 at 9:03 pm
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    Goa has been on our bucket list forever. And it’s because of the music, the colors, the people leaving there and also because of the spiritual feel. Your post was definitely a push in that direction!

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  • February 17, 2018 at 4:07 pm
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    Goa has been on my dream destination list for a long time and would love to be a hippy here. 😀 Love reading your experience and seeing photos here. The food looks super yummy.

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  • February 17, 2018 at 8:45 am
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    On our last trip through India, we spent some time in both North and South Goa. It deffo ticks the hippie and laid back vibe. We jetted around on scooters and soaked a bit of it up. I will say that we ended up enjoying our luxe hotels a bit and the hospitality of India that we much enjoy. Very special place – and unlike other parts of India.

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  • February 17, 2018 at 8:14 am
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    Wowww- Goa is so cool! Its high up on my bucket list – thanks for sharing all this great informations. I really love thi pic from the Anjuna market – so cool!
    Have a nice day, I have to go to check some flights now 😉

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  • February 17, 2018 at 6:13 am
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    I didn’t spend that much time in Goa but the time I did spend was amazing!! i Can’t wait to go back one day and explore all of it!

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  • February 17, 2018 at 5:58 am
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    South Goa looks like more fun to me. I can’t believe the cows are on the beach with you! These are all great tips for how to love Goa India. Guess I’ll be booking a flight back to India soon.

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  • February 8, 2018 at 4:14 am
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    Goa sounds wonderful!! I’ve been wanting to visit for a number of years now and this post only added to my desire! Great photos too, by the way 🙂

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  • January 20, 2018 at 4:44 pm
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    Check, adding to my bucket list of places to see when I backpack India. This post is making me hungry, great photos!

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  • January 20, 2018 at 2:01 pm
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    I’m pretty sure we would LOVE Goa, and you have just confirmed it for me. Can we go now?!

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  • January 20, 2018 at 1:51 pm
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    Never been to Goa, surely have to keep this time on a bucket list. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  • January 20, 2018 at 9:13 am
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    I’ve started to hear about Goa recently! Wow you’ve convinced me to put Goa on the list! Sounds amazing 🙂

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  • January 20, 2018 at 8:25 am
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    Goa (and India in general!) is definitely somewhere that’s been creeping up in my travel list, and I think this just sold it to me! South Goa definitely sounds my kind of place!

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  • January 20, 2018 at 7:33 am
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    Haha i love how you have cows in many of your photos. That’s the reality of India though – cows are literally everywhere. And for me personally I love North goa for its vibe. I’ve been there 16 times! (I had relatives there and used to go every year as a kid and then from college with friends 🙂 )

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  • December 8, 2017 at 12:03 pm
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    I think I would prefer South Goa for its tranquillity. The hippy in me is quite alive so, yes, I’d like to see what it is all about.

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  • December 2, 2017 at 4:56 am
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    I just love Goa. And we make sure to visit at least once in a year. The feel and v8bes is completely different from any other place in India.

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  • November 29, 2017 at 1:16 pm
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    This is awesome! Somehow, being an Indian, I’ve never been to Goa! Somehow the touristy nature of Goa has prevented me from venturing there yet! Yes, the vibe it gives is unparellel!!! But when I go, I’ll definitely head to South Goa!

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  • November 29, 2017 at 7:29 am
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    We have visited Goa many times but it never seems like we have explored everything. Every post has something new for us to add to our list. Food and sunsets are yes are one of the major draws to Goa. Next time we visit we will make sure to explore the Mapusa market.

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  • November 29, 2017 at 2:02 am
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    I’ve been hearing so much about Goa, and I’m glad I stumbled upon your post to help me see what it’s all about! I love how you’ve distinguished the North from the South! It seems like the North is meant for the young, hip crowd, and the South is meant for a quiet hippie beach getaway! Either way, it sounds like an incredible adventure to have in India! Thanks for sharing!

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  • November 28, 2017 at 10:50 pm
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    Ah, we’ve all secretly got a bit of hippie in us, don’t we! Fun article and would love to visit Goa. Mainly for the chilled out beach vibes. I’ve wanted to go for years – have only explored India’s east coast and some of the north.

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  • November 27, 2017 at 10:29 pm
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    I had some friends go to Goa just last week and the loved it. It is differently a place that I would love to visit and it is on my bucketlist. Anjuna Market looks very colourful and it is the type of place I could go exploring all dow. I also love all those different sized drinks, I would be trying them all.

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  • November 27, 2017 at 9:54 pm
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    Goa seems like the perfect place to kick my feet up and relax for a few days! Though I’m a city girl at heart, I’m always charmed by laid back beach towns and go-with-the-flow mentalities- Goa would totally fit the bill! I can promise not to come home with any tattoos, though!

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  • November 27, 2017 at 8:33 pm
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    If I was lucky enough to visit Goa I would definitely appreciate the beaches and sunsets. I like the idea of so many different cocktails available and the barmen inventing new ones. I’d definitely stay in North Goa where the best nightlife is.

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  • November 27, 2017 at 5:57 pm
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    Too funny – enjoying the beach with the cows! But those sunsets are amazing, even if you share the view with the cows. Good tip to hire a driver, and go on a Wednesday to enjoy the market.

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  • November 27, 2017 at 9:45 am
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    This is so cool, especially as I’ve never been to India. Goa is somewhere I’d love to visit, and now I have some points on where to go. Thanks for this!

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  • November 25, 2017 at 3:38 am
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    I’ve been reading a lot of great things about Goa lately. Although I did hear it’s not a place to be when the monsoon rains hit!

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  • November 24, 2017 at 9:12 pm
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    I’ve never been to Goa, but I’d really love to do a yoga retreat there one day! So far, I’ve only done Chennai, Agra, Delhi and Ranthambore

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  • November 24, 2017 at 4:05 pm
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    This trip definitely sounds like it would bring out my inner hippie. Eventually I’ll make it to India!

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  • November 24, 2017 at 1:50 pm
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    I’ve wanted to go to Goa for YEARS! I still haven’t made it out to India yet. This definitely gets the travel bug in me going.

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  • November 23, 2017 at 7:26 pm
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    This just makes me want to go to Goa even more!! Especially for the tattoos! All the wonderful photos are amazing as well you two. Now I can’t wait to visit!

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  • November 23, 2017 at 5:56 pm
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    I’ve heard so many amazing things about Goa but Ive still never been there. On of my favourite bands from Australia sometimes goes to Goa to play shows. It looks like an awesome place to explore!

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  • November 23, 2017 at 2:53 pm
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    Wow Goa looks so colorful and vibrant. It hasn’t really been on my list to visit but you are totally changing my mind!

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  • November 23, 2017 at 12:56 pm
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    I’ve never considered myself much of a hippie but after reading this post I’m convinced there’s at least a little bit of hippie in me! Goa sounds amazing – especially the bit about laying on the beach drinking a cocktail and getting a henna tattoo while cows casually walk by

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  • November 23, 2017 at 12:17 pm
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    I will definitely add it to my bucket list. The beaches look great, the food super delicious and I love going to street market. Great post!

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  • November 21, 2017 at 1:51 pm
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    Wow! Looks amazing. The photos add a lot to the post.

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