Goa, famous for beach parties and the hippie culture, will show you a completely different side of India that you would never expect. Keep reading to find out more!
Goa was the final destination of our group tour. We spent 7 days in Goa and unfortunately we didn’t see as much as I wanted, but hey, that’s a reason to come back!
Our accommodation was located in Majorda in South Goa. Some people, now including me, prefer it to North Goa as it is quieter, less party and not as many tourists as in the North. Since we were volunteering during the mornings in a local fishermen’s village, we mainly spent our afternoons sunbathing at the beach. I think after three full on weeks in India we were all a bit exhausted at that time and enjoyed having some time off.
Colva Beach is the beach that was close to our accommodation. It was lovely and clean and the water was amazing! Although it is very popular with Russian tourists it wasn’t overly crowded and you would always find a spare sun bed somewhere. Compared to Thai beaches I found that this beach was incredibly quiet and there were no annoying sales people trying to get you to buy stuff.
We also managed to go to Baga Beach in North Goa for the weekend were we not only enjoyed some full on party but also worked on our tan! Compared to the South, Baga Beach really was crowded and the beach was a lot busier with lots more tourists and also locals.
I was a bit worried regarding bikinis in India, so one piece of advice when you are thinking about wearing a bikini: make sure you are on a part of the beach where there are other tourists in bikinis, otherwise you might feel uncomfortable! Although it’s not forbidden to wear bikinis, Indians do go on holidays in Goa too and some of them have never seen a female in a bikini. You do get a lot of attention whether you want it or not.
I’m a bit gutted I didn’t get to see Anjuna, Panjim and Arambol but well, next time! Goa is definitely a place I would go back to for a beach holiday. It’s super affordable and the beaches are some of the biggest and nicest ones I’ve seen!
Have you been to Goa yet? What is your favourite beach on this beautiful planet?