Goa is a state on India’s West Coast that attracts an estimated 2.5 million visitors each year by international and domestic tourists and backpackers who are all drawn by Goa’s golden-sand beaches, their unique nightlife, their water sports, places of worship, and World Heritage-listed architecture. It is considered the smallest state by area and the fourth smallest by population by Indian standards.

Goa has a blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures and architectures but is visibly different from other places in India because of the Portuguese rule over it for 451 years. The Goan population is a mixture of Hindus and Roman Catholics, the distribution being approximately 65% Hindu and 24% Christian and a few Muslim communities.

One of the biggest tourist attractions in Goa is their unique nightlife which stood 6th on National Geographic Travel’s 10 Nightlife Cities in the World. They are known best for parties that usually happen right on the beach or upon its cliffs overlooking the sea.

Goa is also known for its water sports. Baga and Calangute Beach are known to offer jet-skiing, parasailing, banana boat rides, water scooter rides, and more. CNN Travel’s Top 20 Beaches in Asia ranked Patnem beach in Palolem as 3rd place.

The state is considered as one of the spiritual sanctuaries all over the world, especially during the winter season. Most of the travelers go here for serious Yoga sessions, classes and training, and spiritual journeys and retreats.

For the food lovers, Goa will surely tickle your tastebuds with their Indo-Portuguese influence where spices, flavors, and blends will surely entice and surprise you.

Check out our list of the TOP rated 8 hostels in Goa for backpackers!

Happy Panda Hostel, Arambol, Goa, India

HostelWorld (*9.5) Map 

Starts at ($5) for 8 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (June)

If you’re looking to meet nice people, stay in a hostel with the warmth of a home, great vibes and friendly staff who would genuinely take care of you then Happy Panda Hostel in Arambol, Goa is the place to go. Perfect for solo travelers, digital nomads, or groups. It has everything you could possibly need as a traveler and the place is also secured with CCTV cameras installed and locks for their lockers.

The market and beaches are situated just about 5 to 10 minutes walk away from the hostel. The vicinity also have a room for parties, they have their own bar, a Bluetooth jukebox to play your own music, musical instruments in their lounge, and a garden setup area if you need a zen place.

JUNGLE By thehostelcrowd, Goa, India

HostelWorld (*8.9) Booking.com (*8.5)

 Map Starts at ($7) for 8 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (June)

JUNGLE by thehostelcrowd was once a traditional Portuguese house that has been redesigned to adapt with modern technology especially with security and also be able to provide you with the essentials like fast WiFi, free breakfast, secure lockers, fully equipped kitchen and 24/7 security.

A jungle is surrounding the hostel which was retained there to constantly remind the value sustainability they work closely to develop the local community, ethically and consider the environment in all their decisions. This hotel is perfect for travelers who love and protect nature. Also perfect for those that need a zen place as they are known for their sunset yoga. Aside from the ambiance, their pool with bar has been reviewed as one of the best in price and venue around Goa area.

The Funky Monkey Hostel, Goa, India

HostelWorld (*9.0) Map 

Starts at ($7) for 6 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (June)

Your home away from homeThe Funky Monkey Hostel is so close to the famous Anjuna Beach a laid-back coastal village on the Arabian Sea in Goa, the parties are just 5 minutes away, also the markets and to the local eateries.

The hostel is highly recommended as it is well-maintained and well-managed. It is known to be a very chill place with great quiet ambiance and vibe and a homey common area to mingle with fellow residents. You can find a quiet spot should you need it.

They are well-equipped with facilities that any kind of traveler might need so you will surely feel safe and comfortable. They are also known for their awesome yoga classes and the epic sunsets on the hill.

SUMMER By thehostelcrowd, Goa, India

HostelWorld (*9.0) Booking.com (*8.5) 

Map Starts at ($6) for 8 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (June)

Definitely one of the best in Goa! SUMMER By thehostelcrowd is a very comfortable and welcoming hostel. The manager is very hospitable, accommodating, and assists with your itinerary with tips while on travel and points you out to the right destination if needed. All their private rooms and dorms come with attached bathrooms.

They have a very relaxing and great common room with beautiful ambiance. They also have double rooms located in cottages just across the dorm rooms. Free Wi-Fi is available in the area and free amazing breakfast is included in the price. This hostel is ideal for backpackers, long term travelers, digital nomads or travel bloggers.

Pappi Chulo, Goa, India

HostelWorld (*8.5) Booking.com (*8.5

Map Starts at ($6) for 10 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (June)

Highly recommended for backpackers and solo travels. A hostel with a bar of its own, Pappi Chulo is located in North Goa above the Vagator beach. They have a very cozy garden with a beautiful view of the sunrise. This same garden converts into a dance floor at night, with music and amazing vibes – this and their bar is the most praised of this place.

The location is also perfect with readily available staff and management who is very friendly, welcoming and accommodating. The facilities are well taken care of and the rooms are clean and tidy. Prices are also reasonable.

Rainbow Lining Hostels Palolem, Goa, India

HostelWorld (*9.6) Booking.com (*9.4)

 Map Starts at ($5) for 10 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (June)

Rainbow Lining Hostel is situated on an excellent location in Palolem, Goa, their rooms are the cleanest and really spacious. They have a total of six spacious rooms with their own bathrooms equipped with a hot and cold shower. Two of these are private rooms and dormitories which (without air-condition) and deluxe dormitories (with air-condition and individual privacy bunk bed).

All rooms are equipped with wireless internet and a (ceiling) fan. All the bunk beds include reading lamps, charging points, and linens. For travelers with creative minds, they have an exclusive art space where they can express their creativity and recreation. A relaxing lounge and common area is also available and a small library for the bookworms. Morning yoga is also available daily.

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Best Hostels in GOA, India