Despite its tiny size, India’s Goa is an internationally recognized destination that has been popular with visitors since the 1960s. Known throughout India as one of the country’s most charming states, Goa is a must-see in India and the perfect choice for first time visitors. Despite Goa’s popularity, there are still plenty of cheap Goa hotels that can make a vacation to India more affordable than you may think.
The Raj Resorts is a family-owned boutique hotel in the village of Bogmalo, just south of Goa’s only airport, Dabolim Airport. Bogmalo is a beach village that, while small, has a variety of restaurants, activities, and famous beaches. This is a small, quiet property consisting of a main building with 18 rooms and two bungalows with more secluded accommodations. Popular with wedding parties, the Raj’s beach is quiet and uncrowded, especially compared to beaches further north in Goa.
Further south than Bogmalo, the unspoilt area of Cavelossim is home to Dona Sa Maria Holiday Home. Most rooms at the Dona Sa Maria overlook rice paddy fields or the swimming pool, and a secluded white sand beach is about a 10 minute walk away. This property is perfect for those looking to get away from the party scene and enjoy beaches unspoiled by overzealous water sports enthusiasts.
To the north, Prazeres Resorts is in the Candolim beachfront area. Rooms are simple, but the beach is just steps away and grounds are lushly landscaped and well-maintained. Candolim’s main road is just minutes away, making the Prazeres a great choice for those looking to make this their base camp for a bit of exploring.
Also in the Candolim area, Villa Candolim is located near Goa’s nightlife. The property itself looks like a large, comfortable home. Staff are particularly friendly here and can direct you to the area’s best restaurants and nightclubs, just minutes away.
The Vainguinim Valley Resort in Machado’s Cove is a very highly rated hotel. The beach is a two minute walk away, but you don’t even need to leave the property for a unique experience at the hotel’s casino, “Chances.” Locals frequent the blackjack and poker machines. This is an excellent property for those who can’t decide between visiting north or south Goa; the Vainguinim is centrally located to both areas.
Goa has everything you need to fully experience India: intricately detailed Hindu temples, a variety of beaches, flea markets, yoga centers, and a variety of dining options. With high quality yet cheap hotel options throughout the state, Goa is an excellent destination choice for your Indian getaway.