18 hippie type destinations similar to Goa in India
September 16, 2018
18 hippie type destinations similar to Goa in India
Wondering about destinations that are similar to goa in India?
For some of us goa is one of those places where anything is possible. It’s our version of “vegas” and there we can party as hard as we want or chill on the beach while sipping a cocktail. Regardless of what we choose to do it would be time well spent. Side note: if you haven’t gone to goa with your friends and spent all your fortune then I highly suggest you to stop reading. Call bunch of your closest friends and plan a trip to goa today.
Goa was one of my earliest destinations where I got to travel to. I was lucky enough to go there with my friends. Ate home made Konkani food, saw some dolphins at dona paula, lost an expensive mobile while swimming in the waters, watched the sunset at Baga beach with my friends and these were just some of my highlights from that trip. It still remains as one of the best trips that I have taken till this day.
But one of the things that my friend brought to my attention. We come here for few days, party and go back to our lives in the big cities. There are lot of people who come here from abroad to stay and enjoy our beautiful beaches for months. Goa always had a hippie culture and chill vibes emitting out of its nooks and crannies but in my recent trip, I saw a whole new side of goa.
This time I went to small communities of people (mostly from abroad) who were practicing living in a minimalist lifestyle. Many of you would refer to as “hippies”. I really loved the vibe of the whole community and wanted to be a part of these hippie hangouts. So from then on I have been in the search for similar places that have hippie communities of free thinking folk practicing their alternative lifestyle.
But before I go ahead with the list, I have to be honest I have not traveled to all of these places on this list.
This is a list of 24 hippie type destinations similar to Goa in India.
Kasol located in parvati valley, himachal Pradesh is a small town known for its backpackers. For many of them its a pit stop before they head towards Himalayas. It is also famous for being a “stoners paradise”. The best time to visit would be between May to October.
Varkala is a costal town in the state of Kerala, India. It is a haven for hippies and chill out culture. Varkala’s coastline is full of cliffs overlooking the beach and shops that stretches a kilometer long. If you are adventurous kind then activites such as surfing, paragliding are also available.
Alleppey AKA Alappuzha is a city in state of kerala, India. Best known for its backwaters and houseboats. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state. The town has a network of lakes, lagoons and fresh waters.
Hampi is a located along the Tungabhabra river in state of Karnataka, India. Known for its ruins from an ancient Vijayanagara empire which spreads over 4100 hectares. There is lot to explore among the ruins such as traditional temples, stone carvings and beautiful boulders.
Again another beauty coming from the state of Karnataka, India. Gokarna is one of the most chilled out beaches on this list. Many foreigners come there to enjoy its sun and pristine beaches.
Malana is a village located in the state of himachal Pradesh, India. Believed to be the direct descendants of alexander the great soldiers. Above all Malana is famous for its cannabis plants called as “Malana cream”. It is one of the most expensive cannabis sold on a Amsterdam menu.
Rishikesh is located in state of uttarakand, india. Positioned near river ganges and gateway to the Himalayas. Rishikesh is known to draw spiritual seekers and yoga practitioners alike. It’s a backpacker central for tourists who are looking to trek towards the Himalayas.
Idukki is one of the district in the state of Kerala. It’s the best kept secret, land of many waterfalls, dams, wildlife, hiking trails and hill stations.
Mawphlang is a village in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya state in north-eastern India, 25 kilometers from Shillong.
Gangtok is a city, municipality, the capital and the largest town of the Indian state of Sikkim
Mcleodganj is a suburb of Dharamshala in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India. The Tibetan government-in-exile is headquartered in McLeod Ganj.
Almora is a municipal board and a cantonment town in the Almora district in the state of Uttarakhand, India
Pushkar is a town in the Ajmer district in the Indian state of Rajasthan
Varanasi is a city on the banks of the river Ganga in the Uttar Pradesh state of North India
Tosh village is set at the top of the hill in the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh.
Auroville (City of Dawn) is an experimental township in Viluppuram district mostly in the state of Tamil Nadu, India with some parts in the Union Territory of Puducherry in South India. It (City of Dawn) has its origins in the French language, “aurore” meaning dawn and “ville” meaning city.
Kodaikanal is a city near Palani in the hills of the Dindigul district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Its name in the Tamil language means “The Gift of the Forest”.
Rann of Kutch
The Rann of Kutch is a large area of salt marshes located mostly in Gujarat (primarily the Kutch district), India and the southern tip of Sindh, Pakistan.
Well these were my picks for some of the most hippie type destinations in India.