The alternative way of life inspired by ideas of peace, love and travel, hippies have had a deep impact on world culture. Goa is one of the few places where old hippies continue to live and soak in the sunshine.
Part of the Hippie Trail of the world, Goa is on every hippie travelers’ list, and the hippies in Goa have formed a uniquely Goan culture. Goa has been synonymous with the hippie culture since the early 1970s. They have a huge influence on the culture of the coastal state. Here is our guide to hippies in Goa.
History of Hippies in Goa
The history of the hippies can be traced back to the early 1970s when travelling hippies settled in Goa, which was often their last stop on the Hippie Trail. Goans were open to all cultures and all people, and the government paid little heed as the migrant influx increased the country’s tourism.
Out of this Hippie culture, a uniquely Goan form of electronic music known as Goa Trance was developed. Characterized by fast, rolling basslines and thumping kicks melded with Hindu-influenced harmonies and ragas, raves that played this music became a feature of the Goan party scene. These parties were usually held on Anjuna Beach and out of this an entire subculture devoted to the musical movement evolved.
Arambol – A Hippie’s Paradise
Arambol beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Goa. Arambol gradually grew to become a favourite for most hippies. At the far end of the beach lies Sweetwater Lagoon, the jungle valley, and hot springs with therapeutic minerals that are perfect for a mud bath. Drum circles and poi dances are frequent sights of Arambol Beach during the evenings.
Things to Do at Arambol:
1. Drum Circles in Arambol
2. Hot Water Springs and Mud Baths at Arambol
3. Relax on Hammocks at Arambol
4. Visit the Arambol Hippie Market
The hippies still live in small groups and often gather around the beaches to celebrate life. They organize flea markets which are another important sight for the locals. They hand over their unwanted possessions at low cost and sometimes even for free. They are mainly located in North Goa and are still living the modern hippie lifestyle. Their relaxed approach to religion, food, fashion, music and on the whole together as what we call life, still continues to inspire many people around the world.
While Goa today may not exude the carefree nature of the early 1970s when it was a hub for hedonistic Hippies from around the world, much of the culture that sprung the movement still remains in pockets. It still offers among the best places to visit if you’re looking for a non-traditional getaway beach destination.