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Yeti Budgets: Goa

My five week stint in Goa was a bit wacky, budget-wise — I spent a crazy (for Goa) amount on accommodation, and very little on anything else!  Turns out, if you cook all your meals at home (bliss!), score a free bike from a rad wee Goan dude, and spend your days doing online yoga, cycling around Palolem, and drawing your fingers off, you don’t end up spending a whole lot of cashola!

I only ventured out of Palolem a couple of times, and even then, the bus fare was around 30c.

The cheapest month, by a long shot*!

Food: $3.57/day

Eating out in India is cheap, sure, but cooking is even cheaper. $3.57 a day bought me ridiculous quantities of fresh fruit and vegetables, oats, nuts, chickpeas, lentils, coffee, tea, and eggs. For more on my Goan grocery list, check this out.

F yeah, veggies.

Vegetables at my local grocery store in Canacona. I think those bags of tomatoes went for a whopping 30c.

Travel: 12c/day

While I was in Palolem, I pretty much stayed in Palolem, apart from daily bike rides (did I mention my free bike?) to Canacona.  I ventured out to Madgaon a couple of times, but at 30c per trip, my daily average stayed ridiculously low.

Miscellaneous: $1.15/day

Palolem’s miscellaneous items: pencil case, shampoo and conditioner, laundry soap, sketchbooks…

Accommodation: $10.45

I splashed out on my accommodation, and don’t regret it for a second. Just over $10 a night for a huge, open space, a great kitchen, and even a drawing table! Sweet deal.

Drawing table! Kitchen!

Drawing table! Kitchen!

Total: $15.30/day (It does my wee heart good to know that, if all else fails, I can always go back and live in Palolem for just over $5000 a year. Not the worst back-up plan ever.)

*Note: When I first started thinking about spending a chunk of time in Palolem, I stumbled upon this lovely blog — as cheap as my month felt, Candace did basically the same thing for just over $300! Blimey.

Yeti Sleeps: Le Palolem

When I planned my month in Goa, I pictured myself in a nice wee beach side shack — all rustic and bricky and stuff. Somehow, though, I ended up here:

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…in a spacious…

Living Room

…air conditioned apartment…

Bedroom

…with a dining (or sketching!) area…

Kitchen and Table

…and a fully stocked kitchen!

More Kitchen

After my cramped, moldy, hot-as-balls room in Delhi, where the manager found reasons to come into the room and lounge on my bed quite frequently, this felt like unspeakable luxury. Actually, after the five weeks I stayed there, it still did.

Le Palolem is definitely more expensive than your average Palolem accommodation — I paid 600RS/$11 per night, after an intense haggling session.   If you just show up and find something, I imagine you could pay half this. That said, if you a). want to have something booked before you arrive and/or b). want to get your fancy on a little, Le Palolem is a great option.

The apartment is spacious, with air-con in the bedroom and not one, but two balconies. It has a well equipped kitchen, a dining table, a super clean bathroom, and enough floorspace to break out some serious yoga (or solo dance parties — whatever floats your boat.)

The location, while not super close to Palolem beach itself, is lovely — close to both Patnem and Colomb beaches, and about a 15min bike ride to the raging metropolis of Chaudi, the nearest ‘big city’.

Contact Ahby at lepalolem@gmail.com for more details.