Anjuna Travel Guide

Anjuna Overview

Affectionately referred to as the Freak Capital of the World, Anjuna, with its enticing stretch of white sandy beach, bordered by swaying palm trees, is one of India’s most popular beach towns and a must on the Goan travelers circuit. Located in the state of Goa, and discovered sometime during the 60s, the town soon blossomed into the hub of all night trance parties and a long term home for hippies, intent on combining the spiritual roots of India with their western music and culture.

 
The towns activity is split between three main zones. To the north, running from the main crossroads and along the path down to the beach, are a collection of hotels, restaurants and market stalls, with the typical array of Indo-European clothing. The back end of town is somewhat quieter with a few hotels and shops scattered the length of the Anjuna-Mapusa Road. Then to the south, and a couple of kilometers down the beach, is the famous flea market.
 
As well as the attractive and spacious beach on the shores of the Arabian Sea, Anjuna is particularly famous for the Wednesday flea market and psychedelic trance parties. The market has become an institution over the years with traders from North Indian states coming to showcase their colorful roots and culture. The market starts up early in the morning and by late afternoon is as lively and frantic as any other market day.
 
For those looking for the party life then Anjuna is a good place to be and continues to attract locals and Europeans alike. All night parties, especially during full moon, take place at various locations around the beach and surrounding forest, where hedonistic ravers dance until the early hours.
 
Although being one of the more developed beach towns, Anjuna still maintains much of the charm that first brought the wave of hippies in search of nirvana. With the locals, cows and tourists all living in harmony amid the stunning natural surroundings, it is the perfect destination to lose all inhibitions.
 
Getting in and out of Anjuna
Anjuna is easily accessible from other Goan regions and regular buses depart to Arambol, Chapora and Vagator, all to the north. For other towns, there is a frequent service to Mapusa, from where connecting buses across the state can be caught. For short distances and daytrips, scooters and motorcycle taxis congregate near Paradiso nightclub. If you’re flying in, Goa has an International Airport (GOI) about a 30 minute taxi ride from Anjuna Beach.

Things to do in Anjuna

Anjuna Beach

Indians, Westerners, spiritual practioniers, hippies, and cows all come together on the beach of Anjuna to make for one of the most unique beach experiences in the world. People travel from all over the world to visit AnjunaBeach. Beach bars line the beach pumping techno beats and serving up cheap drinks. During high season the party is always on at AnjunaBeach.   
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Other North Goan Beaches: Arambol, Aswem, Baga, Candolim and Sinquerim
 
Anjuna Flea Market
This vibrant market, held every Wednesday, has become an important part of Anjunas heritage and draws visitors in their hoards. There is not much that cannot be bought, with a fascinating array of Tibetan, Rajasthan and Gujarat vendors alongside CD and cigarette stalls. Due to its popularity with tourists, prices are higher than in other parts of India, so be prepared to bargain harder than ever. For those not wanting to purchase, it is still a great place to enjoy a beer and enjoy the atmosphere.
 
Anjuna Night Markets - For a more relaxed market experience, visit either Ingo Night Bazaar, on the road to Baga, and Mackys Bazaar, on the BagaRiver. Open on Saturday nights from 6pm - midnight, the markets focus more on local foods than the usual clothing/souvenir stalls.
 
Vagator & Chapora - North from Anjuna beach, these two small picturesque towns are perfect for day trips and popular for their laid back party vibe. Regular buses run from the main road or mopeds are available to rent.
 
Yoga in Anjuna
Out of town, on the Mapusa Road, Purple Valley Yoga Centre is a peaceful retreat offering a range of courses and drop in classes from November to April.
 
Anjuna Nightlife
Over the years, Anjuna has become infamous for its all-night trance and full moon parties. Paradiso, with its stunning ocean views regularly hosts big name trance DJs, and the likes of the legendary Goa Gil. Curlys Bar, at the far south of the beach is another good spot and a little lower key. Outdoor parties, although with government restrictions, still exist so ask around the town and bars for information.

Hotels in Anjuna

Budget Hotels Anjuna

Avalon Sunset - Clean and simple, family run guesthouse within walking distance from the bus stand and beach. The cliffside restaurant serves good meal and has fantastic sunset views. Tel (91) (832) 2273471.
Coutinos Nest - On the main road to Mapusa and away from the market movement. Good value rooms and possibilities for long stay. Tel (91) (832) 2274386.
D Mello Guest House – Dirt cheap, and located in Anjuna village at 650 D’Mello Vaddo
Poonam Guest House Anjuna Beach – Not actually located on the beach, but walking distance to the beach. Tel: +91 832 227 3247
 
Anjuna Beach Hotels
Sunset Bar & Guesthouse - Perfect location right on the beach and ideal for pure relaxation. Rooms are simple but comfortable and set around a pleasant garden. Tel (91) (832) 2273917.
 
Midrange Hotels Anjuna
Villa Anjuna- Good hotel on the main road, with all mod cons and swimming pool giving it a package holiday feel. Advisable to book ahead as is often full. Tel (91) (832) 2273443.
 
Luxury Hotels Anjuna
Laguna Anjuna - Elegant hotel, with a rustic feel away from the main part of town. Stunning swimming pool set in a tropical garden. Tel (91) (832) 2274305.

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This page was last modified on 24 Sep 2011 by Matt