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Anjuna Beach

Location

This beach is located at 15° 34' 33" N x 73° 44' 24" E (Latitude: 15.57602, Longitude: 73.74023). It is 8 kilometers (5 miles) from Mapusa and 18 kilometers (11 miles) from Panaji. The closest railway station is Thivim.

How to Reach

There are buses every hour to Anjuna from Mapusa (8 km). There are frequent local buses from Panaji, which is just 18 km away. One can also hire a motorcycle or a taxi to reach Anjuna.

Highlights

Anjuna is a small Village in north Goa and is popularly called the freak capital in the world. Its significant tourist spots are the magnificent Albuquerque Mansion built in 1920 (flanked by octagonal towers and an attractive Mangalore tile-roof), the Mascarenhas Mansion, and the Chapora fort.

Anjuna Beach was once home to the hippies. Most of them have now moved on but their legacy remains. It is known for its full-moon (acid house) parties. Held for and by young tourists, these parties have attracted thousands of tourists. The trance party with dance, frolic, and merriment goes all night besides the fire. It is just the right place for lazing holidaymakers.

Anjuna Beach has been the haunt of the flower generation in the sixties and is now popular with the younger generations. It became popular because of its Trance Parties and the Hippies who tried to fuse the Eastern spiritual traditions with Western Music, ideas and art.

Other Details

Besides the calm waters of the Arabian Sea lapping softly on the Indian shore, Anjuna comes alive with its ever-famous full-moon parties and the Wednesday flea market to take one onto a trance trip.

Every Wednesday, at around 11 a.m., Anjuna breaks into a riot of colors. Lines of vehicles full of tourists start virtually raising clouds of dust in this area. Whatever one needs, from a used paperback to a haircut, one would find it here. The flea market is a heaven for hardcore shoppers and good bargainers, to bid on wonderful blends of Tibetan, Kashmiri and Gujarati trinkets and handicrafts, European snacks, cassettes of a noisy brand of music called 'Goa Trance', artificial ornaments carvings and T-shirts. An elephant ride and a photograph with a fake sadhu or a fake snake charmer can also be found here.

The Wednesday Anjuna Beach flea market is bigger than ever, and after the day is over, the crowds descend on the shacks along Anjuna beach to listen to psychedelic trance as the sun sets.

Curlies, right at the southern end of the beach, is the most happening spot. Most shacks close by midnight due to sound restrictions, but at the rocky northern end of the beach you'll find some that stay open all night. Anjuna's infamous Paradiso Disco is also located at this end of the beach.

There are plenty of guest houses around the village, and even a couple of hotels. Someone planning a longer stay should look out for 'To Let' signs, as there are plenty of houses that are available on rent along the back lanes.

 

Link to other Main Beaches in Goa:

North Goa Beaches

South Goa Beaches

Miramar Beach

Grandmother's Hole Beach

Candolim Beach

Baina Beach

Calangute Beach

Bogmalo Beach

Baga Beach

Majorda Beach

Vagator Beach

Colva Beach

Mandrem, Ashvem & Morgim Beach

Benaulim Beach

Arambol Beach

Varca, Cavelossim & Mobor Beach


Agonda Beach

 

Palolem Beach

 

Patnem Beach