Famous For: Anjuna beach is known for its diverse trance and rave party and a vibrant nightlife that attracts thousands of tourists every year. Although Anjuna is certainly not the most beautiful on the Goa beach, it’s definitely one of the most famous because of its extraordinary lifestyle and beach party.
Major Attraction: Anjuna Beach, Chapora Fort, Clubbing, St. Michael Church.
Ideal Visit Time: Because of its pleasant climate, Anjuna can be visited at any time of the year. However, tourists should beware the heavy rainfall between June and October. The period from November to February is the best time to visit Anjuna.
Anjuna is a village located on the coast of North Goa, India. It is a Census Town, one of the twelve Brahmin comunidades of Bardez. It is mostly a tourist destination. Like all places in Goa, Anjuna has long been in the hands of the Portuguese. In 1950, its population was 5,688 and in 2011 it was 9,636. Historian Teresa Albuquerque reports that the name of the village comes from the Arabic word ‘Hanjuman’ (Meaning Merchant Guild). Other say, it comes from an Arabic word for “change” – as people were arriving at Anjuna from the sea, and were looking to change money. It was discovered by the hippies during the ’60s, when it was the center of backpackers and lovers of the trans party and has become a popular destination for young Indians lately. Above & Beyond’s record labels, Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep, as well as their radio show, “Anjunabeats Worldwide”, all make reference to Anjuna.
In 2009, they also released a track called “Anjunabeach”. Anjuna beach is also famous for the hippie lifestyle. Anjuna is famous for its trance parties held on the beach during the tourist season (October – April). Anjuna hosts the famous Flea Market (Every Wednesday) and (Every Saturday) where products can be purchased from all over India, as well as jewelry, clothes, hashish and electronic devices starting from overseas fruits. They have a day market on Wednesday which starts at morning and ends at 07:30 PM on Saturday.
Let’s talk about some top attractions of Anjuna:
Anjuna beach is a 2 km (1.2 miles) stretch of paradise. Its coastline is equipped with a flea market on the southern end, mountains in the background, randomly dispersed lotite rock, silver white sand, coconut plantations and soft floating waves from the Arabian Sea. During the day it offers an amazingly calm, bedtime environment where you can take a bath or sit by the waves in the pleasant breeze. If you want to indulge in beach activities, there are some water sports. However, the whole place turns into magic at night, especially during the winter season, when there is a full-moon party. The evening atmosphere will bring you into Party Mode, so you can enjoy its eclectic beach parties while enjoying the global cuisine and the best drinks. Anjana Beach is undoubtedly one of the most frequented beaches of the tourist circuit, with its crazy nightlife in Goa and its charismatic natural beauty, making it a destination you will not miss!
Located just 4 km (2.5 miles) away from Anjana Beach, the fort has become almost ruined. A popular Bollywood movie “Dil Chahta Hai” has gained a lot of popularity after being released in English, “The Heart Desires”. The Chapora Fort is situated on a hill top and overlooks the Arabian Sea on three sides. Apart from the spectacular views of Anjana and Vagator beaches, you must visit this place to explore its historical significance from 1510 to 1793, and while you are there, your pictures can be taken at the famous spot by the movie.
St. Michael Church
Built in the 16th century, this is one of Goa’s oldest churches and is in a fairly good condition, to date. Its beautiful engravings and Portuguese style architecture are its main attractions. The statue of St. Michael is famous, as it has a scale in his left hand and a demon placed under his feet. There is a large entry door and the tabernacle is placed in the centre of the main altar, which also attracts tourists.
What To Do
- Clubbing: The scene of Anjuna’s party is dramatic. You can just go to most beach shacks or clubs and don’t be discouraged! This is your destination to party, clubbing, dancing trance, destination with hippies in combination with West Bengal settings. From Christmas to New Years there are full moon parties, exotic fire shows and amazing DJs. So, let’s your hair down, enjoy an exciting nightlife, elevate your party mood and dance the night away from sunset to sunrise!
The most popular clubs are
- Curlies Beach Shack: This is a rustic beach shack, with rooftop seating–a perfect getaway to spending the night by the beach.
- Club Cabana: Popularly known as the “Night Club in the Sky”, this is one of the most famous clubs in town–do try their lip-smacking wood fired pizzas.
- Purple Martini at Sunset point: A blue & white coloured chic place, purple Martini offers cliff top sunset views, a wide array of delicacies and a swanky bar.
- UV Bar: Recently gaining popularity in North Goa for its wild trance parties, with two dance-floors and a central location on the beachfront.
There are two popular weekly markets in Anjuna: Wednesday is the Flea Market and the other is Saturday Night Market at Arpora. Saturday Night Market has recently gained momentum among tourists and is full of patterns, colorful stalls, local and international creations, kitchen food stalls around the world and a center stage, hosted by live concerts from Indian to international. The Flea Market on Wednesday is located in Anjuna Beach and is most popular among tourists. From branded to non-branded items, gadgets, handicrafts, textiles, jewelry and even Indian spices, you can find almost anything here. It’s like a souvenir market and the best time to visit is in the early morning or late evening, just before sunset, when the market is about to close. Be sure to negotiate your bid, as some items may be extra expensive. Even if you don’t want to shop for anything, don’t miss these two markets. Why miss the hippie vibe, decorated stalls, lively surroundings, unique cultural fusion, flavored global cuisine, and kaleidoscope of colors around you?
How To Reach
Anjuna as a place lies north of Calangute and Baga in Goa. Nearest town is Mapusa which too is a travel destination. One can reach Anjuna either by train or by bus. On reaching Goa, catch the train to Thivim station in Goa. Get down at Thivim then take a local bus to Mapusa bus station and then get another bus to Anjuna beach. Or one can hire a cab and each Anjuna beach. From the main city of Goa; Anjuna beach is a 2 hours drive via NH66 by cab or local bus it being 67 kilometers in distance.