Popular among international backpackers, Anjuna has long been associated with the hippie lifestyle. It's more laid-back than some of the livelier beaches a few miles south, though. Its big draw is the numerous beachfront shacks serving delicious, affordable Indian and international fare well into the wee hours.
Anjuna was once the heart of hippie life in Goa. Later this beach morphed into ground-zero for the electronic music party scene that prevailed in the state, and now it's more of a relaxed beach destination. Anjuna is also well-known for its Wednesday flea market, where Indian and international vendors sell festival fashion, hash pipes, and more. Visit Anjuna as part of a private tour of Goa attractions, including Fort Aguada and other area beaches.
Things to Know Before You Go
- If you’re visiting the Anjuna flea market, remember to bargain.
- Wear sunscreen and a hat, as the sun here can be powerful.
- Access to this beach requires walking down a narrow pathway with lots of steps.
How to Get There
Anjuna is situated in North Goa, a little more than an hour’s drive from Goa International Airport near Vasco de Gama, and 45 minutes from the capital city, Panaji. Visitors who are not traveling as part of an organized tour will need a car or motorbike, as public transportation is time-consuming and unreliable, and taxis are overpriced. There are regular direct flights from most major Indian cities to Goa throughout the year.
When to Get There
The most popular time to visit Anjuna is Wednesday mornings, when the weekly Flea Market takes place. It’s held every week from the beginning of October through the end of May. Evenings are also popular, especially during the winter months, when beach shack restaurants (notably Curlies and Shiva Valley) hold regular live electronic music events that sometimes last well into the night.
Goa Trance Music
Goa is known by Electronic Dance Music lovers around the world as the birthplace of Goa trance, a type of EDM that’s characterized by faster tempos than are found in other popular electronic genres. Popular artists include Goa Gil (considered by many as the genre's godfather), Infected Mushroom, Juno Reactor, 1200 Micrograms, and Hallucinogen (of the popular electronic group Shpongle).