Anjuna Beach is not just another popular beach of Goa but destination which has seen Hippie culture long back and whose flea market still stands the number one position! The most famous beach amongst forgieners; this sea–side is well-known amongst back-packers, hippies, long-stayers and the ones who are looking for cheap stays or guesthouses.
The streach of Anjuna Beach is almost 2 kms filled with water activities, cafe’s, coffee shops, family run-guesthouses, beach bars and yogic paranoma.
Shopping lovers can enjoy lot of bargaining at the famous Anjuna Beach Flea Market. A good mix of Gujarati, Kashmiri, Tibetan shops make this one of the most sought after places. Shop here for souveniers, artifical colourful jewellery, hip – hop dresses and decoration items in this market which is lively at night too.
Flea Market in Anjuna is held every Wednesday. On Saturday’s one can have a good time at Ingos Saturday Night Market. Many foreigner’s make a part of this market like the didgeridoo player selling didgeridoos; Tibetan people selling tibetan stuff and food and so on!
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; 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.
Like any other beach of Goa; Anjuna too can be bit crowded especially in the months of December and January. So, there are some things to be wary of. Beware of tout policemans asking you for favours. Its a good idea to ask for identity in case they threaten you for anything. Or take the local people’s help.
Beware of Gem scams wherein people become friends with you and then ask to do business with you. Its a good idea NOT to entertain them. As a mover you will find mosquitoes which can be fatal. Be sure to buy mosquito repellents or bands and use them especially if you intend to stay in budget in hotels.
Keep an eye on your kids and never allow them to go out of your eyesight. Do not take anything from strangers to eat or drink however friendly they are. Or always keep with your travel guide and be in your own group. Avoid late night walks especially if you are a couple or are alone. And wherever you go in India; always keep 100 No handy as its the TOLL FREE number for Police and 102 – the TOLL FREE number of Ambulance
Nyex Beach Club : This name attracts a lot of tourists with good services, exotic lunch and dinner, beautiful scenic beauty of Arabian sea, multi – level dance floor and a great nightlife in this comparatively peaceful beach.
Temples and Chapels : There is a list of temples Chapels none can visit making for a half day tour. Names include Kutteshwar temple, Sri Ram mandir, Mahadev temple and Bhumika temple. One can also visit the St. Anthony’s Church which too is around.
Calangute Beach : Calangute beach just 9 kms from Anjuna beach is another beautiful and well – known place to visit. Here too one can enjoy water sports, small sweet walks by the beach side and also sand idol making.
Baga Beach : Baga beach too is just 5 kms and in fact lies between Anjuna and Calangute beach. Its a small peaceful beach well – known for dolphin cruises, banana rides and parasailing.