Anjuna Beach – The Goa Beach With A Hippie Past

Parasailing at Vagator Beach, Goa
Parasailing at Vagator Beach, Goa

Anjuna is a small beach village in North Goa. Despite its fame and popularity with the tourists, it still remains a village minus the usual quaintness we associate with villages. It is as cosmopolitan as it gets with a flea market that sees sellers and buyers from around the world. I always visit Anjuna during the season time which is October to March. It gives me a vibe of being in a distant land despite being in my backyard.

Anjuna – the Hippie Village of Goa

Sunset at Anjuna Beach, Goa
Sunset at Anjuna Beach, Goa

History would remember Anjuna for being at the heart of the Hippie Trail. This is what some of the Hippies who landed in the village had to say about it:

This had to be the best place on the planet… What a life in Anjuna Beach! Warm, salty, sandy, swimming, sunning, dancing, lazy and stoned. Weeks went by like one long day. No one possessed a clock. The only schedule was that of the moon… No day had a name, though once I accidentally discovered it was a Sunday.

Anjuna beach briefly became the world’s largest international nudist colony.

Recommended Read – The Hippie Trail – A history by Sharif Gemie & Brian Ireland

Goa was special to Hippies as this is the only place, they thought of making home after traveling through many lands. You can still find traces of that in the village though it is more of a family destination where everyone comes to the party.

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Anjuna Village

Anjuna village is in the Bardez Taluka of North Goa district. Bardez Taluka has the Mandovi River on the southern side and the Chapora River on the northern side, and the Arabian Sea on the west demarcating the boundary. This area is further separated by the Baga river on the south separating the equally popular Calangute, Candolim, and Sinquerim beaches which fall on the southern side. Thus the village area has Chapora river estuary to the north and Baga river estuary to the south and the sea on the west, a popular tourist destination.

Things to See in and Around Anjuna

Anjuna Flea market

Jewelry on sale at Anjuna Flea Market
Jewelry on sale at the Flea Market

From October to April or so, every Wednesday next to the village beach, you have a colorful market come up. From morning to evening you can find people selling all kinds of clothes, jewelry, tea, spices, old Saris and handmade items. If bargaining is new to you, Anjuna Flea market is a great place to hone your skills.

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Artifacts and Jewelry at Anjuna Flea Market
Artifacts and Jewelry at the Village Flea Market

Do remember that Anjuna Flea Market is a market only in name. There is hardly any Flea part left in it. It did start way back in Hippie’s days as a Flea market when travelers used to sell anything they had before leaving the state or country. The tradition of the market though was started by them and still carries a bohemian vibe to it.

Shopping in Flea Market, look for unique stuff
Shopping in Flea Market, look for unique stuff

Chapora Fort

Landscape view of north from Chapora Fort
Landscape view of the north from Chapora Fort

Not too far from the village is Chapora Fort – one of the many forts that exist on the Konkan coast or west coast of India. There is nothing much that is left of the fort except its photogenic entry gate. However, being surrounded by water on almost all sides, Chapora Fort gives you the vantage point to admire the true wealth of the state – its waterbodies.

Chapora Fort
Chapora Fort

Before you enter the fort, on your right you see the backwater that looks more like a mountain lake, surrounded by greenery on all sides. You step inside and see the ruins all around, with the crumbling walls still defining its boundaries. We saw the people sitting on these walls all around and started moving towards the periphery.

Chapora Fort inside view
Chapora Fort inside view

We moved from left to right. At first, we saw the beach below and a fancy new hotel without which it would be all-natural. Moving along as the sun we moved downwards.

Sunset view enthusiasts waiting atop Chapora Fort Walls
Sunset view enthusiasts waiting atop Chapora Fort Walls


We came on the right side of the fort and the view from there took our breath away. The river Chapora flows with an abandon towards the sea. The sea comes forward with all its enthusiasm to receive it. Nested between a hill and a beach, one can never get tired of looking at this confluence. No wonder our ancient scriptures say so much about these places.

Sunset view from the walls of Chapora Fort
Sunset view from the walls of Chapora Fort

The small hike to Chapora fort is not very friendly. Avoid it if it is raining.

Chapora Fort wall, the Sea in the background
Chapora Fort wall, the Sea in the background

If you look at the northern side from atop the Chapora Fort you can see the Morjim Beach, a protected nesting site for the Olive Ridley Sea turtles. Further north to the Morjim beach is the Ashvem Beach and the Mandrem Beach, again among the popular North Goa Beaches.

Morjim Beach, Goa
Morjim Beach

Anjuna Beach

It is quite a popular beach in Goa. It is lined with shacks that Goan beaches are so well known for. You can do all the beachy things here like sunbathing, swimming in the sea, sitting on the beach, enjoy seafood and water sports. My favorite activity though is walking on the beach listening to the waves as they passionately meet the shore.

Anjuna Beach, Goa
Anjuna Beach, Goa

Popular water sports include Parasailing, Banana Ride, and Jet Ski.

Be aware that the beach is rocky and that makes it very pretty to photograph. Take care not to venture onto slippery rocks and heed the advice of the beach lifeguards. During the day, it is like any other beach but come evening, it gets into a party mode.

Rocky terrain of Anjuna Beach
The rocky terrain

You can also visit the other beaches close by like Vagator Beach, Baga Beach and Calangute Beach.

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As most people know, Anjuna is home to many popular clubs, but we have not visited any of them. For me, it is always the village life that makes the Goan villages special.

Fishing boats by the Anjuna Beach
Fishing boats by the beach

Vagator Beach

Landscape view of Vagator Beach
Landscape view of Vagator Beach

Vagator Beach is about 3 KMs from the village.

To the north is the Vagator beach. It is right below the Chapora Fort and hill. Vagator Beach is also a popular tourist destination.

Vagator Beach view from Chapora Fort
Vagator Beach view from Chapora Fort

Popular Goa Beaches like the Vagator Beach is unique with the Chapora hill and fort on one side and the Sea on the other side.

Vagator Beach view from Chapora Fort
Vagator Beach view from Chapora Fort

And the Chapora river estuary nearby Vagator beach has its own charm and opportunities to explore.

Chapora river estuary
Chapora river estuary

Museums nearby

Daytimes particularly around noon is hot and humid around this region. It is better to either rest, head for restaurants, swimming pools in the resorts, or explore indoor activities like visiting the museums.

Museum of Goa

A modern art museum located at Pilerne, about 13 KMs from the village. If you are an art/museum lover, visit the museum.

House of Goa Museum

Museum on the architecture and heritage houses of Goa, it is located about 16 KMs from the village. You may read more on my blog post An Ode to the Houses of Goa Museum.

View the Sunset

Anjuna village and the nearby beach sides are over a cliff compared to the near sea-level beaches of Calangute, Candolim, Miramar, and the south Goa beaches. This area, therefore, gives you an opportunity to watch the sunset sitting in a restaurant or resort enjoying food and watch the beautiful sunsets from a different angle/perspective. Try if you are visiting the village. Of course, the best sunset sky colors are during the winters and summers.

Sunset view from atop Chapora Fort
Sunset view from atop Chapora Fort

Eat at Anjuna Village

While the Goan Fish Curry Rice Thali and the Punjabi Food restaurants are popular, you can also get to taste authentic Mediterranean Food, Continental Food in the village. Being a vegetarian recommend you read my post on Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Goa.

Artjuna Garden Cafe
The Artjuna Garden Cafe

The Artjuna is an Experience Café in an old Goan house. It has a Yoga studio, a curated gift or souvenir shop, and a lovely open-air restaurant. The hippie style yoga posters juxtapose with the giant Nataraja in brass. The recycled tyres make a good decoration next to the copper vessel for drinking water.

Mediterranean Food Falafel at the Artjuna, Anjuna
Mediterranean Food Falafel at the Artjuna

Lined-up books create an inviting library and then there are interesting bookshelves at the Artjuna store. We love eating Mediterranean food here as much as we love chatting with the Israeli turned Goan owner of the café.

Mediterranean Food Shakshuka at the Artjuna, Anjuna
Mediterranean Food Shakshuka at the Artjuna

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Artifacts on sale
Artifacts on sale

You can also visit the Rose Garden – the oldest Café in the village. If the history of the village intrigues you, visit the oldest café in the village – Rose Garden. It is an old-style restaurant perfect for tourists. It is located close to the football ground that is at the heart of the village.

There is a German bakery for those who find comfort in familiar food.


The village is also home to many old styled as well as new age hostels, villa properties, heritage properties, and usual hotels. You can choose your kind of property to stay in.


  1. I’d like to thank the Anuradha Goyal for writing such an insightful and informative blog post for Anjuna Beach Goa that is not just useful to the readers but also revealing.

  2. Myself visiting goa on this coming 20 April 2019 with 4of my friends need more suggestions and proper guidance to enjoy my trip.

  3. Best blog, really ever read, really your blog helps us a lot Thank you, Breeze, with cold water flying over the sea, Parasailing one of the best water sports activity have done.

  4. Visited Goa last year around Mid-November with friends. We have visited most of the places you have mentioned in this article, it was a great trip with friends to explore beautiful beaches(especially @ sunset), nightlife, shopping in the night market, ancient church and temples.

  5. Anuradha,

    I have always always ALWAYS wanted to go to Goa during one of my India trips. Not only has this given me a good description of what I can expect, but also what I could plan. You clearly know plenty about Goa and its conveyed through your writings.


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