A shallow red laterite cliff borders the beach. To the right
are terraced coconut plantations. Below, jagged laterite boulders
alternate with little spits of white sand. Azure water swirls
and bubbles between the rocks. It’s a beautiful sight-
To the left is a sprawl of restaurants, stretching all the
way to Anjuna’s world famous flea market ground, at
the extreme southern end of the beach. Welcome to undisputed
capital of Goa’s rave scene.
There’s a surreal quality about Anjuna. Anything goes
here and all kind of people congregate; from eccentric millionaires
to bums in the dole, from barely literate ravers to double
PhDs. Anjuna can’t be described successfully; it has
to be experienced, preferably on a full moon night, at a hopping
All along the beach, restaurants offer a bewildering eclectic
mix of global cuisines. Shops, stalls and lamani women sell
trinkets from all over India. Even outside of the Wednesday
flea market , Anjuna is a constant whirl of business.
THINGS TO SEE AND DO
Anjuna is huge. So huge there is a south, middle and north
Anjuna beach. Much of the action, and many hotels, bars and
restaurants are clustered off North Anjuna Beach in DeMello,
Soronto and St Anthony vaddos. The road from Mapusa comes
past Mazil and Temb vaddos to end in DeMello vaddo, where
there is a parking area to right. Lanes lead left from here
to St Anthony’s church, beyond which stretches Gaunkar
Vaddo and Middle Anjuna beach, which has its own share of
beachfront shacks. South of middle Anjuna is the large flea
market ground in Dando vaddo, which leads onto little Anjuna
With all those rocks in the sea, water sports in Anjuna are
limited to its southern end. What Anjuna does offer on a calm
day, though, is some snorkeling around the rocks in the sea.
There are mullets, parrotfish and groupers to be spotted if
the water visibility is 2 m or more.
Paraiso de Goa (Paradisio) is a swinging trance bar that’s
open till the wee hours. Paradisio is set on a hillock next
to the beach & has a fabulous view. However, it’s
frowned upon by hardcore European ravers, as it has a fairly
stiff entry charges. Primrose Café (Tel: 2273210),
located between Anjuna & Vagator, is another place for
ravers to get their kicks when there’s no party around.
Enjoy, coming up this season on the Badem Hills, promises
to keep things rocking late into the night.
Where to stay:
Anjuna has quite a few options, though few are on the beach.
The Tamarind (Tel: 0832-2274319;
Tariff: Rs 600-2500) is 2 ½ km away from the beach,
but is among the best options, with a swimming pool &
offering golf & billiards. White Negro (Tel: 2274131;
Tariff Rs 300-1000), walking distance from St. Anthony’s
church ,may have a politically incorrect ,but is one of the
nicest place in Anjuna.
Laguna Anjuna (Tel: 2274131; Tariff
Rs 1900-9450), set away from the beach in spacious surrounds,
has 24 individual cottages, no two identical and was designed
by award winning architect Dean D’Cruz.
Hotel Bougainvillea (formerly Grandpa’s
inn; Tel: 2273271; Tariff Rs 400-3800, nowhere near the beach,
is nevertheless in a truly out standing setting & great
value for money. Set in an old mansion on a wooden estate,
it has a tranquil environment that soothes the soul.
Location: Anjuna is in north Bardez
Taluka, just south of Vagator beach & north of the Baga-Candolim-Calangute
stretch, from which it is cut off by the Baga River.
Getting there from Dabolim Airport (57 km), a prepaid Taxi
costs around Rs 700 from Tivim station (19 km), a taxi is
Rs 400 .Motorcycle taxis get you from Anjuna to Vagator &
Calangute Buses operate from Panjim & Mapusa, about every
hour. You can also get autos from Mapusa.
Swimming is dangerous at most of the beaches because of the
strong undercurrents. Consulting the lifeguards is a must
before venturing out into the waters.
Goa has a consistent climate throughout the year with just
meager fluctuations in the temperature. December and January
might require light woolens, but April and May are warm. The
period from June to October brings heavy rain, almost up to
320 cm. The temperature during the summers ranges from 24°C
to 32.7°C and during the winters it ranges from 21.3°C
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.
ROUTE from PANJIM Take NH 17 across the Mandovi river
to Mapusa , then turn left at Khorlim to Anjuna via Assagao.