Anjuna is a small village in Goa which is famous for its picturesque locale and the party culture. Located in the Bardez taluka of North Goa, it is one of the 12 Brahmin communities here. The white sands of the beach and the red laterite rocks create a unique arrangement. The red laterite rocks are sometimes called as the jewels of Anjuna.
History of Anjuna
The church of St. Michaels here dates back to 1595 and is a commemoration to S.Miguel. The church has three large chapels, one each dedicated to S. Antonio, Nossa Senhora De Saude and Nossa Senhora de Piedade.
The village is also the birthplace of a well known Goan band, Above and Beyond. Over the years, they have released songs and albums dedicated to Anjuna Beach and even host a radio show by the name of “Anjunabeats Worldwide Radio Show.”
Things to do in Anjuna
The waters here are safe for swimming and the beach is ideal for sunbathing and relaxing which attracts a lot of foreign tourists to Anjuna Beach. The trance parties are another attraction. They are well known all over Goa and the world, and attract foreign travellers as well as domestic tourists, especially during the time of New Year and Christmas.
Food and Shopping in Anjuna
Apart from the sun, sand, beach and partying, Anjuna is also known for its flea market. The flea market has shops selling everything from local and Kashmiri handicraft to jewellery, bags and clothes. The flea market is held every Wednesday and during the peak season on Saturdays too. Bargaining can be done when shopping from the flea market at Anjuna Beach.
Given the beach’s popularity among tourists, a whole range of bars, cafes and nightspots have come up here. These food joints are known for serving fresh sea food as well as the locally made Feni, which is a Goan alcoholic drink. And alongside the market and the cafes, lies the Go Karting circuit on the outskirts of the village.
The place, like the rest of Goa, has a humid climate throughout the year.
Travelling to Anjuna
Dabolim Airport serves as the closest airport to reach Anjuna, which is 29 km away from Panaji. There are regular flights from all major cities of India. Tourists can hire a taxi to reach Anjuna. Karmali is the nearest railway station at a distance of 11 km away from Panaji.
Travelling within Anjuna
Tourists can hire motor bikes to travel around the town which costs about Rs 400 per day. Taxi services are also available for tourists who not comfortable with two wheelers. Taxis cost about Rs 6 to Rs 11 per km.
Accommodation options in Anjuna
Accommodation options in Anjuna range from budget hotels to 5 star hotels. They can also opt for accommodations close to the Anjuna Beach.