This is a village in the northern part of Goa and one of the 12 villages where thr earliest Hindus came and settled down from Aryavarta many centuries ago. This village is one of the most popular villages of Goa and also a very good place for shopping here. Among all the small attractions here, the St. Micheal's Church and the Anjuna Fort are the most popular apart from the Anjuna Beach. The beach is not as crowded as the Baga or other such beaches but the crowd here is quite decent. Most of the people you see here are non- Indians and this is what makes the environment quite different. Also, the art of bargaining is necessary when you want to do shopping over here. There are also a number of food shacks around the beach.
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Anjuna is firstly the name of a village and is one of the places where the earliest Hindus came and settled down. There is also the church of St. Micheal over here which is another major attraction besides the flea market of Anjuna. Coming to the beach of Anjuna, this is not a very crowded beach but is still quite a popular one. The crowd is of mostly foreigners and so you can expect a different surrounding than you find in other beaches or the ones in Mumbai or South India. You can enjoy swimming as well as water sports here and it is also a perfect place for picnics and get togethers.
Shopping is an important part of your trip to Goa equally as the beaches are. The flea market or the Wednesday Market of Goa in the Anjuna region is one of the best souvenir markets here. Earlier here would only be found hippies smoking jumbo joints and trying to convince people to buy their stuffs and services which would in turn earn them money to help them during the rest of their stay.At present there is a lot more you will find here. Starting from Kashmiri and Tibetian clothes and show pieces to Gujarati tribal women selling t- shirts and home decor items and other tribal girls from Mumbai and Karnataka selling traditional stuff too. The remaining shops belong to backpackers from Europe and Russia and the others to the hippies. They mostly sell services such as massages, piercings, tattoo making and others.
Curlies Beach Shack
One of the most popular and one of the best beach shacks in Goa, the Curlies Beach Shack is located near the flea market at the Anjuna Beach. People love to come here again and again and their best point is of course the ambience out here. They serve you with delicacies and some real good beverages and drinks. Another reason for the popularity of this place is that that this place hosts some of the best parties you will get to enjoy in Goa. This includes trance parties and electro parties which you hardly find so good in other places.
Oh boy this place was just amazing. We wanted to go to Curlies at Anjuna so we followed direction as GPS lead us. When we reached the pin point and parked our bikes, we were told by 2 local fellow that you will have to walk down the road for 7-8 mins. We started and the road was very scary and dim lighted and very dark most of times (phone flash lights helped us make through most of the road!) We climbed couple of stairs, made way through rough road and still no sign of this place and suddenly we could hear loud music and booooom, there was just a different world out there from the end of the corner of the road. The place was buzzing with crowd (mostly firangs and few Indians). We saw that Curlies and Shiva Valley, both were damn next to each other. Curlies is a shack and Shiva Valley is the night club. Both places were divided by a boundary made of beach tables. LOL. Girls entry were free. Paid stags and Couple entry. Shiva Valley's dance floor was filled with only firangs dancing on EDM and Trance. High on weed and booze (like rave parties shown in movies!). Shiva Valley side of beach had all Indians dancing on the sand. We enjoyed our time here were glad we made it till here!
A great place for backpackers and travellers, this is especially a favourite place for young groups who are out on a trip. There are separate dorms for girls and boys and the basic facilities are great over here. Cleanliness is maintained well and the food is great too. The breakfast menu is the best out of all and they even serve you with customized meals if you ask for any changes. Pre- planned parties are a hit factor here.
16 Degrees North
Very close to the Baga Beach, this is a 3- star hotel and is also very close to the Baga Main Market. The first good thing about this place is the luxurious setting and stay which you get at budget rates absolutely. The rooms are really good and clean and the pool is clean too. The food provided is fresh and good and the staff is really helpful at all times.
Stay: Hotel 16 Degree North, near Baga River, Baga. Pretty good hotel for the price. Good value for money. No use wasting money on hotels in North Goa, you hardly going to be in the room :-). If you love enjoying good hotels and resorts then head to South Goa for good relaxing trip. Day 1
The Funky Monkey Hostel
The planning started in September and it was decided that I'll be doing my 2nd backpacking in Goa, The first thing was to check the cheapest airfare , after waiting for a week I booked my tickets from yatra.com for 7200/- round trip from New Delhi to Goa. I took the evening flight from Delhi to Goa which departed at 6:40 pm and landed in Goa around 9:20 PM, If you are travelling on budget mode , try to take the morning flight and then take a bus from the airport to your hotel/hostel. I took a cab till my hostel, The Funky Monkey at the Anjuna. It costed me 1400/- . After reaching the Hostel, I checked in and without wasting any time I walked to famous Curlies cafe at the Anjuna beach which was merely 5 mins walk from the hostel. Oh boy! what a vibe, music, food , crowd , view, everything was just amazing. Spent few hours there and I came back to my hostel. That was day 1.Day 2.
Red Door Hostel
Goa is and always will be special to me. This is the place I took MY first vacation to, with friends, for the first time going carefree without worrying about constant parental glare. Goa is every bit worth the hype that surrounds it. Take it from me, I have been to goa 3 times, and never been able to go beyond Anjuna. Even though Baga and Calangute are more famous, Anjuna captures the essence of what Goa is, without getting all rotten by touristy stampedes.
Being a travel blogger, let me give you a travel tip: always begin planning a trip by downloading a map of the place, especially if you are planning a trip to an International destination. This will help you to plan your stay,places to see, local conveyance ideas, places to eat, climate etc. In short it will not only save you some cash but also will help you plan your vacation really well.As far as Goa goes, it has a huge coast line and roughly is divided into North and South Goa. Both the areas have their own charm but definitely North Goa is more commercial and has better facilities than South Goa.If this is your first trip you would love to be in North Goa.
Nyex Beach Club
Came here for the "Kingfisher presents Colorland" What a buzz, People were mostly colored in Red / Green/ Orange / Blue / Yellow So you can Imagine the Color of the Pool once they have all jumped in. I had a Grand time watching the moves for Bollywood Music, and Splashing of Colors around. I Did Chill out and enjoy every bit of this Moment. Nyex is also one of the Major happening Clubs in North Goa.
This is a game center very close to the Anjuna Beach in the village of Anjuna in Goa. Here you get to splash others with paintballs and hit them as much as you like. This fun arena is fit for all age groups except for infants. This is because they might get hurt. This experience is nothing short of a party on the beach stands of Goa.
No trip is complete without lazing around.Today was hotel changing day, I moved to other place(Bay Luxe) close to Anjuna.As I entered the place, I realized there was a pool infront of my room, that was it, it was time to get in water and relax. I opened the map and found a German Bakery at walking distance. This is the authentic German Bakery and the only one in Goa.If you are in an around Anjuna, you must not miss this place, grab a coffee, relax.