Anjuna beach Travel guide

History

Like all of Goa, Anjuna was long held by the Portuguese. In 1950, it had a population of 5,688

Anjuna is a village in Goa, one of the twelve Brahmin comunidades of Bardez. It was a famous destination for hippies during the sixties and seventies. It currently faces the problems that all of Goa faces: garbage disposal, unauthorized land conversion, usurpation of community land, and a disregard for the rule of law.

Its church, St. Michael's Church, Anjuna, founded in 1595, is dedicated to S. Miguel, and celebrates the feasts of S. Miguel (September 29) and Nossa Senhora Advogada (second week of January). There are three large chapels in the parish: the one to S. Antonio (Praias), to Nossa Senhora de Saude (Mazalvaddo), and to Nossa Senhora de Piedade (Grande Chinvar). The chapel at Vagator became the church of the new parish of Vagator, dedicated to S. Antonio, sometime during the twentieth century.

Anjuna is known throughout North Goa and to travellers from all over the world for its flea market at the Beach (Wednesdays), where one can find anything from Indian souvenirs to Trance music.

Anjuna is also known as the hippie capital of Goa, although its star seems to be fading as tourism takes hold. The drug-based hippie scene of the 1970s was described in Cleo Odzer's 1995 book Goa Freaks: My Hippie Years in India (ISBN 156201059X). But now it has become one of the aging tourist destinations of the state, with too many so-called "Binktakars" posing a threat on the beaches.

Apart from all this, Anjuna has given birth to many well known musicians, medical doctors, and clergy.

One such music group is the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) tandem Above & Beyond. Their signature record label, "Anjunadeep", as well as their radio show, "Anjunabeats Worldwide Radio Show," and their albums "Anjunabeats" all make reference to Anjuna.