Anjuna | India
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Anjuna is a popular beach in Goa, located to the north of the beaches of Baga and Calangute, and close to the beaches of Vagator and Chapora. The nearest town is Mapusa, which is a few kilometres to the east.


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Getting Around

1 Get around 1.1 By bicycles 1.2 By hire motorbikes 1.3 By local bus 1.4 By motorcyle taxi 1.5 By auto rickshaw 1.6 By taxi 1.7 By train You can either hire yourself some transport or use the public transport, there's lots of choices available. For taxis, motorbike taxis and autorickshaws you can nearly always find some available near the main crossroads (Starco Junction) and it's best to negotiate the price before you get in. By bicycles It is possible to hire bicycles, usually without gears and somewhat dangerous to ride given the traffic. Be aware that it's illegal to drive on the highway without a helmet as you'll probably be fined. By hire motorbikes A great way to get around is to hire scooters or Motorbikes. On a daily basis which can range anywhere from ₨ 150 to ₨ 400, depending on what you hire. They may require a small deposit, but don't leave your passport, you can leave a photocopy if you are asked. Bikes are available easily, just ask the locals who own restaurants, and shacks. refrain from asking the locals who run road-side stalls or at flea markets. Also a good idea would be to ask the person at the reception at your hotel. If you're lucky, they can arrange one for you. If you do manage to get one please fill the tank to the fullest, as petrol pumps are far away from each other. Be aware that no one seems to wear helmets and the traffic can be busy especially in peek season, its not a good place to learn how to ride a scooter or motorbike. Also you should have an international drivers license to ride a bike. If you are going to go into Mapusa or Panaji find a helmet, the police will want a bribe (baksheesh) if you don't have one or an international license. With a small scooter, it's wise not to go further than Arambol to the north, Mapusa inside land, and stop before the highway to Panaji to the south. If you have a decent scooter or bigger bike and a helmet you can travel almost anywhere in Goa, but drive carefully: dogs, goats, cows are wandering on the roads which are in some places falling apart. The nearest petrol pump is Near Vagator, to get there head north at Starco junction until you hit the main T junction at Vagator, turn right and head for about 2 km (1.2 mile) just past where the road merges with the main road into Chapora, the petrol pump is on your left, join the queue of waiting bikes. Petrol is also available in one liter bottles at most of the stores around Anjuna, although the price would be roughly 60% higher than from the gas station and also purity is hard to guarantee. By local bus These are very cheap and are a good way to get to other towns like Mapusa or Vagator but won't take you off the beaten track. There are many buses to Mapusa during the daytime. If you see one, just wave your hand and it will stop for you (price is less than ? 10). Otherwise you can wait at main crossing. Almost all sleeper buses depart from Mapusa. you have to book your ticket from a travel agency, and get to the company office half an hour before departure time. By motorcyle taxi These are a Goan speciality, simply pay the driver and he'll take you where you want to go, probably the cheapest form of public transport after local buses. Most short trips cost around ₨ 100. You will find one at Starco Junction. By auto rickshaw The usual Indian autorickshaws are also available, cheaper than taxis more than motorbike taxis. Negotiate By taxi The most expensive option but the best for getting further afield like the airport or if you want to visit Old Goa or the beaches in South Goa. You'll find bikes and tourist vehicles willing to get you where you want for a price near a main crossing. They usually don't use a meter so be sure to agree on a price before you get in. You can ask at the place you stay, or in the garage where you rent your bike, they'll be happy to get a taxi for you, most of the time for a reasonable price. By train The nearest train station is Thivim a.k.a. Mapusa train station. As it is a dozen km far from Anjuna, you better go there by bus or taxi. You will find many travel agencies in Anjuna where you can book plane, train or bus tickets, check schedule, confirm your flight, etc. one of the most reliable can be found on the post office street. From the main road, on the way to Mapusa, turn right between the 2 two speed breakers, then go straight and you'll see a change rates sign on the right side of the road, the agency is on the right side.


Things to do

1 Do 1.1 Beach 1.2 Nightlife 1.3 Outdoor Parties Chapora fort near Anjuna beach In Anjuna, there is everything a traveller may need an ATM (see Money section), it is possible to rent bikes, rooms, houses. you can also find many cyber cafes...the best one is at Nehal Travels and Manali Guest House, Manali Bookshop is the best Bookshop in this area, restaurants with different kinds of food (Goan, Indian, continental, Israeli, Italian, French, ...), small grocery shops, a convenience store (oxford's arcade), and 24/24 open restaurant (Munchies). Beach Anjuna Beach is to the south of the village with its usual lot of restaurants and bars. Not really the most beautiful beach you can see in Goa, and not really a quiet place (beware of the occasional skydiver landing on the beach, watch out for that one infuriated cow), but it's still possible to have good times there. Nightlife Anjuna is also the home of the most popular night club of goa: Paradiso, and so despite the fact that they will try to charge some people with entrance fee (₹200 to ₹500+) and not others. Most of the time the security service will prevent the locals to enter the club. even if it's worth going in once to enjoy the view, this is not the place where you want to go if you're looking for parties. Better go to nine bar or hilltop in Vagator and ask around for open-air parties. There are nightclubs catering to western package tourists in Baga and Calangute to the south that are easy enough to get to by taxi. Curlies This is definitely one of the best places in Goa during daytime for trance people, freaks and hippies. It is located just next to the Anjuna Flea Market place, on the extreme south of Anjuna beach. Nice beach shacks playing psy trance & ambient in Curlies bar, and Israeli psy trance in some another beach shack 50 metres further to the south. @curliesparty is on Twitter. Outdoor Parties Anjuna is famous for its parties, however they are increasingly being discouraged by the authorities, you may be unlucky and not find any while you are here due to the police stopping them, you may want to try Arambol further north. The situation is currently under review, as there are state elections (April 2007). As many business owners complain about plunging visitor numbers, the next government (and season) might allow more parties. Places to find parties near Anjuna are: Dolce Vita/Bamboo Forest (recently closed, Feb. 07), but particularly at the beach. If there's one when you're around, be sure to go to one of the famous full moon parties, or one of the less known black moon parties. You can spot where the parties are by looking for the flickering lights of the "chai ladies" on the beach. They always congregate where the parties are happening, and the flames from their kerosene lamps are a great signpost. Best idea is to go to Nine Bar in Vagator and ask around.