Yoga Travel Guide: Anjuna, Goa, India.

I spent 3 months living in Anjuna which is an area in Goa, South India. I was practicing ashtanga yoga with one of my teachers who lives there. During this time I met some wonderful people and great places. After three months there and searching for the best places to eat, drink, hang out I decided it would be nice to compile a list of some of the things that I enjoyed during my time there. I have also included some places that were recommended to me by others who spend time in Anjuna.

Recommendation number one is rent a scooter! Its really fun and Anjuna is actually quite safe to drive around in my experience, its not as crazy as most Indian roads. It essential to get around really.

Yoga

Hanuman yoga

hanuman yoga

 Francois has been practicing and studying Ashtanga yoga from his teacher Rolf Naujokat in Anjuna for the past three years. Francois is dedicated to sharing the practice of yoga through the Ashtanga Vinyasa system. He offers introductory courses, led & mysore style, pranayama and meditation. Check out his website here.

Contact Francois on +918007429131 or +919764466478. Email:om.franswa@gmail.com

 

Shala Mandala

Shala mandala is run by Katerina Tahautdinova ,who also runs worldwide yoga retreats. Katerina and her family travel the world and create lovely pop-up yoga shalas whereever they go, be sure to find out if she is near you.

Shala Mandala is little cozy yoga space where you can come for private prenatal and postnatal practice , baby yoga and hatha yoga. All classes must be booked in advance. It is located at the top of the German bakery road, a big bright blue house.

Contact Kate to book a class: Phone: +919764466478 or on Facebook.

Iyengar yoga

Ian has been practicing and learning yoga for almost 40 years, with some of the worlds great teachers. He is very popular with the students that come to Goa to practice yoga and has a great reputation as a teacher. During the season he teaches almost everyday at Artjuna Cafe.

 

Healing & Energy work

Michelle D’Souza- Clairvoyant counselor

michelle anjuna guide

Michelle is a dear friend of mine who I met while I was living in Goa. Her work and gifts never cease to amaze me and continues to support and help me grow.

Michelle: “I’m a clairvoyant counselor. I usually read what a person’s Spirit tells me if they think they aren’t going forward in the physical realm. I work especially with energetic blocks that often manifest as physical pain. I read past lives and channel messages if asked.”  

For more information on her exceptional work or to contact Michelle check out her website.

 Ayurclinic

Dr.Rohit is the Ayurvedic doctor at this Baga clinic and is a very kind and knowledgeable doctor. I found him to be extremely accurate in my consultation with him. I did a 5 day mini panchakarma which was tough on my body but I felt it really helped me physically and emotionally once it did its work. This centre also provides different types of Ayurvedic massages with helpful, qualified and experienced Ayurvedic consultants and massage therapists .
Location: Near Royal Goan Beach Club, Baga clinic, Arpora, 403521. (They also have a clinic at Mandrem.)
Contact: +91 96 37473366           Email: dr.rohit@ayurvedagoa.org

Yoga Photography

Daniela Leinenweber Photography 

Daniela is a wonderfully talented and intuitive yoga photographer who I had the pleasure to work with during my time in Goa. I have seen her work from behind the scenes and also in its finished form and both are exceptional. Daniela has an amazing ability to capture the beauty of yoga as well as portraying the beauty of the wonderful  people and places that she photographs.
Check her website to see her work and like her on Facebook to follow her movements and photos or to book a photo session with her.
Location: Worldwide.
Contact: +56 9 98184549        Email: contacto@danielaleinenweber.com

Accomadation

Sejal gueshouse

sejal

These are 4 simple rooms rented out by a lovely Indian family, great location and safe. Veena (the lady who rents the rooms) is so welcoming and helping with anything you need, they also have small kitchen facilities outside with a cooking hob and fridge, wi-fi, internet cafe, money exchange and travel agency. Laundy and scooters also available.

Located very close to the beach, the flea market and not far from restaurants, shops and the main Anjuna junction. Popular with yoga students, if you are going to practice with Yogabones then it is literally next door to them.

They also have a house which they rent out close by.

Location: 956(1), Pequen Pedden (next to German Bakery), Anjuna, Goa.

Contact: +91-0832-227-3625       Cell: +91-9822-985-030       Email: um6006@yahoo.com

Selwyn guesthouse

Very clean & comfortable rooms. Very quiet and safe place. Owned by a very nice Indian family that are always be ready to help you with anything you need. No shared kitchen, but there is a shared fridge in the common area and they let you use the family’s kitchen in case you want to cook. Rate per room: 800 a day.

Location: Pequeno Peddem (before German Bakery), Anjuna, Goa.

Contact: +91-9822-162-547.

Casa Bianca
Clean, spacious and bright rooms with balconies. Hot water, bathtubs, Wi-Fi, TV and large shared kitchen and dining area.

Luxury accommodation for a reasonable price in this part of India. Mainly rented by yoga students – possibility to get a discounted rate if you mention that you are in Anjuna to practice yoga.

Location: Near main Anjuna junction. House No. 1735, Sorantto Vaddo, Anjuna, Goa.

Contact: +91-9448-134-226     Cell:_91-9970-320-897      Email: sunil_shiri@yahoo.com

 

Chill Inn

This is a nice guesthouse run by an Indian couple and their son. They are friendly and accommodating – when we first arrived late and hungry we were driven to a restaurant and picked up when we needed.

The room we had was nice and big, with an attached bathroom and with great fans! When we stayed there it was the start of the season but there was simple breakfast and coffee/tea available. Lots of fellow yogis stayed here during their stay and enjoyed it.

Location: Good location- close to beach, flea market and shops.

Pequen Peddem, Anjuna, Goa. (near German Bakery).

Cell: +91-9158-705-434  Email: marshallthomas277@gmail.com

Restaurants & eating

Here are some of the places I ate in during my stay.

Bean me up

Bean me up is just amazing! Its a 100% vegan restaurant run by a man named Shawn from Kerala.

The menu has a whole range of world cuisine dishes – tofu-lafels, hummus, salads, sushi, burgers, juices, teas, coffees (with almond or coconut cappucinos!). They have vegan ice-cream and desserts, its all delicious and the portion sizes are very generous.

The atmosphere of the places is really nice – relaxed, open, clean, with nice music and staff.

They have bands and musicians playing here sometimes, usually on a Sunday evening. They also have an eco-store located behind the restaurant.

Location : 1639/2 Devalvaddo, Ozran beach road, Goa, India 403509. (Its not far from the petrol station in vagator.)

German Bakery

This is where I spent most of my time (and money!!) as it was right next to my guesthouse. The place has a really nice atmosphere, where you can sit at a table or sit on cushions on the ground with a low table (smoking or non-smoking area).

The food is nice, its not amazing for the price you will pay compared to other places but I think the ambiance and atmosphere of the place is worth it for the slighly higer price.

Our favorites were the dahl, tomato-tofu curry, rajma, paranthas and the aloo gobi – basically you can’t go wrong with the India food there. The tofu balls were also good. They have delicious raw-vegan desserts and in my opinion the best chai in town! Also a bonus is that as all meals are made up fresh so they can cater for any dietary needs- vegan, gluten-free, etc.  They also sell some health food products, chutneys and honey from north India and delicious yak cheese.

The staff are all really friendly and the place is always clean. From Dec-Jan they have artists/musicians on Wednesday nights.

I basically hung out here most of the time during my stay!

Accommodation also available, massage and beauty salon also located here.

Location: Market Road 403509 Grande Peddem, Anjuna, Goa GA 403509 – if you ask anyone they will know where it is.

Contact:  +919096058775              Email: 

 

Mango Shade Cafe

This is a gem of a place for breakfast, just around the corner from The German Bakery. Open from 8am – 16.30pm.

The guys who run it are really nice and friendly. The serve delicious omelets, juices, fruit salad (at 50Rs it is the cheapest I’ve come across yet), pancakes, toasts with a wide range of toppings and tasty turkish coffee and coffee shakes.

Really reasonably priced, a great place for a tasty and filling breakfast. Coffee is 50Rs, juices 60-80Rs and some lunch items also available

Location: Just down the road after German Bakery.

Ramesh’s

Ramesh is a local Goan man who runs a small family restaurant. He is known for his delicious, fresh sea-food which is cooked outside on the fire – you can order in advance and tell him the time you wish to eat.

They also serves delicious vegetarian dishes like dahl, veg/mushroom masala, rotis, avocado salad and the best ABC (apple-beetroot-carrot) juice. You can also ask about the thali which he serves twice a week for the yoga students practicing at Yogabones.

Price: Moderate – Seafood is fresh and so is well priced, the other dishes are also reasonable and tasty- cooked in house by his family.

Location: If you follow the road down towards the beach past the German bakery (on your left side), keep walking past the ‘Chill Inn’ guesthouse and a few meters down the road on your left you will see a little restaurant with a straw roof. Ramesh is very friendly and always welcoming so feel free to drop in and ask about his place and food.

Whole Bean

Whole bean is a small vegetarian and vegan cafe which opens until the late afternoon/ early evening.

They have a range of vegan bugers – tofu, tempeh, vegetable- which are delicious, and all the soya products are homemade and are also for sale. Others options available – eggs, Indian dishes, salads.

They have shakes and juices, coffees and teas with soya milk available.

Location: On Market Road next to

Artjuna Cafe

Nice, open space cafe/restaurant.

Good menu with fresh, vegetarian and vegan options (the falafels are delicious and vegan-friendly). Best place for fruit salad!!

Nice range of juices, smoothies and coffees (with vegan milk options), large selection of desserts also on offer.

There is also a boutique shop, pricey but nice quality things available. There are also yoga classes on offer here and a notice board to find out about other classes and events happening in the area.

Nice, relaxed atmosphere.

It would be on the more expensive side for food but it is a nice place to eat with fresh, good quality food.

Location: Market road.

Luna Restaurant

This is a Tibetan-run restaurant, veg and non-veg available.

Tibetan, Indian and Chinese food available – the momos are delicious!

Juices available and really resonable – try the pomegranate juice.

Friendly and open place.

Price range: Low-moderate. Reasonably priced here for what you receive.

Located: At the top of the market road next to cosmos tailor.

Blossom cafe

I was recommended this cafe by several people but never made it there, this is a description by a regular customer of his.

This is a mostly raw&vegan restaurant. He serves creative shakes (choose 5 ingredients from a huge list for only 80Rs)  and is served by smiling Rob and in January he plans to open for a different dinner each day.

Located: Toward little vagator beach/Sri/Talasa, next to the crystal shop.

Rudra Veg Restaurant

This is a small, local veg restaurant.

They serve typical Indian food and its really decently priced. Check it out for a delicious breakfast – the best idli, dosa and chutneys in town.

Indian thali for 100 Rs.

Price range: Low cost but delicious food.

Location: Anjuna beach rd, right side- across from Cafe pluto.

Sita veg restaurant

Pure veg restaurant. Tasty Indian food – great thalis for 120Rs, as well as other local dishes at great prices.

Price range: Low- moderate

Location: Vagator road, next to the vagator petrol station.

Baba au rhum (the french bakery)

Recommended by a French person to go there for their croissants! They must be good.

Salads with ‘a perfect dressing’, pizza, coffee. Open space surrounded by fields, a place to chill.

 

Location: On the way to Baga/Arpora, turn right at Orchard stores, follow the road towards Baga/Arpora and after the large open field right on the sharp turn on the road there is a little lane to the right into the restaurant car park.

Oasis Cafe

Nice, relaxed cafe with tasty food and reasonably priced.

We enjoyed the vegetarian salad, the dahl, veg masala are all good. As with most restaurants very generous portions or rice so you can probably split between two people.

Location: Anjuna beach rd, right side.

Tin Tin restaurant

A tibetan restaurant with nice momos and tibetan soups as well as other dishes – not just Tibetan.

Reasonably priced.

Location: Just after the junction towards Orchard stores coming from Anjuna beach rd (left side) on the left hand side.

Outside Anjuna

The Juice Center

This is a hang out spot in the really nice village of Chapora- full of westerners, long-term foreign residents, locals.

Great juices at great prices. Also serve fruit salad and shakes.

Location: Chapora village.

Navtara

Pure veg restaurant, always busy with local people.

Delicious Indian food and really cheap – delicious thalis, samosa, dosa, idlis.

Nice coffee shakes and chai too! I had a juice which wasn’t very good.

Location: Its not actually in Anjuna but not far, its located on the main Mapusa road just outside Mapusa town. You can even get there by local bus for 10Rs (take the bus to Mapusa that goes through Parra and ask to get off at Navtara restaurant)

Hotel Vrundavan

Clean, delicious, decently priced pure veg restaurant with thali for 70Rs.

Location: near Mapusa market after Hanuman temple, turn right after small park and it is on your left.

Vinayak

A nice restaurant which is always full with local people and long-term foreign residents in Goa.

Delicious, well priced food – thalis for 70Rs.

Location: Assagao, turn left at ‘The Happy Bar’ intersection (coming from Anjuna side)

Talasa

A popular Greek restaurant, which I never went to personally but it was popular.

Expensive with nice views of Vagator beach.

Location: Vagator beach.

 

Food/grocery stores

Oxford supermarket

Large supermarket with a whole variety of goods – from local to western, organic products, cosmetic products, ayurvedic herbs, etc. (I personally like the Biotique range for face wash and moisturizer, I’m not sure if I trust the Himalaya range)

Open everyday.

Location: Near to the main junction on Anjuna beach road, past the taxi stand.

Orchard stores

Another well-stocked supermarket, wide range of organic products, organic vegetables, western products, incense, soaps and cosmetics.

Similar prices to the west for some products but good selection. Closes on Sundays.

Location: At the junction near the Baga/Arpora road.

Patanjali store

Patanjali brand by BabaRamdev has nice ayurvedic/natural products, foods and medicines as well as washing and hygiene products.

Location: Close to Orchard stores.

Most of the small local grocery shops, which are never far away, sell most basic items.

Fruit

I used to buy my fruit at the fruit stand located at the vagator/Anjuna/Chapora junction on the way to the vagator petrol station. They have a nice range of goods, have a room behind with salads and herbs and I found it well priced and good quality.

The lady who sells coc0nuts on the beach at Shiva Valley/Curlies can organise homemade coconut oil made by a local lady, 1 liter for 300Rs – She assures me it is pure and clean. It seemed good to me.

Mapusa market

Mapusa market (located next to the bus station) is a great place to buy all sorts – fruit, veg (most places in Anjuna get their supplies from Mapusa), spices, clothes, household goods and if you are staying long term its a great place to buy kitchenware.

Lots of shops to buy things like bindis, jewellery, statues (I got lovely Ganesh statues for 100Rs) and other little gifts and trinkets.

Its also a great place for local Indian food – cheap and delicious, lots of little restaurants throughout the market.

Its best to go early morning – Monday, Wednesday or Thursday are good days. It can be intense during the afternoon with the heat and the people. Generally, it’s always been a pleasant experience – nice to get into the Indian way.

You can get there by local bus from Anjuna for 10Rs.

Saturday Night Market & Wednesday Flea Market

anjuna

The saturday night market is the place to go for all sorts – Great stalls for shopping, from local to western run stalls. There are food stalls, music, a place to dance to fun electronic music on the second floor. Its the place to be on a Saturday night!

Location: Baga

Flea Market

Anjuna is famous for its weekly Flea market held every Wednesday.

 

Charities

WAG: 

http://wagoa.com/

WAG is an animal welfare charity and cow sanctuary located in Siolim, not far from Anjuna. I have been told that the work done by this charity is phenomenal. The man who runs this charity not only takes in and looks after stray cats and dogs and re homes them when possible.

Also the other invaluable work that this charity provides is rescuing cows. Cows in India have a hard life- left starving, eating plastic and are regularly injured by traffic and left to die. This organisation rents a truck a comes out to collect injured or cows which are generally in need of rescuing.

This charity is 100% genuine and all funds go into the charity and caring for the animals. Volunteers are welcome.

Medical care

I wouldn’t recommend going to St.Anthony’s hospital in Vagator. It is the only hospital in the area and we didn’t have a good experience with our treatments there (three separate experiences).

We went to a very professional and helpful doctor in Mapusa (next to Navtara restaurant just outside of Mapusa). He is renowned for his expertise with wounds and infections and I cannot recommend him enough – clean, professional and thorough. Local prices for treatment.  I will add in the details as soon as possible.

 

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