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Exploring Goa’s Hippie Haven – Anjuna

I’ve found my Goan oasis away from the crowds of Candolim – Anjuna. As you will know if you’ve had a read of my first ‘Postcards Home’ post (if you haven’t, check it out here), my first impressions of Goa were mixed.

However, on Wednesday afternoon, in an attempt to escape the crowds and find some culture, we headed to Anjuna flee market – a huge market that lines the streets of Anjuna every Wednesday from 8.30am til late.

Discovering Goa's Hippie Haven - Anjuna Flee Market - My Culture Craving

Discovering Goa's Hippie Haven - Beach - My Culture Craving

Discovering Goa's Hippie Haven - Markets - My Culture Craving

Selling everything from embroided pashminas, elephant embellished wall hangings and colourful, traditional puppets to intricate trinkets, aromatic spices and beautiful necklaces, earrings and rings, it is the perfect place to pick up a few souvenirs or, have a wander and soak up the picturesque surroundings.

Discovering Goa's Hippie Haven - Bags - My Culture Craving

Discovering Goa's Hippie Haven - Swinging Seats - My Culture Craving

Discovering Goa's Hippie Haven - Compasses - My Culture Craving

Discovering Goa's Hippie Haven - Anjuna Market - My Culture Craving

Discovering Goa's Hippie Haven - Souvenirs - My Culture Craving

Discovering Goa's Hippie Haven - Singing Bowls - My Culture Craving

After resisting to buy every Buddha, necklace, ring and scarf on offer, we emerged onto the palm-tree laden beach.

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Known as the hippie haven of Goa, Anjuna really does live up to its reputation. With scenic mountains and palm trees as its backdrop, beach shacks playing chilled out music and serving fresh Goan food and rental, bamboo huts strewn in Buddha printed blankets, it was the epitome of how I had envisioned Southern India.

Discovering Goa's Hippie Haven - Anjuna Beach - My Culture Craving

Backpackers of all ages (including retired couples) flaunting impressive dreadlocks and tie dye clothing filled the beach shacks drinking Kingfisher beers and exchanging travelling tales, whilst others indulged in fresh coconuts as the crowds dispersed and the sun began to set.

Discovering Goa's Hippie Haven - Cows - My Culture Craving

Discovering Goa's Hippie Haven - Beach Shack - My Culture Craving

We found a cute beach shack, pigged out on a scrumptious dinner of fish curry and chapati and admired the crimson sunset as it melted behind the horizon… absolute bliss.

Discovering Goa's Hippie Haven - Sunset - My Culture Craving

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