Goa, located on India's western coast, has become a global hub for hippies, synonymous with freedom, spirituality and a relaxed lifestyle. With its beautiful beaches and welcoming atmosphere, Goa has been the ideal setting for the evolution of the hippie culture. Anjuna, in particular, has gained fame as the heart of the Goan hippie movement, attracting like-minded individuals seeking an alternative way of life.
The Evolution of Goa's Hippie Culture
The hippie culture in Goa began in the 1960s when American and European hippies sought a more peaceful and fulfilling way of life. They were disillusioned with materialism and found Goa a perfect destination due to its undeveloped nature, beautiful beaches and rich cultural heritage. They established a unique community centred around peace, love, freedom, music, art and spirituality. Goa's hippie culture peaked in the 1970s and remains influential today. While hippies are now a minority, they contribute significantly to Goa's culture and economy. The culture is centred on peace, love and freedom, evolving to be inclusive. People from around the world visit Goa to experience its hippie culture and it is no longer just a place for hippies.
Anjuna - the hippie's location in Goa
Situated along the Arabian Sea, Anjuna has become the go-to place to experience hippie culture when visiting Goa. Its stunning beaches, lush landscapes and laid-back ambience have attracted people from all over the world seeking a free-spirited lifestyle. Even today, Anjuna retains its charm, offering a perfect balance of peace and excitement.
Hippie Market Goa
Anjuna Flea Market, also known as the Hippie Market, is a must-visit attraction. Every Wednesday, a vibrant bazaar comes to life where vendors from diverse backgrounds showcase their unique products. From handmade jewellery and clothing to musical instruments and organic produce, the market is a treasure trove of delightful finds. Live music and a fusion of cultures create an unforgettable experience.
Culture of Hippies in Anjuna
The hippie culture in Anjuna is all about freedom, spirituality and creativity. The town has lots of guesthouses, cafes and art galleries that are perfect for people who live a bohemian lifestyle. Many of these places are run by former hippies who came to Goa and still believe in the ideals of the hippie movement. In Anjuna, hippies value things like peace, love and being in harmony with nature. They often do yoga, meditation and other spiritual activities.
Trance Parties - Music and Spirituality
Trance music is a defining aspect of Anjuna's hippie culture. The town is famous for its vibrant trance parties, where people gather to celebrate life, dance and immerse themselves in hypnotic beats. These open-air events create an electrifying atmosphere, uniting people from all backgrounds. Trance music represents liberation, inner connection and embracing collective energy.
In Anjuna, hippies express their carefree and individualistic spirit through a unique celebration style. They wear tie-dye clothes, flowing skirts, beaded jewellery, and sport dreadlocks, representing their bohemian style. This celebration is not limited to special occasions; it's an everyday expression of freedom and self-expression. Spontaneous drum circles, mesmerising fire dancers and live painting sessions showcase their creativity, spontaneity and connection to the present moment.
Coexistence with Locals
The hippie culture in Anjuna has evolved over the years, and it's important to note the harmonious relationship between the hippie community and the local Goan population. Goans are known for their warm hospitality and accepting nature, which has fostered a sense of mutual respect and coexistence. The locals have embraced the hippie culture as a part of their identity, recognising the positive impact it has had on tourism and the economy of the region.
Sustainability and Eco-consciousness
Sustainability and eco-conscious living are key elements of Anjuna's hippie culture. The community actively engages in initiatives to preserve Goa's natural beauty through beach clean-ups, organic farming and alternative energy practices, working towards a sustainable future.
To fully immerse yourself in the vibrant hippie culture of Anjuna, you should highly consider staying at either Rosetum Anjuna or White Pearl Suites By Rosetum. Both of our hotels offer a luxurious and comfortable stay, providing guests with a wide range of amenities. Situated close to countless cafes, bars, and vibrant nightlife options, our hotels offer convenient access to the heart of Anjuna's hippie scene. Additionally, the famous Anjuna Beach and the renowned flea market are just a stone's throw away from both of our properties, allowing guests to explore and experience the essence of Goa’s hippie culture.