Over the past year, Goa, for me, has meant moving away from the beaches and exploring the inlands. And even though I stayed in a quiet sleepy village of North Goa in my recent trip, I travelled to Arambol beach for a day, all in the quest to get feathered hair extensions.

Once I was done with my escapades, I walked towards the beach for a swim and a beer. By sundown, the weather became pleasant and I noticed more people gather around. While talking to my new acquaintances, I understood that every evening this place turned into a flea market of sorts with percussionists jamming in on one side. Apparently, this has been happening for a decade! There is no place I’d rather be during the breezy sunset. I waited as beach beds were pulled together for the jam session and people started setting up their ‘shops’.

In a matter of few minutes, the beach wore a different look. I walked across the mini flea market; where travellers from various countries Russia, Sweden, Norway, Italy and Israel sold various products or talent in very small mats, aligned together. These included jewellery, small artefacts, quirky feather and beaded trinkets, masks, stones, yoga, face painting and even a pair of boots! The sunset beach market is a way these people support themselves financially while they stay and travel in India. It’s simple: they pick a talent and put a price to it.

Soon the sound of multifarious instruments of percussion distracted me. Seated in a semi-circular structure, these musicians improvised and created rhythms that attracted a lot of dancing from their spectators. I saw a young Indian boy play the initial beats on a borrowed bongo and soon the rest of the musicians followed. The eclectic mix of people from all over the world added to the bohemian vibe of the place.

This sunset entertainment takes place only when Goa is in season and goes on for hours showing other activities like capoeira, martial arts, hula hoops, fire performances and juggling. I spent more than a couple of hours here and decided to leave before it became too dark into the night. My evening at Arambol beach left me refreshed and thinking how little we actually need to keep going in life.

Just a few in the beginning.
Just a few in the beginning.
And the mini flea market also makes an appearance.
And the mini flea market also makes an appearance.
Handmade jewellery.
Handmade jewellery.
The lovely feather things!
The lovely feather things!
A lady looking at an advertisement for a party.
A lady looking at an advertisement for a party.
Juggling at sunset.
Juggling at sunset.
Temporary body art, also done on paper.
Temporary body art, also done on paper.
Percussionists seated with their varying drums.
Percussionists seated with their various drums.
Some of them with rattles and flute.
Some of them with rattles and flute.
Free spirit dancing.
Free spirit dancing.

Here is a video to give you an idea of the experience:

Have you been to this boho fair in Goa?

Amrita Das

Amrita is a freelance travel writer and professional travel blogger. She has been contributing to some of the top publications in India and internationally. She propagates female solo travel and shares her experiences from off-beat, culture and adventure travel through her writing.

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8 thoughts on “Photo story: An evening at Arambol Beach, Goa

  1. Hey Amrita,

    Loved your post – I’ve never been to Goa and was planning a trip to somewhere other than the overcrowded beaches. I guess this is what I was looking for.

    Keep travelling and blogging!

    Cheers,
    Insomniac :)

    1. Hey, thanks for stopping by. If you’re looking for more ideas in Goa, I’ll be happy to help. I take great pride in saying that I know the state like the back of my hand ;) Have a good trip!

    1. I love the beaches of South Goa. Though Arambol had a different vibe :)

  2. Hi Amrita – Lovely reading your posts. I am planning to travel to Goa and have spent the last few days trying to figure out where to stay. I am a solo traveller and and looking for some peace and solitude more than the parties at Goa. Any tips would be helpful. Thanks.

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