Arambol, a hippie village in North Goa, is a special place for many reasons. Not least, the Arambol beach party every sunset. Here, you can lose yourself in the freestyle drum beats and meet free-spirited people. Read on to learn about the experience.
Arambol is creating a buzz with visitors from around the world, thanks to its hippie flea market, yoga classes, vegan restaurants and the drum circle that gathers every day on Arambol beach to dance, play and celebrate Goa’s spectacular sunsets.
Since it first gained popularity as a hippie beach resort in the 1960s, Arambol has kept its mellow atmosphere. The government’s restrictions on local development have helped it retain its laid-back charm. Instead of major hotels chains, the 16km (10 mile) shore is lined with independent wooden bars, restaurants and beach shacks.
As well as wide sands and choppy waves, there are usually interesting things happening everywhere you look on Arambol beach. The sunshine brings everyone to the shore – jugglers, traders, yogis and even nonchalantly strolling cows.
How to find the Arambol beach party
One afternoon, I took the path from behind the Magic Park yoga centre and vegan café that leads to the beach.
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As I relaxed nearby on the sand and watched the practising juggler, I spotted people start to gather on a bench a few metres away. I didn’t think much of it and continued to watch the sun getting hazy and ready to retire for the day.
As the amassed crowd got larger, my ears picked up the tribal beat of drums riding on the breeze. I was intrigued.
About the Arambol sunset party
Locals and tourists from around the world were gathered in a circle on the beach to play musical instruments and dance as the sun goes down. As I heard trumpets, tambourines, harmonicas and other instruments join in, I realised it was a jam, a free-for-all where anyone can pick up an instrument and play along.
Others started dancing close to the drummers and musicians, with hula hoops or just moving their hips to the hypnotic rhythm. Everyone became a part of the party – even the juggler joined in. I moved closer, still sitting and watching, taking in every minute of it, as the beach dogs ran around and wagged their tails in excitement.
The sun dipped towards the horizon amid a rainbow of vivid colours – oranges, pinks and purples – and I breathed in the salty sea air. People whooped and cheered along to the infectious heartbeat rhythm and playful melodies, which steadily grew louder and more intense as the sun approached the sea.
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Against the multi-hued backdrop I could see the silhouettes of everyone I had seen that day: the jugglers, the healers, the young and the old. Everyone was freely dancing to the pulsing beats.
The drummers were tapping their hands on the skins and generating a throbbing, vital heartbeat. Everyone had the widest smiles and I’m sure some new friendships were made.
The last of the sun’s rays finally disappeared behind the horizon and, at this moment, the entire group cheered with delight and appreciation for the end of another wonderful day.
Arambol has a heartbeat and everyone is welcome.
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