There’s never a dull day in this hippie beachside town in Goa. Here is my essential list of top 3 things to do in Arambol.
Try a workshop
With countless courses, workshops and festivals, in Arambol you’re not limited to lazing on the beach or hanging out in a bar.
Many take place at centres such as Magic Park and Blue Pyramid & Destiny. Just follow the posters, signs and flyers to try whatever catches your eye. It could be yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, belly dancing or even ‘laugh power: the funniest interactive workshop on planet earth’.
I tried an ‘ecstatic dance’ class, which basically means you get to dance around like a loon for a couple of hours, with a load of other people doing the same. Lots of fun, very cathartic and the ultimate ice breaker.
This was an open evening to mark the start of the Heart Festival, a week of sessions encouraging awareness and connectedness. This week, the venue is hosting the Osho Meditation Festival.
Enjoy the music – it’s everywhere
From people jamming on guitars in chilled cafés, to live performances and open mic nights at venues across town, and beachfront bars with heavy trance beats for the night owls (every night there’s a party going on somewhere). Not to mention to the awesome sunset beach parties. And if you haven’t heard of the hang – a beautifully melancholy-sounding instrument, which looks a bit like a miniature spacecraft or an inverted steel drum – you are sure to find one being played somewhere here.
This weekend, the town has been abuzz about a visit by world fusion music pioneer Prem Joshua and his band. He’s performing at a specially constructed concert venue, in the coconut grove behind the beach.
Meet a great mix of people
Arambol welcomes friendly, open people, from regions from Europe to Israel. There are solo travellers like me, parents with toddlers and groups of young sun-seekers. Elderly retirees are also here, to escape the colder climes. You’ll find hippies, punks and – as with many beach resorts – at least one middle-aged guy parading around on the beach wearing tiny Speedos, which leave little to the imagination.
On my first evening here I was invited to join dinner with an organisation called Balanced View. Another night, I was invited to join an open-air movie screening at the home of a young British couple. This was a really nice chilled evening, though we had to be careful of the bats hanging from the tall trees above us, in case of any unexpected bowel movements!
Another afternoon, I mentioned that I fancied doing some painting. A friend introduced me to Maria, who was just starting a group art class at her home and she invited me to join – it couldn’t have been better timed. The people here are warm and generous, and everything just seems to flow.
There are plenty more things to do Arambol
Arambol is an infectious place. Once you have caught the bug, you are likely to return. Many people come back to this special North Goa town, year after year, to be welcomed back by the guest house owners who remember you by name. I fear I am already its latest happy victim.
Now, read my comprehensive guide to solo female travel in Goa, here.