Goa is hands down the beach capital of India, but there is another face of this destination that many people are still unaware of. Monsoons can be sad and depressing due to no sun and beach time. But there is a lot that can be done during this season.
It’s high time that we break the myth and look at Goa apart from its sunny side. Just imagine empty drenched beaches, greenery, waterfalls, wildlife and beautiful discounted accommodations.
Here are some reasons that will force you to plan a trip to Goa in Monsoons, and you will surely love it:
Witness the magnificent Dudhsagar Waterfalls: Waterfalls are in their full glory due to abundant rainfall. You can reach them through the trek, by road or take a train journey. Witnessing the power of these waterfalls is surely an experience of a lifetime. Apart from Dhudhsagar waterfalls, there are various other waterfalls that you can visit, namely: Sakla-Vajra Waterfalls Tambdi Surla falls, Netravali waterfalls and Chorla falls.
River Rafting in Mhadei River: Rivers are in full swing during monsoons and if you are willing to indulge in some adventure activities, river rafting is a good option for you. It is an ideal time for the same with gushing water rapids. Traverse through dense forests and experience the bliss.
Visit the Spice Gardens: Goa has Spice Gardens in abundance and visiting them in monsoon season can surely be the best thing to do. Totally eco-friendly and full of fun, you can smell the aromas and flavours. You can buy some spices and oils for yourself and enjoy a good meal there.
Take on Safari Tours: Wildlife is in full swing during monsoon season and hence taking Safari Tours is an exciting activity to indulge into. You can spot wildlife in some of these famous wildlife sanctuaries like Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary etc.
Go for River Cruise: Going for a river cruise on Mandovi River is surely a relaxing activity to indulge into during monsoon. Take an evening river cruise, enjoy the dazzling lights, casino, performances, food and various other activities.
The Beaches and other places are less crowded: Talk long walks on the beach, enjoy the water sports without waiting for long and just be you. The beaches are comparatively less crowded during rains, fewer people means a peaceful environment.
Explore Rural Goa on a Bicycle: If you want to ditch the beaches and nightclubs, join the bicycle tours and explore the interiors of Goa. You can visit at your own pace, interact with the locals, drink local drinks, visit churches, goan houses, and dine on local cuisines.
Drive-up the Ghats and enjoy the scooter rides: Enjoying rains with a scooter ride is surely a great experience. Plan a road trip and drive through the ghats in Goa, drive through dense forests, waterfalls, and valley and enjoy the natural beauty in the most spectacular way possible.
Enjoy the festivals: Monsoon season also is an onset for many festivities in and around Goa. You can enjoy and participate in various feasts that occur during the months of June, July and August. You will encounter various cultural programs, vibrant parades, performances by local bands and much more.
Explore the Forts: Due to rains the walls, and another structure of the fort is washed, hence look fresh and green. The clouds act as a great backdrop during the monsoons. It will surely be a great experience to visit the Chapora Fort, Aguada Fort and Reis Magos Fort during this time.
Enjoy the Happening nightlife: Monsoon means fewer crowds, so you will easily get space to sit, eat, dance and relax. Though most of the famous shacks and bars are closed, you will still find ample to entertain the visitors during this time of the year. The party gets along in full swing, enjoy the live music, karaoke nights or just enjoy the dining.
Hop to nearby Islands: Take your bike/car filled with petrol, food and water and visit the nearby Islands of Divar and Chorao. There are no proper services available in these islands so it is important to keep your hands full. The islands are full of natural beauty; lush green paddy fields, old church ruins, mangrove area, Portuguese era houses etc.
Enjoy the local cuisine: Goa is a heaven for sea-food lovers, and in monsoons, there is nothing to worry. You can enjoy the Goan Fish Curry along with various other delicacies as fresh in comparison to other months of the year. Many shacks and restaurants may be closed, but you will find the famous ones open to serve.
Travel and Stay Cheap: Most of the expenses that one bears during holidays is on travel and accommodation. And due to monsoon being an off-season for Goa, not many people travel there. Hence low prices, lucky you! You will find travel fares and accommodation even as low at 50% as compared to the peak season. So you can enjoy more and spend less.
The best time to visit Goa is between the months of November to March, this is when it is in full swing. But if you are willing to explore and have an off-beat experience then Monsoons is the best time to visit.
We hope these are reasons enough for you to pack your bags and leave.Goa during rains is an experience you don’t want to miss out on! Let us know if you have witnessed the same.