Time to break another myth! Let’s talk about Goa beyond its sunny self: True, it’s one of the coolest beach destination in the world and it’s just awesome to get tanned at Baga and Candolim. But have you ever considered visiting Goa in Monsoon? No? Well, then you should.
Let me help you paint that picture in your mind. Think empty, drenched beaches; pristine greens, swelling waterfalls and all the financial benefits of an off season visit. Yes, now you know what I am talking about.
So, here are some compelling reasons and things to do in Goa during monsoon that will have you fall in love with its drenched form
Travel cheap, very cheap !!
Check for yourself, tickets for August would come at around INR 8,000 (round trip) if you book a flight right away. That’s like half of what you pay during peak season! And for the lucky ones down south, witnessing rainy season in Goa is just a bus ride or a road trip away!
World class accommodation at flat 50% Off or even lesser
And not just travel cheap but you could also stay cheap and other activities like water sports that cost sky high otherwise would come cheaper in Goa in July. The tariff literally slashes down 50% of what they would charge in the peak season. So, getting a fine hotel room at INR 500 right next to the beach is no big deal at all!
Tip: While Baga & Calangute are the most preferred beaches for accommodation, I suggest, pick a stay at Candolim Beach. Not only its empty throughout the night, if the weather permits, you could have a great bonfire time with some beer & friends! (Yes, its safe – but go in a group and stay away from the sea at night).
Lesser the crowd, more the privacy to do whatever you feel like!
The inescapable problem of Goa- Solved! The beaches are much more peaceful and pretty due to the minimal crowd during monsoon season in Goa in August too. You can just run around making a fool of yourself!
Witness the Dudhsagar falls in its mightiest form!
Goa’s iconic Dudhsagar falls is in its full glory during the rains which is one of the most amazing monsoon activities to do in Goa in September. Its powerful gush becomes almost dizzying! Stand close too close to it could get you completely drenched.
You can reach the falls either by train or by road through Panaji or Madgaon. And if your young bones are screaming out for more you could also trek up the fal
Rent a scooter to ride in the rains at just INR 175/-
If you like the little drops of rain splashing across your face as you zoom through the wind, this is highly recommended for you. Moreover, since it’s off season the bike rentals come cheap. It’ll cost you around INR 175 to INR 250 (based on how well you manage to bargain) while in Goa in monsoon season
Be a part of unending celebrations, even in Monsoon!
Monsoon in Goa brings in the joy of many festivities like; fertility feast of Sao Joao or St.John the Baptist, celebrated on the 24th of June, the festival of St Peter in July that’s celebrated by erecting floating stages in the rivers and various cultural programmes.
While in August, Divar island gets ready for the famous Bonderam Festival. The festival begins with a vibrant parade with multi coloured flags and the entire island comes alive with performances by famous local bands
Do try the famous Goan Fish Curry!
Yes, you’ll get it at any other time of the year as well but the fishes are the freshest in Goa during monsoon and it tastes like heaven!
Don’t forget to take the ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ selfieat the Chapora fort!
The haunting beauty of the Chapora fort and the Vagator beach makes it some of the best places to visit in Goa in monsoon. There are other forts as well which are great to visit but Chapora definitely make it to the top of the list when it’s all cloudy and beautiful.
Witness greenery at its best in the wildlife sanctuaries of Goa
The wildlife sanctuaries are definitely the best places to visit in Goa in monsoon. Unlike other places, the reserves here are open throughout the year and to witness fresh, green and pristine milieu washed in the rain is an experience you just can’t miss.
Some of Goa’s popular wildlife sanctuaries include Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, The Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary, Mollem National Park and Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary.
Witness the foliage at the Spice plantations
The spice plantations are no less refreshing and pristine, washed up in the Goan torrents. The Savoi spice plantation is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Goa during monsoon that can reached through a serene drive along the verdant valley and tropical forests.
All the lover of rains must visit Goa in monsoon to see how the little drops from the sky illuminates the place and makes it unbelievably pristine and romantic. It comes alive in a lush green tropical vibe and everything feels fresh, wet and clean.
So, now that you’re aware of all the amazing things to do in goa in monsoon, you can satiate your rainy day wanderlust even when you’re badly strapped for cash.
Stay Tuned !!!