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
1. 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, Goa is just a bus ride or a road trip away!
2. World class accommodation at flat 50% Off (or may be 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 during monsoon. 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, we 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).
3. Do a cartwheel at the beach and slump on your face because there wouldn’t be anyone to see you!
The inescapable problem of Goa- Solved! The beaches are much more peaceful and pretty due to the minimal crowd during monsoon season in Goa. You can just run around making a fool of yourself!
4. Trek along the algae laden pathways and see Dudhsagar falls in its mightiest form – pure bliss!
Goa’s iconic Dudhsagar falls is in its full glory during the rains which is one of the most amazing monsoon activities in Goa. 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 falls.
5. Make sure to get a rented scooter to ride in the rains at just 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.
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6. Goa is a place of unending fetes and celebrations, Monsoon time is no different!
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.
And you thought the carnival was everything Goa had?!
7. What’s a great trip without some delicious fooood? 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!
8. Catch the mystifying sight of the Vagator beach as the Arabian Sea merges with the waters of the Chapora river. Don’t forget the ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ selfie at 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.
9. 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.
10. More and more washed up 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.
11. Because rain looks beautiful on Goa and trust me, you’ll love it!
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.
Further Read: Goa vs Gokarna: What’s your pick for the Long Weekend?