Time to break another myth! Let’s talk about Goa beyond its sunny self: True, it’s one of the coolest beach destinations 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, all the financial benefits of an off-season visit and a plethora of things to do in Goa in monsoon. Yes, now you know what we are talking about.
14 Things To Do Goa In Monsoons
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
- Dicounted Accommodation
- Less Crowded
- Dudhsagar Falls
- Scooter Ride
- Goan Cuisine
- Chapora Fort
- Wildlife Sanctuaries
- Spice Plantations
- Romantic Vibes
- River Cruise
- Safari Tours
- Night Life
1. Travel Cheap
A major part of your Goa trip expense is gone into the airfares of a round-trip. 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!
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2. Dicounted Accommodation
The best part is that you would not have to worry much about where to stay in Goa during monsoon. 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, 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. Less Crowded
The inescapable problem of Goa- Solved! You can indulge in various monsoon activities in Goa and there won’t be much crowd. 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!
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4. Dudhsagar Falls
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 falls.
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5. Scooter Ride
If you like the little drops of rain splashing across your face as you zoom through the wind, this is highly recommended for you. Exploring the places on a bike is one of the best things to do in South Goa in monsoon. 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.
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 multicolored flags and the entire island comes alive with performances by famous local bands. And you thought the carnival was everything Goa had?!
7. Goan Cuisine
Seofood lovers will never have to worry about what to do in Goa in monsoon because this is the when you can enjoy the flavoursome 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!
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8. Chapora Fort
Remember that iconic fort in Goa from the movie ‘Dil Chahta Hai!’? It is the beautiful Chapora Fort, visiting which is one of the best things to do in Goa in monsoon. 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. Wildlife Sanctuaries
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. Spice Plantations
If you are looking for offbeat things to do in Goa in monsoon then 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. This is an offbeat place to visit if you have explored most of the touristy places here and are wondering what to do in Goa during monsoon season.
11. Romantic Vibes
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.
12. River Cruise
Taking a luxury river-cruise tour on the Mandovi River is one of the best things to in Goa during monsoons. The 2-hour long cruise will let you enjoy some of the rare scenic views of this paradise from an unusual angle. The best time to go for it is in the evening, as you can enjoy the sunset post which the cruise get illuminated with lights. Have a great time enjoying the music, dance, snacks, and games onboard.
13. Safari Tours
Monsoon is the time when the mother nature takes a sigh of relief and everything around comes a new. This is the best time to explore the wildlife of Goa. Take a safari into the dense tropical forests of Goa at any of the nature reserves including Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary and Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary. Spot some of the rare and indigenous species of the land like Indian Bison (Gaur), Malabar Giant Squirrel and Nilgiri wood-pigeon.
14. Night Life
Though a few famous night clubs and shacks would be closed during the off season in Goa, there are many others who stay open even during this time. For instance the very popular Mambo’s and Tito’s are a hotspot even during the monsoons. But the best part is that the crowd is less and you get to sit, relax, eat and dance. The bars at the Calangute or Baga beaches are also open. So enjoy all the night scenes including karaoke nights and DJ nights in GOa during monsoon.
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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. Sounds good? Then what are for? Plan a trip to Goa right away with your family or friends or you may also go solo. Head out to see this beachland in this magical season!
Frequently Asked Questions About Things To Do In Goa In Monsoon
Q. Are Goa beaches closed in monsoon?
A. No, Goa beaches are not closed during the monsoon, and the shacks operate too, but one should be careful when close to the beach during monsoons.
Q. Which is the best month to visit Goa?
A. The best time to visit Goa is in between November to March, but if you are looking for offbeat experiences, then visit during the monsoons.
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