Visiting Goa during the monsoons is actually a great idea but with a few riders. If the Goa you fancy is swamped with all night parties, myriad tourists and unlimited beer on the shacks then visiting Goa during the monsoons may not be the best option for you.
However, Goa is also most beautiful during the monsoons. It is quiet, peaceful and serene. And hence, travelling to Goa during the monsoons is akin to the thrill a non-swimmer feels when she begins to float miraculously after being deliberately thrown into a deep pool.
So here’s Goa in a nutshell during the monsoons:
The roaring seas
The Seas in Monsoon
Now, this doesn’t refer to the kind of seas endured by Columbus in his quest to discover the new world but to the coastal waters that turn a little forceful during the monsoons and are a delight to watch while sitting at the beach. It feels quite different when compared to the quite mushy waves that we play with during the summer and winter months in Goa. However, you can still take a dip in the sea while maintaining a bit of caution.
Greenery in Goa
Like a chameleon, Goa changes its colours during the monsoons and turns luscious green quietly taking the charm away from the beaches to the Goan countryside. The greenery literally forces you to see Goa in a new light and that truly is beautiful.
Cheap deals galore
Although many resorts and beach shacks remain closed during the monsoons, the ones that stay open offer flat 50% discounts and sometimes even more. Couple that with dirt cheap air tickets and you got yourself a great deal. You can even rent bikes at just a hundred bucks a day.
One of the world’s greatest tourist traps without the tourists
You will not find a lot of tourists in Goa during the monsoons and that makes it an ideal destination for a much-needed vacation that is devoid of all the haggling and exasperation that you usually find at popular spots around the world.
Travel destinations during the monsoons in Goa:
Baga. Calangute & Candolim
Baga. Calangute Candolim Beach
Three of the most popular beaches in Goa are popular even during the monsoons, especially on weekends. Finding a reasonably good place to stay will not be a difficult task here and you might even come across a few parties at popular spots like Curlies on weekends.
Anjuna & Vagator
Anjuna Vagator Beach Goa
The legendary beaches of Anjuna and Vagator have a hospitable environment during the monsoons. Sitting at the rocky Anjuna and watching the rains lash at the seas is quite a spectacle and is definitely recommended. But the flea market that Anjuna is popular for shuts down during this season. Vagator is also an option if you’re in for a relatively quieter holiday. Many hotels are open all year round at these beaches.
Savoi Spice Plantations
These are the hidden gems of Goa that you can explore when not on the beach. The most famous spice gardens are the Savoi Plantations, about 40kms from Calangute in Ponda, where visitors are given a tour of the plantation and then treated to some awesome delicacies cooked with all the organic stuff sourced from the farm.
The Dudhsagar Falls
These beautiful waterfalls come to life in the monsoons. Located close to Panaji and Madgaon, the Dudhsagar falls will make you realize that there is a lot more to Goa than just beaches.
Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary Goa
The Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary in North Goa is home to many Bengal Tigers and it will soon be taken over by the Project Tiger Reserve. Whereas the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is actually a great place to head to for a long nature trail, there is also a mini zoo and a deer park here for kids. Other sanctuaries include the Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary and Mollem National Park.
So take a few days off and travel to Goa during the rains this year. Because it’ll be one of your most unique and gratifying travel experiences and you’ll thank us for it!