Loyalists swear by their time spent in Goa during monsoons and it’s not without reason.
The vibe that Goa exudes during the monsoon has taken many a breaths away. Its beaches are not the only specials on its menu. Let’s find out why we believe a trip to Goa during the monsoon is something you must consider.
Numerous failed plans later, many of us have eventually escaped to Goa in the summer to experience the exuberance of its pristine beaches coupled with its laidback atmosphere. Throngs of tourists flood this tiny state during the winter to witness and be a part of the ever-growing music scene, what with electronic music festivals dotting all over the map around the turn of every year
However, the picture that this state depicts during the monsoon is entirely removed from the common perception of Goa. The beaches that are often swamped with tourists during peak season are quite peaceful due to minimal crowding around this time of year.
It is possible that a trip to Goa during the monsoon may have never crossed your mind. However, we highly recommend a trip to Goa at this time of year to witness a completely different and untold aspect of Goa.
Nature flourishes, embellished with an air of refreshment and romance, during a Goan monsoon. With most of the party crowd headed back to their respective hometowns, Goa takes on a more traditional flavour enabling you to experience it the true local Goan way.
Salted shrimp and mackerels are the highlight during this season. The requisites for authentic Goan cooking are ingredients like triphala and kokum. However, coconut is one of the main ingredients and hardly any Goan dishes are prepared without it. Fresh coconut is either grated, ground fine into a paste or in form of milk extracted from the flesh of fresh coconut. Fish Ambotik is a must have here. The sheer aroma of this Goan fish curry wafting from the kitchen in the back will definitely get your mouth watering. Once it finally reaches your table, ending all anticipation and aiming for the climax, the flavour will absolutely take your taste buds by surprise. While you relish the delicacy, it is very likely that you get converted to a local from a tourist by the end of your meal.
She has a Wild Side
When someone talks about how wild Goa is, they usually refer to the music festivals and the vibrant nightlife. However, wildlife sanctuaries are definitely the best places to visit in Goa in the monsoon. The captivating landscape and dense evergreen forests come alive during this season. Unlike other places, the reserves here are open throughout the year and experiencing THIS wild side of Goa should not be missed.
Here are some of Goa’s popular wildlife sanctuaries:
Dudhsagar Falls, literally translating to Sea of Milk, is a four-tiered waterfall located on the Mandovi River. The falls are nestled between Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park along the Western Ghats, forming the border between Karnataka and Goa. Goa’s iconic falls, when fed by the rains to complete glory, are a spectacle to behold.
Also, if you want to increase the adventure factor, you can enjoy a breathtaking trek up to the
Easy On Your Wallet
Come June, the rains arrive in full swing along with very affordable prices all around. Yes, it is off season and tariffs are actually slashed down to almost 50% of what they would charge in peak season. Staying here and even travelling to Goa becomes very cheap.
Do check out the Deltin Suites, Villa Marina, and Deltin Palms in Goa and take advantage of the luxurious stay at a non-luxurious rate. Visit www.deltin.com for further details.
Other activities like water sports that usually cost a ridiculous amount become cheaper in the monsoon, too.
Gear Up in Goa
There is a biking trail that travels along the Arabian Sea coast to Netravali village in the magnificent Sahyadri Western Ghats – recognized as one of the top 10 biodiversity spots in the world. Explore the paradisiac beaches to dense forests on a bike with drops of rain gently kissing your face.
We also recommend cycling along the blissful roads of Goa with dancing trees, cosy Goan settlements and of course, the splendid beaches to accompany you.
If you aren’t fond of cycles and have a taste for something faster with less work? Well, there are many places in Goa where you get geared and non-geared bikes on hire. As it is off season, the rentals for them are much cheaper.
Fetes, Festivals and more
We know how often festivals are celebrated in Goa, especially the Goa Carnival, and this does not stop during the monsoon. The fertility feast of Sao Joao or St.John the Baptist, is celebrated on the 24th of June. The festival of St Peter in July is celebrated by erecting floating stages in the rivers, along with various cultural programmes. In August, Divar Island gets ready for the famous Bonderam Festival. The festival begins with a lively parade with multi-coloured flags and the entire island overflows with exuberance. Local bands showcase their talent, getting the Goans on their feet and hands in the air.
Test Your Luck
The floating casinos in Goa – Deltin Jaqk, Deltin Caravela and Deltin Royale are a must visit! Take in the Vegas experience while afloat the River Mandovi and see how heavy or light your wallet could get. Visit www.deltin.com for all the information you need.
Drink in some culture
Over 500 years ago, the Portuguese came, saw, and conquered Goa. Goa’s eventual independence was celebrated with a lot of joy and optimism by the locals all over the state. However, the Portuguese did leave behind their own distinct footprint. The Portuguese flavour can be seen all over Goa, from the food to the churches and decorated ceramic tiles. This influence reaches a crescendo in the heart of Old Goa.
From the streets to the structures, for a brief moment you might actually forget you are in India. The Latin Quarter, or Fontainhas, oozes a Western European feel from a medieval time.
A day or two from your schedule should be reserved for visiting the famous churches here. The centre of Old Goa is the Se de Santa Catarina, a spectacular cathedral built in the 17th century. The cathedral houses the famous Golden Bell, the biggest in Goa, decorated with beautiful paintings, each compelling you to halt and gaze upon them.
Here are some other beautiful churches in Goa–
So, the reality is that without the hustle and bustle of tourists, Goa is pretty deserted but peaceful during the monsoon. It’s the best time to make most of the fantastic hotel discounts, unique local food, and remarkable Portuguese heritage. Plan a trip to Goa with your friends or family this coming monsoon, and let us know in the comments how it panned out. Have a blast!