Postponing that long due Goa trip because its monsoon and the official tourist season is off? Well, think again!
Monsoon in Goa is BEAUTIFUL! The rains come as a wave of relief, stealing away the heat and leaving behind a blanket of greenery. The same goes for Goa. No matter what people say, but rain-drenched Goa offers a sight to behold. Every year the rains add their own charm to this tropical paradise, making it all the more irresistible.
Goa is a quintessential, neon-filled party destination for tourist who wants that strong shot of tequila, an earful of mind-blasting EDM, and sand in their hair. But like everything else, there is a flipside to the Goan coin. Imagine the rain-touched landscape, no shacks crowding the beaches, magnificent greenery less crowded idyllic beaches, and roomy shorelines. It’s the monsoon in Goa which shows the susegad spirit of Goa when everything becomes laid back and relaxing.
We give you some compelling reasons that will make you fall in love with the charismatic vibes that monsoon in Goa exudes:
1. Grab the flight prices at their lowest
What could be better than travelling to Goa at the lowest price possible? Monsoon is the best time to visit Goa. If you book your flight tickets right away you could get for as cheap as half the rates you pay during peak seasons.
2. Super cheap accommodation
Why to just travel cheap when you could stay cheap too. As monsoon is typically known as the ‘off season’, the tariff of the hotels slashes down to 50% or even more of what you pay during a peak season.
So, getting a fine hotel room or a classy villa near the beach is no big deal at all!
3. Life’s a beach
Rains make the beaches prettier and nothing could be better than having your favorite beach all to yourself. Head to Mandrem, Morjim or Ashwem beach for a morning stroll or to just sit and watch sunset. These wide-open beaches have become quite hip and trendy in recent years but during the monsoon you would hardly see any crowd and with a vast expanse of golden sand beaches makes it more picturesque. It is possible to walk to Mandrem from Arambol. So, be ready to get drenched, get wet because wet is beautiful when it rains in Goa.
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4. Hire a scooter at just 200/- and ride through the Portuguese Villa in Assagao
If long drive in a car is like a therapy for you then it would be even better on a scooter!
Imagine water splashing on your face while riding through the cool breeze and soaking in the beauty. Sounds interesting? Head to Assagao to experience the bliss. The Portuguese villas in Assagao will entice you, surprise you and leave you awe-struck with its incredible architecture which adds a feel of the bygone yet luxurious Portuguese rule in Goa.
5. Get amazing clicks for your Instagram
Visiting Goa and not visiting old Goa may be likened to visiting Rome and not visiting the Vatican!
We don’t want you to sit and regret later. So, head to Old Goa while riding around the Goan landscape amidst the rains and explore the grand churches and cathedrals. Here are some of the cathedrals you must visit for their architectural beauty.
- Visit the St. Augustine Church, once a beautiful church, now broken with time but still with the crumbly wall it stands on the Holy Hill.
- The Basilica of Bom Jesus with its façade decorated with ionic.
- St. Francis of Assisi with its ornamented entrance.
- Se Cathedral with amazing Tuscan exterior
6. Trek along the algae-laden pathways
Goa’s pride, the Dudhsagar falls is at its best during the monsoons. The view is breathtaking which makes it one of the amazing monsoon activities in Goa. Stand close to the falls and it will get you completely drenched. You can take a morning train or hike up to spend some time with a spectacular view which is totally a bliss.
7. Nightlife in Goa during monsoon
Goa will never cease to amaze you!
If you thought that monsoon in Goa is the off-season and you won’t get to party, then think again! The party never ends in Goa – it’s just a choice of where to go and find the best party places.
You can head to Waters, a swish venue located on Vagator cliff, where you can enjoy a popular techno party overlooking the ocean. Nyex Beach club, located on the Anjuna Cliff is a place for all the late – night party people, it remains open until 4am. LPK (Love, Passion, Karma) is another option for the party-goers and a strict entry policy ensures a classy and a decent crowd.
Curlies, one of the first shacks in the state is open all year round. So, you could just relax at the beach and sip on a beer while enjoying with your bunch of friends.
8. Try the most thrilling activity during monsoon in Goa
If you are an adrenaline junkie and up for some adventure then White Water Rafting in Mhadei (Mandovi) river during monsoon is going to be a treat for you. It’s quite a pull for adventure seekers as the river is swollen. The thrilling rafting session is the best way to experience some wilderness in the mesmerizing Western Ghats and it is perhaps the best time to visit Goa.
9. A place of unending fetes and celebrations
Monsoon in Goa brings in the joy of many festivities like; fertility feast of Sao Joao celebrated in 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 welcomes the famous Bonderam Festival. The festival begins with a sparkling and vibrant parade with colourful flags and the entire island becomes lively with performances by famous local bands.
Goa is well connected through all modes of transport. However, the bus can be slow and uncomfortable, so try to fly or take the train where possible.
By train: Trains on the Konkan Railway can cover the distance from Mumbai to Goa in less than 10 hours, with the best train being the Konkankanya Express. Most trains will stop at Margao (Madgaon), which is Goa’s main train station. Some, such as the Konkankanya Express, will stop at other stations as well.
By flight: If you’re planning your Goa trip by airways then the nearest international airport is located at Dabolim, which is about 29kms away from Panaji.
If you weren’t sure of visiting Goa during the monsoon, the above list may have changed your mind. Tick off every spot on the list, explore the beaches by yourself because monsoon in Goa makes Goa looks million times more enchanting. If you think we’ve missed out any amazing spots to visit , do let us know in the comment section below.