Goa, with its multilayered charms, attracts tourists to India throughout the year.
However, the first showers, brought by the monsoons, drench this beautiful place with happiness. People are swept by a wave of joy, with nature participating equally in these celebrations.
Monsoon is the time to sip that piping hot coffee, take a rainy walk along the beach, revel in festivities and do so much more.
Being an off-season for tourists, one can expect most of the popular places to be relatively isolated.
What better time, then, to visit Goa?
Here is a List of all the Right Reasons to Visit Goa in the Monsoon
Rainy Delights of Goa
Goa, during the monsoons, casts a magical spell on the visitors. This is the time to enjoy a lengthy nap and stroll on the beach with raindrops tingling on your face. Exploring the drenched forts, which also offer panoramic views, is another favored monsoon activity. Even something as simple as sipping hot coffee and enjoying the rainfall from your balcony carries its own charms during this time.
Wildlife During Monsoons
One should make it a point to visit the wildlife sanctuaries during the monsoons! During this time, the greenery inside them appears revitalized, as do the animals. One of the famous wildlife sanctuaries in Goa is Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary. Here, one comes across a large number of Royal Bengal Tigers. The other wildlife sanctuaries which are worth visiting during this time are Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary and Mollen National Park.
Dudhsagar Falls – Falling with Delight
One of the top things to do in Goa during the monsoons is visiting the waterfalls. This is when the swollen waters of the magnificent falls create an awesome sight. The nearby surroundings reverberate with the sounds of the waters as they descend from great heights. One of such waterfalls is Dudhsagar Falls. Falling from a height of 997ft, they are a marvelous spectacle. Trekking is also a popular activity here during this time.
Spice Up Your Monsoons
Although one can visit the spice plantations throughout the year, the monsoon is the time to witness them at their best. The rain falling on the green leaves and plants lend them a refreshed look, while the small butterflies, ducks and birds seem to relish every moment of the rain. The plantations at Savoi-Verem are a particular attraction. One can enjoy a guided tour besides enjoying delicacies like Stuffed Crabs, Sol Kadi etc.
Goa is legendary for its nightlife, and rightly so! However, during the monsoons, one is spared the ordeal of waiting in endless queues to enjoy the music and dance. Some of the best places to head to are Mambo’s and Tito’s, Cavala and LPK (Love, Passion and Karma). For enjoying the wildest parties along with exciting music, head to places like Baga, Candolim and Calangute.
Season of Festivities
The various vibrant festivals held in Goa during this time make it one of the most popular places to visit in monsoon in India. Sao Joao is one such festival. It witnesses groups of men jumping into village wells to retrieve bottles of Feni (the local alcohol). The feasts of St. Peter and St. Paul are also held during this time. During these feasts, people sail on the rivers in rafts, singing and dancing.
Explore the Forts
Goa is home to several grand forts built by the Portuguese. Washed with rain, their beauty really stands out during this season. Visit the exciting Chapora Fort to get amazing views of the Vagator beach. Witness the spectacular view of Panaji by standing atop Fort Reis Magos. Another beautiful fort overlooking the Arabian Sea is the Cabo de Rama.
While swimming during monsoons is out of the question, one can get heavenly views of the sea from some of the beach shacks which remain open even during this season. Palolem Beach in the south and Baga beach in the north are some of the beaches where the shacks remain open. Staring at the rolling waves for hours on end is quite a dreamy experience. Undoubtedly, this is a unique experience.