In August this year, I spent a week in Goa during the peak monsoons. When I headed out, I wasn’t expecting much out of the trip. It was a solo trip…a trip without Ankur after quite a while. However, the monsoons made me fall in love with Goa and I am sure that I will revisit this state next year in either July or August.
Read on to know why you should head to Goa in the monsoons…
- It’s lush green. The monsoon has washed every leaf. The paddy fields look like unending green grasslands.
- Driving through a drizzle is a lot of fun. Rent a scooter and head out into the country side.
- The beaches are quiet as people think it is off season. In monsoons, going to Baga beach won’t make you feel that you are attending a Kumbh Mela and you will have your own little space.
- It’s still party time…there is never a dull moment on the popular beaches of north Goa.
- Properties are on a discount to improve occupancy. The discounts can be as high as 50%. This is the perfect time to get a sweet deal, even in the best of hotels.
- The air tickets are really cheap. It cost me ~INR 3.9 k for a return ticket from Mumbai to Goa and back.
- Waterfalls galore! From the majestic Dudhsagar waterfall to the little ones along the highway, waterfalls are in their prime.
- The is no off season to eat! In fact, who does not like hot and spicy food when the pitter patter is on? Join a cooking course if you fancy recreating the magic back at home.
- It’s festival time. The Sao Joao festival is a lot of fun, that involves jumping in the well along with locals.
- The warmth of the villages does not change with season. Book yourself in a homestay in one of the small Goan villages and you will see the quiet side of Goa that you would have never imagined.
- The UNESCO world heritage sites of Old Goa, including the churches and basilica, make a great trip, come rain or shine.
- The ruins of Chapora Fort and Tirol Fort offer stunning views, with greenery on one side and the wild seas on the other. During monsoon, you won’t find more than a handful of people sharing this view with you.
- While the seas swell and adventure sports are not possible at the beach, the rivers are still open to sailing and kayaking.
- The spice plantations are open during this season and they are superbly green. Smell the cloves and munch on some cashew nuts. Stay on for a spicy lunch and let your taste buds have a ball.
- Unlike most wildlife parks in India, the wildlife and bird sanctuaries in Goa are open during monsoon. It might just be your lucky day to sight a tiger!
What are you waiting for? It’s time for Goa!!!