It’s no secret that Goa is the place to go when you’re looking for some fun in the sun. When one thinks of Goa, the first thing that comes to mind is sitting under a shack by the beach, sipping on a cold one. However, have you ever thought of visiting Goa during the monsoon season? If you in fact have thought about it, have you considered doing activities like hiking and seeing some wildlife. Probably not, right? Well, you really should because Goa in the monsoon is a whole other magical tropical world.
Once the rains hit Goa turns into a lush paradise with an abundance of pristinely green trees, flowers, and paddy fields. Oh, and did we mention that visiting during monsoon will save you some money? The “off season” comes with discounts and price cuts! Another great reason is that it won’t be overcrowded with tourists and other travellers, if that’s what you prefer when you travel.
On that note, let’s take a look at what you should do in Goa during the monsoon season:
The Dudhsagar Falls
Visiting Goa’s iconic Dudhsagar Falls is a must do if you’re the adventurous kind. One of the go to activities during the monsoon is to visit the falls, which gets truly spectacular because it will be in full flow. Located in Mollem National Park, Dudhsagar Falls has milky white water, hence its name. Along with a powerful gush that can completely drench you if you get too close, the massive height of 987 feet will impress you. Added to that, the falls are surrounded by dense green foliage creating one of Goa’s most stunning spots. If you want to get to know the place a bit more, there are 4 trekking routes you can take. You can get to The Dudhsagar Falls either by train or you could drive through Panaji or Madgaon.
Celebrations and Festivities
Did you know that the monsoon season in Goa comes hand in hand with many festivals? For example, the Fertility Feast of Sao Joao (in June) also known as St. John the Baptist involves men jumping into wells to retrieve bottles of Fenni, the very strong local alcohol.
Give it a try if you dare because that stuff is pretty potent. The Festival of St Peter (in July) is celebrated with floating stages – essentially rafts – in the rivers featuring cultural programmes with lots of dancing and singing. There’s also the famous Bonderam Festival (in August), which features a parade with vibrant multi coloured flags along with performances by local bands.
Most people may not think of wildlife sanctuaries while visiting Goa because it doesn’t seem to fit the beach vibe, however, during the monsoon wildlife sanctuaries are a must see because of the lush greenery.
The most popular wildlife sanctuaries in Goa are Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, which has Bengal tigers and is supposed to become a tiger reserve. Others include The Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary, Mollem National Park, and lastly The Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, which has a deer park, mini zoo, and trails for hikes.
Speaking of lush, spice plantations in Goa are aplenty and pristine during the rains. They’re located in the Ponda region of Goa and are a popular tourist attraction. Here you will find organic methods of farming and cultivation of popular spices such as, Cloves, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Ginger and Pepper. For example, visiting The Savoi spice plantation is highly recommended because of how beautiful it gets during the monsoon. Even the drive is an experience because you’ll be driving along the grass covered valley and forest. In the plantation, you can take a guided tour and end with a typical Goan meal at the restaurant. You’ll be given delicacies such as stuffed crabs, fried mussels, and prawn curries, to name a few. There’s also a cashew distillery nearby, which could be of interest to you.
Good Ol’ Shacks and More
Yes, it is true that during the “off season” most shacks are closed, however, if you go to Palolem Beach and Baga Beach, you’ll find some shacks that are open during the rains. Sit back and relax while watching the waves come closer and closer. Since the shacks won’t be as crowded you can have some peace and quiet while gazing at the downpour that hits the sea.
If you’re still looking for a party, don’t worry because Goa will always be able to offer a good nightlife. Alternatively, did you know that Goa is the only Indian state where gambling is legal? Check out one of their floating casinos!
So, contrary to popular belief, monsoons are a wonderful time to be in Goa. Now that you’re aware of all the amazing things to do during the rains, plan a trip with ZipHop and enjoy the different side of Goa!