Who says you can’t enjoy Goa in Monsoons? My husband and I went to Goa in August last year and trust me, we enjoyed every bit of our stay there. And after reading this post, hope you will change your mind too and give it a try to visit this alluring place during the rainy season.
What to expect during monsoons in Goa?
Many people are under the impression that Goa Shuts down totally during monsoon. Well no, this is not the case actually. While many shacks and restaurants remain closed but there are still more than 50% of the shacks and restaurants which remain opened during monsoon season and cater to the needs of the tourists and locals.
Well, rainy season starts in Goa from first week of June and this beautiful state receives rainfall till mid October. Let me tell you that Goa has a complete different feel during monsoons and this place becomes an absolute tropical paradise for its visitors. So, want to know what you should expect if you go to Goa in August, then read on.
Rains only off and on: From my experience, I can say that during August, it was raining only off and on and not throughout the day, though there was humidity in the air and sky remained clouded. What I noticed was occasional showers during the day time but prolonged showers during the night time and early mornings. And yes, those occasional showers during day time used to start all of sudden and usually last for half an hour to one hour after which the sky used to clear up and the Sun came out.
Greenery all around: If you are a nature lover like me, then you would surely love to visit Goa in monsoons. Monsoons transforms Goa into something else, this place becomes truly magical as you get to see greenery all around, feel the freshness in the air, and beauty of nature. We drove around North Goa in our scooty, got drenched in unexpected showers and saw the lush green, paddy fields, coconut trees, small ponds and brightly colored houses. And trust me, everything looked so fresh and clean in Goa.
Drenched beaches: During monsoons, take a stroll on the beach as the drenched beach look even more beautiful. when ocean hit the shore with even more force.
Less Crowded: The roads and the beaches are less crowded as there are less number of tourists in Goa during this time.
Travel and Stay Cheap: Domestic Flights tickets are way too cheaper, actually half of the actual price during peak season. Also, almost all the luxury hotels and resorts in Goa offer great discounted Monsoon rates. Another great reason to visit Goa during monsoons…Right.
Don’t forget to miss Dudhsagar falls during monsoons as this is time when this falls is in its full glory and is over flowing with water.
Trip to Savoi Spice Plantation: Also, monsoon is the best time to visit the Savoi spice plantations in Goa as plants looks so refreshing and pristine after getting washed up in Goa rains.
Beaches – One thing which surprised me to no end was even in the off-season, Calangute and Baga beach were bustling with crowd. Almost all the Shacks and restaurants in Calangute and Baga stretch remains open all the year round. Anjuna Beach, Vagator and Arambol beach has comparatively lesser crowd than Baga and Calangute and most of the restaurants around them remains closed. While Mandrem, Morjim, Ashvem, Palolem, Patnem, Agondi beaches wears a totally unoccupied look during this season.
Of course there are some cons too of visiting Goa during monsoons. Not many partying options are available, half of the shacks are closed and not much choices available with varied food. Since, water is quite rough during monsoons, so no water sports activities are available and rather swimming is prohibited too as the waves currents are too strong during monsoons.
- Location: Goa is located in the South western region of India and has Maharashtra to North of it and, Karnataka to the East and South while Arabian Sea forms its western coast. Panaji is the capital of Goa.
- Summer Seasons: Summers hit the Goa from March to May. Weather in May is unbearably hot and humid that you won’t feel like stepping out.
- Peak Season: The peak tourist season in Goa is from Mid-October till Mid-February when the weather remains pleasant and cool, and there is no rain at all. Mornings are cool and days are warm.
- Monsoon season: Rainy season in Goa is from mid-June till mid-October.
- Languages spoken in Goa are English, Hindi and Konkani.
- Carry an umbrella and also waterproof cover to protect your camera’s lens from rain.
- Always rent a scooty, bike or a cab and try to avoid public transport system.
Hope you guys enjoyed reading it!