If you thought Goa is all about golden beaches and the azure sea, then you need to discover this coastal retreat beyond its sunny self. Goa has an entirely different charm in the rains and is one of the best places to be when the monsoon showers are drenching the country. Imagine empty beaches, the tufts of grey and white clouds dancing on the horizon, the roaring sea and waterfalls, and the velvety green surroundings. Plus, this is the time to find all the best travel deals.
So, where should you go when the raindrops keep falling?
Experience Dudhsagar Falls at its best.
The most iconic waterfall of Goa, the Dudhsagar Fall in is full of vigor and glory during the rains. The roaring torrents make for an incredible sight and just the place where you would want to get drenched. If the rains hold up and the trails become walkable enough, you can also trek up to the falls through Kulem.
Drive down the country roads of Chorao Island or Cola Village.
The countryside of Goa turns ethereal during the rains. Book reliable taxi service in Goa and enjoy driving through the narrow village roads lined with coconut palms and paddy fields, colorful houses, and white chapels. Stop by and explore some of the ancient, abandoned churches. The best place to enjoy such views is in the ancient Portuguese settlement of Chorao Island on the Mandovi River or the Cola Village in South Goa.
Go turtle watching in Galgibaga.
If you are traveling in August, then you might get a chance to see the rare and endangered Olive Ridley turtles. These tiny creatures nest mostly around the Galgibaga beach in South Goa and breed during the late monsoon. The beach is one of the lesser-known ones in the state and the perfect place to spend a quiet day in the clear water and laze on the silver sands. Do check with the locals for the exact spotting sites of turtles.
Explore the Chapora Fort.
If Goa is golden in the summers and colorful in the winters, then it is all green in the monsoon. The Chapora Fort and its adjoining Vagator beach offer the best views of the rain-soaked beauty of the surroundings, especially when it is cloudy or just after a rain shower.
Witness the Bonderam Festival in Divar Island.
If you are traveling in August, you can catch the vibrant Bonderam Festival, celebrated by the local community of Divar Island. With parades and local bands, this is no less than a mini carnival, which adds colors to the grey and green monsoon.
Join the feast at Siolim.
Monsoon in Goa is also quite festive. One of the most prominent festivals held every June is the fertility feast of Sao Joao or St. John The Baptist. In the villages of Siolim, the locals set up floating stages on the sea and hold lively cultural programs, and get drenched in the rains, which makes it an entertaining way to spend a day.
A musical Saturday night at the club of Cavala Resort.
They say this club becomes extra special in the monsoon. While most beach shacks might be closed, this club lets you experience a soulful evening with live bands and warm vibes, just what you want on a rainy night.
Dive into the wildlife at the best sanctuaries.
The months of June to September are a good time to explore the wildlife in Goa at places like Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary and Mollem National Park. With the freshness of nature, increased water levels, and cooler weather, there are more chances of spotting animals in the monsoon, than in other seasons. You can join a hiking tour or a safari and explore the wild.
Stay along the coves and bays for perfect views.
When it rains on the coast, it rains hard. The first thing that you need to consider is the right place to stay. During the monsoon, most beachside cottages and shacks are closed for safety purposes. The best thing to do is to find a cozy hotel or homestay in places like Bogmallo, Dona Paula, Bambolim, or Vagator with a sea view, so you can enjoy the rains and the beach at the same time.
The rains don’t seem to go away anytime soon. So, get going on your monsoon vacation, get a car on rent in Goa with an experienced driver and enjoy these activities and make you see Goa beyond the sun, sand, and the sea. And, let the rains take your mind, body, and soul on an ultimate joyride!