Delightful monsoons in Goa
by Shefali Tandon
Goa is one of the funkiest and most sought after destinations in India. The scenic beaches and the cool atmosphere makes Goa ideal for a trip any time during the year. People usually travel to Goa from November to March, which is the peak season time as the weather is ideal. From April onwards it starts getting hot until mid/end June. The monsoon season hits the coastal town somewhere around end of June and is there till October. It becomes extremely scenic with lush green scenery all around, an amazing weather and less tourists.
One can surely choose to visit Goa during the period of September /October when the monsoons are on the verge of departure and the weather is pleasant. Since its technically the off season, one gets travel and accommodation at almost throw away prices. The place also isn't that crowded with tourists so you can really enjoy the beaches at your own pace.
Some of the things that one can do while visiting Goa during monsoons are:
- Take a cab or a scooter on rent to drive down the lanes. You will fall in love with the lush green surroundings, cloud cover and the cool breeze hitting your face.
- Explore the natural beauty while trekking and walking. Check out the trails leading to the Western Ghats soaking in the natural beauty.
- While one can't find the temporary shacks and water sports during this period as it can be quite risky but one can surely enjoy the rains crashing into the sea. Take a walk along the beachside during evening , when it isn't raining
- Visit the many wildlife and bird sanctuaries, as nature is at its best and bird watching is quite famous during this time. Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary, Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary and Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary are the places to visit. Check out the birds coming out to bask in the sunlight for drying off, post the shower.
- Visit the famous Dudhsagar falls which are simply breathtaking at this period. One can hear the roar from a distance as the water gushes down the falls.
- White river rafting and cruises are the hot favourites at this time of the year. With rivers being full and swelling with water, white water rafting becomes more exciting and challenging during this time. Short cruises are organised on the river in the evening with performances giving the taste of the Goan culture.
- Dolphin watching is another exciting activity that one can indulge in. It's something that really excites the kids as they keep looking out for dolphins to pop up from here and there every now and then. Though, because of the loud sound of motorboats the dolphins only peek out of the sea for a few seconds.
- Beaches and sea being extremely clean and empty is a great respite for people looking for some quiet time by the seaside. Though rains can play spoil sport anytime during the day.
North Goa is a better choice for people opting to visit Goa during monsoons as there are some permanent shacks, street stalls, night life, pubs and restaurants operational at this time of the year too. The stretch between Baga, Calanghute and Candolim beaches is quite busy even during the monsoons.
South Goa is more serene and relaxing with green palm grooves and nature at its best. However, with no activities, restaurants and nightlife in this side of the town, it can surely get boring after a while.
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