Generally, when you think of a holiday in Goa, you may think of enjoying a day at the beach on a bright and sunny day, building sandcastles and relaxing on the hammock or going for a swim in the sea. While holidaying in Goa during summers and winters is great, if you have a knack for going down the less trodden path, you must visit Goa in monsoon.

It is a different experience for sure but for all the good reasons, we bet! The grey skies, the gushing waves, the cascading waterfalls, green fields, and empty beaches may be a common sight but trust us, you would surely enjoy it. 

Rainy Season in Goa

Like most parts of India on the western part of the peninsula, the rainy season in Goa starts from June. The westerly winds flowing from down south through Kerala brings fresh showers to the state. Typically, June sees mild to slightly heavy rains and it continues to grow by July and August, which are the wettest months. These months are also the best months when nature is at its greenest best and the waterfalls and rivers are at their ferocious best.

8 Reasons Why Monsoon is the Best Time to Visit Goa

  • The Beach is all yours

If you do a simple online search for best places to visit in Goa in monsoon, at least 4-5 places in every list would be beaches. And, it is no surprise. Because the beaches are the real gems of Goa. If you have been to Goa before during the peak tourist season, you would know that the popular beaches like Baga, Colva, Calangute, Vagator are always jam packed with tourists. There are people on the beach all day, looking to have a great time while partying or enjoying a drink on the shacks. 

If you are one of those travellers who prefer peace and spend quality time with your few loved ones at the beach, the crowd can seem to be a nuisance. But you would be pleasantly surprised that the beaches in Goa are significantly less crowded during monsoon. So, you can enjoy all the peace you want if you visit Goa during the rainy season.   

  • Explore the offbeat places and discover hidden gems

There are many amazing places to visit in Goa during monsoon. And, while most of these amazing places have become a popular attraction, there are still many offbeat places to visit in Goa. However, as more and more travellers have been visiting Goa, trying to discover the offbeat places, even these hidden spaces are starting to see many visitors. 

So, the only ways you can enjoy exploring these lesser-known places without the mad rush is during the rainy season. You must plan a visit to Betul Lighthouse, Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary, Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajbagh Beach, and Three Kings Church. 

  • Perfect time to go on a road trip to Goa

All enthusiastic travellers, irrespective of where they are, would have a road trip to Goa as one of the major travel goals. If your to-do travel list also features a road trip to Goa, monsoon would be the best time of the year to tick it off the bucket list. 

Goa, being a popular tourist place, is well-connected by road to the rest of the country. So, whether you are planning a bike trip expedition with your friends to Goa or want to go on a leisure drive from your city to Goa with your family, you would surely enjoy the journey. 

The roads leading to Goa are smooth, especially if you are travelling from Mumbai or other cities from down south like Bangalore or Chennai. You would pass through quiet hamlets and through the lush green patches of forests and hills. 

  • Enjoy the local Goan lifestyle

Let us be honest, you have always harboured the dreams of moving to Goa at some point in life and wondered what it would be like living in Goa, even if it is for a short while, and feel like being a local Goan. So, if you want to really get a taste of the authentic and quintessential Goan lifestyle, then you must enjoy a staycation during the rainy season in Goa. 

During this time of the year, you will be able to see the locals toiling hard through the day in their paddy fields, which is one of the most important occupations of a major portion of the Goan population. Also, during the rainy season, you can see the locals enjoying a simple life, eating the fresh catch from the sea or river, enjoying walks on the beach, celebrating traditional festivals and just being happy. 

  • Enjoy the thrill of river rafting

River rafting is a thrilling sport that has attracted the interest of Indian tourists only in the last decade or so. While it is fun to watch people gushing over the mighty river with a ferocious speed, being in the boat yourself requires grit, and audacity. It is not for the faint hearted by any means!

So, if want to indulge in some adventure and be in the midst of adrenaline-pumping action, you can head to Goa and enjoy this wonderful sport. One of the best places to visit in Goa in monsoon for river rafting is the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary where the adventure activity happens over the Mhadei River. 

  • Witness and be a part of Goan festival celebrations

When you think of festivals in Goa, you may think about the music festivals like the Sunburn, NH7 Weekender, Rider Mania, etc. Most of these festivals are held in the months of November and December and draw many visitors from all over the world. 

But, apart from hosting the music festivals, Goa also celebrates many cultural and traditional festivals, which are equally charming and reflect the rich culture of the state. One such local festival that all Goan residents celebrate with great fanfare and zeal is the Sao Joao. 

It is a monsoon festival that falls in the month of June and is mainly celebrated by the indigenous Goan catholic communities by wearing crowns made of leaves and flowers and singing traditional folk songs. What is more interesting about this festival is that, as per the traditions, and part of the celebrations, people leap or jump into the wells or water bodies.

Over the years, the festival has gained immense popularity, and the local youth have now started celebrating it in their own way by holding pool parties, and people of all faiths now celebrate Sao Joao. So, if you are visiting Goa in monsoon season, you can enjoy witnessing and being a part of many such lesser-known traditional Goan festivals. 

  • Be in awe of the beauty of Dudhsagar Waterfalls

Rains and waterfalls are synonymous to each other. Every year, as soon as the first bout of rains hit the ground, natural streams and waterfalls form over the hills. Goa is home to many waterfalls, and one of the most famous among them is the Dudhsagar Waterfalls. 

Dudhsagar, which literally translates to ‘sea of milk’ is one of the best places to visit in Goa during monsoon. This majestic waterfall is a constant all year around, but its beauty intensifies manifold during monsoon when the falls swell up with excess water. 

Apart from the striking beauty of the milky and foamy white falls cascading down from the hills, which is a cynosure to the eye, what makes this falls a popular attraction is the striking greenery surrounding it. The lush green carpet in the background makes the waterfalls look even more appealing and alluring. You can spend an entire day admiring its beauty and yet not have enough of it. 

As pretty as Dudhsagar falls is, reaching it can be a tough task. You must hike through the lush jungles. This only makes seeing the falls even more exciting and special. But if you are not fond of hiking, or taking on the challenge, you need not worry! There are several other falls in Goa that are worth exploring, like the Netravali and Surla Waterfalls. 

  • Inexpensive travel

If you have been to Goa before, you would know, travelling is one of the major expenses. The airfare to Goa during the peak season, i.e., from November to February may cost anywhere between 12-15 thousand Rupees for a round trip, and sometimes more. 

But, during the monsoon season, the ticket fares are quite inexpensive. Majority of popular airlines slash their prices during this period, and you may get a round-trip booking to Goa for 6-8 thousand Rupees, which is half the amount than what you may spend during the peak season. 

So, don’t think Goa monsoon season is not the right time to go on a holiday. Instead, it is the best time to have a fun holiday experience sans the crowd.

Amazing stay options with Club Mahindra

Resort in Goa

While there is no particular season to enjoy a wonderful stay at Club Mahindra resorts in Goa, monsoon is a good time because you get to enjoy a beautiful and uninterrupted view of the sea and the natural landscape surrounding it. 

Depending on which part of Goa you are in, you can stay at Club Mahindra Varca resort, Club Mahindra Emerald Palms resort, Club Mahindra Acacia Palms, all which are in south Goa or at Club Mahindra Assonora, which is in north Goa. All these resorts offer most premium amenities to the guests, and you can be sure to have a relaxing and comfortable stay. It is no surprise that these resorts are rated among the best family resorts in Goa.

Also, during your stay here, you can indulge in various signature Club Mahindra experiences specially curated for you and your family to give you an enriching holiday experience. With so many reasons to visit Goa in monsoon, you need not think twice anymore. Just get your bookings done and enjoy a blissful holiday!

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