Best Things to Do in Goa

Goa, the party capital of India, needs no introduction. The stunning coastal state is a paradise for beach lovers. While Goa welcomes tourists in the summers and winters, the monsoon is not the peak season, which makes your visit to Goa even more wonderful. The arrival of the showers brings the state alive as you can see hues of blues and greens all around. During monsoon, the crowd is less, but there are experiences and activities aplenty that you can enjoy.  Also, there are many best places to visit in Goa during monsoon which you must definitely not miss exploring!

If you are planning a visit to Goa during the rainy season, here are some of the best things to do in Goa.

1. Visit the stunning Dudhsagar Waterfalls

One of the best things to do in Goa in monsoon is to visit the Dudhsagar waterfalls. Dudhsagar, literally translates to ‘ocean of milk.’ If the name gives you any hint, this cascading fall drops down from a height of about 1015 feet with a ferocious roar over the rocky terrain. There are very few sights in India that can even come close to the beauty of the falls, especially during the monsoon.  

The best way to explore the Goa Falls is to take an off-road jeep safari, which will drop you at the base of the falls. You must hike your way up through the lush tropical forests to reach the mouth of the falls. The dense forest can make the hike challenging but once you tread your way, the sight of the falls would be totally worth it! 

Dudhsagar Waterfall timing: Monday to Sunday (9:00 am to 6:00 am)

2. Go Trekking a Udaan Dongor 

Monsoon and trekking is like a match made in heaven. And, if you are in Goa in monsoon season, you must go on a trek to the famous Udaan Dongor, which is located in the Valpoi town. It is one of the best places to visit in Goa in monsoon that would give you an experience of a lifetime.  

Udaan Dongor is the fourth highest peak in Goa and the trail to the peak takes you through untouched wild forests dotted with glistening streams and patches of rocky terrain. As you make your way up, there is a good chance that you may spot wild animals like Bison, and deer that call this mountain their home.  

Once you reach the top, you would be greeted with the most stunning panoramic view of the Western Ghats that are hidden in fluffy clouds. It is a sight that would make you gasp in awe!

3. Try River Rafting in Mhadei River 

When you think of Goa in monsoon, river rafting is probably the last thing to cross your mind, which makes rafting on the Mhadei river special, especially during the monsoon. Known only to a few people, the location is surreal, and the downpour makes it a perfect place for rafting.  

Rafting in Mhadei River spans over 10 kms, and the grade 2 and grade 3 rapids make it an ideal location for both first timers and experts. The moody waves add to the thrill and fun of the activity. While you are rafting, don’t miss out on the delightful view of the lush green forest that surrounds you on all sides.  

4. Witness the monsoon festival celebrations 

Monsoon festival in goa

During monsoons in Goa, the state hosts many festivals at different places. But one of the best places to visit in Goa to witness the monsoon festival celebrations is Siolim that hosts a monsoon carnival in the memory of St. John, the Baptist.  

During the festival, the locals wear colourful clothes and floral headgears, and come out on the streets dancing to the local music. Also, during the festival, people savour the popular Goan beverage, Feni.  

If you are a food lover, you can visit the Patolleanchem Feast that offers many delicious seafood delicacies made in traditional Goan style. The highlight of the fest is the Patolleo, a sweet dish that is made with the staple ingredients of Goa, i.e., rice, jaggery and coconut.  

Another festival, the Chikalkalo festival, is held in the village of Marcel in July. This festival is dedicated to the fruit-bearing tree known as the ‘devil's tree’ or chikhal. The event is marked by cultural performances, music, and dance, along with the preparation and distribution of traditional Goan food items made from chikhal fruit.

So, from carnival to food fest, there are many monsoon festivals happening in Goa that you can take part in. 

5. Take a tour of the spice gardens 

One of the best activities in Goa that people of all groups can do during monsoon is taking a tour of the many spice gardens here. The gardens sprawl over many acres and boast an array of aromatic spices like cinnamon, cardamom, pepper, nutmeg, and vanilla. As you take a stroll through these gardens, you can smell the beautiful aroma, and learn about the spices, their uses, growth methods and their medicinal value. The tour to the spice gardens is both educational and fun.  

Where to stay in Goa? 

Resort in Goa

You can enjoy all these monsoon activities in Goa and also enjoy exploring the forts, and churches at your own pace by staying at one of the resorts in Goa hosted by Club Mahindra. Depending on which part of Goa you are visiting, you can stay at the Club Mahindra Acacia Palms in Madgaon, Club Mahindra Emerald Palms and Club Mahindra Varca Beach Resort in Varca or Club Mahindra Assonora resort in Bardez.  

These resorts have the most premium amenities you can ask for and offer immaculate services that would make you feel at home every minute you spend here.

In conclusion, experiencing Goa during the monsoon season offers a unique and enchanting perspective of this popular coastal destination. While the rain may deter some tourists, it brings with it a lush green landscape, glistening waterfalls, and a tranquil ambiance. The festivals and celebrations during this time add a cultural touch to the experience. Monsoon in Goa is an ideal time for exploring the trekking trails, waterfalls, and markets, and you can rejuvenate and immerse yourself in the local Goan way of life. Visiting Goa in the monsoon season reveals a different side of its natural beauty and cultural heritage.

About Club Mahindra

Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Ltd. (MHRIL), a part of Leisure and Hospitality sector of the Mahindra Group, offers quality family holidays primarily through vacation ownership memberships and brings to the industry values such as reliability, trust and customer satisfaction. Started in 1996, the company's flagship brand ‘Club Mahindra’, today has over 250,000 members , who can holiday at 100+ resorts in India and abroad.

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