Monsoon Activities in Goa That You Must Not Miss for Anything
Goa, the party capital of India, needs no introduction. The stunning coastal state is a paradise for the beach lovers. While Goa welcomes tourists in the summers and winters, the monsoon is not the peak season, which makes your visit to Goa all the 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 crowds are less, but there are experiences and activities aplenty that you can enjoy.
If you are planning a visit to Goa during the rainy season, here are some of the best monsoon activities in Goa, you must enjoy.
One of the best things to do in Goa in monsoon is visit the Dudhsagar waterfalls. Dudhsagar, literally translates to ‘ocean of milk.’ If the name gives you any hint, this cascading falls drops down from a height of about 1015 feet with 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 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 falls would be totally worth it!
Monsoon and trekking is like a match made in heaven. And, if you are in Goa during monsoon, you go on a trek to the famous Udaan Dongor, which is located in Valpoi town. It is one of the best things to do in Goa 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 forest 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 shrouded in fluffy clouds. It is a sight that would make you gasp in awe!
When you think of Goa adventure activities, 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 spans over 10 kms, and the grade 2 and grade 3 rapids make it an ideal location for both first-timers and experts, to try rafting here. 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.
During the monsoon season, Goa hosts umpteen 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.
So, from carnival to food fest, there are many monsoon festivals happening in Goa that you can take part in.
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 garden is both educational and fun.
You can enjoy all these monsoon activities in Goa during monsoon 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 resort in Varca or Club Mahindra Assonora resort in Bardez.
These properties 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.