If you are one of those who always thought Goa is all about beaches, then you have surely not experienced Goa in the rains. This Konkan region has much more to offer then just the sun, sand and surf, and monsoon is just the time to take in Goa in all its grandeur. The off peak season sets in from June onwards to September and the whole city takes in the traditional flavor. Nature blooms, commercialism halts, and aroma of the season set in.
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A must visit is the imposing and towering, Dudhsagar waterfall. Situated on the Goa-Karnataka border at the fringe of the Mollem water park is the ideal place to visit if you are the outdoor type. There are innumerable tours that organize a trek that lead to the spectacular view of the waterfall during the monsoons.
Do hire a motorbike and take on the enchanting drive through the hills and thick jungles to reach the famous spice plantation in Savoi to soak in the fragrances. Even the evening boat cruise from Panaji to Mandovi river is a memorable experience. Fishing is another activity which you can indulge in to explore the native in you.
Known for living life full-size you can expect no less from the Goa festivities when it comes to celebrations. Try not to miss one of the most popular festivals in Goa called Sao-Joao – Saint John the Baptist’s fertility feast, which is celebrated towards the end of June. Men celebrate it by jumping in the overflowing village wells to retrieve Feni, the local alcohol of Goa. Similarly towards the end of August, Bonderam flag festival on Divar Island takes place. The whole feel of the festival is that of a carnival and this one will surely be a unique one to talk about.
Come rain or shine, nights in Goa are always young. The party never stops. You might just have to hunt for the right spot. Sure shot place to live it up the Goa-style is Cavala right off Baga. Very popular with the hipster’s crowd, this villa setup which hosts live performances every other day plays house music, hip-hop and rock ‘n’ roll. Else, down the Baga street you will find Mambao’s and Tito’s to keep you rocking all night long.
So, what’s stopping you? Pack your rain gear and visit Goa for one of it kind’s experience. Choose from various stay options with packages that suit your budget. Don’t forget to scout around for special Monsoon deals and discounts to maximize the off season benefit. So plan your trip now and it will surely be one for your holiday scrapbook.