Consider visiting Goa in Monsoon if you prefer nature over crowd, love getting drenched in unexpected showers and have ever wondered where did the greenery vanish in India. And if you are a little crazy, like I am. It was my first trip to Goa and I couldn’t have picked a better season – it was lush green all around and devoid of tourists. From the scenic Mumbai-Goa journey in the Konkan railway to a eventful Goa-Mangalore road trip, I got to see a lot of local spots and scenery. The ever-smiling coconut trees, tiny huts, brightly colored houses and waterlogged paddy fields were a sight for sore eyes. I have never seen such greenery in India before. Then, I’m all in for visiting not so touristy spots and found some pretty cliffs and beaches close to my sister’s place in Vasco. I did spend a couple of blissful evenings there. I might have to go back there in another season just to catch an uncloudy sunset – apart from it, the weather and conditions were perfect 🙂
And, I whole heartedly recommend catching this hyped destination in the non-hyped monsoon season for multiple reasons – no traffic, uncrowded beaches, breeze and pleasant weather, bargains, fun of getting drenched, scenery at its best etc etc. I mean who wants to lie down on a swarming dirty beach on a scorching summer day? Give me a nature’s shower amongst the shades of green any day.
Taking the Konkan railway at least one one side can be a visual pleasure (although it is pretty long, so go with a good company or book and long phone battery). Goa-Mangalore route (via Karwar, Gokarna, Murudeshwar, Udipi) is worth traveling but I do wish they made it more coastal (like the US 1 route in California). There’s a tiny stretch of coast on the way where you have Arabian Sea on one hand and River Kali on another. It is a picturesque route with lot of waterfalls, beaches (particularly the very scenic Om beach) and religious stops (don’t miss the Krishna temple at Udipi, you might never have seen such a temple before). I loved visiting Fort Chapora (you might remember it from DCH) and the setting does make you feel like Aakash. Anyways, happened to catch a peaceful sunset there (pic below) and it is totally worth it. I was not too excited about popular beaches and had more fun shopping at the deserted streets around Baga. There are some spice plantations tour if your inclinations lie on the botanical side. And yeah, the famed Fenny (dunno if thats the spelling) with Limca was…well, weird. But a Goa trip is incomplete without a sip, isn’t it?
As always, I think it can be better communicated in pictures.