Enjoying Goa in Monsoon

the waterlogged fields and ominous clouds in horizon - the typical Monsoon sight
the waterlogged fields and ominous clouds in horizon – the typical Monsoon sight
And that's me! Goa conquered
And that’s me! Goa conquered

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.Β 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 πŸ™‚

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.

First weekend in South Goa
First weekend in South Goa
A forsaken shack on the beach
A forsaken shack on the beach
Local boys in Om beach
Local boys in Om beach
Misty view at Gokarna beach
Misty view at Gokarna beach
Another angle overlooking Om beach
Another angle overlooking Om beach
Se Cathedral - photographer's delight
Se Cathedral – photographer’s delight
Two seconds before a hellish downpour at Fort Chapora that thoroughly drenched us
Two seconds before a hellish downpour at Fort Chapora that thoroughly drenched us
Sunset at Fort Chapora - a must visit point
Sunset at Fort Chapora – a must visit point
You can do an elephant wash at one of the local spice gardens
You can do an elephant wash at one of the local spice gardens
The pineapples in my sister's garden
The pineapples in my sister’s garden
The gorgeous unexploited local beach in Vasco
The gorgeous unexploited local beach in Vasco
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Another view on the nameless beach at Vasco
A dash of Fenny
A dash of Fenny
  

21 thoughts on “Enjoying Goa in Monsoon”

  1. Fantastic pics. Goa in rains is simply incredible. Am happy that you could visit Goa in monsoon season… Good for you and good for us because we got to see some amazing pics.

  2. Awesome pics !
    I’ve never been to Goa.. . .looks like its d time to plan a trip thr πŸ™‚

  3. Hi,
    I visited Goa in Jan on my honeymoon, but now I am thinking on third honemoon in Monsoonish Goa.

  4. You have shared great information on monsoon season. Goa is one of the most beautiful place to visit in monsoon as well as summer or winter

  5. Wonderful!! i am thinking you had a blast in your Goa trip. Places are amazing there to see. Candolim, Calangute, Anjuna, and Baga beaches are awesome

  6. I have just read the blog and i find it to be great. Thanks a lot for such a helpful information. Goa is the most preferred place for holiday not only for Indians but also for the people all over the world.

  7. Hi Nistha,

    The pictures look truly amazing!

    I had planned a trip to Goa for 2nd Weekend of July this year but was demotivated reading the reviews on various sites. But the pictures you posted have charged me up.

    Could you recommend which areas of Goa would be the best to stay at? I need good accessibility to the Airport since I have an early morning return flight. My aim is to explore the heritage, churches and the architecture.

    Thanks and all the best for your travelogues!
    Varun

  8. being a goan Nistha, I can’t tell you how proud it makes me feel that u’ve captured parts of Goa so beautifully through your camera lens. I have been visiting the beach almost regularly, with the rains it makes it all the more exciting…the rough waves, the torrential rain and just sometimes all by yourself πŸ™‚
    Pure Bliss!! Glad you visited Goa in the monsoons, many who don’t quite enjoy the season.
    Best Regards…a goan πŸ™‚ Savio

  9. Monsoon is magical time in goa. green less crowded and yes the best place in monsoons would be baga calangute and due to goa now becoming an all year destination the hotels restaurants and shops are open but the ones which do seasonal business only for foreigners shut down.

  10. Thanks to share this amazing info about goa.. Goa is such a places where you can go anytime in the whole year. Fabulous must visit places in Goa are Dudh Sagar Waterfalls, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, and Devil’s Canyon. For a break from nature, check out man-made attractions such as Basilica of Bom Jesus, Fort Aguada, and National Aviation Museum.

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