Goa is celebrated in its own right as beach destination par excellence. Goa is best known for its beaches, Portuguese influences and its pulsating nightlife. The natural abundance of Goa is accessible through out the year, and Goa in the Monsoon is a thing beyond comparison. Goa is at its best during the monsoons, when nature is at full bloom, and rain carries tidings of hope and joy. And it is a wholly different Goa at this time.
The Monsoon season in Goa goes on from June to September. Visiting Goa during the Monsoons will give you a chance to experience features of Goa you may not have had the chance to see before. Goa, it has been said before, is much more than its beaches, and it will be said again, and the best time to realize this would be in the Monsoons.
Goa in monsoon
There are several advantages to visiting Goa in the monsoons, and the lack of crowding is among the best. Goa remains free of the crowds as it is not the peak season. Nature is at its most beautiful during the monsoons, and the lush greenery is an experience like none other. The sea, which rages and roars with unending fury, is a sight to watch, and being at the beaches is heavenly, although you can not swim in the waters. In the Monsoons Goa is also a lot cheaper. Numerous discounts starting at 25% is normally offered by the various resorts and hotels, and is open to bargaining. There are also numerous festivals and fests held by the Goans to celebrate the rains.
Goa has a good number of wildlife sanctuaries that are open all the year round. The more famous parks are Mollem National Park and Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary. Bondla is another sanctuary, and it is the most easiest to reach in Goa. Bondla is a mini zoo, a deer safari park and several nature parks. The Mollem nature park is in the vicinity of the Dudhsagar water falls, and these falls are at their very majestic best during the rainy season. The waters cascade from a tall height and are a perfect sight.
Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary
The Savoi Spice plantation is another excellent location to visit. The drive to the plantation is through a really scenic route, bypassing lush forests and verdant hills from Ponda.
Another excellent activity would be to take a cruise in the Mandovi River, which sets off in the evenings from Panaji. Fishing in the rivers of Goa is another fun thing to do. Exploring Goa and its ancient buildings is a great way to get to know the influences this small state has had.
The festivals held during the monsoon are exciting events and are times of merriment and revelry, The São Joao festival held on the 24th of July, is a celebration of fertility, and the highlight of the festival is a canoe parade to the Church of St Anthony. St Peter Feast, on June 29th is another festival. The Bonderam, held in August 24th is the best of the festivals, and has been described as the mega festival.