Goa is India’s smallest yet most progressive state. Tourists visiting this place are always in awe of liberalism and natural beauty. A former Portugal colony until the year 1961, Goa displays a strong Portuguese influence. The beautiful state has everything that a travel enthusiast would fancy. From exquisite beaches to architectural marvels, parties, delectable food, and posh beach villas, everything here will mesmerize you.
Goa is particularly picturesque during the rainy season (June to September). The surroundings become greener and serene.
Here’s a guide to help you make your trip memorable in Goa during monsoon (the official off season):
Goa During Monsoon – What is it Like?
Monsoon here is very unpredictable! It can rain heavily for days, it can drizzle, or even dry for days. The rain eases up in August and September. The downpours are shorter and sunny patches increase in length.
North or South – Where to Go?
Beach shacks, the heartbeat of Goa are all packed up during the monsoon season. Hence, South Goa (also the lesser developed part of the state) is almost deserted during monsoon. It is better to head to north Goa. The place is known for permanent structures offering street food. Most of the state’s action happens at Baga, Candolim, Calagute, and Baga is known to be the best for tourists during the monsoon.
A visit to the following monsoon attractions in Goa will make your off season tour memorablefor a lifetime:
– Mollem National Park
– Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary
– Dudhsagar Falls
– Mollem National Park
– Tambdi Sula waterfall
– The 12th century Mahadev Temple (the oldest in Goa)
– Spice plantations in Ponda
– Boat Cruise in Mandovi River
– The Fontain Latin Quarter and Churches from the ancient era
Best Places to Stay
One of the best things about visiting Goa during monsoon is that you can get amazing deals at the best of hotels and resorts. Cottages start from around 5,500 INR per night for a double room including meals, tax, and activities. This is around 50 per cent less than the rates during peak rates. The luxury beach villas in North Goa are also available at affordable rates.
Best Places to Eat
In North Goa, restaurants away from the beaches are usually open. One of the best ones to hit is the Lloyd’s. It is located in Calangute. The place is famous for delectable Goan home food. The best part is that it is open through the night. The entire atmosphere is pleasant and entertaining. Britto’s located on Baga Beach is famous for its seafood. Some of the other popular restaurants to visit during monsoon include:
– Funky Arjuna Garden Café in Anjuna
– Lifestyle Shop in Anjuna
– Cantare in Saligao
– Gunpowder in Assagao
– Mustard in Sangolda
Morgan’s Place in Sangolda
The Monsoon Nightlife in Goa
Nightlife in Goa is at its lowest during the monsoon. However, you can visit popular places such as the Tito’s and Mambo’s at Baga Beach. Some of the other places Cape Town Café at Baga Beach, Cohiba Bar and Kitchen in Candolim, Sinq Beach Club and LPK Waterfront near Canolim and Curlies on Anjuna. You may also visit one of Top Casinos in Goa.
To Sum Up
A lot of places during monsoon are closed. Hence, you need to be prepared for that. The season does not host any beach parties.
However, you can make the most of excellent deals in resorts, villas, delectable food, Portuguese heritage, natural beauty at its best and walks around beaches.