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Kapil Gumasta Jun 25 2013

How is goa in monsoon? What are the places I can enjoy?

Sonia Wigh Jun 25 2013
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Well there seems to be no season when you take a trip to Goa and not enjoy it! The locals say that monsoon rains bring romance in Goa.

While most people associate monsoon as off season in Goa, for some travelers it is still advantageous to go to Goa as there will be less tourists thronging the streets. You would also get surprisingly amazing off season deals on hotels, adventure sports and even on flights to Goa. The weather in Goa is beautiful in monsoon. While rains are often torrential, the aftermath leaves behind pristine white churches, clean beaches and a green lush Goa!

You can visit the Dudhsagar Falls which overflow with water after the rains. A must do for all the tourists is to take a cruise up the Mandovi River from Panaji. If you are a nature buff, the flora and fauna of the Bondla National Park is shown to its advantage during the moist monsoon season. The Wildlife sanctuaries like Mollem National Park and Cotigao Wildlife sanctuary are beautiful in the rainy season and the best sightings are made near the river where all the animals gather to partake water.

Locals also suggest taking a trip to the Savoi spice plantation whose scenic beauty is shown to its advantage specially in the monsoon. One could also make it a point to visit the deer safari park in Bondla. Even during monsoon you can participate in adventure sports like para-sailing, bumper boat rides and jet-skiing.

One of the most interesting thing to do specifically during a monsoon visit to Goa is to witness the Sao- Joao festival or the fertility feast of Saint John the Baptist which is celebrated in late June. At the end of June, the feasts of Peter and Paul are yet another festival where people sail up the river on rafts while performing songs and plays.

The carnival like Bonderam Flag Festival is celebrated in late August on the quaint little Divar Island, off the coast from Panaji. These seasonal festivals bring the local Goan culture to the fore and are a must see in every tourist's itinerary.

While most hotels which are on the beach remain closed during some time in the monsoons because of flooding etc; there are enough hotels in the mainland which cater to the so-called off-season tourists. So enjoy the hot and spicy Goan cuisine with the rains in the backdrop!

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