Monsoon in Goa — 8 Top Reasons for Visiting Goa in the Monsoon

Monsoon in Goa or Goa’s rainy season is between the months of June and August. The rains start in late May and extend up to September, but most of it is in the June-August period. Goa is in the Konkan coast of India, so the rain is heavy. There can be a few spells of thundershowers as well. Goa receives 34 inches of rainfall in June, 39 inches in July, and 20 inches in August. In an average year, there are 22 rainy days in the month of June, 27 rainy days in July, and 13 rainy days in August, making July the wettest month of the year.

The rain clouds come in from the Arabian Sea, hit the mountains of the Western Ghats and empty its water content. In July and August, during peak monsoon, rain showers can be especially prolonged. The three rivers of Goa – Chapora, Zuari, and Sal are all swollen.

The ponds are also full. There is a lot of greenery everywhere, thanks to the rain, making Goa beautiful in the monsoon. The cloud cover looks good too over the Arabian Sea.

Goa used to be empty during the monsoons as the tourists stayed away, preferring the peak winter season. But that has changed now. Many visit Goa in the monsoon now to enjoy the rains and greenery. The rain, overcast conditions, the always happy Goan spirit, ample food and drinks, have made Goa a popular destination even during the monsoons. Goa Weather in the Monsoon

Summer is a popular time for vacations, in India and Europe, because of the annual holidays. But unfortunately, it is too hot in Goa this time of the year. The monsoon rains provide a much needed respite, bringing the temperature down. The Tropic comes into view in its entire splendor. The springs and waterfalls are in their full force, there is greenery everywhere, the beaches are clean and deserted, and river cruises become even more romantic. Plus, there are attractive off-season discounts as well. This is precisely why more and more tourists are now visiting Goa during the monsoon season.

The south-west monsoon brings high waves, so swimming could be risky. There is also almost no snorkeling and scuba diving at Grande Island. Water sports activities are missing too. There are puddles everywhere, but they are cleared quickly. But often, there are breaks when it doesn’t rain, and Goa looks very pretty in those intervals. If you are lucky, there could be no rain for 2-3 days at all. 8 Top Reasons for Visiting Goa in the Monsoon

• Super Cheap – Check the flight ticket prices. You can get a round-trip ticket for half the price, compared to the peak season. Those from Mumbai or Bangalore… Goa is just a road trip or a bus ride away. The best hotels and villas in Goa are also offered sometimes at a flat discount of 50%. Budget hotels are available at just INR 500 and that too, right next to a beach. You can ride a rented scooter for anything between INR 250 and 175.

• The Lushness – Goa is at its greenest during the monsoon. The rivers are all full, and so are the lakes and ponds. The waterfalls look gorgeous and are at their roaring best. Dudhsagar falls, a famous landmark, is simply breathtaking during the monsoon. A torrent of water comes down the falls – you can hear the roar from a distance. The trees are all green and the rice paddies look incredible.

• Nature – Walking and trekking is a pleasure this time of the year. There are many trails you can explore. Some of them take you over the Western Ghat Mountains. You can also visit the wildlife sanctuaries – Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sancutary, Netravali Wildlife Sancutary, and the Mhadei Wildlife Sancutary. There is also the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. Many birds come out after a shower. You can see them backing in the sunlight for drying off.

• Enjoy the Rain – Goa is magical when it rains. Getting wet in the rain is a fun experience. Or you can just relax, put your feet up and see the downpour. The cloud cover and rain over the Arabian Sea always looks so beautiful. Watch the raindrops as they crash into the sea. Take a long siesta, have some coffee, and enjoy the beachside in the evening. Or go on long walks when it is not raining. There are so many ways of enjoying Goa in the monsoon months.

• Adventure Sports – Swimming is not recommended in the rains because of the stronger currents and rough tides, but there are still plenty of adventure sports activities during the monsoon season. There is trekking, hiking, bird watching, and white water rafting, which is a hot favorite this time of the year. The monsoon makes the rivers swell, making white water rafting more challenging and exciting.

• Nightlife – Goa does not shut down completely in the monsoon. Many nightclubs are still open, hosting their fun parties and rain dances. Visit Mambo’s, Tito’s and the St. Anthony’s Bar in Baga, the LPK (Love Passion Karma) in Candolim, Curlies on Anjuna beach, and the bar of Park Hotel in Calangute. A few beach shacks too host their parties in the rainy season.

• Food – Most temporary shacks are open only during the peak tourist season. But you will still find the permanent shacks and the restaurants serving their drinks, seafood, Goanese and Konkan delicacies, and continental foods. There is an abundance of vegetables and fruits this season. Don’t forget to try the local delicacies, including the fruit punches, shakes, and mocktails.

Infrastructure for the locals, the banks, government offices, fruit and vegetable markets, supermarkets, are obviously still running in the monsoon. But much of the tourist infrastructure could be missing, particularly in the south. However, some of the big-name restaurants are open throughout the year, irrespective of the season, such as Mickey`s, Nostalgia, Martin`s Corner, and others. But in beaches like Agonda, Cavelossim in the South and, Morjim and Arambol in the North, you may not find any of them. No beach shacks, nightclubs, or restaurant is open in these places. What’s still open is for the locals, not the tourists.

• Sao Joao Feast of St. John the Baptist – Also called, “Sao Joao”, this is the fertility festival of Goa. There is traditional music, dancing, and boat races. There is a parade where you can see young people wearing a crown, feathers, and leaves. Men are seen jumping into wells to recover “feni” or local alcohol bottles. Pool parties are held too.

Goa’s pride, the Dudhsagar Waterfalls, is at its best during the monsoon. It looks spectacular. Perched on top of high peaks of the Western Ghats, this is one of India’s tallest waterfalls. Dudhsagar or the “sea of milk” because of its huge white appearance falls from a height of 600 meters, which you can see from a distance. You will pass Dudhsagar Waterfalls if you are coming from the east by road or train.

You can take a morning train, see the waterfalls, hike up to spend some hours here, and return on the same day. It will be an easy 12 kilometer trek through tunnels and forests. But be careful in the monsoon as it can be slippery. There are viewpoints along the trail. You can stay back overnight as well if you like. Camping facilities are available.

As monsoon is the off-season, a lot of hotels and resorts remain closed. And, the ones that are open, and there are many, offer heavy discounts on the luxury rooms and services. All the popular beaches of Goa, including Baga, Calangute, Candolim and Panjim in the North and Colva and Benaulim in South Goa, all have decent places to live, available at much cheaper prices.

Make sure that your accommodation offers air conditioning, hot water, and the opportunity of self-cooking, as many of the restaurants could be closed in the monsoon. The most comfortable areas for a beach holiday in the monsoon are Baga and Candolim in the north, and Colva and Cavelossim in the south. You will find plenty of shops, restaurants with Indian and European cuisines, bars, pubs, and tourist facilities offering their services, ayurveda clinics, massage centers, banks, ATMs, and other necessary things you may need during your vocations.