Goa – the eternal beauty in the Monsoons
When I told my friends about my plan to visit Goa, I was questioned by many with raised surprises as Goa is not so in ‘form’ in the monsoons. May be that was one of the biggest reasons for me to plan a visit now – the availability of hotels at your budget, easy (read cheap) vehicle rents, beaches more secluded, less of party hoppers and more of nature.
I was not totally wrong, but not even totally right. It seems many have now known the secrets of this eternal place even while in monsoon. Let me tell you how and let me take you through the ride if you didn’t know or haven’t seen the beauty of this Monsoon Goa yet:
Tip 1: Search for a secluded beach if you want some time alone with the nature
Getting a whole beach secluded is not a big deal if you head to the northern most part of Goa and end up in a small, yet pristine beach.
Obviously you won’t get a shack or a place to rest or chill, but standing at the edge of the water with water running through your feet is enough of the relaxation I believe.
Tip 2: Party means ‘chillaxing’ at a Shack while the rains have taken a vacation for few minutes
That’s true! Goa and party goes hand-in hand, but might be with a better twist in the cooler monsoons. You can just relax on the side beach at the line of shacks with a drinks while the clouds cover you from the otherwise harsh Indian heat.
Arambol is my personal recommendation if you don’t have kids in the group. It’s pretty cool and full of energy.
Tip 3: Have great, yummy breakfasts/brunch/lunch at the art Café’s while it rains outside
Yes, it’s an option and this works when you prefer to start you day with clean eating. Many of the cafes are also starting to keep vegan options.
Café Artjuna (near Anjuna beach) is again a personal favorite. If you love healthy eating, you will instantly fall in love with this place. This café even houses a shopping store that sells great art and décor items with handcrafted clothes.
Tip 4: Binge on sea food while you are around the beaches
While this goes well with the proper non-vegetarians, being a Bengali, i am open to taste anything new and different at least once in my lifetime. Hence this tip is for those food connoisseurs who explore places through a kick to their gluttony. You can binge on some heavy seafood dishes in the lunch time before you head out to party places in the evening as the proper pubs and shacks are bit costly than the restaurants a km away. Also you will have better and more options too.
Kalamari (Squid) dish was awesome with the cocktail at the Arambol Beach.
5. Tip 5: Enjoy Monsoons in the rural Goa
If all the above tips were too touristy and you end up in the crowded parts (believe me you will even in the off-season of monsoons), head to the eye-catching and mind cooling lush greenness of the Goa. Rural Goa is an eternal bliss in the Monsoon. A slow drive along the roads lined up with palm trees and green paddy fields along the stretches is a heavenly experience that this season can give you authentically.
For more of such experiences, I would suggest you to make a visit to one of the islands (Divar/ Chorao). I will soon put up a photo story on my visit to the Divar Island for more details.
Tip 6: Visit the vibrant town of Fountainhas at Panjim
Fountainhas is the name of an area lined up with colorful old and new Portuguese styled buildings. Even a casual photographer can get a good frame from any of the corners of the streets.
Let me share a small secret here, visit this place wearing some colorful stuffs and you can instantly compliment any frames in your vacation album. Here is the detailed story on my visit to the Fountainhas.
Tip 7: Old Goa for the history buffs
Old Goa is full of old churches and museums. If you are a history buff, saving yourself from the rains and visiting these museums won’t be a bad idea. Some of the churches have really good architectures and good views of the towns. Detailed story coming soon!
So, I hope you have now enough of the reasons to visit the famous Goa in the not so famous season, and enjoy it closely.