Monsoons will be knocking the doors of the subcontinent very soon, and what better place to enjoy the rains than Goa!! This little state on the western coast gets transformed in the rains into a merry playground. There is a sudden spurt of activities all around you.
If you want idyllic walks on the beach or take on some adventure, dive beneath the waves or explore the wildlife, excitement seems to be following you at every step. Read further and you will come across the various things to do in Goa in monsoon.
14 of the Best Picks for Things to Do in Goa in Monsoon
1. Witness the Majestic Dudhsagar Waterfalls
If you are in Goa, and monsoons are at its peak, then witnessing the power of Dudhsagar Waterfalls is the best thing to do in Goa.
The falls are located in Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, and if you are brave enough, you can trek jungle paths and cross raging river streams to get to the base of the falls. Or else, take a train journey and pass through the falls. In any case, you will witness the mighty power of the falls.
2. River Rafting in Mhadei River
Rivers swell with rushing water in the monsoons. It is the ideal time for river rafting. The strong rapids of Mhadei River, with the occasional big waves, making it a perfect site for river rafting.
As the river passes through dense tropical forests, the excitement increases manifold. And if you encounter an unexpected shower or two, the feeling is pure bliss.
3. Visit the Spice Gardens
There are many spice gardens in Goa, and visiting them in the monsoons is the best thing you can do. It’s eco-friendly and full of fun, though!! The air is fragrant with the intoxicating aromas of different spices. And when the cool breeze carries the flavours with it, it is even more inviting.
You can know more about spice cultivations, buy some spices and oils for yourself, and have a welcome meal in the gardens.
4. Go on Safari Tours
With abundant wildlife in the dense tropical forests of Goa, going on wildlife safari tours is an exciting activity to undertake during the monsoons in Goa.
You can go to Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, etc. where you can spot Indian Bison (Gaur), Nilgiri wood-pigeon, Malabar Giant Squirrel, and other wildlife.
5. Go for a River Cruise
Going on a luxury cruise on Mandovi River is yet another relaxing thing to do during the monsoons in Goa. Evenings are the best time to undertake the cruise.
The 2-hour cruise is a spectacular experience when the cruise boat gets illuminated with dazzling lights. Casino, dance and musical performances, snacks, and other activities are held aboard the cruise.
6. Take Long Walks on the Beach
Monsoon is a time when the beaches are quiet and empty. There are fewer people around and less noise too. The monsoons are a perfect time to take leisurely walks on the beach and gaze at the deep blue sea, and maybe, reflect on the vastness of the universe.
You may skip the more frequented beaches of Baga and Calangute, and take to Colva, Vagator, Morjim, Arambole, Palolem, Agonda, and Sinquerim instead. Your peace of mind is assured.
7. Bicycle Tours of Rural Goa
That Goa is more than just glitzy nightclubs and its beaches, you will get to know only if you ditch the luxuries and head off to explore the interiors of Goa on a bicycle.
Doing so, you can set your own pace of exploration and find time to interact with locals, drink Feni, see the lush paddy fields, explore century-old churches, or visit one of those quaint Goan houses, and dine on local cuisines.
8. Drive Up the Ghats
Going on a road trip to the various Ghats in Goa is a thrilling activity in itself. Goa will open up in the most spectacular of ways to impress you.
As you drive through dense forests, you cross mystical valleys, torrential streams, thunderous waterfalls, and go past pristine greenery of the ghats. Chorla Ghat, Amboli Ghat, Anmod Ghat are perfect to go in the monsoons.
9. Participate in Festivals
If culture is what impresses you in Goa, then monsoons are the best time to experience the colours of Goan festivals. It’s a celebration that infuses new life into the local communities of Goa. The feast of Sao Joao, the feast of St. Peter, Bonderam festival in Divar Island sees a carnival atmosphere.
Ganesh Chaturthi is also celebrated with much festivity. You can taste the local beverage, Feni, and savour on some delicious Goan delicacies during this time.
10. Visit the Waterfalls
Besides Dudhsagar Falls, there are other stunning waterfalls in Goa. Monsoon is the best time to visit these falls, as the increased flow of water creates a breathtaking display of cascading waters. Trekking to these falls is no less thrilling.
You pass through the most densely wooded country and come across butterflies, birds, animals and reptiles. Tambdi Surla falls, Chorla falls, Sakla-Vajra Waterfalls, Netravali Waterfalls are some of the mesmerizing waterfalls to visit during the monsoons in Goa.
11. Explore the Forts
In the monsoon showers, the forts in Goa also take on a new look. As rains wash away the dust on the walls, bastions, cannons, and other structures in the forts, they are surrounded by fresh greenery. The views from atop these forts look more stunning than ever.
Exploring them in the monsoons is an exciting activity you can look forward to. Chapora Fort, Aguada Fort, and Reis Magos fort are the important ones to visit during the monsoons in Goa.
12. Enjoy the Happening Nightlife
Come monsoons and the bars and shacks become empty, so getting a seat becomes much easier. Party though can get along in full swing. Mambo’s and Tito’s will still see party animals drop by to have a dance or hang out with pals.
You can still enjoy the live music going on at bars at Calangute or Baga. You can sing on karaoke nights, enjoy dancing to the thumping music, play in the floating casinos, or just enjoy dining.
13. Visit the Nearby Islands
Chorao and Divar are the important islands of Goa you can visit during the monsoons. Take your bike along and enough food and petrol too, as there are no proper services available on these islands.
These sleepy islands have a wealth of natural beauty through – lush green paddy fields, thick mangrove swamps, abandoned Portuguese-era houses, ruins of old churches, winding roads, narrow lanes cutting across green pastures, all spread their charm during the monsoons.
14. Enjoy the Local Cuisine
Monsoon is the best time to enjoy food in Goa. Soups, buns, tea, coffee suddenly look most tempting in the rains. There are fresh fruits and vegetables available during this season, so you can enjoy a variety of dishes. Fishes are fresh too.
The tangy and spicy Goan food and Konkani delicacies taste their best in the monsoons. Most beachside shacks remain closed, but the most popular ones remain open, serving great cocktails, seafood, continental dishes, and other cuisines.
Found something that you can do? Well then, why wait? This coming monsoon, be there to do all this super exciting activities in Goa. It will be an unbelievable experience.
If you have done any of these, or even know of others not mentioned above, do drop your comments in the box below. Your experiences will guide fellow travellers on their future trips.