When you think about Goa, the first thing that comes to mind would be the sunshine and endless beaches. Sunbathing, water sports, and shacks that serve up amazing drinks. You can expect beaches filled with tourists from all over the world to pour over the many beaches, night parties and all businesses thriving well. All this if you are traveling to Goa before June, but if you are visiting anytime between June to September, you will be going during the monsoons and there is a debate.
It is inevitable that it will rain every day. Knowing this, do you plan a trip to Goa? There are many articles on this topic but most do not provide a clear picture of how exactly it is. I have researched a lot and most try to be poetic rather than practical.
There are two major arguments most offer, one being that everything will be cheaper and that should be reason enough. This is quite true. If you really want to holiday in rain and cloudy weather to save some money, you will get great deals on flights and places to stay. Everything else stays the same as eateries will not reduce their prices and local tickets and charges to whatever is open will be the same.
The second argument will be to enjoy the rain and the lush green landscapes. This I can only comment below once we travel there. We booked our flights through Cleartrip for Rs. 10,700 return from Hyderabad. I and Zen arrived in Goa on the 14th of June. I managed to find a great deal on MakeMyTrip to stay at Anjuna. We paid Rs. 16,000 with breakfast at the Premier Inn for our 5-day stay. Some might argue that this cost could be brought down drastically by staying at a decent bed and breakfast but we did not want to take a chance during the monsoons as I have read that some places can get messy and such.
We also hired a self-driven car from ZipHop which was supposed to be picked up at the airport but the driver picked us up and delivered the car at a location down the road near the airport. The car cost us Rs. 6,600. Once again, renting a bike would cost much less but that was not really a solution with the skies opening up regularly. While we booked an i10, we received an i20, this happens regularly, happened the last time we were in Goa too. As expected, we were greeted with heavy rains, however, the drive from the Airport to Anjuna was beautiful once we got past the traffic. Everything was green and the sea was majestic, almost scary sometimes.
The next five days were beautiful, serene and almost sublime. The decision of opting for a good accommodation paid immediate dividends because it rained every single day we were there. The accommodation we booked served amazing breakfast, had room to just relax and a massive pool to keep us busy.
In the monsoons, the beaches are almost useless because the water is muddy and the sea is rough. You have to wait for moments of sunshine to even sit at a shack. Either way, we explored some beaches. The best day was when we drove all the way to Netravali Wild Life Sanctuary and did a trek to view the beautiful waterfalls. If you have time, this is a pristine location that should not be missed.
At the end of our 5 days, I would highly recommend a trip to Goa during monsoons. Everything is lush green, the roads do not clog and as long as you have a car, you can always drive around and make the most when the rain stops. I also recommend you book your stay with a property with all facilities as there might be lazy days you will just end up spending at your resort.
I will end this post with a few pictures of some very isolated and serene locations. I will not spoon feed the locations and will leave the guesswork to you for some of them.