While the coastal charms of Goa are best discovered in winters, the ones who visit India’s beach capital during the rainy season do not return disappointed. From beholding the sight of unending carpets of greenery to savouring hot-spicy seafood and kayaking through untamed riverine backwaters, there are plenty of delightful experiences that you can enjoy in Goa during the rains. Take a look!

Goa during Monsoons

A Visit to Dudhsagar falls

Located in the Mollem National Park, about 70kms from the state capital Panjim, Dudhsagar Falls is a beauty to behold. Here, the milky white waters cascade down from a massive height of 987 feet, making it one of the highest waterfalls in India. During the monsoon, when the water is in full flow, this place simply looks surreal.

Backwaters Cruise

Goa’s backwaters are untamed and at their pristine best during the monsoon. Book a cruise tour from a local operator and hop aboard to enjoy captivating natural vistas, while experiencing the state’s unique ecosystem. If you’re lucky, you may see many beautiful birds, reptiles and even wild animals from the comfort and safety of your vessel.

Biking Around the Hinterlands 

One of the best ways to discover the state’s hinterlands is to go biking in Goa during monsoons. Enjoy sweeping views of green landscapes, meet the locals and try some exotic local dishes to capture the true essence of the season. You will surely return with fond memories.

Explore Wildlife Sanctuaries

Goa has its share of wildlife sanctuaries that boast a superb array of flora and fauna. Head to the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary in North Goa and try your luck at spotting rare Bengal Tigers. Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary, along Goa-Karnataka border, is another region where you can spot many enchanting species of animals and birds. Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, with a deer park, a mini zoo and many beautiful nature trails, is a big hit with families.

Historical Sightseeing

The rainy season is an ideal time to enjoy historical sightseeing in Goa. Panjim and Old Goa are the places where you can find some of best and oldest churches in India. Pay a visit to some of the popular ones, such as Basilica of Bom Jesus, Church of St Francis of Assisi, and Sea Cathedral, to admire their architectural beauty and religious significance.

Take a Dolphin Watching Tour

You can take a boat ride to see dolphins frolicking and playing around in the sea. Join an organized tour or book a private boat. The ride is usually for 2-3 hours long and includes a trip to Tsunami Island.

Shopping at Beach-side markets

There are plenty of flea markets along the famous beaches in Goa. A walk through the bustling Mapusa Market is a good way to find quality spices, traditional handicrafts, textiles and antiques of Goa. The famous Anjuna Flea Market is held every Wednesday, and offers an abundance of local handicrafts, clothes, footwear and artificial jewelleries at great bargains. Calangute Market Square is another place to enjoy retail therapy in the state.

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