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Things to Do in Goa in Monsoon

Goa is a beautiful Indian state – most tourists associate this place with sunny beaches. But Goa is so much more than this. During the rainy season, the beaches of Goa transform themselves into some exotic landscape that cannot be explained in words.

Although, winter season is the prime tourist season of Goa, monsoons in this part of India has its own charm. Indian monsoons are quite unpredictable – it might rain for days and then be dry for the rest of the week. However, during the rainy season, nature takes a dramatic turn. You will find greenery everywhere, and the weather takes a romantic turn. With fewer crowds at the beaches and the popular landmarks, you can do explore these venues without any touristy disturbances.  

Things to Do in Goa in Monsoon

Here is a list of things you can do at Goa during the monsoon season:

1. Exploring the Wildlife Sanctuaries

Exploring the Mollem National Park and the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary is a must during the monsoon season. In the rainy season, the exotic Dudhsagar Falls (located at Mollem National Park) is a breathing sight. If Dudhsagar Falls is not in your travel itinerary, then you can always head towards the Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary's Tambdi Sula waterfall as an alternative.

See Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary & Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

2. Trekking and Hiking

Among the several things to do in Goa in monsoon, the next thing on the list would attract trekking and hiking enthusiasts. Several trekking trails in the Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary (southeast Goa) offer a breathtaking view of the Western Ghats and the neighboring regions. Another wildlife reserve, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, is ideal for vacationers coming with kids. The botanical gardens, numerous hiking trails, deer safari park, and mini zoo particularly attract children.

3. Participating at Monsoon Festivities

Both Catholic and Hindu communities of Goa have a deep connection with the month of monsoon. During the rainy season, the fertility feast of Sao Joao and the Bonderam Festival is celebrated throughout the state. Cultural programs, a traditional feast, and colorful parades are parts of these festivals – showcasing the beauty of exotic Goa culture.

4. Trying Goan Seafood

Goa, once an important trading port of India, has been a bubbling pot of cultural amalgamations. The result of this marriage of cultures is exciting Goan cuisine. The spicy and aromatic seafood of this small state can create a tsunami of flavors in your mouth. One of the things to do in Goa in monsoon is to eat their famous Goan fish curry and Pork Vindaloo. These dishes can fill you with much-needed warmth on a chilly monsoon night.

5. Exploring the Spice Plantations

One of the things to do in Goa in monsoon is visiting the stunning spice plantations. During the rainy season, you can watch the mist-covered valleys and tropical forest radiating a romantic aura. Usually, the place is bereft of tourists; during the season giving you a chance to explore these places on your own. 

The monsoon seasons are usually avoided by foreigners, but preferred by Indian travelers. Bereft of the tourist crowd, there are several things to do in Goa in monsoon if you are interested.

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