Monday, July 1, 2013 By

GOA in Rains- A Romantic Gateway

Goa is a lovely place throughout the year,but in monsoon (June to September) Goa is breathtakingly beautiful,a mesmerizing landscape of lush green fields with swaying palm trees,rolling paddy fields,rough waves,gloomy grey sky & sudden torrential downpour.I choose my own destination where I feel the urge to go ,when I want to go ,not because its season or not.Goa is a place ,where you need to feel the vibes ,where living is awesome. Goa in rains -- A sizzling chemistry between earth and water.It reminds me my last September week long visit to Goa.Sunsets are never more fascinating in Goa than in this late monsoon period - golden ,scarlet, bright orange  bands across the sky.

Spectacular sunset over the Arabian Sea in Vegator beach,Goa

Goa in rains, a sizzling chemistry between earth and water.View of Sinquerim Beach

Officially Monsoon is off-season,a time for no tourist,a time when everything in Goa is blissfully calm and quiet after the lunatic months of peak season.Beaches are not brimming with crowds,most of the beach shacks are dismantled,pocket burning high season hotel rates are now discounted (hence very much cheaper)& pounding sound of ocean waves exceeds everything,a mild feeling of melancholy prevails in the atmosphere.You will rediscover a new Goa.Now its up to you whether you want to come back for high season's mayhem or not.

Take a stroll in the beach without a care,Monsoon in Goa

Highlights of my Goa trip:

  • Bike trip to South GOA through beaches & villages. Mobor-->Cavelossim-->Vercca-->Colva
  • Relax in the sprawling palm fringed lawn of Holiday Inn Goa which leads to the quiet,white sand beach of mobor.
  • River cruise in Sal river,dolphin and bird watching,lunch on the cruise.Dinner at Fisherman's Wraf by the side of Sal river.
  • Riding up the hills and beach hopping in North Goa by a rented bike. Sinquerim -->Condolim-->Calangute -->Baga-->Anjuna -->Vegator
  • Drive to the land of mist,mountains and wilderness of "Chorla Ghats",a totally different facet of Goa. Please read the below post for more details of Chorla ghats& Moonsoon Magic at Swapnagandha Valley,Goa

Monsoon Tip For Goa

Walk alone in the deserted beach or sit closely with  your loved ones along with rough waves in front,wild oceanic breeze ruffling your hairs,opaque grey sky above and a sudden torrential downpour which will soak you in skin deep,a sweet taste of rain water in your tongue.It is blissfully romantic.

Seagull,fishermen & fishing boats,an early morning in GOA,cavelossim

Apart from beach holiday ,Goa has  more to offer. Sal river in south GOA with her own rhythm. Dolphin watching where river joins the sea is an enchanting experience .

Rent a bike or scooty &drive through the countryside of South Goa,stopping for a shelter in a roadside village when drizzles.Enjoy the ride through the villages canopied with mossy trees,surrounded by psychedelic paddy fields.Villagers are out for planting rice,taking rest under the trees with the family.A lively  landscape freshly scrubbed from the pounding rains which no guidebook can show you.Stop for a refreshment in a neighboring bakery and mesmerize with the smack of freshly baked goodies.A moment to cherish forever with your dear ones.

Enjoy a bike ride through the countryside of South Goa

South Goa is paradise for beach lovers and less commercialized & less chaotic,dotted with luxury resorts with private beaches and in monsoon months these resorts offers very lucrative offers to catch your eyes.Right from Colva,the famous silvery white sand beach, there is an uninterrupted continuity in beaches. The more you move south the lonelier the beaches are. We had a very wonderful and relaxed stay in Holiday Inn Goa in Mobor beach.

Goa ,where living is awesome @ Holiday Inn Beach

North Goa is very much touristy,but in the monsoon months it is hustle free.Baga beach,Calanguta beach are very much crowded in the monsoon months also but Sinquerim to Condolim these stretch is really peaceful.I found lots of beach shacks are open in Baga beach.Please check my photo gallery of beaches in north Goa. Some Kodak Moments From GOA

Where To Eat When You are In Goa

Goa is food lovers paradise with thousands of eateries .Without savoring the mouth watering Goan cuisine,fresh seafood & chilled cocktails,visit to Goa is incomplete.But it is very difficult to  choose the right one. At per my own experience you can try your luck with these famous goan foods & drop a comment for sure.
  1. Goan fish curry
  2. Garlic Prawns
  3. Chicken Xacuti, curry with lots of coconut.
  4. Pork Vindaloo
  5. King Fish Steak
  6. Benebica - Desert 

Tasty and spicy Pomfret Masala

King Fish Steak

  1. Baga -Eat at Britto's , East meets West, Nick's Place
  2. Candolim -Republic of Noodles (One of the top 20 restaurants in Asia as per the Miele Guide), Shivers near Kingfisher villa , Lloyd's.
  3. Sinquerim-Eat at Taj Holiday Village
  4. Betalbatim-Martin’s Corner in Betalbatim which also is in South Goa,is the most happening and famous   restaurant.You will get ocean fresh sea foods.\
  5. Cavelossim-Fishermans Wharf by the side of Sal river with a romantic ambience ,Bettys Beach shack near Holiady Inn and Leela Goa.

    The river,the sea ,the cool zephyr -The perfect ambiance for a toast.Photo courtsey:Fisermans Wharf

Where To Stay In Goa: 

North Goa
  1. The Park Holiday Beach in Condolim-->The Park Hotel
  2. Santana Beach Resort in Condolim(TripAdvisor winner on Budget category)-->Santana Beach Resort
  3. Vivanta By Taj,Fort Aguada, Sinquerim, Candolim
South Goa:
  1. The Leela Goa -->Situated between Sal river and Arabian sea .The Leela Goa
  2. Park Hyatt Resort & Spa-->Cansaulim, South Goa.Park Hyatt Goa
  3. Holiday Inn Goa,Cavelossim,Mobor beach -->Holiday Inn,Goa 

Related Article About Goa: 

 Moonsoon Magic at Swapnagandha Valley,Goa

Some Kodak Moments From GOA