Goa in Monsoon (June – August)
Temperature - The air temperature during the season of monsoon ranges between 24°C and 30°C. Weather – Goa in Monsoon is home to frequent rain showers, subtle drizzle with a chance of thunderstorm. With the scent of the salty sea mixing with the earthy aroma that comes with the rains, Goa is a treat for all the nature-lovers out there. While the days are humid, the nights provide some relief by being cool and pleasant. Significant events – A little rain never dampened the spirit of Goa. Festivals and events exist in abundance to entertain both locals and tourists coming from all over the globe to this Party State. Goa is not a place but a state of mind. One of the main highlights of this time of the year is the Patolleanchem Feast which is a treat for those who have a sweet tooth. Patollea is a dish that is made out of coconut, jaggery and rice. Not just this delicacy, this festival that is celebrated on 15 August also has local handicrafts on display all through the day. Another festival that is celebrated during this time of the year is Bonderam celebrated at the Divar island, 12 kilometres from Panjim. This festival comprises energetic crowds donning brightly coloured costumes accompanied by some music. Here, berries and toys created from bamboo stems are used to knock down some flags as a mockery of the days of conflict between the districts of a village during the Portuguese era. Why you should visit now – The rains highlight the beauty of this tropical paradise and reveal all shades of green during this time of the year. This is a good time to witness Goa in all its glory. Since the tourist season is not at its peak, Goa will not be as crowded as it is otherwise. Hence, you do have some leeway. Head to the Dudhsagar Waterfalls to witness the magic of the monsoon. If you are feeling brave, you could trek the jungle paths and make your by crossing the roaring river streams to get a good view of the falls. Or else, taking a train and pass through the falls to marvel at the sheer magnificence. Things to know before the visit – Do not forget to check the weather reports before booking your tickets and accommodation. Book a hotel that is centrally located and accessible. Carry some cash in case you plan to travel to remote areas and beaches. Watch out for some discounts on accommodation since this is not really the peak season. Tips – Do carry a lightweight jacket. Carry wind cheaters, sunscreen, sports shoes, mosquito repellents and torches when you plan to venture outdoors.
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