Romancing Goa During the Monsoon: Uncovering the State's Best Kept Secrets!

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Ah, the monsoons in Goa! When the golden sun-kissed beaches are complemented by the earthly scent of rain-drenched foliage and when the deep blue of the Arabian Sea foams and froths a soft, gentle white. The monsoon season in Goa has its own lyrical magic, unseen in the sunshiney world of that famous beach destination. The beauty of the cobblestoned streets in Panjim, the colonial remains dotting the fortress laden Aguada, the darkling woods of the Western Ghats, the scores of water bodies that offer spellbinding reflection of the passing clouds - the treats that Goa has in store during the monsoon season make for an endless journey.

An intimate exploration of Goan culture awaits the traveller who escapes the trappings of commercialism that mark the peak season between October to March. Whether visiting alone, with a companion, or in a group, a meaningful journey lies beneath the horizon of mainstream tourist activities. Things to be explored, sighted, felt - in unexpected places that are yet to be discovered. Let this guide to Goa during monsoons be your companion to explore the offbeat and immersive cultural experiences that are waiting to be unearthed.

Go rafting in the Mhadei River

Tucked away deep in the spectacular Western Ghats lies a hidden treasure ready to be devoured by the avid explorer willing to seek it out. The misty mountains and cascading waterfalls now add the thrill of rafting, an exciting experience to be had on the gushing waters of the Mhadei River! From mild rapids to more complex ones, it is a rare opportunity to defy the thunderous waves of Goa's wild rivers. The monsoon season of July to September gives you the chance to rush, bounce and power your way through exhilarating rapids called Pipeline, Big Daddy, Y fronts and Giant Haystacks. Taking in the beauty of its unspoilt forests and the wonders of its wildlife sanctuary, it is sure to be an adventure like no other and one to be remembered for a lifetime.

Go for an offbeat cycling tour across Anjuna

The clear horizon, lush green hills, picturesque lagoons and the vista of the infinite ocean that will spin its charm on you! Call it liberating, as you revel in the salty air and the sound of the sea accompanying you as you cycle away. As you go uphill, the stunning view of the roar of the ocean, the dancing of the clouds and the touch of the monsoon breeze will all make your day. And when you head back, just don’t miss the joy of cycling against the alluring rains. Every moment will be a reminder of the grandeur of Goa.

Watch the forts of Goa engulf in a rustic charm amid the rains

Amid all the beaches, narrow lanes and waterfalls of Goa, there also lie the remnants of a glorious past, the forts of Goa- a testimony to the rich heritage of India. Amidst the peaceful murmur of the rains, these forts, with their rough-hewn stones, battered battlements and dilapidated structures, exude a rusted charm. These majestic forts, ruins and bastions, scattered along the length and breadth of Goa, overlook the roaring waters of the ocean and offer a glimpse into the past. So step out this monsoon to explore the fading beauty of these forts and to experience the nostalgic charm of the past. Some of the old-world forts you can explore during the monsoon in Goa include the Reis Magos Fort, Aguada Fort, Chapora Fort, Mormugao Fort, Rachol Fort, Corjuem Fort and Cabo de Rama Fort.

Trek to the cascading Tambdi Surla Waterfalls

Hidden in the depths of the dense forests, lies a hidden gem, the mesmerising Tambdi Surla Waterfalls. Step onto the narrow and mystical trail, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the wilderness, while being graced by the presence of animals and reptiles who chose this magical land as their home. The trek to the falls is an invigorating experience. At the end of this incredible journey, a captivating 50-metre high waterfall awaits, descending and creating an ambrosial atmosphere of peace and tranquillity. Come and get lost in the entrancing beauty of this untouched paradise.

Trek to Udaan Dongor peak

Come monsoon, and the Western Ghats come alive with a fury of flowers, trees bursting into foliage and the gushing torrents of streams. This is the perfect set up for an exhilarating journey to Goa's fourth highest peak, Udaan Dongar. Trek through winding trails, climb through treacherous wilderness, and experience the breathtaking beauty of this region. Relish in the diversity of wildlife with leopards, deer, Indian bison, snakes and other reptiles, and if you're lucky, you can even spot a tigress and a cub. As we make it to the top, take in the majestic 360 degree panoramic views and feel a sense of accomplishment.

Go biking across Chorla Ghat

For bike enthusiasts, Chorla Ghat is a sanctuary of unbridled fun. Surrounded by lush emerald forests and blessing us with its refreshing mist, Chorla Ghat is home to some of the most awe-inspiring and beautiful natural attractions. From winding and treacherous mountain paths to the sight of glittering waterfalls, it is a place of unmatched beauty where nature marvels at its best. And all the while, butterflies and other rare wildlife species add to its tranquil charm, making it the perfect destination for a thrilling motorcycle ride.

Get up close with nature at the Salim Ali Bird sanctuary

Immerse yourself in the peaceful and tranquil atmosphere of Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, an estuarine mangrove habitat located on the western end of Chorao Island in Goa. A place full of natural beauty and serenity, it's home to a multitude of avian species, including herons, bitterns, avocets and fiddler crabs. Observe the wonders of nature as you wander around the island and delve deep into its dense forests, home to an array of fauna and flora. Witness the dawn break and its mystical allure as you watch birds flit in and out of the mangroves. Lose yourself in the picturesque vistas and find solace in the stillness of the sanctuary.

Enjoy silent walks by the beach

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Photo of Cavelossim, South Goa by Namrata Das Adhikary

The smell of the salty air, the horizon's fusion of blues and grey, and the beach's untouched beauty - 'tis the best time to visit Goa's Candolim and Cavelossim beaches during the tranquil and enchanting monsoon season. Feel the gentle ocean breeze and take in its refreshing embrace as the warm droplets of the softly falling rain against your skin, and the sound of its soft pitter-patter resonating like sweet music in the air. The monsoon is indeed the perfect time to take a leisurely stroll along the vast beaches of the beautiful Goa and experience its stunning views.

The calming monsoon season in Goa is such an alluring, soul-stirring experience that is like no other. In its embrace, the life of the beach-town slows down, contemplation and relaxation sets in, and an intimate connection with one's inner self and the world around it is inevitable. All it takes is a sense of curiosity to unravel the marvels that exist behind the glitz and glamour of Goa. The stories, experiences, culture and heritage that these revelations bring forth become a part of the traveller and make the journey even more special. So come to Goa this monsoon season and get lost in its beauty!