My family and I booked a rather impromptu trip to Goa last week. With little to no research on what we should be expecting in a Goa during the rainy season, we just went ahead and booked it for a rather long five nights trip. We needed the break and wanted to spend quality family time in a serene and beautiful destination. There isn't much written about Goa during monsoons online and opinions are massively divided over whether it is somewhere that should be considered during rains. My friends told us that it rains in Goa the whole of July and therefore we won't have a lot to do.
A little circumspect about the trip, we decided to go check it out for ourselves anyway. And what a great decision that was! I don't know if we just got lucky or if Goa is definitely a lesser explored hidden gem during Monsoons because we ended up having the time of our lives.
Goa is beautiful this time of the year. I experiences strong but intermittent spells of rain showers during my time there. It used to rain constantly for about 15-20 minutes, then once the rain stopped, the sun used to come out and a cool breeze used to embrace our senses. It got a bit humid in patches but nothing like how bad it usually gets in Goa. In fact, the temperatures throughout the day used to be within the 27-29 degree range. I have visited Goa twice before - once in October and once in April. This is the first time Goa blew me away with its optimal weather ad beautiful lush green scenery.
Sure, there are a few downsides as well. Most of the beaches aren't functional due to high tides and choppy waters. A lot of beach shacks are not operational which can be a downer. However, our agenda throughout the trip was to find quaint cafes and beautiful views to get us by. In the five days that we were there, we managed to do a lot. Let me break it down for you.
Day 1 - We had an early morning flight from New Delhi to Goa. The journey usually lasts 2 hours 40 minutes but we landed in 2 hours. From Dabolim Airport, we took a cab to our hotel - Phoenix Park Inn which is at Candolim beach, North Goa. It took us more than an hour to reach the hotel and costed us Rs. 1300.