It is just about dawn. Half past 5, or maybe 6am. I can hear the cuckoo singing, as it has been doing for the past week or so. It’s a sure sign that the monsoon rains are on their way to Goa, India. We already know this from the forecast, which shows them about a month away, edging toward Kerala, where they make landfall in late May or early June, about one week before they reach Goa.
It is sultry these days; the afternoons are getting hot and the humidity is already reaching 55 to 65 percent. It will only get worse, but oh won’t it be lovely when it starts to rain? I can’t wait for the clean, fresh and cool breeze, the sunsets with rainbow-coloured hues in the clouds. The sea’s giant waves will hit the beach and the landscape will be lush and green. What an incredible canvas!
A Cooler Escape
Goa in the monsoon months of June to September is truly magical, a time of year when nature is at its best and most bountiful. Although many western tourists flock to Goa for its beaches, nightclubs and unique Portuguese colonial architecture, Indians, especially those from the plains in the north, come here during the monsoons simply to escape the heat and dust. Even Saudis and Persian Gulf people come to Goa during the monsoons just to show their children what rain is all about.
In fact, the Goa Tourism Development Corporation already promotes ‘raindrop tourism’ in Goa to Middle Eastern countries. In keeping with this, the whl.travel local connection in Goa is happy to offer many affordable monsoon packages and specials to travellers from all over the globe. Get away from the beach and wander inland to magnificent waterfalls, full-flowing rivers and streams, and lush green countryside.
Monsoon season is even the perfect time for trekking and eco adventures! Or you can walk along the beach and experience the fury of the sea, when giant waves hit the beach in full force.
A Time to Celebrate
Many amazing festivals and events in Goa take place during the monsoon season, making it a particularly exciting time of year for visiting travellers looking to experience the local culture. Here are some of our favourite holidays and festivals:
São João (June 24): This festive day is celebrated by Catholics and dedicated to St. John the Baptist. According to the festival’s longstanding traditions, the local youth of Goa get merrily drunk and jump into wells to retrieve the gifts that have been thrown inside by villagers. Later on, to mark the end of the day and pay tribute to the rains, they feast on an abundance of meat and seafood
St. Peter Feast (June 29): The Feast of St. Peter, also known as Sangodd, is a monsoon-based celebration by Goa’s local fishing community. Their boats are tied together to form rafts, which serve as makeshift stages. On these stages are erected miniature models of chapels or churches. Tiatrs (local drama theatre), folk dances and music are performed before an audience watching from the riverbanks.
Bonderam (August 24): – Bonderam is local to the quaint island of Divar, away from the hustle and bustle of Panjim. In remembrance of old territorial battles that took place on the island, mock skirmishes are re-enacted by boys and girls wielding fotashes (toy flags made with bamboo) and using berries for missiles. Soothing music is played in the village throughout the day, and the crowd grows as the day progresses. Parade floats are a highlight of this festival, where colours come alive along with the costumes.
An Affordable Holiday
Goa during the monsoons is a treat for travellers; the sight of the lush green palm trees swaying in the coastal monsoon breeze with the gentle rains splattering around you, the predominantly greyish hue mixed in with cool green foliage carpeting the Western Ghats all combine to cast a spell. It relaxes you and reconnects you with your inner self, something sometimes too long forgotten.
The ‘Rivera of the East’ really is at its romantic best in the rains; fortunately, the monsoon season is also when most Goa hotels offer the best discounted rates of the whole year. Travellers can explore the beaches under a steady drizzle or sit in a lounge overlooking the sea and sip their favourite feni and eat some delicious seafood. Visitors to Goa during the monsoons never look at rain the same way again.