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Enjoy the magic of Goa Monsoon
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Goa, one of the most visited states in the country, has a lot to offer to its visitors apart from the beaches. Until 1961 it was a Portugal colony and thus strong Portuguese influence can still be seen in the city. It has become a famous tourist destination and people from all over the world plan their trip to this beautiful place. If you too are planning a trip to this fascinating city, a journey during the monsoons can leave some everlasting memories. The magic of monsoons attracts millions of tourists every year, who plan their trip to enjoy a truly magical experience.
The grandeur of Goa and its natural beauty is at its zenith during this time. The monsoon showers offer its visitors plenty of amazing experiences with the trees dancing to the tune of calmly blowing winds and the fields as well as the mountains covering themselves with green carpet. The eternal beauty of the region can leave the tourists mesmerized. Monsoon is welcomed by the region in early June after bearing months of summer heat. Ominous grey and black clouds dominate the blue skies and thunder rumbles in the surrounding resembling the sound of traditional Goan drum beats. Frogs croak to welcome the Rain God, Lord Varun.
When the monsoon showers finally arrive in the city, quite dramatically, they are accompanied by streaks of lightning and claps of thunder. Smell of the wet earth spreads across the city and croaking of the frogs can be heard in all parts of the majestic region. Monsoon in Goa is often followed by sudden bursts of downpour and the rain may last from a few hours to some days. These periodic downpours are always accompanied by bright sunshine, which increases the beauty of this exquisite city. Rainbows decorate the countryside with majestic and brilliant colors.
Soon the landscape of the city undergoes a transformation and looks like it is painted in different shades of green. Hills turn evasive and misty veil shrouds them while the green covering of the plants and trees greets the thunderstorm. Swaying palm trees add beauty to the surroundings with the rice field turning emerald green and making the backdrop perfect for clicking some memorable pictures. This colorful canvas presents a picture perfect setting with the dark grey clouds offering a delightful contrast.
The turbulent rivers and estuaries are filled with water due to regular rainfall. Flowing calmly, these rivers present a majestic view changing its color from blue green to deep orange and yellow with the sunset. Tourists can also enjoy fascinating sunset views at the famous beaches of the region. The Arabian Sea that flows along the Goa coastline presents an exquisite view that cannot be missed. Angry yet active, Arabian Sea puts up a grand show for the visitors who can enjoy watching this majestic view and clicking photographs with the roaring sea as the backdrop. Big waves pound on the golden sand of the sun kissed beach and present a mesmerizing view to the visitors travelling to this destination during monsoons.
Goa’s monsoon attractions
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During monsoon, beaches in Goa take a backseat and other amazing attractions which are present in the city get a chance to display their charm and attract tourists towards themselves. Apart from the sightseeing options, such as museums and churches which are present in the region, monsoons offer a chance to the honeymooners to enjoy with their partners amidst the Mother Nature. Imagine yourself walking in the rain with your loved one while holding hands. Wouldn’t it be a great experience? It would definitely be one of the most cherished moments of your life. Monsoons are a great time to enjoy incessant rain while strolling on the beach amongst swaying palms and pleasantly blowing wind.
Travelers can also visit the alluring and attractive Dudhsagar waterfalls which are located near the famous Mollem National Park. As the falls are full during the monsoons, it presents a magnificent view which can leave the visitors spellbound. The sound of the water cascading from a great height is the added attraction of the waterfalls. Another great attraction to visit during monsoon is the Savoi Spice Plantation. To reach this marvelous destination, travelers have to cross dense forests. Overall, monsoon is a time for the vacationers to enjoy a relaxing and memorable holidays.
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Tourists visiting Goa in the monsoon season can also become a part of different festivals which are celebrated during this time. As the rains lash the city, Goa is all decked up to celebrate various vibrant festivals. Some of the most famous festivals which are celebrated during the monsoons are Bonderam Flag Festival and Sao-Joao festival.
Sao-Joao festival is one of the most popular festivals which are celebrated in the region. This festival holds high regard amidst the catholic community residing in Goa. Dedicated to the Baptist, St. John, to mark this celebration men and youth of the city get drunk and then jump into a well to get the gifts which have been thrown in by the villagers. This is a tradition which is followed by generations of people living in the city. People belonging to all age groups take part in the celebrations which also include colorful boat race. It is also believed that newly wedded couples are blessed by the saint on this day. Therefore people who are planning their honeymoon to the city should plan it around that time to seek the blessings.
The Bonderam Flag Festival is generally celebrated in the month of August which is also a monsoon month. The word Bonderam is of Portuguese origin, which literally means flag. It is believed that in the past, people usually had physical fights to resolve issues regarding the encroachment of land. Therefore as a solution, Portuguese suggested putting up a flag in order to demarcate the land so that nobody is able to capture the land which lies in the vicinity. However as a protest to this system, people used to throw stones at the flags. On the day of the festival, people belonging to different religions come together and dance to the tunes. Over the years, people have kept the spirit of the festival alive by celebrating it with huge grandeur.
With the heavy monsoon showers lashing the city, Goa is often seen as a peaceful and serene refuge for all those who want to spend some quiet time with their loved ones away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The best thing as a vacationer you can do in Goa during monsoons is to sit in your hotel room and watch beautiful scenery from the balcony while the hours drift into lazy, wonderful, rain soaked days. If you are someone who loves to indulge in adventure activities while holidaying, then there are a large number of outdoor activities which can be enjoyed while in Goa. Go fishing or crab hunting and if you are looking for some real fun and thrill then trekking through the rough terrains would help you to feel the adrenaline rush.
In monsoons, Goa has all the ingredients which would make it a dream destination for the tourists. Misty, dreamy and green vacations can be enjoyed in this city which is full of surprises. The showers help to transform the state into a paradise. Enjoy amidst the swaying palm trees and the coastal monsoon breeze. With the grey clouds above and cool green cover all around, a trip to the region is sure to rejuvenate you. Honeymooners can spend their vacations taking a walk on the beach while the rain pours. Sipping on your favorite drink or trying the delicious seafood is also one of the best ways to spend the holidays.
A monsoon trip to Goa can add colors to the lives of people who have been planning for a family trip since a long time. Goa’s nightlife can also be enjoyed during this time. The famous Tito’s at Baga Beach is a must visit destination for all those who are looking forward to add some excitement and thrill to their trip. Vacationers can dance to the tunes of live musicians who perform here all around the year. Moreover, people can also try their luck at gambling as it is legal in Goa. Different casinos offer a chance to the tourists to indulge in a game or two and win some easy money.
Monsoon is also the best time to visit Goa for all those who have been planning budget holiday. Being off season, different hotels and resorts offer heavy discounts to the travelers. Special monsoon packages can also be availed by the vacationers at discounted rates. So if you have been planning a trip or have promised your family to take them on a holiday, monsoon is the best time to visit Goa. Soak in the richness of Goa and come back with bags full of good and amazing memories from this land of beaches, festivals and numerous attractions. So to add some colors to your life, plan a trip to this beautiful destination.