There are many places in Goa apart from its core attraction of beaches that could delight tourist if they ever visit those at the right time. Although of limited territorial expanse, the topography and contours of the land is characterized by amazing diversity. There are mountains and rivers, forests, beaches and backwaters that contour the land with beauty and serenity.
Although famous for its sun kissed beaches, Goa can enamor tourist with her other assets if they explore it with passion and curiosity. There are many places whose beauty is delineated more charmingly in monsoon when rains lash the terrain with its cathartic power.
Wildlife sanctuaries of Goa remain open throughout the year including monsoon. As the density of footfall is low during rains, those wishing for a calmer trip to the wilds, can visit places like the Mollem National park and Cotigao wildlife sanctuary.
White water rafting is an attractive engagement during monsoon in Goa. White water rafting trips take place down the Mhadei River in Goa, under the auspices of Goa tourism from July to September. The river borders the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary in the Western Ghat Mountains.
Many colorful festivals are celebrated in Goa during monsoon months. The most popular festival, Sao-Joao is celebrated in late June and involves the interesting feat of men jumping into overflowing village wells to retrieve bottles of local feni alcohol. In late August, the carnival-like Bonderam flag festival is held on tiny Divar Island, off the coast from Panjim. Tourists can avail discounted tariffs from hotels during monsoon for which longer stays become all the more affordable.
Old Goa is another ideal destination in Goa to visit during monsoon. Many buildings here have now become archeological museums that provide fascinating details of Goan history. One of the most interesting buildings in Old Goa is the Convent and Church of Saint Francis of Assisi which is a big tourist attraction because of its antiquity and beautiful architecture.
Spice plantations in Goa are another attraction for tourists in Monsoon. Goa’s lush tropical climate makes it an ideal place to grow spices. The spice farms are open to visitors during all seasons. One can take a guided tour, enjoy the picturesque scenery, and finish with a spicy lunch.
Tourists can select out of many sites in Goa depending on their choices to visit during monsoon. With a relatively moderate volume of tourists during monsoon, Goa becomes a natural choice for those who like a longer stay in a peaceful and romantic setting in Goa.