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Magical Monsoon in Goa

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky - Tagore

Arundhati Banerjee
Wed, Jul 3 2013

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A vagabond at heart, love of travel has taken me places and made me a wiser soul with an open mind to learn and respect the people and cultures that I have encountered along the way.
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The romance of the monsoon, the single most influencing season of the Indian sub-continent, can be felt at its best in rain soaked Goa. One is struck by the lush greenery of many shades. The dominance of the greenery is broken in spurts by the brightly coloured homes and shops--florescent lime green, bright yellow, shocking pink or hues of mauve and violets.

 The sway of the coconut trees in the winds, the wild howling of the oncoming storm, lightning streaks that blinds you, looming dark clouds that threaten to touch the sea, the sudden torrential downpours, the rhythmic sound of the rains on the forest leaves, bulging rush of the rivers and overflowing streams, the rain-washed fresh countryside, the glistening churches and temples and the solitude of the beaches are features not to be seen during other seasons.

 Experience walking around the rain-soaked paths in the early mornings, feel the soft wet sand under your feet in Baga, Colva, Miramar or any other beach, wander to the Basilica of Bom Jesus or Shanta Durga Temple, feel the history of Fort Aguada or Chapora Fort, visit the Bhagwan Mahavir Wild Life Sanctuary or Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary or simply laze around on a reclining chair with a cup of warm coffee or a mug of the local ‘feni’ and watch the dance of the monsoon rains.

 The festivals of Bonderam and Sao Joao during August are celebrated with loads of colour, singing and dancing and it is a good time to visit Goa. The music of night party life is sure to spice up the evenings. The unique cuisine of Goa which is highly influenced from its Portuguese past is a sure crowd puller. Sample their Chicken Xacuti, Pork Vindaloo or one of their many fish curries and your taste buds are sure to awaken with a burst of taste and flavour.

It is off-season for the tourists during the monsoon so one can avail great prices for food and lodging. The overcrowding of the peak season gives way to calm and often lonely beaches and restaurants. The beach shacks are closed and a dip in the savage sea with high waves is not recommended.

It is a time to enjoy nature and Goa’s monsoon colours are best experienced than described.

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Kajari Guha (Wednesday, Jun 11 2014):
The lovely write-up inspired me to visit Goa and to experience the romantic monsoon.Thanks a lot!
 

 

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