There is no doubt that Goa is India’s most sought-after holiday destination. Yet, most people travel to Goa only during peak festive times. October to March are the months wherein Goa is packed with tourists, backpackers, foreign travellers and more. Hotels are booked, prices are hiked and the roads are packed with people.
But during the off season, it is just the opposite. Apart from the fact that Goa is charming during monsoons, the economics of a holidays also make more sense. Cheaper rates, value added deals, flight costs that make you drool, are some positives that only an off season can offer.
Off-season also ensures less crowd, noise and traffic jams thereby allowing you to enjoy the lush greenery and the clean backwaters. Apart from the natural beauty, monsoons also expose the cultural face of this state, with a number of traditional festivals taking place. There is a lot to be explored–from the gushing waterfalls and local watering holes to the hidden shacks that stay open throughout the year.
So this long weekend, discover Goa during off season.
Cycle around and soak in the local flavours –
Nothing like the calm breeze fluttering through your hair, as you zip by on a cycle. Pass through lush green mangroves, paddy fields and water bodies and discover Goa differently. There are many personalised tours that are available. Cycles are easily available on rent. Soak in the wondrous rains for a once in a lifetime experience.
Food and feasts –
Yes, most well-known shacks close during off season. But that shouldn’t be a show stopper at all. It actually gives you an opportunity to discover newer places and flavours that Goa has to offer.
Head to Mustard, Cohiba, Zeebop, Cantare, Gun Powder for delicious local flavours. Pousada by the Beach, Curlies on Anjuna are open throughout the year. Take their personalised service and enjoy the views of the sea.
Go on a rainy drive
Hire a car and head out to discover the lesser known villages in Goa. Most people limit themselves to North Goa or designated areas in the South. There is a lot more that Goa has to offer than just these. Visit the Tiracol Fort, which is located on the northernmost tip of Goa. The drive to the Fort is through Panjim, past paddy fields, palm trees and is as scenic as the view from the fort.
Camping by the forests –
A long weekend is a perfect time to head to Goa during monsoons. Camp in gated resorts and enjoy the wilderness at its beautiful best.
Chorla Ghats is one such destination. About two hours from main Goa, monsoons mesmerise here! A hot cup of tea, a cottage to relax in, lush green forests all around and some wonderful company is all that a holiday requires after all.
Trek the hills –
Land up in Goa during monsoons and enjoy some marvelous sites with the overflowing Dudhsagar Falls located at the Mollem National Park. Trek up to these falls and enjoy this adventurous side of Goa.
So, plan a quick getaway before peak tourist season hits this state again and takes over the subtle, laid back enigma called Goa.