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TRAVEL is a magazine by and for a community of people severely bitten by the travel bug. A place where travel and adventure fanatics can either come read other travelers' experiences, find inspiration for future trips or simply share their own interesting personal accounts.

A Goan Monsoon

Goa, with her sunny beaches and fuzzy boozes, is famous as the Indian counterpart of Ibiza. From early November to late February, the place is taken over by crowds looking for warm days by the beach and to spend the cool nights partying. By the end of March, the season subsides and Goa wears a veil of the monsoon clouds. If you are someone who loves the smell of earth and quite beaches, trust me , a Goan monsoon is the answer.

The Goan Monsoon shining through the leaves — by Shilpa Vijayakumar
The Goan Monsoon shining through the leaves — by Shilpa Vijayakumar

My husband and me took our trip to Goa in the last week of June. The monsoon season had started and the sun was playing hide and seek. Now, depending on your taste you can find your accommodations from anywhere near a beach to a secluded house in a Goan village. Airbnb comes highly recommended for finding the best option.

We settled for a beautifully renovated Portuguese house now named as “Marbella Guest house” in Candolim in North Goa. The property is one of a kind with very few rooms, each aesthetically decorated with vintage and antique items. It was just the perfect place for our stay , where you can sit in the open courtyard with a cup of coffee and listen to the rain.

The beautiful courtyard at Marbella Guest House — by Shilpa Vijayakumar
The beautiful courtyard at Marbella Guest House — by Shilpa Vijayakumar

Even though there were occasional drizzle, the ambience just seemed to be accentuated by it. The plants were greener and the sun was kind to the skin. The trail from Marbella leads to a stunning view point. The hike up through the bushes and woods is worth for the spectacular view of the roaring sea and rocks.

View point — by Shilpa Vijayakumar
View point — by Shilpa Vijayakumar

For commuting within Goa, there are places renting out bikes and cars on a daily rate. The main attraction of Goa are the beach whichever the season it is. The number of shacks and shops will be considerably less and only few places stay up open during the off season. The beaches are less crowded and the waves are not very welcoming. But you can always stay on shore, grab a beer, have your feet up and watch the sunset.

One should not miss out the “must see attractions” and post it on social media too. This covers the Basilicas, churches and forts. Lucky for us, we stayed right next to fort Aquada and could enjoy a very beautiful evening dusk. The Chapora fort is yet another famous destination for selfies and groupies. You can find hawkers in front of all tourist destinations selling any necessity in case you forgot your sunglasses or scarf.

The dusk at Fort Aquada — by Shilpa Vijayakumar
The dusk at Fort Aquada — by Shilpa Vijayakumar

To enjoy the monsoon season to its best , I would highly recommend a long drive to the interior parts where you will be welcomed by lush greens and muddy roads. If you are lucky you would even stamp upon the local festivals which would involve jumping into a well full of water. The localites are very warm and welcoming towards the tourists. You can take part in the festivities and feel one among them with flowers on your head.

Goa entices travellers with her permissive mindset. The cultural diversity and the liberty one can find there doesn’t have a parallel in India. There are extremes from an all night party hub to a silent typical Goan family house. The Goan trip would have been incomplete if we had missed out on any single thing. The monsoon rains were an added perk and the one that made the trip more memorable.

This article was originally published on @shilpav