Saturday, July 30, 2019

"Goa", when the word comes to the mind, we immediately think of beaches, booze and partying - consolidating all - "Unlimited Fun". Indeed, it is a place with unlimited fun, food and lots of adventures.

I visited Goa in Monsoon season with two of my college friends. We planned a trip for 3 days. This season has its own advantages over other seasons and promises a lot of fun with peaceful vicinity and amazing weather!


Where to rent a car, scooter or motorcycle in Goa

There are lots of shops near Panjim Bus Stand, Goa offering a variety of two and four-wheeler vehicles. If you are not getting what you need, you can walk a little ahead towards MG Road. There is one famous shop - Joey's Goa Car Rental at Dayanand Bandodkar Marg near MG Road. The cost of a four-wheeler starts from Rs. 800 for a WagonR. 

Tip: Get a black number plate self-driving vehicle. Rental cars with a white number plate are illegal and you might get a ticket from traffic police.


Where to rent a place in Goa

Most of the happening places in Goa are situated in the northern part of Goa near Candolim, Calangute and Baga beach! Try to get a place near these areas. It may be little costly then South Goa but will save your daily trips back and forth to North Goa. You can reduce your travel time and utilize it for more fun! We rented a nice Villa near Calangute beach. The place was calm and spacious. Aguada Fort was just 3 km from there!

Here are the amazing things that we did on our trip to Goa!


Aguada Fort, Candolim

Aguada Fort, situated next to the sea was built in 1606 CE, was a watering place for the Portuguese military ships. It used to provide drinking water to the workers and army in the ships and at the same time, it was being used to monitor the activities from the shore.

With the light drizzling and dark clouds, the sea from the fort looks like a vast river flowing towards the end of the planet! Wind will make you curious if you want to peek out from the fort but the sounds of waves crashing with the fort will make you furious! This is an open place with a small lighthouse. We visited in the evening. It took around 1.5 hours to enjoy all the corners of the fort with a ton load of photography!

Aguada Fort, Goa
Aguada Fort, Goa

Aguada Fort, Goa
Aguada Fort, Goa


Calangute Beach

I personally found Calangute beach as one of the cleanest beaches of the area. Sand and water both are clean with a lesser crowd in this season. Parking at this beach is free of cost. Beachside is big and has lots of shacks with good food and booze! The place is very calm and a soothing sunset can be enjoyed while sitting on the sand. We spent the evening at this place and had some snacks! We also tried Goa's famous Port Wine.  The taste was good and the price was cheap 😎

Calangute Beach, Goa
Calangute Beach, Goa


Baga Beach - All Night Place

This beach normally doesn't need any introduction! Nightlife and the Fun start with this place in Goa! Baga beach has a series of beautiful shacks, playing amazing music, offering delicious food, booze, cool breeze and peace coming out of the beautiful waves! This is the most happening place in entire Goa! I really loved it! Actually, it was our adda every night after other places in Goa. We ate, walked and talked till 3 am in the morning. Food and drinks offered here are a little bit costlier than other places but it is worth! You can also grab a beer, sit in the sand and enjoy the sips while embracing the waves!

You must visit this place. Buy a real nice florescent cap, ring or a bracelet, wear it and be unique in the crowd! Try walking bare feet to feel the sand and the weather. Parking at Baga beach costs Rs. 70 as on Sep 5th, 2019. Baga beach area is open till 3 am in the morning.

Baga Beach, Goa
Baga Beach, Goa


Night Fun, Baga Beach, Goa
Night Fun, Baga Beach, Goa


Tito's Lane - Party Hard

Tito's Lane is the street that takes you to the Baga beach. Its name "Tito's" is based on the "Tito's" club that is just there on the other side of the street waiting for you to groove your body and enjoy GOA! This street is the spark of this place. There are lots of nice restaurants and bars. If you are into seafood then you must try Goan Fish Curry here. 

This place also has a nice flea market where you can get cool tattoos, buy printed T-shirts, and lots of other stuff that comes out of the sea like Seashells! 


Casinos in Goa

If you are interested in partying while earning some cash, Goa's Casinos are made for you! Floating Cruises on Sea, these casinos offer good deals with food buffet, One Time Play Coupons, and unlimited fun! They have different rates based if you are going for a stag entry, with a couple or if you are female! You must try at least one casino on your Goa trip. 

One of my friends told me about the Deltin Royale is the best casino out there offering great deals of fun with delicious food! You can also book online at Deltin Royale's Official Website

There are few other casinos available in Goa. You can choose any of them based on your convenience and budget. 

Deltin Royale Casino, Goa
Deltin Royale Casino, Goa


Ashwem Beach, North Goa

As I heard from locals and noticed the language in the area, which was Russian, obviously, this place is famous because of lots of Russians. I don't think you can see tourists on the beach in the Monsoon but if you want to enjoy a nice warm tea, Bread Omelette, and your favorite Maggi while sitting on the bonnet of your car with the melodious waves sound, then this is the place for you! The Scenery is mesmerizing and would push you to stay there for hours! If you are lucky, drizzling can increase your fun exponentially! 

This is also once of the peaceful beach in the Monsoon season! 

Ashwem Beach, Goa
Ashwem Beach, Goa


Panjim City - Churches and History

The best part of the monsoon is that you don't have to worry about the heat! It is always cold and nice out there. A city tour in this weather can add a lot of beautiful memories to you! Panjim city is famous for its churches, Portuguese style buildings, and cool bridges!


Immaculate Conception Church

With all the churches in the Panjim city, this church is famous for its unique architecture of stairs which adds the beauty to this place. In this season the crowd is very less and the area around the church is very peaceful! Light a candle if you visit this church. Buying candles will help the street seller to get some food and smile :) 

Immaculate Conception Church, Panjim, Goa
Immaculate Conception Church, Panjim, Goa


Colorful Fontainhas

With a walk of around 1 km from Immaculate Conception Church, you can see the most beautiful and colorful houses in the city in Rua De Natal street! These houses are built in the time of Portuguese and maintain the same architecture. Sometimes the area is also referred to as - The Portuguese Colony by few of the tourists.

Rua De Natal, Fontainhas, Goa
Rua De Natal, Fontainhas, Goa


You will discover charming St Sebestian's Chapel in the street standing as the pillar of the beautiful street.

St Sebestian's Chapel, Panjim, Goa
St Sebastian's Chapel, Panjim, Goa

There are lots of other places that you can discover in the city during your visit! 


Velha Goa - A Must Visit

Old Goa or Velha Goa is a place to visit in the Monsoon. With no sun on your head and cool weather, you can enjoy this place most! Old Goa has lots of old churches and a beautiful viewpoint to visit.


Church of St. Augustine

The Church of Our Lady of Grace popularly known as Church of St. Augustine is situated in the Holy Hill of the Old Goa. This church came into existence when a convent was built in 1572. Later the college was added to it. After the ban on Religious Order of Augustinians by Portuguese Govt. this church was abandoned and the collapsed in 1842. It was the largest church complex with seminary, convent, library, cloisters, dormitories, galleries and many cells! It is now a part of the Archeological Survey of India.

Church of St. Augustine, Old Goa
Church of St. Augustine, Old Goa


ViewPoint - Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount

This place is an old closed Chapel situated at a height, 5 km outside the Old Goa! It is famous for the marvelous view of the Old Goa from the top of the mountain! We were not aware of this place and were looking around in the city! Someone from locals told us to must visit this place if we want to see the whole city in just one click! 

Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount, Old Goa
View from Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount, Old Goa


Church of Francis Assisi

This church area is the main attraction in Velha Goa with two other churches - Se Cathedral and Basilica of Bom Jesus. These churches are beautiful and huge with lots of open surroundings and vast history. This is why monsoon becomes the best season to visit here. You don't have to worry about the sun and sweat! If you are a History lover then Old Goa is the place for you!

Church of Francis Assisi (Left) and Se Cathedral (Right), Old Goa
Church of Francis Assisi (Left) and Se Cathedral (Right), Old Goa



Dudhsagar Falls, Sonaulim

Dudhsagar Falls, situated around 76 km from the Panjim city is one of the highest falls in India with a height of 320 mts. (approx 1017 ft). At the time of monsoon, the water in the falls is at its peak making the fall feels like an Ocean of Milk Falling Down from the Clouds! There is a train track which goes from the side of the falls adding beauty to the view!

In this season, the Jeep Safari is closed and the only way to reach the falls is Trekking! You can take your vehicle till Colem. Trekking starts from Colem, 10 km towards the falls. Total trekking till back to Colem is 20 km.

On the third day, we went for the Dudhsagar trekking. You can read about my trekking experiences in my other blog - 20 km Trekking At Dudhsagar Falls, Goa In Monsoon

Dudhsagar Falls, Goa
Dudhsagar Falls, Goa

Dudhsagar Falls Trekking, Goa
Dudhsagar Falls Trekking, Goa


Tip: Confirm with authorities if the Dudhsagar trekking is allowed. It can be shut down due to heavy rainfall and floods!

Let us know the places that you discovered and share your experiences in comments! Thanks for reading! 
15 Best Places To Visit In Goa During Monsoon Season

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