Goa in the monsoon

Monsoon in Goa: an advertising catchline from the 80s and 90s, when the hoteliers decided to fill up the empty rooms left after the party crowd disappeared. Winter is a washout with all the music and booze on the beach, so you might as well try to see the other Goa in the magical months of monsoon. This is one time when there is a truth beyond the lies of advertising.

The year I took these photos I realized that Goa is a wonderful place to observe the monsoon as it comes in to the Western Ghats. The wonderful plants and insects, the frogs and the moths, straggle down to Goa, to meet the birds and crabs of the coast. You can go for long walks, or drive to lonely spots, with your camera and catch some of the beauties that you might otherwise see on treks through the Ghats. You can lead a solitary life if you wish, broken by exchanging passing greetings with the fisherfolk who are the original inhabitants of this place, or long conversations with the university types over a strongly Portuguese-influenced lunch.

Or you could just stay at home on rainy days, reading, eating the sausages or dried fish in boiled rice, stepping out into the garden on the beach between spells of rain to capture the play of rain and sun on vegetation. It is a life to dream about in these constrained years.

By I. J. Khanewala

I travel on work. When that gets too tiring then I relax by travelling for holidays. The holidays are pretty hectic, so I need to unwind by getting back home. But that means work.


  1. So true! We have been to Goa in monsoon and it’s so green and lush. Also this is the first time I saw how rain makes landfall from the sea side, and that is so worth seeing. And the hotels give fabulous discounts 🙂.

    Many times I got a feel that the native population of Goa start feeling the crowd in the other seasons, and are more warm and friendly during this off peak season.

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      1. We went once in the winter but it was a long time ago (1990s I think) and I didn’t find it too crowded. Maybe we chose a good base or maybe things weren’t so bad back then?

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      2. I should have given a better response to your question. Along the coast, the monsoon does not feel so bad, because there are frequent light showers even in the drier spells. A walk leaves you pleasantly soaked (the rain is not chilling), and you don’t feel hot and bothered.

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