10 Things to experience in Goa during this Monsoon

Goa is popularly known as the party capital of India. But during monsoons, the city entirely transforms into a different tropical paradise altogether enticing tourists from all over the world. There’s indeed, something special about mid-July, a peak monsoon time that makes Goa distinctive from all other destinations claiming Goa a must-to-visit place in the bucket list during monsoons.


For holiday makers, as the month of June elapses and the off season hits off, the incessant downpours sends a welcoming invitation to those who love rains. So if you are a rain lover, get ready to witness the lush green country side with swaying palms romancing with the tunes of the sea breeze.


Why visit Goa during monsoons?

A perfect time to avoid the buzzes in monsoon, you can feel the lashing rains as you stroll by the sea shore in solitude, the breath-taking views – there are certain wondrous delights that monsoons in Goa that you can’t wait giving it a try. But, to experience this drenched paradise and try out an array of Goa monsoon Activities you need to stay back for a couple of days and look for the best places to visit in Goa during monsoon.


Where to stay in Goa during monsoons?

Pick an accommodation that’s near to North Goa (recommended as it will be available) such as Baga or Calangute, where you will find a hub of good hotels at pretty reasonable rates. However, it would be judicious if you include  Monsoon Goa packages that offer exhilarating experiences of Goa water sports during monsoon, monsoon activities in Goa, overnight stay on yacht and cruising to indulge in. After all, travel to Goa is always incomplete without adventures and water fun!


So release yourself and calm your senses with these 10 special experiences that are captivating to explore during the monsoons.


  1. Get overwhelmed with gushing waterfalls

Monsoon is the best time to witness this iconic waterfall, popularly named as the Dudhsagar Falls or the ‘sea of milk’ surrounded by mist filled absolute dense greenery. Enjoy this occasional shower of falls plunging 1017 feet with milky water flow that comes to life in its full glory during monsoons.

Located far from the beaches, this natural phenomenon is a four-tiered level led by four trekking routes encountered by a canopy of mini waterfalls in between to reach. Plan for a monsoon trek to Dudhsagar falls and witness the milky water tumble down the rocky terrain and the streams that creates a marvellous vista to treat the eyes.


  1. Explore wildlife adventures

Goa is rich in wildlife and trek adventures. If you are a wildlife lover, head on towards Goa’s wildlife sanctuaries such as Sariska Tiger Reserve, Mollem National Park, Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, Catigao Wildlife Sanctuary and mini Zoo that are of much interest for all. Hike through jungle’s dense natural trail & explore the beautiful mini waterfalls that you meet unexpectedly simply making the entire jungle camping all the most exciting. The greenery around is a blissful experience that you can’t just miss!


  1. Enjoy monsoon festivals

No wonder that partying is within the blood & veins of Goa lovers. But do you need a reason to celebrate? Well, monsoon season comes alive with many traditional festivities to rejoice in such as Sao Joao, Touxeachem feast, gala Sangodd fest, & Bonderam fest that offer great merriment galore. Take part in these festivities and relish the scrumptious items that are of absolute delight and surprise. Thank us later!


  1. Fun on the beach

The onset of monsoon and intermittent rain showers might leave a smirk on your face. No crowd on beach, no shacks with greenery all around. Isn’t it enticing?   especially the unexploited gorgeous beaches that are uncrowded. Connect your soul to the nature as you take a walk along the empty beaches gazing at the sea and feeling the gentle sea breeze. Ideal for honeymoons and romance, this is the perfect time for couples to chill out on secluded beaches and count upon moments of love together in a blissful state of mind.


  1. Evening Monsoon cruise

Take a sunset tour on monsoon cruise in Goa across the Mandovi River just for a leisurely sail. Nothing beats the panoramic sight and the gentle cool breeze that gives a peaceful feeling as you cruise away. The festive atmosphere is glorified with Live DJ music, dance in the rain accompanied by a delectable dinner with your beloved. The bar and snack counters at the middle deck serves snacks and beverages to keep you entertained for long. Enjoy the electrifying ambiance!


  1. Overnight stay on Backwater Monsoon Cruise

Goa transforms into its most beautiful form especially during the monsoons with the enchanting backwaters. If you are wondering about where to stay in Goa during monsoon, the backwater monsoon cruise is worth a try! Cruise day and night along the picturesque backwaters of Mandovi River as you head towards the Divar Island. Stay Overnight on cruise with your loved one and enjoy some intimate moments in full luxury and style. Explore the nightlife in Goa cruises with chilled out vibrant party on cruise equipped with foot tapping night music, party and rocking dance. The fascinating cruise culture is sure to elate you!


  1. Monsoon water sports combo in Goa

It’s unfair if you are in Goa and not trying out some exciting water sports on the high swells of the sea across the lengthy coastline of Goa. Try out some amazing water sports in Goa during monsoon – wake boarding, paragliding, fly boarding, kayaking, windsurfing, scuba diving, white water rafting, catamaran sailing, speed boat ride and many more that are a great fun to explore. Likewise, there’s an array of Goa water sports during monsoon that offers loads of fun experiences during the monsoon season.


  1.  Cruise party on Mandovi river

Goa is known as party capital of India but during monsoons, unlike summers, only 50% of the bars or clubs will be open.  But, not to get disappointed because if you are a die-hard party lover, the best place to party in monsoon is party cruises equipped with music, dance, drinks and some mouth-watering cuisines. Rent a cruise for an exclusive fun party with friends or family to experience the laidback style of partying. Whether you are a retro lover or a hip-hop fan, there’s something unique in partying while cruising in monsoon Season in Goa that’s definitely memorable!


9. Shopping in monsoon

It’s fun to shop on the deserted streets with not much crowd around. Isn’t it? If you are a shopping fan, head on to the streets around Baga and Calangute beach where you will always find the shops open for everyone. Unlike the seasonal businesses that are specifically opened for foreigners, certain shops remain open during the monsoon at a much budgeted price! Happy shopping.


10.Great for pics

Goa is a photographer’s vantage for some epic photoshoots during monsoons. Did you know how? Well, no crowded beach, deserted streets – what else do you need to enjoy the laidback beauty of Goa and click some awesome selfies without any disturbances? It’s a complete bliss!

The magical monsoon effect equipped with fun, merriment and wonder in Goa are something that will certainly overtake your senses. To experience the absolute monsoon charm, head on for a trip to this amazing magical place to discover Goa during monsoons – a natural paradise beyond the ordinary!

7 Basic Rules of Safe Sailing

The Belief: Sailing is an adventure! I am in love with the sea & the concept “Sailing” is simply fascinating!

The Reality: Sailing is not that cool as safety is not guaranteed! It might be crazy on-board burdened with many mini-crises & conditions.

The “SAIL” Factor:

  • Identifying what’s likely to occur
  • Assessing the complex weather system
  • Assessing pre-collisions
  • Applying navigation nuances at the right time

What it looks like:

Well, it might look like a playbook seeing the dingy experts in the sea when it comes to control while on sails. But this adrenaline sport can get very dangerous if you are new to it. Sailboats differ in terms of size, keel type, the types of hull & configuration, speed, the number of sails it covered, usage and purpose. So are the sailing basics, rules and manoeuvring techniques of handling waves for sailing in the big seas.

The Factors of Sail:

Strong winds – cold & freezing sometimes, lightning bolt, thunderstorms, severe waves are some of the dangerous conditions might spell out worst even for a passionate skilful sailor. These goose pumps are enough to lose out strength to endure longer steering the boat with an attempt to negotiate enough on the huge waves, unless you are an extraordinary competent sailor, to prepare for tracks and jostle your way against the wind. Waves behave differently in light winds, speed winds and strong winds, for which your boats needs to be manoeuvred in order to steer around. It’s important to perfect your steering balance when you are sailing in the waves.

No boat is 100% optimized for sails. What make it to a success are the tactical decisions you take just at the right time. The knowledge of the sea, the motor functioning and body weight balance & setting onto sail and other techniques can minimise risks and set sail smooth. To know more, let’s explore the set of 7 general rules of boat sailing you need to be familiar with to get you started.

#1. Start with positioning a boat: 

When you start off, it depends on the wind direction how you treat your boat. Figure out if your anchor needs another bungee or more lashings to keep it in place. Begin with the bow and work aft (the back of the ship). The winds tend to increase the further you sail. To make the current favourable across the height upwind, use the rudder to turn the ship and steer through the waves.

#2.  Position the Tiller Extension          

Tiller steering boats are simple to operate with outboard motor but basically handled depending on the weight and boat length. As you speed into the waves, your position & moves will also change depending on the type of steering you take. The tiller re-directs the water pass through the hull to create motions that aids to course changes. The helm should sit up by the side of the boat to stay alert of how much the boat is tilting. The general rule is:

  • Sit on the side of the boat
  • Position yourself as far as you can from the centreline
  • Hold tiller extensions with a microphone grip

#3.    Turning the boat

In order to turn the sail boat towards the desired direction, the first rule is to detect the direction of the wind. Else it might end up capsizing the boat in case it’s breezy. To turn the boat at your pace, there are three general turns:

  1. Tacking- This is done when the wind is ahead of you on one side. In this case, if the wind is blowing ahead such as port or left, and you turn the boat across the wind to the left & when the wind is on the other side , you turn it to right.
  2. Gybing- If the wind is behind you at one side (port or starboard) so you turn the boat right so that the rear part of the ship crosses the wind and again the wind comes behind you the other side (port or starboard) you turn right.
  3. Close-hauled- In this case, there’s no crossing of wind direction. Rather, you turn right having the sails close-hauled with the wind on one side (port or starboard), with wind on your port side.

#4. Boat Handling

Always keep the mast upright pointed at the sky. It is wise to work out a plan for boat handling across all major potential situations. In lighter sea conditions, it’s smart to use as little rudder as possible to steer which means more usage of the heel angle to aid the rudder function. While in strong breeze, it’s vital to get the boat upright. If you are willing to change the course, know the course first. Anticipate other boats nearby while maintaining a steady pace enough to get through the wind. Reduce the risk of capsize by simply tacking around rather than gybe.

#5. Steering Lessons

Once the boat starts moving on water, make sure you are positioned and sitting by the side of the boat towards the direction of the wind, just opposite to the sail. This is to keep the boat balanced by going across the wind against sails that keeps the boat balance in terms of weight on one side and the boat heel         or lean over on the other side.  This will also prevent the boat from capsizing.

#6.  Trim the sail

Use sheets for trimming while sailing against the wind. For perfect trimming, let out the mainsheet in a way that the mainsail is perfectly close to the wind and continue the same, until you tighten the mainsheet to adjust directions till the time it stops luffing. The more you sail close to the wind, the more you pull in the sheets. With experience, you can adjust the sails, switch sides and balance the boat for well-trimmed sails.

#7. Navigation techniques & nuances:

It’s not the best move or rule applied to always but the sense applied playfully when it comes to sails. The nuances of sailing also depend on certain smart skills, confidence and I.Q applied by the sailor. Make it or break it in the moment – an exceptional sailor knows which rule applies in the present track or when to withdraw from a given situation that gets the boat around a favourable current.

Sailing might sound like a game of adventure & fun to many sport-oriented people but not many are real sailors on water paradise when it comes to sails.  Think ahead of time, stay prepared, apply what’s ideal at specific situations or crisis- this is such an adrenaline drive sport; if not played by skillful hands equipped with rules & tactics of sailing, the expedition might turn dangerous.