10 Best Places To Visit In Goa During The Monsoon

Waquar Habib


During monsoon, Goa becomes a lush paradise with cascading waterfalls, dramatic coastlines, and historic sites amidst the refreshing downpour, making it a serene escape.

A temple in Goa during the rainy season | Shutterstock

Arvalem Caves

The Arvalem Caves in North Goa date back to the 6th century and were used by Buddhist monks for meditation. Visiting in the monsoon season allows you to explore ancient history amidst lush surroundings. Don't miss the nearby Arvalem Waterfall for a tranquil day of natural beauty and cave exploration.

A view of the Arvalem Caves | Wikimedia Commons

Dudhsagar Waterfalls

Dudhsagar, meaning "Sea of Milk," is one of India's tallest waterfalls, cascading down from 310 metres amidst lush greenery. Visiting during the monsoon season offers a spectacular sight, with highlights including trekking to the falls and swimming in the pool below.

A view of the Dudhsagar Waterfalls during monsoon | Shutterstock


Fontainhas in Panaji is known for its colourful Portuguese-style houses and narrow winding streets. Built in the 18th century, visiting in the monsoon offers a fresh vibrancy, with highlights including exploring heritage homes, visiting art galleries, and indulging in authentic Goan-Portuguese cuisine.

Vintage buildings and colourful Portuguese houses in Fontainhas | Shutterstock

Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary

This sanctuary is located in the Western Ghats and is home to diverse flora and fauna. Declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1969, it comes alive during the monsoon with lush greenery and flowing streams. The highlights include trekking to Dudhsagar Waterfalls, exploring Tambdi Surla Temple, and going on wildlife safaris.

Wild mushrooms growing at Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary during monsoon | Shutterstock

Chapora Fort

The 17th-century Portuguese-built fort overlooking the Chapora River offers panoramic coastline views. Visiting during the monsoon season adds a mystical aura with misty views and a serene atmosphere. Highlights include sunset views, fort exploration, and coastal scenery.

A view from the top of Chapora Fort | Shutterstock

Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary

South Goa's sanctuary, established in 1969, protects its unique flora and fauna. It's greenest in the monsoon season and is perfect for bird watching and jungle treks. Spot leopards, deer, and exotic birds, and trek through lush forests.

Inside the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary | goawow/instagram

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Located on the western tip of Chorao Island, this sanctuary is a haven for bird lovers. It was named after the famous Indian ornithologist Salim Ali. During the monsoon season, migratory birds flock to the sanctuary, making it a paradise for birdwatchers. Visitors can take a boat ride through the mangroves, spot rare bird species, and enjoy the serene surroundings.

Inside the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary | Shutterstock

Basilica of Bom Jesus

The UNESCO World Heritage Site in Old Goa contains the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. The basilica, built in the late 16th century, offers a quieter experience during the monsoon season, with lush greenery surrounding the church. Visitors can admire the Baroque architecture, visit the nearby Se Cathedral, and explore the rich history of Old Goa.

A view of the Basilica of Bom Jesus | Shutterstock

Anjuna Beach

Anjuna Beach is famous for its vibrant flea market, rocky coastline, and bohemian vibe. It gained popularity in the 1960s as a hippie destination. Some highlights include exploring the Wednesday Flea Market, relaxing on the beach, and witnessing the dramatic monsoon waves crashing against the rocks.

A view of the Anjuna Beach of Goa | Shutterstock

Aguada Fort

This Portuguese fort on Sinquerim Beach offers panoramic views of the Arabian Sea. Built in the early 17th century as a crucial defense fort against the Dutch and Marathas. Monsoon adds drama with lush greenery and dramatic skies. Highlights include the lighthouse, sweeping views of the coastline, and historic fortifications.

Famous lighthouse at the Aguada Fort | Shutterstock

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