Goa Tourism Travels
Goa Local Transport
Goa provides all modes of public transport which suits every pocket. Right from air conditioned deluxe buses to the auto rickshaws, you can find the kind of public transport that you require according to your budget. There is absolutely no dearth of local transport in Goa and you can find autos and cabs round the clock. One can always get on a bus that is owned by the state government or even private tour operators to tour Goa. You can opt for a taxi or a cab to visit famous tourist destinations of Goa. Auto rickshaws, Motorcycle taxi and rented motorcycles or scooters are also available in Goa. One can also explore some popular tourist places by going on boats and ferries by paying nominal rate.
One of the most colourful and popular festival of Goa is the Carnival. This four day extravaganza of Street plays, songs, dances, fun, frolic, amusement, parades, feasting and merry making takes place in the month of February. Goa Carnival is one of the most eagerly awaited events of the year. Though essentially a Christian festival, all people of Goa, irrespective of their faith and religion take part in this festival. The Carnival is absolutely colourful and lively and the whole of Goa comes alive with this festival. The entire state is decorated with streamers and colourful ribbons and papers. Many fun parades are organized by people and prepare their tableaus with different representations and themes.
Trekking in Goa
Goa is a beautiful state with nearly seven wildlife sanctuaries and the advantage of having nearly 38% of it under forest cover, offering refreshing break for Trekking enthusiasts, who can participate in trekking / hiking expeditions organized by the agencies like Goa Hiking Association and Youth Hostels Authority of India. Goa’s ability to maintain this fragile balance gives it a break from the monotony of beach tourism to this adventurous sports. Every trek has a starting point and a pre decided destination point. A trekker can enjoy nature’s creation in its natural form and bow down in reverence to the pristine and untouched nature around you.
White Water Rafting in Goa
Fun on the beach is almost extinct during your trip to Goa in monsoons due to rough seas and high swells but Goa has another pleasant surprise for water sports enthusiasts, pure fun for the whole family. Yes, you can go for White Water Rafting in Sattari Taluka, Goa on River Mhadei or Mandovi during monsoons. This region is exposed to the full might of the south west monsoons and the valleys below drain the highest rainfall in Goa. Mandovi River forms the swift flowing escape for this outpouring of water surrounded by deciduous forests and a renowned wildlife habitat where rare animals and birds roam in deep Valleys and hilly terrain.
Trip to Goa during Monsoons
Goa is visited by millions of tourists every year and majority of them visit during the peak season from October to March. Believe it or not but Goa is at its most beautiful form during the monsoons. The rainy season in Goa is simply a magical experience as the real beauty and grandeur of Goa is at its height during the rainy season when it offers you a plethora of unique experiences such as more than thirty seasonal waterfalls, trekking, white water rafting and more. To make the monsoons more interesting Goans celebrate the feasts of Sao Joao, Bonderam Festival and famous week long Damodar Saptah during monsoons accompanied by the usual singing, dancing and vibrant music.
Activities in Goa during Monsoons
Some of the activities which are really fun to experience during monsoons include Safari Tours in the sanctuaries. It is perfect time to enjoy the overwhelming waterfalls like Dudhsagar, Arvalem, Kuskem as they are at their best during rains. Goa has pleasant surprise for water sports enthusiasts, pure fun for the whole family. Yes, you can go for White Water Rafting on River Mhadei during monsoons. It is available from July to mid-October subject to availability of rapids, adequate water currents and weather conditions. If you are brave enough to walk through jungle paths and lesser travelled ways you are in for a treat. The places to trek are Amboli Ghats, Cotigao, Dudh Sagar etc.