I'm flying into Mumbai on 30th June and, after a few days in Bombay, was planning to get the train down to Goa for a week or so, having heard good reports from a couple of friends.
However, I'm a bit wary of going at this time of year - I get the impression it'll be wet and deserted. Is this correct? Any advice from people who've been at this time of year would be much appreciated.
U r right that its going to be wet and deserted.
I hope you are not going to see people there. So dont worry about it being deserted as its not ONLY a tourist spot but a full fledged developed city. So what u wont find is too many tourist but with so many locals there is nothing called DESERTED
As for the wetness, going to the beach during rainfall is a great experience. try it to believe it..
And dont forget that being sn Offseason for tourist you wll get a great deals in the hotels :-)
so enjoy go go goa....
I was in Goa at the end of the wet season last year and the rain was not a problem at all. Im not sure if this is typical for the whole season but while we were there it only rained from about midnight until 4 in the morning so it didn't effect our time at all (ecept stumbling home from the pub). As is said, I'm not sure if this is typical for the entire wet season so don't quote me on that.
yes it will be relatively desserted, but in india deserted is 'relative', you will still have loads of people, tho' Goa would be a different animal during season time
as written above, you will get some really great deals,
and its going to be beautiful in the rains,you can't predict the rains but its going to be beautiful, that i assure
i guess you should give it a shot. keeping the above in mind.
I would suggest you give Goa a skip since a monsoon visit might dampen the 'Goa experience' for you completely. But you shouldn't miss out on it if this is going to be your only trip to India.
The plus points, as the others have said, are that you'd get accomodation for cheap. But if you're picky about food this is a bad time 'cause most of the shacks which cater to tourists will be shut. Some beaches will have restricted entry. But since it's not terribly far from Bombay you could try it out and come back if things are too bleak.
If you have time to spare, I suggest you go further south to Kerala. It's simply gorgeous in the rains.
hey joyston...whats up...
well, about you going to goa in the rains, it depends on the person you are. if you're the type who just want to unwind,relax,read a book & have a peaceful stay, then go. but if u want to experience the real madness of goa - parties,freaks,energy,crazy vibes,killer music, then i suggest u skip going right now. it would be a downer. i would definitely not go right now.
for me, goa's not a place, its a state of mind. i've had some awesome experiences there. now though, sadly its become quite commercial. about goa being a fulll fledged city apart from a tourist destination, true, its a state actually. but u can avoid going to such places. places u should definitely go to, in goa are - anjuna,vagator,arambol,chhapora,morjim & pallolem. they are quite close to each other too. all in north goa.
instead of goa, right now i think you should head to himachal pradesh - old manali,kasol,dharamsala,vashisht,mc lodegunj,solang etc etc. trust me, now is the time to go. i'm heading there myself, 1st week of july.
well, take care buddy, enjoy india!
love & peace