Hi, can anyone give me any information on prices of accommodation and during this period, as i believe it is monsoon time so presumed prices may be lower? We are only looking for a bed with air conditioning in the room, nothing fancy.
Also, the boat trips to see dolphins etc, are these able to continue in monsoon season, as i have looked on surf websites and it appears that there is a large consistant swell of about 12ft every day so can imagine the sea to be quite rough (in which case ill be happy either way if i can find a board to hire..)
Thanks for any help, Simon.
Not sure bout the rest, but for Mumbai most hotels are in the Colaba region - I'd say you'd be paying somewhere around 400-600Rs (~$9-15 US) for decent rooms. Mumbai is supposed to be one of the more expensive places to stay in India so take that into account.
Yes, you can discuss prices during monsoon season. and can even get lower price than the offseason prices advertised.
Stay in Goa - its more tourist friendly + less pollution etc. than Mumbai.
Call the hotel and discuss the price and get a written confirmation (fax or mail).
Have a nice trip,
Do your research before heading to Goa bang in the middle of the monsoon season - a lot of/ most beach accommodation completely shuts down, particularly in Palolem where they literally have to dismantle the beach huts otherwise they get destroyed by the wind and waves. The locals do stress how rough the sea is there during the monsoon, so I would think the likelihood of seeing dolphins is quite small. Also, make sure you've got malaria meds sorted, esp this time of year. Why not look at other areas of India where the monsoon will not be so severe? There really is so much on offer in India - Goa is just the tip of the iceburg, but if you can't sit on the beach in a cafe enjoying the sunset....I wouldn't imagine it's quite the same.
Mumbai is considerably more expensive than the rest of India for accommodation, but is slightly cleaner! I think I paid $16US per night and it was pretty much the cheapest I could find and did not have a/c. It was also actually hard to find places as many were full, even by early afternoon when I arrived. However, this was in high season. I don't remember the hotel name, but it was in Colaba and listed in the Rough Guide. Chowpatty is a nice area to stay, also.
[ Edit: Edited on Jul 18, 2008, at 1:52 AM by claireh ]