The weather this year is unprecedented. Usually, around this time of the year, we have a few days of rain called ‘retreating rains’ which pretty much signals the end of the monsoon. But this time around, the meteorological department has put out an orange alert saying that for the next 5 days, the rains are going to be heavy and torrential on account of cyclonic activity over the Arabian Sea. There’s no doubt that this is going to put a damper on Diwali celebrations in Goa, especially for those who are coming to celebrate from out of state. But wait – it doesn’t have to be! Here are 5 tips that will likely help you enjoy your trip to Goa, even though it’s raining cats and dogs.
Tip 1 – Rent a self-drive car
Sure renting a self-drive car is going to be more expensive than renting a couple of bikes. But between the rains and the state of the roads in Goa right now, you’re better off and safer renting a self-drive car. In fact, you don’t even have to wait to come to Goa and rent a car. You can book one online right now. Check out this list of excellent online self-drive car websites. Alternatively, you can also opt to travel by taxi thanks to the Goa Miles app. You can download it from here, and enjoy the convenience of calling a cab just like you would an Uber or Ola.
Tip 2 – Stick to one area
You want to try and cut down on your travel during this trip to Goal, especially while it’s pouring down. There are a number of areas in Goa that have pretty much all you need in walking distance. Or if you’re looking to enjoy the various cuisine options that Goa has to offer, places like CHOGM Road have multiple restaurants serving a variety of cuisines all on one road – so you don’t have to travel too far for great variety. Check out our list of favourites on CHOGM Road here.
Tip 3 – Avoid the beach in the evening
If you’re thinking of doing a beach day during this trip to Goa, you’ll want to get in early and leave early. The rains usually hit by mid-afternoon, say around 3pm or after. So it’s recommended that you visit the beach in the mornings, but at all costs, do not venture into the water. Even though the water may look calm, there are strong undercurrents that are capable of pulling even seasoned swimmers out to deep sea. Lifeguards are stationed at all the beaches in case of emergency, and it’s advisable to pay attention to their warnings.
Tip 4 – Party indoors!
Yes, it is possible to party indoors in Goa. Over the last few years, Goa’s pub culture has become extremely popular amongst the youth. In the capital city of Panjim, you have some great options like Mojos, Taverna, and Soho. Or if you’d still rather visit a club, it’s advisable to stick to Tito’s lane where you have great options like the world-famous Tito’s and Mambo’s, along with favourites such as Cape Town and Kamaki all within walking distance. If you’re thinking of going to Candolim instead, then you have the options of partying at Showbar and Sinq which are right next door to each other, or you can take a short drive up the road to Cohiba in Sinquerim. All of them offer an indoor area to get your groove on.
Tip 5 – Make your trip a staycation
It might sound weird, but maybe you don’t need to get out at all during your trip to Goa! This tiny state has tons of stay opportunities that have plenty to do over the course of three to five days without ever leaving the confines of the property. Hotels like Le Meridian in Calangute have a great activity centre that could keep the kids occupied or options like The W in Vagator give adults the opportunity to party every night of the week at their many in-property venues. But if hotels aren’t your thing and you’re travelling as a group, renting a villa for the weekend might be a better option. Some properties come with attached pools and the ability to have your own party. You can even check with the property owner for the availability of sound rentals so your in-house DJ can get the party started!
Well, what do you think? You can definitely make Goa work even in these crazy rains, right? Let us know what your plans are in the comments below. And if you need any help for what to do while you’re in Goa, feel free to get in touch with us here, or through our Facebook page.