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India’s favorite beach state goes into a state of overdrive as the year draws to a close but don’t let that keep you away from Goa during the monsoon. Sure, Goa throws some pretty awesome parties in December but it is during the rains that the state goes back to being the quiet laidback place that it truly is. If you are still looking for reasons to visit Goa in this monsoon, look no further.

1. It offers some good white water rafting opportunities

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White water rafting is usually associated with Rishikesh but thanks to Goa Tourism Development Corporation, you can even go rafting along Mhadei River. It will cost you about Rs 1800 that includes a pick up from Panaji and a drop back. Minimum age to go white water rafting is 12 years and minimum height is four feet.

2. Its trekking trails really come alive this time of the year.

Photograph courtesy: Goa Tourism

Photograph courtesy: Goa Tourism

Goa is also known for its several trekking trails. Come monsoon and these trails become even more beautiful. GTDC is offering guided treks every Sunday all the way till September that will offer you opportunities to explore Goa’s scenic hinterlands.

3. Its wildlife sanctuaries get even more beautiful

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Photograph courtesy: Girish/Creative Commons

Goa is home to several wildlife sanctuaries of which Bondla is the most accessible. Home to Indian bison, Malabar giant squirrel, Indian peafowl, several species of snakes and a sanctuary to leopards Bondla is popular among tourists and school children alike. Then there is Mollem National Park whose star attraction is the famous waterfall — Dudhsagar — that falls from a height of over 1,000 feet.

4. Its monsoon festivals are pretty darned interesting

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Photograph courtesy: Joel/Creative Commons

There’s no way you can keep Goa from partying! And so even as the heavens open up, Goa continues to party in style! The most popular of Goa’s festivals is Sao Joao that involves young men jumping into water bodies to retrieve gifts that the villagers have thrown for them. Sangodd is yet another festival celebrated in the monsoon during which fishermen pay their respects to their patron saint St Peter. Festivities continue with Touxeachem Feast and the Bonderam flag festival, the latter of the two is celebrated only on the tiny island of Divar! Come September and the state welcomes the elephant-headed god Ganesha as part of the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations.

5. Its party scene isn’t entirely dead

Photograph courtesy: Buddha Jyothiprasad/Creative Commons

Photograph courtesy: Buddha Jyothiprasad/Creative Commons

While most of the beach shacks are closed, it is business as usual at Mambo’s and Tito’s at Baga Beach where the party never seems to stop. And of course there is Calangute’s Park Hotel where popular DJs love to mix things up on the dance floor.

Still need reasons to visit Goa in the monsoon? We didn’t think so!