3 Jul 2013

Chapter 7: The other side of Goa

Goa during monsoon is beautiful.
Especially when a storm comes and goes all of a sudden. It pours for few minutes and then moves away leaving the jungle in that bright neon green color that hurts your eyes. I just love it.

Most of people thinks that Goa is all about crazy beach parties, drugs, hippies and tits.
However, I can tell you that by the end of June, the rain has already washed it all out. All is left are colorful landscapes, angry sea, friendly locals... and a bit of mud.

Well, there are still few tourists that doesn't seem to get it.

If you are not into beaches (and you don’t mind a bit of rain) rural Goa is the perfect place to relax during June-July. You can spend your days taking naps or enjoying a cup of masala tea while you watch the rain.

In the strange case that you get bored of taking naps and drinking tea, you can adventure to do some volunteer work. I was taking care of monkeys in the Primate Trust, but there are many other charities in Goa that will appreciate your help such as the International Animal Rescue Center or the Children Walking Tall.

You can also visit some of the rural villages with its smiling inhabitants, markets, Portuguese villas, catholic churches and cobbled narrow streets.

Mapusa for example has a the best market ever, it is like the Stockmann of Goa, you will find pretty much anything in there... except for Kinder Bueno, I'm sorry.

Goa’s capital, Panjim is very walk-friendly and has a pretty church and some good food.
Not bad for a day trip.

If you want to see how and Indian catholic cathedral looks like, Old Goa is your place to be.
They say is the Sé Cathedral is the largest church in Asia. However, coming from Europe, there is nothing super impressive in there.

I will finish this never-ending post with a few more reasons to come to Goa during rainy season, just in case you are not convinced yet:

- You will not find a single American (or any other) tourist
- Most of the resorts/hotels will be cheaper
- It is not as hot as in the dry season
- You will be able to read all those books you haven’t had time to read during the year.

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