Despite Monsoon Closure, Tourists Flock to Goa’s Beaches
In defiance of the monsoon season restrictions, tourists persist in visiting the beaches of Goa, albeit in smaller numbers. The State Tourism Department had already taken measures to dismantle beach shacks and close water sports activities by the end of May. However, despite these efforts, tourists have not been deterred from enjoying the coastal landscapes.
While authorities have closed the beaches for all activities due to the onset of the monsoon, visitors still flock to the seafronts, albeit in reduced numbers. It is estimated that only around 20% of the usual tourist influx occurs during this period. The lack of activity and warnings against swimming in the sea, due to high waves, have led to a decline in business for taxi operators, as the tourist season winds down.
Nonetheless, some tourists find solace in the tranquility of the rain-soaked beaches. At Colva Beach, visitors were spotted relishing the rain, while a private lifeguard agency, contracted by the government, ensured their safety. Kanwaljeet Singh, a tourist from Ambala, described the monsoon as the ideal time to explore the coastal state, praising the absence of pollution and noise, making it a serene and peaceful destination.
Similarly, Janardhan KC, a bank employee from Kerala, urged people to consider visiting Goa during the monsoon. He highlighted the ease of finding hotel accommodations and emphasized that it is a great time to experience the region’s natural beauty. However, Shrikant Basirkar, a corporate professional from Mumbai, expressed his surprise and disappointment at the complete lack of beach activities during the rainy season. He compared the situation to other countries where beaches remain active even in inclement weather, suggesting that more could be done to offer recreational opportunities while still maintaining a peaceful environment.
Title 2: Despite Monsoon Measures, Tourists Persist in Visiting Goa’s Beaches
In defiance of monsoon-related restrictions, tourists continue to make their way to Goa’s beaches, albeit in smaller numbers. The dismantling of beach shacks and the closure of water sports activities by the State Tourism Department in late May aimed to discourage beachgoers. However, it seems that the allure of the seafronts remains strong.
Although the authorities have implemented a comprehensive ban on beach activities during the monsoon, tourists are undeterred, with a noticeable decrease in their numbers. Only about 20% of the usual tourist influx is witnessed during this season. The absence of any beach-related hustle and warnings regarding swimming in the sea due to the rough waves have significantly impacted the business of taxi operators, as the tourist season nears its end.
Nevertheless, some visitors find solace in the calm ambiance of the rain-drenched beaches. At Colva Beach, tourists were spotted enjoying the rainfall, while a private lifeguard agency, commissioned by the state government, diligently ensured their safety. Kanwaljeet Singh from Ambala in Haryana, who recently arrived in Goa, considers the monsoon period the perfect time to explore the coastal state, appreciating the pollution-free and serene environment.
Echoing similar sentiments, Janardhan KC, a bank employee from Kerala, encourages people to choose Goa as a monsoon getaway, emphasizing the ease of finding hotel accommodations and describing it as an excellent time to visit. However, Shrikant Basirkar, a corporate professional from Mumbai, expressed his astonishment at the lack of beach activities during the rainy season. He drew a comparison with other countries where beach-related pursuits thrive even in inclement weather, suggesting that efforts could be made to offer recreational options while maintaining a peaceful ambiance.