Goa is a magical place to visit.
Many tourists describe the weather as being perfect- not too hot or cold … if you go there at the right time of year that is.
The best season to visit Goa in India is during the winter; whilst the best month to visit Goa is either December or January.
Here is the run down on the best time to visit Goa, India !
Goa In The Summer
Months: March Through June
This is considered to be one of the off-seasons in Goa. The temperatures start to rise and it can be quite hot and humid. Holiday-makers can take part in water activities during this time of year. However, the seas do start to get rough so they should err on the side of caution.
There isn’t a lot going on during these months, but if you want to just kick back and relax, you can get a great rate.
Hotel prices tend to be cheaper and you won’t have to deal with a lot of crowds. You can just relax and enjoy some great food if you travel to Goa during the summer months. Goa in the summer can make a great quick getaway to refresh and rejuvenate yourself.
Summer Highlights: Goa Food and Cultural festival, Lairai Zatra, Goa Cashew and Coconut Fest and Holy Spirit Feast
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Goa During Monsoon Season
Months: July Through September
One of the major drawbacks of going to Goa during this time of year are the monsoons. They can put a dampener on your vacation, literally.
It will rain a lot, but there are some things going on including the fertility feast of Saint John the Baptist. During this festival, men jump into wells to grab bottles of alcohol. It’s really quite interesting.
Just like with the summer months, you can get a good deal on hotels and airfare during this time. You also won’t have to deal with a lot of crowds. Many of the locals with treat you very well because they don’t see a lot of tourists during Monsoon Season.
Monsoon Season Highlights: Sao-Joao, Chikhal Kalo, Bonderam Festival and Ganesh Chaturthi
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Goa In The Winter
Months: October Through February
Looking for the best January holiday destinations? Then a holiday to Goa is perfect as this is probably the most popular time and the best season to visit Goa.
If you cannot travel during January then any months from October to February will offer you similar weather.
The rains have diminished and it’s warm, but not too hot, at an average temperature of around 21 degrees Celsius.
Because these months offer the best weather to visit Goa, it is also the busiest time of year to visit Goa.
Many like to take part in various water sports like parasailing and jet skiing. It’s quite a lively time during the winter and those who like to enjoy the party scene tend to enjoy it.
Because this is peak season, it’s a good idea to make your hotel reservations as far out in advance as you can in order to guarantee to get a room and not have to pay a hefty price for it.
If you are parents, then this is a great time to visit with your kids. To help you with your planning, find a list of the best places to visit in Goa with kids here.
Winter Highlights: There are many festivals and events during the winter season including Dussehra, Diwali, The Sunburn Festival, Feast of Three Kings, Grape Escapade, and Goa Carnival. See a full Goa Festival list.
What is the best time to visit Goa for a honeymoon?
The best time to visit Goa for honeymoon trips is in November or March. Peak tourist season in Goa is in December and January, so if you head over just before or after you will have a more peaceful time away from the crowds.
Is it a good time to go to Goa in September?
It depends. Goa has monsoon season from August to September which means that you will be facing medium to heavy rainfalls.
If you don’t mind the rain though, you will be traveling during the off-season which means fewer tourists.
You will also be surrounded by lush greenery and a beautiful view of the beaches thanks to the rain. So this is the best time to travel to Goa if you don’t mind rainy days.
How is the weather in Goa in May?
You will have an average temperature of around 30°C – 33°C during the daytime.
At night time it will cool down slightly to around 27°C. So May is probably not the ideal time to visit Goa unless you really enjoy the heat!
When is the Goa off-season time?
May to September is considered off-season in Goa. The reason for this is due to the fact that you will either face insane heat or super rainy weather.
May is usually unbearably hot, followed by the monsoon season from early or mid-June.
So even though there probably isn’t really a ‘’right’’ time to visit Goa, the best months to visit Goa is from mid-November to Mid-March so that you don’t miss out on anything that the area has to offer just because of inclement weather. If you time your trip right, you’ll be able to take part in one of the highlights of the season mentioned above and you will get to enjoy the wide range of water activities on offer.
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