Best Time to Visit Goa

Weather Conditions in Goa


Best Time to Visit Goa

India’s favourite holiday destination enjoys clearly demarcated seasons. Goa enjoys a tropical climate which means the summers are hot, the winters are mild, and the monsoon is strong. Winter is the peak tourist season in Goa. This is when visitors from around the world flock in to work on their tans. Goa’s mild winters offer the perfect weather to lounge around on the beach without catching a cold or being burnt by a fierce sun.

Best Time to Visit Goa
Month High/Low Precipitation
June 30° / 24° 74%
July 29° / 24° 85%
August 29° / 23° 82%
September 30° / 23° 51%
October 31° / 23° 19%
November 33° / 22° 10%
December 32° / 20° 1%
January 32° / 19° 0%
February 32° / 20° 0%
March 32° / 23° 0%
April 33° / 25° 2%
May 33° / 26° 9%
Source: NOAA

The beautiful balmy weather is interspersed with the cooling sea breeze that cools down things further. While a seasoned traveller may argue that that there is no single best time to go to Goa, winter is the best time to visit Goa if you want to experience the best of Goa tourism. Keeping in mind the nature of your Goa holiday, you are the best judge of the best season to go to Goa.

Let us try and understand how Goa is during different seasons throughout the year.

Goa in Winter (November, December, January and February)

This is hnarguably the best time to travel to Goa. The winter calendar of Goa is packed with parties, festivals and cultural events. Goa rouses from its “susegad” and gets busy in doing what it does the best. Pampering the visitors with the best parties and catering to their every whim. Though the average temperature in winter months stays between 15°C to 32°C, the sea breeze cools everything down during the day.

Even the water is not too cold for water sports. You can indulge in an entire day of adrenaline -pumping action only to relax at the same beach in the evenings. Parties continue late into the night, often spilling into the next day. The nights and early mornings could get chilly. It is a good idea to layer up against the chill so that you can adjust your them according to the weather conditions. January turns out to be the coldest winter month.

This is also the season of carnivals, fairs and parades when Goa takes to the streets in its colourful finest. Since this is the peak tourist season and the best time to visit Goa, you will have to do your bookings much in advance. Also be aware that hotel rates and other prices will be higher than usual. You will also face long queues at many of the tourist attractions. Always venture out with a backup plan in place.

Goa in Summer (March, April, May and October)

Goa in summer gets really hot. A combination of the high temperatures and high humidity makes it an uncomfortable time to be in Goa for most people. Although, if you’re looking to experience Goa at affordable prices, this could be the best time to go to Goa. Though the mornings and late nights can be bearable, the day temperatures often reach 40°C on some hot days. Though the water is cool enough for swimming, the beach itself may get too hot for comfort.

Most of the tourist attractions are closed or stay open for brief periods during the day. Afternoons are reserved for siestas as most of Goa sleeps during summer afternoons. Do not even think of venturing out during the afternoon. But if you do, make sure you are suitably covered, wearing a hat and protected with a strong sunscreen lotion. Carry water with you and sip at regular intervals.

The upside of Goa in summers is that it is free of the peak-season crowds. You might just have the entire beach to yourself and there will be no long waits to get a table at some of the best restaurants. If you’re ready to brave the heat, summer could be the best time to visit Goa for you.

Goa during Monsoon (June, July, August and September) 

Monsoon is an interesting time to travel to Goa. The summer heat is finally receding, and the heavy rains wash away the dust of the hot months till the heat is only a distant memory. After the heat of the summer months, the smell of the first rains is an intoxicating experience that can seldom be matched by anything else. The constant rainfall infuses new life in the listless earth even as the seas express their joy by behaving like boisterous schoolboys.

With greenery all around, this is the best time to go to Goa if you want to commune with nature. But if you’re looking for the quintessential Goa experience, this is not the time. Most of the beaches and water sports activities are closed due to the rough seas and very few beachside shacks stay open. Swimming and venturing out into the sea is strictly forbidden during this season.

But the rest of Goa really blooms under the rains. A trip to one of the spice plantations is especially recommended. The roads are lined with greenery on both sides and this could be the best time to take a road trip to Goa. But you will have to take extra care while driving as the roads turn slippery. You can still get some pocket-friendly deals during this season. Just don’t expect to be able to enjoy Goa as you would during the tourist season.

Goa manages to retain its magic in every season. It just takes different forms according to the season. While there truly is no single best time to visit Goa, it is up to you to make the best of your trip. Whichever season you choose to visit Goa, you will enjoy your holidays. SOTC has some amazing Goa tour packages that are tailormade for specific experiences. Book yours today and get ready for a memorable holiday.


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