Best Time To Visit Goa, India
Goa, a superb tropical paradise, is one of the prime tourist destinations in India. The state, located on the coast of the Indian Ocean, in Western India, is one of the smallest in the country, but has a extraordinarily rich cultural heritage and numerous natural attractions. Its cuisine, culture, architectural wonders and wonderful people will mesmerize any tourist and will leave a lasting impression on every visitor.
The area has pleasant climate all year round and can be visited during every season. Located just 1,200 km south of the Tropic of Cancer, the weather is warm throughout the year, but temperatures rarely go into triple digits, because of the cool coastal winds. Therefore, thanks to the vast Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean cooling currents and the Western Ghats, the weather is pleasant and the infamous Indian heat is rarely felt.
Here is a list of tips and advice on the best time to visit Goa:
The Seasons In Goa
Winter in Goa extends from Mid-November to Mid-February, and it brings cooler temperatures and comfortable refreshing winds. This period is the best time to visit the area and it is the time when the locals are prepared for the arrival of tourists from all over the globe. The beaches are welcoming, the water is warm and the sky remains blue during most days. Rain rarely occurs for at least three months, making this period the ideal time to relax and soak under the sun. The winter season is also filled with festivals, parties and carnivals, including the New Year’s celebrations, the Christmas parties and the Color Winter Carnival.
The summer season in Goa is from March to May, and is generally described as being hot and humid. This is the least favorable time for foreign visitors, as the ocean can become rough, the winds are picking up, there are frequent storms and the temperatures are fairly high. Also, when compared to the winter season, during the summer there are very few festivals and parties in town. On the other hand, these period has the cheapest accommodation prices, the streets are peaceful and calm, and it might be the perfect time to visit if you are looking for a 3 to 4 day city break. You will be able to experience the charm and delightful atmosphere in a more quiet environment.
Getting away from the Goan summer heat is fairly easy if you know what to look for. There are endless food stalls with cold coconut water, lemonade, sugarcane beverages or other natural chilled juices. Also, you can bathe in the refreshing Indian Ocean water at least until May, when the water becomes blurry because of the currents. Boat trips, out of town excursions and group trips are also great opportunities. Scuba diving, dolphin watching trips and water sports are great attractions for the more active visitors.
As a measure of precaution, make sure you always wear sun block for your skin, as temperatures can go up to 99 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius). Also, wear light cottons, airy clothes instead of darker colors and tighter clothes. When it comes to food, the summer is the best season: you will find mango deserts, mango ice cream, mango juice and a huge variety of tropical fruits at every street corner. The choices are endless and you will always feel refreshed and rejuvenated after this diet.
The monsoon is a Tropical season and, in Goa, it extends from Mid-June to late October, bringing torrential rains to the area. The locals adore the arrival of the monsoon and host a multitude of parties to welcome the rainy season. The countryside becomes green, the trees get back to life and everyone is cheerful. One of the main attractions during this season is the festival of Sao Joao, a festival organized for Saint John the Baptist, a symbol for fertility. Held during late June, the festival is organized just before the start of the monsoon and features an interesting event where local men jump into wells while trying to fetch bottles of alcohol, called feni. The hotels have lower prices and you might get a good deal if you know where to look for.
The downside is that during this season, everything seems a little messier than usual. The constant downpours will leave pools of water everywhere, while swimming and bathing in the ocean might be risky because of the currents. Anyhow, the state has plenty of attractions even during the rainy season, and you will always find the wildlife, flora and fauna extraordinarily beautiful.