Best Time to Visit Goa

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Goa. We created climate tables and charts for the location of Panjim. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Goa for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 20 °C to 33 °C
Waves Symbol 27 °C to 29 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 036.3 in (0 – 27 Days of Rain)
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Geographical location

Goa is located in the southwest of India and, with an area of 2300 square miles and a population of around 1.5 million, is India’s smallest federal state. The population density is about twice as high as in Germany, with an average of 394 people living on an area of one square kilometre.

The capital of Goa is Panaji, also called Nova Goa by the Portuguese. For about 450 years Goa was a Portuguese colony, and even today the influences in architecture and culture cannot be denied. Especially the church”Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception” is an impressive testimony of colonial history, many locals in the region around Goa are Catholics.

Goa has large forests, which cover about 40 percent of the total area and are predominant, especially in the highlands. In the lowlands on the coasts, the vegetation had to give way to heavy settlement, yet the region is considered comparatively natural and is still a retreat for many rare animal species.

Besides more than 400 different bird species, various mammals are also native to the west coast of India. In the forests around Goa live several species of cats (for example Zibet) and various species of monkeys (especially Langurs). Sambar deer, sloth bears and porcupines can also be observed in denser forest areas of the region with a little luck.

Goa is one of the most important tourist destinations in India, tourism developed especially at the end of the 1960s through a distinct hippie movement. The term “Goa-Party” is still a catchphrase, but a completely normal seaside tourism has developed along the coast for a long time, high class hotels and resorts are available today for a relaxing beach holiday.

Climate in Goa

IMG_0982 (Dennis Yang)  [flickr.com]  CC BY 
License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' The Indian Goa has a tropical climate that is dominated by the monsoon. The rainy season in the region is from June to September. During this period, over 98.43 in of rain falls, and in July alone, up to 36.3 in of rain fall within just 31 days. In the mountain regions, precipitation can even triple during the rainy season.

During this time, temperatures range between 28 °C to 32 °C. At the end of September the rainy season usually ends slowly, the weather becomes drier and more pleasant. Another decisive factor is the considerable drop in air humidity, which then settles at around 60% at an elevated but tolerable level. However, the first half of October remains changeable for most years.

From the end of October to April follows the dry season in Goa. Temperatures rise up to 34 °C. As a rule, no precipitation occurs during this period. The hottest month is May with average daily temperatures between 33 °C to 35 °C in the shade. Towards the middle of the month, the sharp rise in humidity announces the change to monsoon season (from June).

Best Time to Visit Goa: Overview

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When to go to Goa?


The tropical climate and the influence of the monsoon determine the best travel season in Goa. In the months November to April a trip to Goa is highly recommended. The dry season is much more pleasant for travellers than the rainy season. The temperatures are perfect for a bathing holiday, the weather is sunny and there is almost no rain, especially between December and April.

During this travel season you can expect about 10 hours of sunshine per day and the beautiful beaches around Goa show themselves in all their splendour. At the end of the drying period, the humidity rises noticeably again. For Europeans, the sultry, hot air in May is almost unbearable.

From June onwards, the heavy rainfall begins, which usually ends at the end of September or the beginning of October. This monsoon season in Goa is only recommended for experienced travelers to India, as the cityscape can be marked by sometimes severe floods and the actually relaxed beach atmosphere and the popular nightlife of Goa are not to be found, some hotels even close completely.

Climate Chart Goa

Panjim

Climate Chart Panjim
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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Table Goa

In the following, you will find the climate table for Goa, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Panjim (Goa)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature32°32°33°33°33°30°29°29°30°31°33°33°
Night Temperature20°20°23°25°26°24°24°24°24°24°22°20°
Water Temperature27°27°28°29°29°28°27°27°27°28°28°27°
Precipitation (inch)0.0400.040.513.6634.2536.320.759.964.761.380.39
Rainy days0001422271314630
Hours of Sunshine10109101043468910
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Panjim is 27.2 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: May (29.8 °C)
Coldest month: January (25.9 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Panjim is 29 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
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Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 112.05 inch on 90 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): June, July, August, and September
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 101.26 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Panjim.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, February is the sunniest month with an average of 10.3 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 7.8 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights and Attractions


One of the most famous beaches in the region is Agonda Beach, considered the most beautiful beach in Goa. In Canacona you will find the picturesque Palolem Beach, which is particularly suitable for relaxation. An insider tip is Mandrem Beach in the village of the same name, which is especially suitable for families and couples looking for peace and relaxation.

By the way, free-range cows are part of the Indian beach picture, they are a popular photo motif, but do not disturb the holiday pleasure. As they say: other countries, other customs! In Panaji you should definitely visit the Basilica of Bon Jesus, culturally one of the highlights of the capital. Nature lovers should plan a tour to the Dudhsagar waterfalls and a trip to the nature reserve Bhagwan Mahavir.

Popular Activities

More attractions

Goa: River Carnival and Boat Cruise | Panaji: Fun-Filled 2-Hour Mandovi River Cruise with Dinner | Old Goa: Walking Tour of Heritage Churches | Houses of Goa Museum Art Tour | Goa Street Food Tour |

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Panjim (Station Panaji)
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Clouds: 0 %       Wind: 0 mph NNO
Air Pressure: 1011 hPa       Humidity: 76 %
Last updated: 12th Dec 2019, 04:34 pm
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India: Regions

Goa is part of the holiday destination India. We analyzed the climate for additional regions, in order to provide you with information about the best time to visit and the expected holiday weather:

Goa: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 3 reviews for Goa holiday already. Average rating is 5 of 5 stars.
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    Gerda, 64 years old was there in November

    We were in Goa, Calangute, in November/December. The weather was very hot. Up to 38 degrees. But good to endure Wonderful water temperatures. We’ve been there several times and the next trip to Goa is imminent.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Olga, 32 years old was there in February

    In the morning I needed a T-shirt and a light year when I came out of the sea, at noon it got warmer and pleasant until late at night, so all I had to do was put on a layer of fabric 😉

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Ralph, 59 years old was there in February

    As in previous years, the weather was excellent. Temperatures always around 30°C with light, pleasant winds. At night one could sleep well at 23-24°C. The water was 28°C and was top. We’ll be back.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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