Goa, being in the tropical zone and near the Arabian Sea, has a hot and humid climate for most of the year. The best time to visit Goa is October to March when the weather is comfortable, dry and pleasant.
- Summer (March to May) is hot in Goa but the sea breeze offers solace from the heat. The maximum temperature reaches up to 40°C. During this time Goa has fewer crowds.
- Winter (October to February) offers pleasant weather and is the peak season for tourists and festivities. The minimum temperature goes down to 15°C. Beaches, sightseeing and water sports can be enjoyed during this time.
- Monsoon (June to September) offer medium to heavy rainfall.
Events & Festivals in Goa
It is worth scheduling a visit to Goa during one of their fairs or festivals that are held on a grand scale as the city is the most colourful and liveliest at this time. Be prepared for throngs of tourists, both local and foreigners, during this time.
- Carnival (Mar, statewide) – A four-day festival kicking off Lent; the party’s particularly jubilant in Panaji.
- Feast of St Francis Xavier (3 Dec, Panaji & Old Goa) – A celebration of Goa’s patron saint; once every decade (the next one is 2014), the saint’s body is carried through Old Goa’s streets.
- Feast of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception (8 Dec, Margao & Panaji) – Fairs and concerts are held, as is a beautiful church service at Panaji’s Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.