Goa is the most popular destination for tourists in India and an ideal way to spend a relaxing and tension free holiday. It is unique in more ways than one - the breathtaking beauty which nature has spread everywhere, the serenity of churches, the fervor of the parties and the cuisine that shall mesmerize your senses. It brings the ancient and modern on the same platform. Goa is however blessed with maritime climate which makes it an ideal place to visit at any time of the year. The place in various forms is equally attractive to the tourists both from India and abroad.
The ideal time to visit the place is between October to March when the weather is at its best. Summers are during April and May when you can spend a lazy afternoon in the premises of your hotel. June to September is monsoon time when the rain Gods washes every nook and corner of the place making it spic and span to welcome the tourists from all over the world.
Goa in summer (April - May)
This is the hottest month of the year with temperature touching 35OC.Humidity is high which helps plantation like mangoes, cashews and jackfruits to ripe. The sight of fruits hanging from trees can leave you spell bound.
The weather is a deterrent for Indians but loved by the foreigners. The sea water is cold so you can see a lot of foreigners enjoying picnic and beach activities. Plethoras of outdoor activities are held during this time like fairs, exhibitions, etc. Evenings here are pleasant at this time. Moonlit beaches are a virtual paradise for honeymoon couples. In the hotels you can get some attractive deals because the rates are slashed to rock bottom.
Just like ants prepare themselves for winter by stacking food, Goans during summers prepare for monsoons by getting old houses repaired, storing food, etc
The Monsoon Magic (June - September)
Monsoon is time when in Goa the nature flourishes, the rain brings refreshment and romance, and Goa takes on a more traditional flavor. Travel to Goa during the monsoon and you'll be able to experience it the local Goan way. Lashed with strong winds and heavy rains, the monsoons are at its peak between June and September. The rainy season in Goa is a magical experience. The beauty and grandeur is unparalleled. Like a young girl swaying through the fields, the rivers flow joyfully, trees dance to the music of winds and the child in you shall also come out and dance in the monsoon charm. After the long and dry afternoons of May, the smell of wet earth is enjoyable by all. The scenery is pleasant with green paddy fields spread across miles and nature seems to be breathing a new life. It is also a season of rice cultivation as dry lands gets new lease of life
With Goa now becoming crowded and noisy during the peak tourist season from November to March, a good number of visitors now prefer to spend their holidays during the monsoons, when the entire state is clean, green and above all, less crowded and less noisy. The trend clearly seems to be increasing, especially among many of the older tourists from England and France, who want to avoid the noisy parties and the crowds, and even feel safer in the monsoon.
The average rainfall is approximately 325cms, the average daily hours of sunshine is three to five hours during the monsoon. Explore ecotourism, spice plantations and Mollem National Park and Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary to make most of the time.
But be cautious if you choose to visit during monsoon season as the rivers can go wild so swimming is a complete no. Fishing is also kept at minimum, which is the reason why a fish on your platter can burn a hole in your pocket. Traveling becomes a hazard as roads get flooded with water and other means of transport also get disrupted like in other parts of India. Instead you might chose to enjoy a cozy cup of coffee in your bed or a steaming hot soup with your friends, Barbeque in the open when the rain is not pouring is also not a bad idea.
If you are an avid nature buff and verdant greenery is what soothes your eyes, then plan your detour during the monsoon season from May to September.
Peak Tourist Season (October - March)
Come October and the weather becomes pleasant and cold breeze begins to flow. It seems that every tree and building has been washed to welcome the visitors from all corners of the world. There is not a speck of dust on trees and they look lush green. The weather is just perfect to enjoy your vacation thoroughly. You can see hoards of Indians, NRI Goans and foreign tourists flowing in the city to have a gala time.
All around you can find sun baked sands, heady feni and trees swaying to the rhythm of the wind. Every day is an occasion to celebrate. Along the major beaches are numerous hotels, resorts, cottages and souvenir shops. There you can shop and enjoy the flea market. It is a great season with parades, festivals and parties that wind up late in the night on the beaches under the dim light of the moon. It is all so mystic and mesmerizing. You will take back home memories that you shall never be able to forget.
Come Christmas and this drop of golden sand (read Goa) springs up to life. Everybody seems to be having a gala time with music, beer and drums. It is indeed an impressive sight and one should not miss the frolic of wandering on Goa's streets. On the auspicious day of 25th all hands fold together to mark the birth of Jesus. It is a festive mood and all hotels, restaurants and shops are decorated with stars and Christmas trees. Also this is the period when maximum weddings and engagements are held in Goa. Plan to welcome the New Year in this heavenly abode with zest. Hotels are packed to fullest so book in advance.
January is a bit chilly but it is never too cold here. It's good to have a sweater with you when driving at night. The winds pick up in February and the best part of the season begins. The tourists have mostly gone home and the travelers that are left are mostly those who have a real love of Goa So enjoy the vibrant colors visible all around the city as February is the month of Carnivals. March can see everything starting to burn up again and bushes turn brown.
Goa is without doubt India"s jewel and with its tropical climate and balmy weather is a place which can be visited at any time of the year. Depending upon what you like you can chose the month in which you shall visit this paradise built by God. This place even with all the tourists flocking it all round the years appears untouched. So come and explore the beauty of this virgin land called Goa.
Posted on: 16-03-2010