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Best time of year to visit Goa

A period between November and March boasts pleasant weather and is considered to be the best time to visit Goa. At this time, the beaches are at their best, and carnivals, parties, and the Holi Festival are ready to take off. Hotels are overpacked during these months, so you'd better book in advance. April and May are extremely hot and humid but also less touristy and perfect for low budget trips. Winter and spring offer great opportunities for paragliding, kayaking, and fishing. Monsoon season from June to September is the worst time for beach-goers but the best time for nature explorers when all the magic of lush and non-crowded landscapes unveils. A few hours sunshine per day, waterfalls at their peak, lower prices, and perfect rafting conditions—what do you say?

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Holi

Holi

March 09–10, 2020 • event

Colour, colour everywhere. If your life is feeling grey and you are looking for something new and a bit more color check out Goa's Holi Festival

Spice Plantations

Spice Plantations

September–June • activity

Don't miss your chance to smell the variety of spices and see how they are grown

Turtle Nesting Season

Turtle Nesting Season

November–April • nature

Witness sea turtles laying eggs and little hatchlings heading to the sea

Diving

Diving

October–May  • activity

A perfect way to enjoy the beauty of the blue waters of Goa and its amazing marine life

Anjuna Flea Market

Anjuna Flea Market

October–March (Wednesdays) • activity

Your Indian adventure can't be complete without a visit to a flea market

Paragliding

Paragliding

March–June | October–November • activity

Remember dreaming of flying high like a free bird in the sky? Well, India is calling!

Yoga

Yoga

all year round • activity

Seeking serenity and spiritual renewal? India is the perfect place for yoga!

Silent Noise Party

Silent Noise Party

November–April (Saturdays) • event

Silent Noise Saturday attracts party goers to Palolem beach

Hot Air Ballooning

Hot Air Ballooning

October–May • activity

Share an unforgettable experience with someone very special while seeing India from an incredible height

Kayaking

Kayaking

October–May  • activity

A perfect way to relax, unite with nature, and observe the wildlife of Goa

Beach Season

Beach Season

November–March • activity

Enjoy your vacation on the most beautiful beaches of the world

Crocodile Watching

Crocodile Watching

October–May • nature

Overcome your childhood fears and check out these giant reptiles up close

Fishing

Fishing

October–May • activity

If you are an enthusiastic fisherman, you'll find a number of great spots and be able to try several different ways of fishing

Mango Season

Mango Season

February–August • food

The king of fruit is in a season. Don't miss your chance to try it fresh and juicy

Cashew Season

Cashew Season

mid-March–mid-June • food

Try these delicious nuts and even special local drinks made with them

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

October–May • nature

Be amazed by the diversity and beauty of the world of birds

Dolphin Watching

Dolphin Watching

October–May • nature

Enrich your trip to Goa with an amazing dolphin adventure!

Kokum

Kokum

March–May • food

This fruit can be grown exclusively in the territory of Goa

Sailing

Sailing

October–April  • activity

If you are looking for a perfect day trip, both silent and relaxing, sailing may be an excellent experience for you!

Surfing, Kitesurfing, and Windsurfing

Surfing, Kitesurfing, and Windsurfing

January–May • activity

Add some more excitement to your vacation, surfing ocean waves

Guava

Guava

December–March • food

Guava in India is often eaten with cheese or ham

Crab Catching

Crab Catching

October–March • activity

Try crab trapping the ancient Goan way for an unforgettable experience

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Goa Carnival

Goa Carnival

February 22–25, 2020 • event

Experience this fascinating and colorful event in Goa

Shigmo

Shigmo

March 21, 2019 • event

Become a part of this major Hindu festival in Goa

Goa Tattoo Festival

Goa Tattoo Festival

January 17–19, 2020 • event

If you are an ink lover and fascinated with tattoo art, don't miss this event

Maha Shivaratri

Maha Shivaratri

February 21, 2020 • event

Immerse yourself in Maha Shivaratri—discover overall definition of the Hindu galaxy and honor Lord Shiva with the believers

Sao Joao Festival

Sao Joao Festival

June 24 • event

A Christian holiday celebrated with lots of joy and fun in a very special Goan style

Saturday Night Market in Arpora

Saturday Night Market in Arpora

December–April • activity

Have fun while night shopping for souvenirs

Litchi (Lychee)

Litchi (Lychee)

May–June • food

Discover the unique taste of the juicy Asian 'apple'

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi

August 22, 2020 • event

One of the most important Hindu festivals welcomes everyone to join its colourful celebration

Buddha's Hand Fruit

Buddha's Hand Fruit

November–January • food

This extraordinarily shaped fruit can be found only in lower Himalayas, so don't miss your chance to try it

Rambutan

Rambutan

May–September • food

The strange appearance of this fruit doesn't affect its wonderful taste

Jamun

Jamun

June–July • food

This tasty fruit is very nutricious and healthy

Winemaking

Winemaking

January • food

Visit Goa during the wine season and taste some great homemade varieties

Waterfalls at Peak Flow

Waterfalls at Peak Flow

mid-June–September • nature

An adventurous journey through lush green jungles and up hills—all for the gorgeous views!

Modak

Modak

September 02–11, 2019 • food

Have a proper taste of Ganesha's favorite special treat

Canyoning

Canyoning

January–February • activity

Bored with idyllic beaches? Fill up your vacation with something a bit more extreme!

Christmas Treats

Christmas Treats

December 25–December 26 • food

If you visit Goa during Christmas time, it is a must to try special local sweets and enjoy some new flavours

Rafting

Rafting

July–September • activity

Find a bit of excitment on a river adventure

Water Rose Apple

Water Rose Apple

May–July | November–December  • food

Try these charming apples with a gentle scent and watery taste during the hot summer months.