Goa in Winter (November – March)
Temperature - The air temperature during the season of winter fluctuates between 21°C and 32°C. Weather – The aftermath of the monsoon gives way to all kinds of greens when winter falls. The warm rays of the sun kiss your skin as slightly cold winds play with your hair. You take in the scent of the salty sea as the clear sky above you calls for an adventure. The pleasant weather during the winter season makes it the best time to visit Goa. Tourists start pouring in, owing to the agreeable weather that kicks off the high season. Goa in winter is all about late nights that make you want to sit by the sea with a light shawl wrapping you in a tight embrace as you watch the sea waves beat against the rocks on the seashore. Significant events - The clement weather calls for a plethora of activities and festivals, attracting tourists from all over the globe. This is perhaps the most suitable time for you to venture outdoors and acquaint yourself with the surroundings. Gallivant around Goa in the winter season and you will sense celebrations in the air. The many churches of Goa look ever so beautiful, illuminated with pristine lights in the night as the sound of carols echo from their walls announcing the arrival of Christmas. Not just Christmas, Goa also has festivals that are central to its culture and spirit. One of the main highlights of this season is the Goa Carnival held in the month of February. This carnival just has one rule, leave your worries at home and get ready to feast on amazing food, music, dance and have a lot of fun. Not just any other festival, musical parades held in the capital do not fail to catch anybody’s eye. It is also a ritual to take the party to the streets, concluding with the famous black and red dance performed by the Clube Nacional in the state capital. Why you should visit now – This time of the year is all about lit up and crowded streets, watching fellow tourists or locals whiz by you in scooters and dancing the night away with your loved ones. With Goa usually being a warm place and a victim of the strong sunrays, this time of the year grants some mercy to the land of good times. Do not disappoint the adventurer in you as you enjoy the thrill of water sports at Mahdei River or Agonda Beach. Things to know before the visit – If you are looking for some peace and serenity, we advise you to head to South Goa and the north in case you wish to explore Goa’s much talked about nightlife. Keep in mind that Goa remains shut between 1 and 4 pm in the afternoon. Hence, plan your trip accordingly. Tips – Since this is the peak season, ensure that your tickets are booked well in advance. Plan your activities and itinerary according to the weather. While you pack, make sure you include both warm and cool clothes as well as sunscreen and some glasses. Carry flip-flops, sandals and some swimwear as well.
In my opinion .. its all the year round. I had visited in peak summer( you can check my posts) , it was still pleasant. The best would be winters, but thats the time when it would be the most crowded. If you want a budget friendly experience, go for slightly off beat times, but do avoid moonsoons, because it would mean you cant enjoy the beaches, well, then what would be the point of visiting Goa then!