GOA! One of the biggest beach holiday destinations of India. Famous for its serene beaches, mesmerizing sunsets, Portuguese architecture, finger licking sea food, thrilling water sports and the not-to-miss wild and happening parties. Usually, the best time to visit Goa is Mid-October to Mid-February. Reasons: One, the weather during this time is pleasant and perfect to spend time at the beaches, enjoy water sports and parties. Two, all the beach shacks and restaurants are open in full swing and serve you round the clock (well, almost)! Also, people come in huge numbers during the Christmas and New Year.
Generally, April to September is considered as the Off Season in Goa. It’s unbearably hot during May which makes it difficult to spend time outdoors. Monsoons hit by early or mid-June which means, no water sports, no beach swimming, less beach shacks and missing parties. While I listed the pros and cons of visiting Goa in its respective Peak and Off Season, will now share the opposites.
We went on a 4 Nights 5 Days trip to Goa during September end. Considering the fact that we are heading to Goa in off season, made us a bit unsure of the experiences we’ll be having on our trip. But, it turned out beautiful. The off season is perfect for people who prefer tranquility, away from the hustle of city life, in the midst of silence and experience calmness from within.
We took our Go Air flight from New Delhi at around 10:30 in the morning. We landed in Goa at around 1. Soon after collecting the luggage, we booked a taxi from the prepaid booth at the airport. (Pro Tip: If you’re travelling in a large group, request the hotel for free pickup from the airport. Most resorts/hotels do not arrange free pickup for small groups or couples. They do, but on charged basis, which is way too expensive than the prepaid taxis. So, if you’re travelling solo or a couple, prepaid taxi is the best option.) The taxi drove us to Phoenix Park Inn Resort, Candolim where we chose to stay.