The best months are from October to March, with mostly sunshine and not too humid or hot. Goa temperatures will generally range from 21C (70F) to 31C (88F) during these months. Tourists during this winter season come mostly from Europe.
The worst months are June to September when the monsoon rains hit but this time is popular with Indians. April and May are very hot and sticky.
Big Vagator Beach, with the old Portuguese fort of Chapora, near the Chapora River. Photo by D. Hundhammer.
Things to Do in Goa
Goa is the smallest state in India and offers a fascinating mix of Indian and Portuguese cultures. Away from the superb beaches, there’s quite a bit of sightseeing to do.
The modest, low-rise capital, Panaji, has a fine collection of colonial-era buildings, the most attractive of which are on the waterfront and in the colourful little Latin Quarter, Fontainhas.
A few miles upriver, in Old Goa, the more adventurous visitors can find tranquil old streets and massive churches while along the coast there is a scattering of Portuguese-era forts: Chapora is still an atmospheric ruin, but Tiracol has metamorphosed into an exquisite heritage hotel.
Some ancient mansions have been beautifully restored, such as the Figueiredo in Loutolim and the Palacio do Deao in Quepem.
For a taste of the Western Ghats, Wildernest is a fantastic eco-lodge in the lush green hills of the interior, with trekking, birding and an infinity pool.