The Best Time to Visit Goa and Gokarna
Updated: Feb 27
When we plan any vacation, the most important factor to be considered is when to visit that place. Different locations are best enjoyed at different times of the year depending on the season, seasonal activities and food, and also on the people you are going on vacation with.
Goa is a beautiful vacation spot particularly popular for its beaches and nightlife. However, seasonal variations offer different kinds of experiences to travelers. Let us see what are these differences based on the seasonal variations and subsequently what is the best time to visit Goa in 2022.
1. Winters (November to March)
Goa in winters has pleasant cold weather along with warm sunlight. You will only need light early winter clothes for this time of the year. This season typically lasts from November to March every year. It is the best time to visit Goa in December. As Goa is a comparatively hot and humid place, these months are the best because it is neither too cold nor too hot. You can enjoy almost all the activities and the nightlife as well. This is also the peak season when the majority of tourists visit Goa and hence is the best season to visit Goa as well. The famous Goa carnival is also organized in the month of February only. This is also the best time to visit Goa for water sports.
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2. Monsoon (June to August)
This season usually lasts from June to August and is the best time to visit Goa in August. It has a moderate slightly cooler temperature and is packed with rain and thunderstorms. This season brings out all the natural beauty and greenery of Goa although it may be dangerous to experience water sports. It is very damp and wet during this season and hence beaches may not be fully available for tourists. Two amazing festivals called the Patolleanchem Feast and the Bonderam are also celebrated during this time. These traditional festivals are full of fun, laughter, and life.
3. Summers (March to May)
This season usually lasts from March to May and it is very hot and humid during this time. The salty water offers a welcome break from the scorching heat. Also, Goa is particularly less crowded during this time of the year and so everything is available at cheap rates. During this season, the popular Shigmo Festival is also organized along with the Sao Joao Festival. This offers an insight into the traditional rich history and culture of Goa. All in all, this season is the cheapest time to visit Goa. It is very quiet and empty. So, you can take your time enjoying everything to its fullest. This is also the season to get that Goa tan but do not forget to carry sunscreen and a hat too.
To sum it all up, the best season to visit Goa is undoubtedly the winters. It was also the best time to visit Goa in 2021. This is because it is neither too hot nor too cold and hence, is the perfect pleasant weather for a vacation. Also, all types of water sports and other activities could be enjoyed to their fullest. And the famous carnival during this season is like a cherry on the top. You can wear both light winter and summer clothes without having to worry about tan. But this is also the most crowded and busiest season of the year.
There is no worst time to visit Goa as all seasons offer a different variety of activities and experiences.
If we now try to find the best season to visit Goa in 2022 based on the type of company you are taking with you, here is what we have to say:
The time from November to February is actually the best to visit Goa with friends as the weather is very pleasant. You can spend leisure time at the beach relaxing and enjoying the water sports as well. Goa is full of life at this point with amazing fests and carnivals, hence you can enjoy Goa’s tipsy nightlife with your friend’s gang.
The time from March to May is very suitable to visit Goa with your family. This season is the most uncrowded and cheapest time of the year. You can casually enjoy the beaches and everything with your family peacefully.
3. Romantic partner
The best time to visit Goa for couples is the monsoon season from June to August. It is full of greenery and the natural beauty of Goa. You can enjoy most of the time in the resort doing fun activities or nothing at all. Then you can visit the beaches in the evening or afternoon without having to worry about the sun.
Gokarna is a mini version toned-down version of Goa. It is a small temple town in the state of Karnataka but is also very popular for its beaches. It is famous for the Murudeshwar temple located here and people commonly search about the best time to visit Murudeshwar. Let us try to analyze the best time to visit Gokarna depending on the seasonal variations.
1. Summers (March to May)
Summers in Gokarna are full of scorching heat and humidity. It is very hot and scalding weather. Summers usually last from March to May here. Still, it is not the worst time to visit Gokarna. Gokarna offers a variety of activities to enjoy in every weather. In this season, everything is quite cheap as it is the off-season.
2. Monsoon (July to October)
Monsoons start from early July and usually last till October in Gokarna. This might be the worst season to visit Gokarna due to the heavy rainfalls. This combined with cold winds makes the weather unsuitable and unpleasant for tourists. There might be thunderstorms in the sea and so, water sports and beaches may also become inaccessible. Avoid visiting Gokarna in monsoons if you can.
3. Winters (September to February)
Winters in Gokarna typically start from September and last till late February. This season is the best time to visit Gokarna as it is pleasant mild weather. You can fully experience the beauty of Gokarna at this time without the heat which is very irritating in summers. Although winter is the peak season, Gokarna is packed with crowds and is also a little more expensive than summers.
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Our conclusion is that the best time to visit Gokarna is in the season of winter from September to February. And monsoon is the worst time to visit Gokarna.
If you want to classify this best time depending on the company you are taking with you on vacation, we have a few short points on that as well.
The best time to visit Gokarna with family is the summer season. It is off-season and so everything is cheap. It is also less crowded and quite peaceful in the summers.
The best time to visit Gokarna with friends is the winter season. It has pleasant weather and all water sports can also be enjoyed along with camping.
3. Romantic partner
The best time to visit Gokarna with your partner can be both the summer and winter seasons based on both of your preferences.
In the end, there is no perfect time to visit a place for vacation. It all depends on your comfort level and personal preference.
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