When’s the best time to go?
The region of Goa lies on the coast of western India. This idyllic holiday destination is home to traditional, charming villages and towns as well as busier tourist resorts and beautiful beaches. Follow our Goa travel advice and you’ll ensure you make the most of your holiday.
Goa’s hot, tropical climate attracts holidaymakers looking for a beach break during the summer months, which runs from March-May and throughout October. You may be surprised to learn that October is the hottest month here, with average temperatures ranging from 30-35°C. During the summer the weather is less humid and you’re unlikely to see much in the way of rain, compared to the monsoon season.
Running from June until September, monsoon season sees high humidity and plenty of rain, with an average of 26cm of rainfall each year. If you’re planning a beach holiday, it makes sense to come to Goa between October and May to make the most of the dry weather and hotter temperatures.
What should I pack?
The Goan climate is hot and tropical throughout the year, with the monsoon season bringing heavy rain and high humidity. If you’re visiting Goa during the dry season, make sure you pack plenty of cool, light clothes and high factor sun cream, as well as sunglasses and a hat, as the sun can be very strong with high UV rays.
It’s a good idea to pack comfortable shoes or boots for exploring the Goan coastline, as well as waterproofs or a light jacket for rainy days.
Passport and Visas
Do I need a passport?
If you’re planning a holiday to Goa, you will need a passport. You must have a machine-readable passport to be granted entry to India, which must be valid for a minimum of 180 days after your arrival in the country. Your passport must also have two blank pages for your visa.
For more information on Goa passport requirements and details of the country’s entry rules, head to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/india/entry-requirements.
Do I need a visa?
British citizens will need a visa to visit Goa as a tourist. You can apply for an e-Visa online through India’s e-Tourist Visa website. If you’re in any doubt as to whether or not you will need a visa, it’s best to check with the Indian High Commission.
For more Goa visa information as well as details of entry requirements to the country, head to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/india/entry-requirements.
Health and Safety
Should I get travel health insurance?
When travelling abroad we always recommend you take out comprehensive travel and health insurance and this applies even more so if you’re visiting India. If you need emergency medical treatment after becoming ill or even being involved in an accident on holiday, your policy should cover you. It’s always best to check through your documents before you travel so that you know what is and what isn’t covered. You should also check that you’ll be insured for any activities you’re planning to take part in on your holiday.
Any other tips?
- The language of Goa is Konkani, but you will find most locals speak a mix of Hindi and English.
- If you’re hiring a car in Goa, make sure you always carry your driving licence and vehicle documents with you at all times.
- It’s recommended to avoid local tap water and stick to bottled mineral water, and avoid ice cubes in your drinks. Steer clear of salad and unwashed fruit, too.
- The currency here is the Indian Rupee. Visitors to Goa should note that tourists cannot bring Indian rupees with them into the country. Instead, you’ll need to bring traveller’s cheques or cash in your own currency to exchange once you arrive in India, or your bank card so you can withdraw rupees locally.
- For more information and travel advice for your trip to Goa, head to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/india.