Temperature: 25-30 (°C)
No matter what time of year you visit, swimsuit weather is practically a given for holidays in Goa. Temperatures hardly ever drop below 25°C even in the depths of winter, making this a great destination for some serious winter sunshine. Highs of 34°C are a regular fixture in summer. It’s worth bearing in mind that the country does experience heavy rainfall during the monsoon season (that’s between June and September), but the rest of the year sees almost no rain whatsoever.
Beach lovers: Near-endless beaches are a highlight of this region. Why not relax with the locals at Baga Beach? Or party until the early hours at Calangute Beach?
Happy campers: Camp out on Cola Beach Resort’s unspoilt beach; you’ll find this secluded hideaway on the country’s southern tip.
Foodies: Enjoy the unique Indo-Portuguese cuisine. Ambot tik (a sour and spicy fish curry) is an absolute must try.
More about Goa
Language: The main languages are Konkani, English, Marathi and Hindi.
Currency: The currency used in India is the India Rupee (INR), which you’re only permitted to purchase on arrival in India.
Local time: Goa is 5.5 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Dabolim Airport. The transfer time is around 1 hour.
Flight time from the UK: The flight time to Goa is 9.5 hours.
Tourist information: Ahead of your holiday here, check out more tourist information here.
Visa / health: Click here for visa and health recommendations and advice for your holiday
Holiday destinations related to Goa:
By bike or scooter: Zip around on a bike or scooter, just like the locals do. Bikes are available to hire nearly everywhere you look.
By car or jeep: The perfect solution if you’re travelling in a group, or you want the freedom to see the region at your own pace.
By taxi: They can be pricey here, but in places like Panaji (the state capital) you can get a fixed-rate service. Most drivers don’t use a meter, so agree a fare before you set off.
Private driver: Thinking of spending a full day exploring Goa? Do it in style and book yourself a private driver.
Religious festivals: The Christian and Hindu heritage here is reflected in its abundant festivals, and Panaji especially plays host to a fabulous array of religious and non-religious events.
Goa Heritage Festival: An annual highlight in November, two days filled with food, music and festivities mark a celebration of the region’s rich and diverse history.
Big feast: In December, Old Goa comes to life during the popular Feast of St Francis Xavier (the patron saint). It’s held at the Basilica of Born Jesus.
Holi: Experience Shigmotsav, their take on colourful Hindu festival Holi in February/March, and don’t miss the vibrant Sabado Gordo (Fat Saturday) festival, held before Lent as part of the carnival celebrations.