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Goa in August

The Guide for Visiting Goa in August

August is monsoon in Goa. It is one of the wettest months of the year. However, the intensity and frequency of the showers are beginning to come down. Between the showers, there will be golden sunshine and it will be very pleasant. The evenings are nice and cool. However, the humidity is still high because of the clouds and rain.

There are fewer tourists this month compared to the peak season, so the beaches and roads will be empty. However, the beaches may not be very clean. It has been raining regularly since June, so there’s a high chance that the sand can be all messed up. High waves can bring in weed from the sea, which will land up at the shores, making the beaches look unclean.

There are fewer tourists this month compared to the peak season, so the beaches and roads will be empty and much cleaner. There will be hardly any queues at the major tourist attractions – the churches, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and the other places for sightseeing. August is also one of the greenest times of the year in Goa. The coconut groves, the swaying palm trees, the interiors – forests, national parks, and the hills of the Western Ghats are all lush and beautiful. Dudhsagar waterfall is a must visit in August. It will come down with a roar and will surely impress you.

Most of the beach shacks will be closed, though. Only the permanent structures are open. The big cafes, restaurants, and pubs are all working. Expect better service because of the fewer number of tourists and customers. There will be little nightlife and almost no water sport this month. Most of the tourist infrastructure in the south is non-existent, but North Goa – Baga, Candolim, Calangute, Anjuna is still busy. A luxury villa in Goa in August will make your vacation memorable this month.

Quick Overview

Infographic: Goa in August

Weather August is the rainy season in Goa, but the monsoon is waning by the end of the month. 13 rainy days, less than July. This makes August a better time to visit Goa. The total rain received is also less than last month. Humidity and the median cloud cover are about the same. Goa receives 5 hours of sunshine daily in August, an hour less than July. The average temperature is 29°C. The wind is still high this month. There are storms sometimes because of the high wind, cloud cover, and rain.
Beach Very few tourists, so wide empty stretches, especially in South Goa. Most beaches are not very clean, though, as the high monsoon waves bring a lot of weeds and deposit them on the shore. Many North Goa beaches are still busy, more so during the weekend. Greenery makes it nicer.
Sea The water temperature is a pleasant 28°C. However, it is best to avoid swimming because of the high waves. It can be risky even if it is not raining. The weather can change suddenly. Watch out for riptides and choppy waters.
Parties Special rain dance parties and monsoon fiestas. But overall, there are fewer parties compared to the peak December-January season. Most parties are in the north.
Water sports Too risky! Like last month, most of the activities are closed, including snorkeling, scuba diving, boat rides, and paragliding. However, August is a great month for white water rafting.
Shacks Most beach shacks are still closed. Only the permanent structures are open. Very few open shacks in the south, but in the busier north, many cafes, restaurants, and shacks are still open.
Festivals Vasco Saptah Fair, Ganesh Chathurthi, Krishna Janmashtami, Patolleanchem Feast, Bonderam Festival, World Goa Day.
Prices Travel and stay at super cheap prices at Goa in August. Flights offer good discounts. Accommodation is sometimes at 30% lower. Even the bike and car rentals will cost less this month.

Weather in August

The weather in August is not much different than July, at least till the middle of the month, after which the frequency and intensity of rain begins to come down. In an average year, there is 995 mm rain in July, August receives just 513 mm of rainfall, which is about half. It is much less than the 868 mm rainfall of June as well. There are only 13 rainy days in August, down from the 27 of July.

Probability of rain goes down drastically as the month progresses. Usually, there is least chance of rain in the last week of August. Precipitation is around 88% at the start of the month, but by the month end it is about 77%. The relative humidity, though, is around the same as July. In July, it is between 70% and 95%, and in August, it ranges between 68% and 94%. The cloud cover also decreases with the month progressing. It is 83% - 89%, which is the same as last month.

GOA
29°
Avg weather in August
SUN
5 Hrs per day
RAIN
513 mm per month
HUMIDITY
86 % avg
WIND
7 Mph avg

The temperature this month is 29°C, and the average sea temperature is a pleasant 28°C. The sea is warm enough for swimming, but its best to be careful because of the chance of sudden showers, cloud cover, riptides, and the water turning choppy.

Goa receives an average of 5 hours of sunshine in August, which is an hour less than last month. Typically, the wind speed is between 0 m/s and 8 m/s, slightly less than July. There is maximum chance of high wind at the beginning of the month.

Climate in Goa
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high, °C 31,6 31,5 32,0 33,0 33,0 30,3 28,9 28,8 29,5 31,6 32,8 32,4 31,3
Average low, °C 19,6 20,5 23,2 25,6 26,3 24,7 24,1 24,0 23,8 23,8 22,3 20,6 23,2
Average precipitation, mm 0,2 0,1 1,2 11,8 112,7 868,2 994,8 512,7 251,9 124,8 30,9 16,7 2926

Pros and Cons of Visiting Goa in August

Pros Cons

Savings – Considerable discounts on flight tickets for August as this is the off season. The cost of accommodation is also cheaper. It can be up to 30% less. Everything else like transportation, car/bike rentals, restaurants, street-side vendors will charge less.

Power Outages – Chance of sudden power cuts, typically after a torrential downpour. It can be for longer hours if electric poles are uprooted after a storm. Most villas, big hotels/resorts have power backup.

Fewer People – Fewer tourists in August, so the beaches and the tourist attractions won’t be crowded. No jostling for sun beds. No queues. Take long walks on the beach with no one to bother you. Sit back and relax in complete privacy.

No Water Sports – Most operators are away, as water sport is deemed too risky in August. There is no paragliding, water scooters, scuba diving, snorkeling, and rarely will you find boat rides. Swimming is OK. There is white water rafting too.

Greener Goa – Thanks to the rain, there is greenery all around, making Goa look prettier. The hills are lush. The canals, ponds, and backwaters are all full. The roads are cleaner. The Western Ghats are looking very pretty.

Beach Shacks Are Closed – Most of them are closed. Only the permanent structures, which are very few, are open this month. The big restaurants, bars, pubs, and shacks are still open, though. They are mostly in North Goa.

Great Food – Fishing activities are restricted in June and July, and restart only in August, so once again, the choice is good. The variety is fantastic.

The Markets – Fewer street side stalls. The Anjuna Flea Market is closed, and so is the Mackie’s Night Bazaar. The super markets and permanent stores are open.

Tranquility, Silence – You will see Goa like it used to be before. Mostly the locals and few tourists. There is peace and tranquility in the beaches. No prying eyes or noisy crowds.

Occasional Water Clogging – Chance of water clogging in some areas after heavy shower. There can be landslides too in the hilly interiors. Rarely are there a flood in Goa, but there is still a chance.

Beautiful – Goa is beautiful in August, more picturesque. Take beautiful photos in the beach with the sea and cloud cover. Rain, clouds, and the sea look very romantic together. Greenery all around. The backwaters and rivers are all full. Plenty of birds. The forests and interiors are looking better as well.

Water Borne Diseases – Like elsewhere in India, there is always a risk of monsoon-related illness in Goa. Higher risk in August. But historically, there have been very few outbreaks here. So Goa is relatively safe. You can reduce the risk further by taking some basic precautions.

Top 6 Things To Do In Goa In August

  1. Dudhsagar Waterfalls – It is most impressive in August as the Mandovi River is full after the rains. Located in the Goa-Karnataka border, it comes roaring down steeply. You have to take the road or a train to the Kulem railway station and then do a small trek from here to reach the base of the waterfall. The mighty waterfalls create white spray and foam while cascading down, giving its name Dudhsagar, which literally translates to ‘Sea of Milk’’.
  2. Spice Plantation Tour – The spice plantations are greenest and the most beautiful during the rains and just after it. The guide will take you on a tour, showing you cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, pepper, ginger, cardamom, and many other spices and herbs. Savoi Plantations is one option. You can also enjoy a traditional Goan Saraswat meal, cooked with the spices, and even feed and bathe the elephants.
  3. Fontainhas – Fontainhas is Goa’s Latin Quarter, where many Portuguese families used to stay. Located in Panjim, this is an UNESCO Heritage Zone. Take a peek at another era as you see old colourful buildings with ornate balconies, Portuguese mansions, narrow winding lanes and streets, quaint shops, bakeries, restaurants, and art galleries. You will get a distinct Mediterranean feel here.
  4. Wildlife Sanctuaries – The interiors of Goa are the greenest and most beautiful in August. There are many forests, national parks, and wildlife sanctuaries to visit with a chance to see a number of plant and animal species. Choose from Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary, Mollem National Park, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, and Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary. There is the Bengal tiger, leopards, wild dogs, wild boar, barking deer, flying squirrel, spotted deer, mouse deer, civet, gaur, pangolin, porcupine, sambar, and more.
  5. White Water Rafting – You are going to love this if you are all for adventure sport and need to feel an adrenalin rush. There is white water rafting at Valpoi River, Mhadei River, and the Mandovi River. The rivers are at full flow after the rains and the rapids are exciting. Some of them are very challenging too. For just 1,500-2,000 INR per person, you can get basic lessons, safety briefing, lifejackets, and rafting gear.
  6. Monsoon Trekking – Hills of the Western Ghats look lush and beautiful in August. There are fresh leaves everywhere and plenty of birds and other animals. Go on a hiking trail to admire the beauty. Walking will be safer in the second half of the month as the frequency of rain comes down after the 15th.

What You Should Avoid in Goa in August

It is still raining in August, though less than July. Swimming is still risky because of the high wind and bigger waves. There will be spells of sunshine this month, but the weather can change suddenly, so it is best to stay away from the water. A cloud cover will make it worse. There are riptides in some beaches too. So watch out. Most water sport activities are closed in August. Avoid water sports even if you can find any.

August and September are the best months for visiting the Dudhsagar waterfalls. There is some trekking involved, but make sure that you have good walking shoes. Remember, the trail will be wet and slippery. Always hire a guide.

Many like to do monsoon trekking on the Western Ghats. It will certainly be an enriching and beautiful experience. But once again, you have to be very careful as the trails can be slippery and there can be insects too. You need good walking shoes, and must take every precaution.

Goa being a small state is not as developed as metro cities to fight or prevent occasional water clogging. There are sometimes floods and landslides if it rains too much. So it is always advisable to look at the forecast before going out.

Goa Beaches in August

From north to south, the beaches are naturally a main attraction of Goa. However, August is not the best month for Goa beaches. The high waves this month and the sea current bring in a lot of seaweeds from deep sea, which is deposited on the shore, making the beaches look unclean. You will find this excess weed deposit in almost every beach. The sand may also be mashed up due to excess water as it has been raining heavily since June.

Goa Tourism and the government will start to clean the beaches only in the end of September in preparation for the approaching peak tourist season. The sea deposits weed all the time in August, so cleaning this month won’t really help.

Tourism in August

Because of the monsoon, Goa does not see a lot of foreign tourists during the month of August. However, a lot more Indian tourists are coming to Goa in the last few years to enjoy the rains. The lower prices and discounts is also an attraction. Everything costs less in August, including the rooms, flight tickets, bike/car rentals, and even the restaurants and cafes charge less.

Fewer tourists also mean there are no queues at the major tourist attractions. The waiting time is less too at restaurants, cafes, pubs, and the open beach shacks. The service and food quality is often better.

Dudhsagar Waterfalls

Dudhsagar Water Falls in Goa

India’s 5th tallest waterfall, Dudhsagar, is a top draw in August. The cascading waterfall comes down from a height of 1,020 feet, forming a pool downstream. You will hear a massive roar, thanks to the huge volume of water in the Mandovi River because of all the rain. August is the best time to visit Dudhsagar. In the summer, the water is just a trickle, but in the monsoon, it’s a spectacle not to be missed.

You have to trek to reach the falls. Swim at the pool. Stay overnight at one of the resorts, or you can visit Dudhsagar on a day trip as well. A Dudhsagar waterfall is located within the Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary and the Mollem National Park. The greenery will also be rich in August.

Remember to carry an umbrella or a raincoat for your Goa visit in August! Also take precautions against insect bites and water borne diseases. You need good walking shoes if you are planning to visit the Dudhsagar waterfalls.

Goa Festivals in August

Vasco Saptah – A seven-day celebration in Vasco where the residents worship Lord Damodar. There is a huge fair along the Swatantra Path with temporary stalls that sells food, clothes, trinkets, accessories and household items. The vendors come from all over the country. The entire city is decorated with flags and streamers and turns into a giant carnival for the entire week, sometimes going up to 15 days.

Krishna Janmashtami – Like other parts of the country, Gokulashtmi or Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated with breaking the “dahi handi” in Goa as well. People form a human pyramid. There is gymnastics, acrobatics and many seemingly impossible, death-defying acts.

Patolleanchem Feast – This is a celebration of Goan culture and also the independence of India. It is organized by the Socorro Socio-Art and Cultural Association. There are homemade Patolleos, performances by local artists, and a fare celebrating the rich culture of Goa.

Bonderam Festival – Held on the fourth Saturday every August, the feat of Bonderam is at the Divar Island. The locals, along with a brass band, parade from the Divar junction, announcing the beginning of the festival. The island comes to life as there are fancy dress competitions, traditional float parades, live band performances and much more. Bonderam is the most popular monsoon festival in Goa.

World Goa Day – World Goa Day is celebrated every year on the 20th of August. On this day, the Goans all over the world, and in Goa, come together to celebrate their rich culture. The celebrations revolve around the language, cuisine, traditions and music. It is spectacular.

Hotels in Goa in August

Hotel Fortune Acron Regina Candolim Goa

Hotel Fortune Acron Regina in Candolim

Many more Indians are coming to Goa in August, but there are very few foreigners. Overall, there are fewer visitors, which mean less demand for rooms. The hotels, resorts, guest houses and home stays are still offering good discounts. You can get a better price on arrival, but it’s still best to book before, especially if you are planning a Goa tour around August 15th, India’s Independence Day, and a holiday. There are many festivals this month, so there will be a higher demand for rooms so around those days.

Rent a Villa in Goa

You can get good discounts at Goa villas too in August. Often, the price is lower by 30% and sometimes even more, as compared to the peak season (December-January). But the actual price will depend on the villa location and the duration of your stay. Check each villa at our website to find its location, and the amenities, luxuries offered. We have hundreds of villas you can choose from.

Villa living is more comfortable and more private. The entire villa will be for you and your group. You don’t have to share it with anyone. Many of our villas are right on the beach or beside a river. There are private swimming pools with sun beds, manicured lawns, fruit and flower gardens, barbecue, and more.

Villas for rent in August:

Modern 3-bedroom villa in the residing complex in Anjuna. Swimming pool. From 12 500 Rs. per night.
Luxury 5-bedroom villa with its own private pool. The villa has its own access to the Candolim beach (100 meters). From 50 000 Rs. per night.
Comfortable private villa class «Luxury» with direct access to the beach. Choice for families who value privacy and 5* star service. From 40 000 Rs. per night.

* Price depends on arrival dates and duration of stay.

Because of the monsoon, Goa does not see a lot of foreign tourists during the month of August. However, Indian tourists find this “off-season” opportunity as the perfect time to explore the things Goa has to offer. Also, because of less number of tourists during the season, the price of everything is a lot lesser than it is during the peak season. From air tickets to accommodation, there are many offers and discounts you can avail to have the best time in Goa in the month of August.

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