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Goa in August

Goa is incredible all through the year, however, August is considered as one of the wet months of the year. Since, it is the last month of the monsoon season, the intensity and frequency of the showers starts decreasing and it rains only for a few hours a day. This leaves travelers with a lot of time to explore various parts of the city and sightsee.

August is a very suitable time to visit Goa and enjoy the picturesque beauty, lush green parks, and fresh air. The beaches are relatively emptier with cold wind making it ideal for people to enjoy long strolls, bare-feet on the white sands along the waters.

Many young tourists looking for some silent time, away from their jobs and city hustles visit Goa at this time of the year. The silence, tranquility, affordable luxurious accommodation and staying close to the waters with lesser crowds are more than enough reasons to visit Goa in August.



Weather

Like every other coastal region, Goa receives a plenty of downpour during the month of August. The month starts with heavy showers that gradually reduce as you approach the end of the month. Goa provides the best of both worlds during the month of August. The days are hot and humid, while the nights are cold and pleasant. To view scenic beauty, August is an ideal time to visit Goa as you can witness bright Sun hiding behind the clouds and again pouring it’s warmth on you all through the day.

If we go according to the records, the temperature in August averages between 24°C and 29°C, with the sea temperature at an almost constant 28°C. Goa receives rainfall for almost 15 days in August, with the level reaching around 365mm. Even though the temperature is just right to enjoy water activities, towards the monsoon end, the sea is rough and unpredictable.

According to statistics, the average of rainfall in Goa in August is about 17 rainy days, with rainfall of 365 mm. An average day lasts 13 hours, with an average of 4 hours of sun. The air temperature ranges from 24°C to 29°C; the average temperature of the seawater is around 28°C. In August, the humidity is definitely very high with an UV index reaching a maximum level of 11 +.

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

Tourism

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.

Accomodation

As monsoon is the off-season, a lot of hotels and resorts remain closed during the month of August. And, the ones that are open, and there are many, offer heavy discounts on the luxury rooms and services. All the popular beaches and spots of Goa, including Baga, Calangute, Candolim and Panjim in the North and Colva and Benaulim in South Goa, all have decent places to live, available at much affordable rates.

If you wish to be a part of the crowd and party at the coolest places, hotels and resorts in Baga, Calangute are the best bets. If you are looking for something quieter and cozy, and want to enjoy silent walks by the beach, Candolim and Cavelossim are the places to hit.

For accommodation it is recommended to choose a good housing with air conditioning, hot water and opportunity to organize meal yourself as the tourist infrastructure on the beaches during this period of the year is almost absent. The most comfortable areas for beach holiday in August are Baga and Candolim in the north, and Colva and Cavelossim in the south where you can find plenty of shops, restaurants with Indian and European cuisines, tourist complexes with all required services, ayurveda clinics, banks and other necessary things you may need during your vocations.

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.

Best things to do

There is no time of the year when Goa becomes a ghost-town, and August is no different. Check out the following activities to be done in August:

Things to do How to do
Dudhsagar Falls Trip During the monsoon, Dudhsagar is at its prime. Situated at the border between Goa and Karnataka, it is one of the largest waterfalls in India. Take the road or a train to the Kulem railway station and a small trek can take you to the base of the falls. The mighty waterfalls create white spray and foam while cascading down, giving it its name Dudhsagar, which literally is translated to ‘Sea of Milk’’.
Spice Plantation Tour This is a great way of enjoying monsoon in Goa as you visit the spice plantations and take in all the beauty these lovely farms represent. The locals are hospitable and take you on a tour of the farm, explaining the importance of each spice and herb planted there. If you are willing, you can take a ride on an elephant and even feed and bathe them. Surely, a lifetime experience!
Fontainhas Visit Fontainhas is an old town in Panaji that was inhabited by the Portuguese. Walk through the streets of the town and witness the colourful buildings and ornate balconies.
Wildlife Sanctuary Tour Situated close to the sea, Goa serves as a home for immense flora and fauna and houses many wildlife sanctuaries. It is best to visit these sanctuaries during the monsoon end as the plants are just blooming, it gets greener and prettier all over. Some of the sanctuaries you can visit are Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary, Cotiago National Park, Mollem National Park, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, and Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary.
Scooter ride Available between Rs 175 and Rs 250, riding a scooter with your friend or loved one will make your day truly enjoyable. Let the cool wind blow through your hair as you ride the scooter through the streets of Goa.
Waterfalls Trek Get to know more about the history and heritage by trekking through the abundant green thickets and small streams, reaching the waterfalls in 3 hours time from the start point. You can even indulge in the waterfall bath to invigorate yourself or simply admire the beauty by observing it from the distance.

Things to avoid in Goa in August

Because of the harsh waters during the end of monsoon season, it is advisable to avoid any water sports/activities. Although there are a lot of beaches with lifeguards standing at sites, you will still want to avoid going for a swim in the sea. There are always some individuals offering boat rides or other water sports during this time and it is best to avoid going for such activities because of rough waters.

Trekking is again a big no, if you are not carrying appropriate trekking equipment. Because of rains, the rocks are wet, the insects are out and you can easily put yourself into a risky situation, or at least get bitten by a poisonous insect. It is anyway advisable to hire a guide if you want to go trekking, monsoon or no monsoon.

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

Also, if you have a sensitive stomach, you might want to lay off the street food as it is easy to catch any water borne diseases through food.

Festivals

For those traveling to Goa for entertainment it offers pleasant surprises. Every year the August events, marking the end of the monsoon period and the beginning of the season in Goa, is becoming more and more diverse.

Holidays in Goa in August: Independence Day on August 15th and Krishna Janmashtami on August 14. Various areas of the state are under the sign of the festival events of World Goa Day. On the fourth Saturday of August on the island of Divar — the famous Bonderam Festival, a colorful and bright party, recreates Goan peasants struggle against the Portuguese. On the last days of August is the festival of St. Lawrence, which marks the end of the rainy season.

Festival Name Date Description
Vasco Saptah August 21st A seven-day celebration in the town of Vasco. This festival is exclusive for Goa and involves worshiping of Lord Damodar. A huge fair is set up along the Swatantra Path with temporary stalls selling food, clothes, trinkets, accessories and household items 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 upto 15 days.
Krishna Janmashtami August 14th Like other parts of the country, Gokulashtmi in Goa is also celebrated with breaking the “dahi handi” by groups of people forming a human pyramid. Spectators are also treated with display of gymnastics, acrobatics and many awe-inspiring, death-defying acts without using any safety.
Patolleanchem Feast August 15th Celebrating all different aspects of the Goan culture, and the independence of India, the Patolleanchem Feast is a fest organized by Socorro Socio-Art and Cultural Association. Visitors are treated with homemade Patolleos, performance by local artists, and a fare celebrating the rich culture of Goa.
Bonderam Festival August 26th Celebrated on the fourth Saturday every August, the feat of Bonderam takes place on the Divar Island. During this festival, the locals, along with a brass band, parade from the Divar junction to declare the commencement of the festival. The island comes to life during this event, as there are fancy dress competitions, traditional float parade, live band performances and much more to keep you amused all through the day and night. Bonderam is the most popular monsoon festival in Goa and attracts visitors in huge number from Goa and across the world.
World Goa Day August 20th 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 – a great way of leaving the hustle and bustle of your busy lives behind and become a part of something spectacular!

Pros and Cons to Visiting in August

August in Goa is a suitable period for holiday lovers in the lush and fresh atmosphere of picturesque greenery. Its wide beaches are empty, and inept swimmers are not recommended to go for a swim and do water sports, as it is too dangerous to deal with. For this reason, sports and leisure facilities on the beaches are not available. As in all months of the rainy season, we can rely only on a permanent tourist infrastructure. Among the relative inconvenience of the rain, you can though expect a small selection of airlines. And there are low prices on air tickets to Goa and special Monsoon discounts on accommodation and food, even in the most luxurious places.

Not only for this reason, prefer many young families from Europe with young children to go to Goa just in August. They are attracted by the tranquility, silence, a wide selection of suitable housing, the opportunity to combine a beach holiday with the child and at the same time with the regime to leisurely see the sights of the country.

Pros

  • Cheap accommodation
  • Cheap deals on travel packages
  • Lesser crowds
  • Cheaper goods from the market
  • Beautiful, picturesque scenery
  • Tranquility, silence

Cons

  • Some restaurants might be closed
  • No water sports
  • Occasional water clogging/floods/landslides
  • Risk of water borne diseases

Traffic

In the rainy season there are possible road closures due to floods and landslides, so it is advisable to know the short-term and long-term forecast in advance, to collect information on road conditions and carefully plan your routes to and in Goa.

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