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Goa in January

Start the New Year with a bang! What better way to start the year than spending a few splendid days at your own private villa in Goa. January and December, together, is the best time of the year to visit the state. You will get a hefty dose of winter sun, nice and pleasant weather, lots of parties you can attend, music, dancing, great food and drinks, amazing beaches, and plenty to see including a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Goa in January is costlier than the other months. It will certainly set you back more than the summer or the monsoon. But that’s a small price to pay for a visit to one of the best beach resort destinations in Asia. That is why, every year, more and more tourists from the world over are visiting Goa. And most of them make it between December and February. Goa presents the best of everything during the winter season.

Goa Weather in January

Usually, January is the coldest month of the year. The average temperature is around 25.5°C in the beginning, and it goes down by a little bit as the month progresses. The average daytime high is 31°C, while after dark it drops to around 20°C. By the month end, the daytime average is down to 30°C, and the night time average is 19°C. The early part of the month is the mildest, but it never gets too cold in Goa. It rarely goes above 33°C or falls below 16°C in January.

January is also the driest month. Goa receives just 0.2mm rainfall in an average year in January. It may rain for just 1 day this month, which is the same as December. But the December average rainfall is 17mm. The probability of rain ranges between 1.6% at the beginning and 1.2% by the last week. Even when it rains, it is usually just a drizzle.

Goa gets an average 11 hours of sunshine daily this month, which is an hour more than December. The sea temperature is around 27°C, which is very pleasant. The median cloud coverage is also low. It is 6% in the first few days of the month, and goes down to just 4% by the end of January. You don’t have to carry an umbrella this 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

With a lot of sunshine, no clouds, and a pleasant sea, you can surely spend a lot of time in the beach and water. But the sun can still beat down strong between 11 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon.

The humidity is between 34%, which is comfortable and 85%, which is very humid. It rarely goes below 24% or reaches the high of 100%. Historically, the air has been the driest around January 29 th, while it is the most humid around January 5 th.

Pros and Cons of Visiting Goa in January

Pros Cons

The Weather – January is the coldest month of the year in Goa. But it never gets too cold, even after dark. It is always pleasant. January is also the driest month of the year. It rains just 1 day in the month and a mere 0.2mm. Even when it rains, it will be just a light drizzle at the most.

Prices – Expect to pay a lot more in January for everything as this is the peak season in Goa. Accommodation, restaurants, bars, pubs, night clubs, car/bike rentals, water sports and everything else will cost more.

Beach & the Water – With a mild sun and pleasant water temperature, you can spend long hours at the beach and the Arabian Sea. Play beach soccer/volleyball, or just relax in a lounger. In fact, many spend the entire day in the beach. Get a drink or snacks. Go for a swim in the sea. Just make sure to get shade between 11 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon.

Crowded – Expect a lot more tourists in January, both Indians and foreigner. There are charter flights from many countries that bring a lot of foreign tourists. The streets and the beaches may thus be crowded and dirty, though they try to keep them clean. There is little privacy too. South Goa is more serene and quiet, though, as there are fewer people here.

Water Sports – There are plenty of water sports activities throughout Goa at the beaches, backwaters and rivers. Choose from speed boats, banana boats, parasailing, kayaking, water skiing, wakeboarding, white water rafting, cruises, snorkeling, scuba diving, and more.

Long Queues – The restaurants, bars, and pubs will have long queues, particularly close to the dinner time. So you will have to wait. In fact, the waiting time can be as long as 30 to 40 minutes in many of the popular places. The waiting can be even longer on weekends.

Festivals and Events – There are many of them in January, like the Zatrotsav of Shantadurga, Flower Chariot, Procession of the Deity on Ambari, Feast of Three Kings, Tattoo Festival, Kite Festival, and the Tribal Festival. Plus, there are public and private parties at the beach shacks, bars, and night clubs.

Noisy – With a lot more people in January, Goa can become noisy, particularly the busy streets and beaches of the North. Kids running around, families having a good time, and the sound and smoke coming from those speed boats. But there are plenty of beaches that are not as busy. You can still find a cozy corner.

Top 7 Things To Do In Goa In January

Spend a Lot of Time on the Beach – The Goa beaches are always the main attraction. Spend a large portion of your day in the beach in January, when there is no rain and the weather is mild. Choose one to your liking – the busy and happening Baga, Candolim, Calangute or Colva, or the more serene and empty Vagator, Palolem, Benaulim, or Cavelossim. There are many others you can choose from. Each beach has its own attractions.

Water Sports – Another major attraction of Goa. Try those speed boat or banana boat rides on the Arabian Sea. There is water skiing, wakeboarding and parasailing as well. Go on a backwater cruise or kayaking trip to see a lot of birds and bats. There are dolphin watching and deep sea fishing trips as well. Just off the coast of Grande Island, you can do snorkeling, and scuba diving.

The Sea – The average sea temperature in January is 27°C. It is mild and perfect for swimming. The waves are not as high as the monsoon. Most of the beaches in Goa are safe for swimming, but some of them have rocks and riptides. Check at your villa or with the coast guards before venturing into the water.

Party and Fun – The party season is still on. Head to Baga, Candolim and Calangute for the wildest parties. There are parties at Anjuna, Vagator and other beaches too. Try the shacks or the nightclubs. Many parties start late in the night and go on till the early hours of the morning.

The Greens – There is the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary on the Charao Island, which is a must-visit for ornithologists and nature lovers. You will see a lot of migratory birds in January. There is also the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary. You may also visit the spectacular Dudhsagar Waterfalls. Another option is to go on a trekking expedition to the Western Ghats.

History and Culture – Visit Old Goa and see the Latin Quarter. Don’t miss the UNESCO World Heritage Site Basilica de Bom Jesus, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, Se Cathedral, Church of St Cajetan, and the St. Francis of Assisi Church.

The Markets – Your Goa visit isn’t complete unless you have gone to the Arpora Saturday Night Market, the flea market at Anjuna, and Mackie’s Night Bazaar in Baga. Enjoy the shows, try authentic Goanese food, and buy your souvenirs here.

Goa Festivals in January

Goa Tribal Festival – The Goa government organizes this to preserve the tribal culture of the state. See many tribal communities showcasing their traditions. You can see unique tribal clothing, handicrafts and try local delicacies. It is held at Quepem, close to Margao, on January 7 th and 8 th.

Tattoo Festival – The international tattoo festival is held at Anjuna between January 13 th and 15 th. Both international and local tattoo artists attend this event. There is live entertainment, tattoo displays, stalls, and art galleries.

Sunsplash – India’s biggest reggae festival, Sunsplash, is held at Anjuna Beach on January 14 th and 15 th. Reggae artists from around the world participate in this event. There are handcrafted Jamaican style sound systems. Events are held till 10 PM at the outdoor stage on the Anjuna Beach. The party moves to indoor dancehalls after 10 PM.

Zatrotsav of Shantadurga – Shree Shantadurga is one of the most famous zatras, which are annual festivals at Hindu temples. It is held at the temple of Kuncoliencarin in Fatorpa near Betul Beach in South Goa. Devotees from all over Goa come for this 6-day festival. There are chariot processions and fairs.

Accommodation in January

January is in the middle of the peak season in Goa, so everything is going to cost more. This includes the villas, resorts, apartments, restaurants, bars, things you can buy at the street side stalls, and water sports activities. Even budget properties will charge more.

Book your villa early because there is great demand for the best accommodations in January. Many of the villas you will find in our website are waterfront properties. Some of them are an easy walk from the sea, while others are located in a quiet street in green neighborhoods. Stay in North Goa if you want to be close to the nightclubs, parties, and beach activities. The South has them too, but it is more serene, quiet. The beaches are cleaner. You will have more privacy in the South because there are fewer people.

Villas for rent in January:

Luxury 3-bedroom villa with its own private pool. The villa has its own access to the Candolim beach (200 meters).

From 18 000 Rs. per night.

European style 3-bedroom villa in gated residential complex. Swimming pool. Cavelossim beach — 400 meters.

17 000 - 25 000 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.

Check out each villa. Look at their pictures and read the descriptions. Many villas are modern properties, while others are old Portuguese structures that have been restored and modernized. In the villas, you will find large comfortable beds, antique furniture, objects of art, modern bathrooms with separate showers, air conditioning, large screen television with cable, fully equipped kitchen, DVD player, coffee machines, juicers, housekeeping, maid service, security, parking, barbecue, a private swimming pool with loungers, garden, and much more.

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