Goa in June
Although June is known as the wet season in Goa, there are still many advantages to visiting during this lush, green time of year.
Most visitors come to Goa during the dry and sunny months between October and March, but what is it like to visit during the monsoon season? The important point (which many visitors don’t understand) is that it does not rain 24 hours per day. Usually the rains will fall for 1-2 hours of the day, leaving you plenty of time to sightsee and explore.
Read on to find out more about visiting Goa in June, including information about the weather, festivals, things to do and more.
Festivals and Events in Goa in June
What celebrations, conferences, festivals and events will be taking place during your stay? Here are a few of the main events and festivals to look forward to in Goa in June.
|Sao Joao Feast of St. John the Baptist||June 24th||This traditional festival involves men jumping into wells to recover bottles of Feni, a local alcohol. The celebrations also include boat races, dances and traditional music. It is a fertility festival and it is full of happiness and joy.|
|CUIndia: The StartUp Nation||June 1, 2017||This exciting event is all about the startup scene and co-working movement and it features a very interesting program of workshops for creatives, entrepreneurs and freelancers.|
|Beach Side Party||June 12, 2017||Head to Calangute Beach in North Goa for this exciting festival featuring live music and entertainment.|
|Feast of Saint Peter and Paul||June 29||During this traditional monsoon celebration, the local people of Gia will sail up and down the river on rafts while performing songs and plays.|
What to Expect from the Weather in June
May is the hottest month of the year in Goa and June is when things start to cool down and the rains start rolling in. The beginning of June is warmer and drier than the end, so it might be the ideal time to go. However, if you don’t mind a little bit more rain you will find cheaper deals at the end of the month. The rainy season is one of the most popular times of the year for visitors from the UAE but you won’t see many tourists from the European Union as there are no charter flights from Europe at this time of year.
The monsoon breaks in Goa around the 1st week of June. During the beginning of June you can expect days of heavy rain followed by days of hot weather. In mid June the monsoons will be fully set in. You can expect the temperature to be around 36-38 degrees Celsius. The humidity will be high, but the rain will bring down the temperature so you will be more comfortable. At the beginning of the month the temperature will be around 33 degrees Celsius during the daytime and 28 degrees Celsius during the night. Later in the month the daytime high will be around 30 and the nighttime temperature will be around 26 degrees.
Most days will be a mixture of clouds, rain storms and sunny patches. When the storms come, they will usually only last about a half an hour or so and they will be quite refreshing.
There is something magical about visiting Goa during the rainy season. The locals are taking a break from the busy tourist season, so you will have more of a chance to get to know them. You can take a ride around the countryside during this time, watching the locals going about their daily lives. All of the fruit, fish and vegetable markets, such as Calangute and Mapusa, will be open. Most of the restaurants and clubs in the Baga-Calangute Area are open 365 days of the year (although Cavelossim, Mandrem-Arambol and Morjim are closed during the rainy season).
The rain can be quite beautiful and relaxing. You can sit on your balcony and sip a cup of coffee while reading a good book and listening to the rain fall on the roof. The storms can be quite dramatic and spectacular to watch.
Pros and Cons to Visiting in June
What to Do in Goa in June
Are you getting ready to plan your trip already? Here are some ideas for what you can do on your trip to Goa in June:
Located in Mollem National Park, these stunning falls are even more spectacular in June when the waters are in full flow. The rushing water appears milky white as it cascades down from a 301 metre height. There are four trekking routes that you can take around the falls and if you need to rest, there are two abandoned shelters for trekkers to stop in. Make sure that you bring plenty of drinking water — there is none available on the way.
This is one of the most beautiful and popular beaches in Goa. It’s fine white sand and dark lava rocks make it visually stunning. The sheer size of the beach means that you will always have plenty of room to spread out your towel and relax on the sand. Along the beach you will find shady palm trees, beach shacks and restaurants.
The old Latin Quarter of Panaji, this town is remarkable for it’s historic Portuguese-inspired architecture. Take a stroll through the streets and admire the colourful buildings and ornate balconies. Make sure that you check out the impression of Chapel of St. Sebastian, constructed in 1880.
This is another gorgeous beach in Goa, located in between Fort Aguada and Calangute Beach. It is calm and peaceful, the perfect setting for relaxing in the sunshine. Alongside the beach there are sand dunes with small bushes where you will find local beach shack restaurants selling fresh seafood. Check the flags by the safe-swimming area before you go in the water, they indicate the roughness of the sea.
Goa is home to many wildlife sanctuaries and they are great places to visit during the monsoon season. The reserves are lusher and greener at this time of year. Some of the best wildlife sanctuaries to visit on your trip to Goa include Cotiago National Park, Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Mollem National Park and the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary.
Savoi Spice Plantations
Have you ever wondered how spices are grown and produced? You can visit the Savoi spice plantation and learn about where your favourite spices come from. Washed by the monsoon rains, these forests are serene and fragrant. You can reach them via a relaxing and scenic drive through the tropical forests and valleys.
What else can you in Goa in June?
The beach holiday is a better variant for seasons when heavy rains are changed to sunny days. The sandy beaches during this season are deserted and empty, clean and perfect for long walks on the background of roaring ocean or for quiet holiday somewhere in an ivy bush. Swimming and water sports are not practiced during this period of the year.
Goa in June is a quiet safe place for those who are looking for a break from the concrete jungles and urban vanity. The beauty of the nature captivates and soothes. You can spend your time sitting on a terrace, yielding to laziness and enjoying the rainy day alone or in the group of significant others. Or you can take a gourmet tour around the restaurants or visit some spice plantations where you’ll be offered to try dishes from the local exotic cuisine.
Many nerds of Eastern and Asian medicine, Ayurveda, yoga and meditations prefer to spend their holidays in Goa during the monsoon season because of the quietness and thinly populated places. For the same reason the newly married couples choose Goa in June for wedding ceremonies and honeymoons.
June in Goa offers the tourists a great variety of options for active tourism: you can visit different nature reserves, numerous places of interesting and sightseeing attractions, try rafting on the river Mandovi, take excursions to waterfalls or participate in festivals.
Some of the most beautiful Catholic festivals and holidays are held in Goa during June: St. Anthony’s Day when the faithful lower the figure of the Saint into the well waiting for the rains to fill their water reserves; Sao Joao Day/St. John’s Day when the peasants organize a jolly holiday and jump into the wells; Saints Peter and Paul Day – the fishermen holiday during which fishermen tie their boats together and organize theatrical performances with songs and dances on them.
Accommodation in June
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 June 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 June:
* Price depends on arrival dates and duration of stay.
Prices in June
In June, as well as during the whole monsoon season, the prices for accommodation units, tourism services, airline tickets and transportation are usually lower than in the peak season.