Goa in May
May is one of the hottest months in Goa. During this period, the day stays on hot and stuffy from the morning due to the scorching rays of the sun and the high humidity. Day length increases to a maximum of 13 hours, the sun shines 9 of them. Day temperature varies in a very narrow range — 29 ° C to 33 ° C, but at night the thermometer does not fall below 27 ° C and the humidity decreases. Rain is rare, usually at the end of the month, an average of 3 days, and rainfall — 11 mm.
Many believe that for shore diving and sailing the sea in May is nicer than at any other time of year. The sea water temperature at this time of year is constantly around 30 ° C, but especially towards the end of the month the storm intensifies and waves can sometimes be very strong. May and June give the most suitable conditions for experienced surfers in Goa.
In general, however, you need to start a beach holiday with the greatest caution. The sand is sometimes so hot in the sun that it can literally burn your feet. Ultraviolet radiation reaches its maximum heat and can be very tiring. Optimal solution is to go to the beach for an hour and a half in the early morning and in the evening just before sunset, and the rest of the time it is to be prefered to relax in the shades on the terrace of a restaurant, at poolside or indoors with the air-conditioner. Travel by day is also not recommended or one is to take a car with air conditioning, and for excursions it is wise to choose routes in forests, mountains and areas with large rivers and lakes. Mhadei river and the Reservoir Selaulim Dam begin to turn into an attractive place for water sports.
In May, the Goa beach time is almost coming to an end as it is the beginning of the monsoon season. Many retail shops and the Shakis at the beaches are closed — prices, services and products are gradually decreasing. The level and amount of operating the tourist infrastructure, however, is quite acceptable. In most clubs and restaurants, and in some other places you can almost feel the decrease of tourist flow.
Do not forget that from a culinary point of view, Goa is always a tempting destination. In the local restaurants and cafes you will always get tasty and fresh food, exotic drinks or cooked dishes, according to your requirements.
In addition, in mid May the Beach Bonanza Festival is usually performed on the beach, with its numerous food stalls, hosting parties and other recreational activities.
Another interesting event in May in Goa — Festival Igitum Chalna (Igitun Chalne), which is held around the 12th of the month in the Temple Shirigao near Bicholima. This is one of the most popular Hindu festivals, showing the art of fire walking.