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Goa in November

What is the best time of the year to visit Goa? It could very well be November. It is the beginning of the tourist season so there is a lot of excitement all around, but the peak season is still away, not until the end of the month at least. This means, you can still get good deals in Goa and save money. Most of the attractions and activities are open though – the beachfront stalls, street side stalls, restaurants, bars, and the beach shacks. The nightclubs are fully functioning as well. The beaches, streets, and nightclubs are not as crowded as they would be in December and January, particularly in the North.

Rarely will you find a better time to visit Goa. The prices are still lower than the peak season, and there are water sports and all the other activities. Save money and get the best of everything. The weather is perfect too. Very little rain, if any! Not too hot.

Goa Weather in November

The temperature begins to cool down in November, but the month is still hotter than January or February. Both the average high and low falls this month. The average temperature is around 29°C at the start of November, with highs of 34°C in the daytime. The lows are around 24°C after dark. However, the month is generally slightly hotter than October on an average year.

There is about 31mm rainfall this month, spread out over 3 days on an average, which is considerably less than the previous month’s rain of 125mm. In October, it rains for around 6 days. The chance of rain goes down by a great deal at the later part of the month. It is 13% in early November, but just 3% at the end of the month. So the last week is the best time if you want to avoid the rain. But the prices are likely to higher then. In the 3 days of the month, there is a 42% chance of a thunderstorm, 22% of light rain, 20% of drizzle, and a 15% chance that there could be moderate rain.

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

On an average there is 9 hours of sunshine everyday in November, which is the same as October. The average sea temperature is around 29°C, making it 1°C cooler than October. The water is very pleasant and good for swimming. Spend time at the beach and the water, but make sure to avoid direct sunlight, particularly between 11 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon, when the sun is the strongest.

The cloud coverage drops as the month progresses. It is 24% at the start of the month, but goes down to just 11% by the end of November. The last week will generally have the clearest sky on most years unless there is a sudden depression.

The humidity in November is between 35%, which is comfortable and 84%, which is humid. It rarely goes down below 25% (dry), or reaches 100%, which is very humid. The air is usually driest in the last month when the humidity is below 40% on most days. Historically, the most humid day of the month has been around November 6 th, when it is higher than 76%.

Pros and Cons of Visiting Goa in November

Pros Cons

Beach Shacks – Almost all the beach shacks are up and running once again. They are open in both North and South Goa. So you have plenty of options to choose from. The restaurants and bars in Goa are open as well. South Goa is not that empty anymore.

Prices – The holiday season begins in the middle of November. Prices of almost everything have gone up compared to the monsoon months. Having said this, restaurants, bars and even the villas will still cost less than December and January, which is the peak season.

Water Sports – Water sports takes a break in the monsoon and starts again in October, but only in a small scale. It is only in November that you will get everything on offer – speed boats, banana boats, wakeboarding, water skiing, bumper rides, parasailing, and more.

Many More Tourists – The beaches and streets are beginning to get packed. So you are likely to see a lot more people. Head to the South if you prefer fewer people or want more privacy, or visit Goa during the monsoon or summer when the number of tourists are less.

Other Activities – The other activities are operation too. This includes snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, deep sea fishing, and even yachting or cruising.

Beaches – With many more people around, both Indians and foreigners, the beaches are likely to be less clean than the summer or the monsoon months.

Events & Festivals – The most popular markets, the flea market at Anjuna and night market in Arpora are open. There is also the Goa International Jazz festival and the International Film Festival this month. Besides, there are many trance parties.

Long Waiting Time – You will probably have to stand in queue at the most popular restaurants and tourist destinations, more so during the weekends as there are many more tourists visiting them.

Top 5 Things To Do In Goa In November

  1. Water Sports – There is a lot of water sports activity this month to choose from. You can ride a speed boat, banana boat or do wakeboarding. Those who are more adventurous should try parasailing, and white water rafting. There is kayaking, cruising, snorkeling, scuba diving, and deep sea fishing too.
  2. Biking – Hire a bike or scooter to visit the many beaches. In fact, this is the best way to travel in Goa. You can also visit the interiors, the villages, and the wildlife sanctuaries, and even go on a trip to Hampi.
  3. The Parties – There are a lot of parties in November. The discos, bars, pubs, nightclubs, and even the many beach shacks get busy after dark. There are dance floors, international and Indian DJs and special nights.
  4. The Beaches – The weather is nice, so it’s a good time of the year to travel. Hire a bike or car and visit many beaches. Spend a day in the North, and a second day in the South. In North Goa, you can visit the beaches of Candolim, Calangute, Baga, Anjuna, and Vagator. In the South, go to Colva, Benaulim, Cavelossim, and Palolem. Of course, there are many other great beaches as well.
  5. Old Quarter, Sightseeing – Visit the old Latin quarter and the most popular sightseeing spots… 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.

Goa Festivals in November

Diwali – The festival of lights is held this month. But the dates are different each year. People celebrate Diwali all over India with firecrackers.

IFFI International Film Festival - India’s equivalent of the Canne Film Festival. Actors and film makers from around the world are in Goa for this event. It is held at Panaji between 20 th and 28 th November.

Goa International Jazz Festival – This international jazz festival is held at the Stone Water Eco Resort in Santarem Beach, close to Vasco da Gama. Many bands from more than 10 countries participate in this 3-day event that is held between November 27 th and 29 th. It’s a fun and party event that promised a lot.

Accommodation in November

November is the start of the peak season in Goa. So the prices are higher than the summer and the monsoon. But you can still get a discount at some luxury villas and apartments if you make it in the first week of the month. There are some fantastic properties to choose from, both in the North and the South.

The villas offer complete privacy and all the modern amenities you want. There are 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.

Many of the villas are beachfront villas or just a few meters from the sea, while others are located in a nice and cozy green corner, in a secluded area. The villas are close to restaurants, bars, pubs, beach shacks, banks, ATMs, shops, supermarkets, tattoo parlors, massage and yoga centers. Most of all, you will receive the personal attention, which is often missing in hotels.

North Goa is good for those who want to party and want an active vacation. South Goa has more nature. Choose the South if you want to relax and enjoy nature.

Villas for rent in November:

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.

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