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Goa in October

October is the beginning of the high season in Goa. The beach shacks are starting to open one after the other after the hiatus. Most of them close down at the end of summer and stay closed during the monsoon. There is little rain this time of the year. There are just a few quick and sharp bursts. But they are not very frequent. The Anjuna Flea Market is open and booming once again. The water sports activity has picked up too.

Visiting Goa in October is like going back to the old days, to the time when the first tourists began to arrive. So in October, you can see and feel the real Goa, like what it used to be. There were no charter flights back then, no train full of passengers, and no road packed with buses and cars taking people to the beaches. With so few people around, Goa was clean, green, the beaches were empty, and you had nature all around.

The high season won’t start before the middle of November. You can still get very good bargain prices because there are just a handful of tourists. October is also the mackerel season in Goa, so if you love seafood, come to Goa this time of the year. You will love it.


The average temperature in October ranges between 28.5°C and 32°C in the day, and after dark it is between 25°C and 29°C. In October, Goa receives 9 hours of sunshine every day on average, which is 2 hours more than September. The average sea temperature is around 30°C – nice and warm.

There is still a little bit of rain this month, though the monsoon is officially over. But the rain is never as intense as before. There can be a few quick, sharp bursts, but it will be over quickly, and you will once again have a bright sunny day. On an average year, it will rain for 6 days in October, and usually it is no more than 125mm. The probability of rainfall goes down significantly as you go deeper into the month. It is 44% at the start of the month, but by the end, it is just 14%.

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

The median cloud coverage also drops significantly as the month progresses. It is 55% at the beginning, but by the last week, the cloud coverage is down to 24%. October 31st is the clearest day of the month.

The humidity ranges between 38%, which is comfortable, and 93%, which is humid. It never becomes too humid in October and rarely falls below 25%, which is dry. The air is usually driest in the last week of the month.

Pros and Cons of Visiting Goa in October

Pros Cons

Beach Shacks Are Opening – Most beach shacks in Goa close down sometime in the summer and stay closed during the monsoon months. Only the permanent structures stay open throughout. The shacks are opening once again in October, expecting the tourist numbers to pick up.

Rain In The Air – There is still a little bit of rain, though it is less than September. In an average year, it rains 6 days in October. Often, it comes down in sudden and sharp spells. You can get caught up in the rain unless you are prepared.

Water Sports – Water sports is off too in the monsoon months. But in October, they too start to open. So you can once again enjoy the speed boat rides, banana boats, parasailing, water skiing and the others.

Not Fully Operational – Not everything is up and running yet. The South is still virtually empty. So you have to check first before planning the activity. There is likely to be very few loungers in the shacks.

Low Prices – You will get great prices in Goa in October. The high season starts only after the middle of November, and so there are fewer people this time of the year. Rooms, restaurants, bars, shacks, water sports, shops… everything will be cheaper. Avail the bargain prices.

The Markets – Mackie’s Night Bazaar in Baga opens only in the middle of November. So that is out. The Anjuna Flea Market is open though. Most of the supermarkets are also open. Many street side stalls could however still be closed.

Fewer People – The beaches are mostly empty as most tourists visit Goa between November and February. Enjoy long walks and privacy. Enjoy the serenity and nature all around.

Swimming – October is generally safer for swimming in the beaches. But, many of the beaches only have lifeguards between November-February. First check at your villa before going to the sea.

Seafood – There is a good supply of mackerel in this month. You can also have red snapper, pomfret, shark and others. Seafood lovers will love Goa in October.

Temperature – The average high and low in October is higher than September. So Goa will be slightly hotter this month.

Top 6 Things To Do In Goa In October

October is a busy month in Goa. Things are hotting up. There is a lot to do here.

  1. Water Sports Fun – Most water sports activities are up and running again after the monsoon break. You can ride on a banana boat or speed boat. Feeling adventurous? Try parasailing or white water rafting. Or go on a kayaking trip on the Mhadei River if you prefer something less active. There is water skiing, wakeboarding, and even snorkeling and scuba diving too at Grande Island. You may also try deep sea fishing in Goa if you want.
  2. Overnight Houseboat Cruise – Yes, Goa is not Kerala, but here too, you can go on amazing overnight houseboat cruises for a fantastic experience. Cruise on the Chapora River with authentic Goan dinner on board. On the backwaters you will see plenty of birds and lush greenery. Try line fishing. See an amazing sunset.
  3. Cycling Expedition – The streets and country roads are not wet anymore, so you can go on a cycling expedition. You may visit the hotspots of Goa or go to the interior to see the villages and learn about authentic Goan lifestyles.
  4. Try the Seafood – Enjoy seafood in Goa in October. Choose from mackerel, red snapper, pomfret, shark, kalamari, and more. You will find seafood at the many restaurants and beach shacks cooked in Goan, continental, Konkani, and other Indian styles.
  5. The Western Ghats – Trekking is much safer now as there is little rain. Trek through the forests, hills and valleys of the Western Ghats. Visit the Dudhsagar falls, Tambdi Surla waterfall, and the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. Enjoy overnight camping with songs and barbecue.
  6. The Beaches – The beaches are cleaner as there are fewer people. Hold the hand of your partner and go on long walks. You will have even more privacy in the South. After the rains, there is lush greenery everywhere.

Goa Festivals in October

Gandhi Jayanti – Birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation, on October 2 nd. Programs held throughout Goa marking his birthday and India’s freedom movement.

Vintage Bike and Car festival – Held on October 1 st at the INOX Courtyard. More than 50 vintage vehicles, both cars and bikes are driven. Two and four wheelers from Austin, Morris, Chevrolet, Mercedes, Cadillac, Ford, Volkswagen, BMW, Norton and BSA from 1933 to 1970 are on display. The event is organized by Goa Tourism.

Oktoberfest – The 3-day event is held at the Baga Grounds between October 26 th and 28 th. There is music, dancing, international DJs, parties, food, and drinking. It is a lot of fun. Let go and enjoy the show.

Goa October Checklist – There is little rain in October. But you should still carry the umbrella for those sudden, sharp showers. Get a good shoe if you plan to do trekking, and comfortable slippers for those long walks on the beach. Carry your sunscreen because the sun is out once again. The monsoon clouds are gone now.

Accommodation in October

Goa Tourism has been trying to extend the holiday season for some time with some success. As a result, there are more tourists now in months such as October, which is just before the peak season starts. But the number of tourists is still much less than the November-February period.

Choose a villa in North Goa if you want to stay close to the action and most of the sightseeing attractions. Choose villa in South Goa if you want to relax and prefer more privacy.

Villas for rent in October:

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.


So there is a very good chance that you will get booking at the top villas and properties in October for your stay. At other times, you will have to first look at the availability status. And not just that, you can expect to get a good discount as well. The prices may be as much as 30% lower, and sometimes even more. You will get good bargain deals at the restaurants, shops, restaurants, bars and the newly opened beach shacks.


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