Goa in September

The Guide for Visiting Goa in September

September is a good time to visit Goa. There is still a little bit of rain, but it is less than the peak monsoon season, which means you can plan a day on the beach, enjoy your water sports, or do some sightseeing without worrying about a sudden shower or a thunderstorm. The dark grey clouds are gone too, replaced by bright sunny days. Goa receives 7 hours of sunshine daily in September. The average high temperature is 29.5°C, while the average low is 23.8°C, mild by Indian standards. On an average year, there are 14 wet days this month, but it is usually moderate rain or a light drizzle.

September is still the off-season, so there will be far fewer people than the peak season between December and February. As a result, almost everything will cost less. The beaches and streets will be cleaner. After the monsoon, Goa will also be the greenest this time of the year. Look cool with your sunglass and hat. As a precaution, pack your waterproof clothing before visiting.

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Infographic: Goa in September

Weather The monsoon is on its way out in September. As a result, the rain is not so frequent anymore. Goa receives 10 inches of rainfall this month, as opposed to 20 inches of August. There is just a 5% chance of heavy rain. The average high and low temperature is less than August. The humidity is also down, making September a more comfortable month overall.
Beach Enjoy the sun once again on the beach as it breaks through the cloud cover. The beach side palm trees are lush green after the rains. Fewer tourists than the monsoon, so you will get clean beaches. Enjoy your nature time.
Sea On some days, the sea can still be choppy, when it rains or when the wind picks up. But generally, September is safer. Check the weather before going into the water. Most beaches won’t have lifeguards this time of the year.
Parties September is not a party month in Goa. But Goa without partying is impossible. You are sure to find a few, at the permanent shacks and the nightclubs.
Water sports Most operators are still closed, as they go back to their villages. With little rains, cruising is an option. Cruise the rivers and see the greenery everywhere – much like the backwaters of Kerala. With water and greenery, you are sure to see a lot of birds, bats, fish, and if you are lucky, even dolphins.
Shacks The temporary shacks don’t open till the middle of October or November. The permanent shacks are open, though. North Goa is a more happening place in September.
Festivals Bonderam, World Tourism Day, Dussehra, Ganesh Chaturthi.
Prices Goa will be considerably cheaper till the end of September. Get more for your buck for villa rentals, food, drinks, and car/bike bookings. Even the shops are willing to offer good discounts.

Weather in September

It may rain a few days in September, particularly at the start of the month, but it is much less than the monsoon months of June, July, and August. In fact, on average, there is 252mm of rain throughout the month. Also, the rain is a lot less strong than the monsoon. On most days, you will find the sky bright and sunny, as opposed to the dark clouds of the monsoon. The weather in September turns drier as the month progresses, and by the end of September, there is almost no rain. You will get a good 7 hours of sunshine during the day, with rare spells of rain. This is 2 hours more than August.

Avg weather in September
7 Hrs per day
252 mm per month
83 % avg
6 Mph avg

The tides and riptides have gone down too, along with the rain, which means the sea is much safer for swimming. You can swim in the Arabian Sea in almost all the beaches of Goa. But remember, there are rocks in a few of them. So you have to be careful. Many Goa beaches have lifeguards. Check with them before venturing into the water. The sea temperature will be nice and pleasant. It is likely to be around 30 °C.

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 temperature ranges between 23 °C and 31 °C almost throughout the month, with the average around 27 °C. The nights will be slightly cooler, not by much. During the day you will still need the air conditioner. Open your windows and let the breeze come in from the sea after dark.

The precipitation starts off around 77% at the beginning of September and goes down to around 45% by the end of the month. That is a significant drop. Humidity in September will still be high, but less than the monsoon months. It ranges between 62%, which is mildly humid and 94%, very humid. However, it rarely goes above 90% or reaches below 50%. The air is driest around September 30th. Three days out of four this time of the month, the humidity will hover around 67%, so it is much more pleasant.

Pros and Cons of Visiting Goa in September

Pros Cons

Lower Prices – It is just after the monsoon and still the low season. So everything is cheaper – flight tickets, room prices, car/bike hires, restaurants, bars. In fact, many deals are available at 50% discounts than the peak season price.

Beach Shacks Are Closed – Most of the beach shacks are closed. Only the permanent structures are open. Most restaurants and a few shacks are open in the North. Little activity in South Goa.

Fewer People – South Goa beaches will be virtually empty. Fewer people in the beaches of the North as well. Very few foreigners. Only a few Indians. So you may even have the beach entirely to yourself. You can enjoy the nature and have your privacy. Take long walks on the beach.

Water Sports – There is very little water sports in September, as most operators start around the middle of October. However, you can go on a yacht/cruise ride, try kayaking and white water rafting on the Mhadei River. There are some wonderful rapids here. You can swim on the Arabian Sea too. It is safer.

Greener and Cleaner Goa – Everything is greener after the rains. It looks more lush and beautiful. The beaches and streets of Goa will be cleaner with fewer people around.

Few Beach Loungers – With only a handful shacks open, there will be few beach loungers. But you can still find one as there are few tourists as well.

No Long Queues or Waiting – In peak season, you may have to wait up to an hour to get a table in restaurants and bars. With fewer people in September, there are no queues and waiting.

The Markets – The Anjuna Flea Market is not open till the middle of September and that too in a small scale. So you cannot see it fully operational. The permanent shops and super markets are open.

Top 7 Things To Do In Goa In September

There is a lot to see and do in Goa in September.

  1. The Waterfalls – The waterfalls are roaring after the rains. They are full and at their most beautiful. Visit Dudhsagar, which is the most famous, passing through the lush Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. It offers one of the tallest cascades in India. Take a dip at the pool. Also visit the Todo Waterfalls, and the Arvalem Waterfalls, which is popularly referred to as the Harvalem Waterfalls.
  2. Trekking through the Western Ghats – This is for you if you love adventure. September is a good time for trekking. Navigate through rugged terrains and wilderness to get spectacular views of the hills, forests, the shoreline and the interiors of Goa. There are many grades of trek. Pick one that is right for you.
  3. Spice Plantation with Elephant Ride – September is a good month for a visit to the spice plantations. Take a guided tour. Learn to identify the plants, herbs, fruits, exotic flowers, and orchids. Ride on an elephant after the tour. You can also feed and even bathe these gentle giants. At the end, you can buy hand-made spices and other herbal products if you want.
  4. Bike Tour to Hampi – A tropical adventure of a lifetime. Experienced road captains lead you on this six-day tour. There is a bike mechanic for your support. Safari through the Dandeli National Park, visit the temples.
  5. Yoga Classes – There are many retreats that offer yoga and meditation classes. You can also join a cooking class.
  6. Sightseeing – There are many things to see like 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.
  7. Complete Relaxation – The beaches are clean with very few people around. Just sit back and relax, do nothing. Or go on long walks, holding the hand of your partner. Relax in your private garden beside the swimming pool of your Goa villa. Have a poolside barbecue party.

Goa Festivals in September

Ganesh Chaturthi – This is a big festival in Maharashtra, Mumbai and Goa. There are big decorated statues of Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed God. The statues are paraded on the streets with singing and dancing.

World Tourism Day – Goa Tourism organized the World Tourism Day on September 27th. Every year there is a different theme. There are essay competitions and photography exhibitions. Artists perform from all over the state. Delicious local beverages and food is served to showcase the rich culture and taste of Goa.

Goa September Checklist – Make sure that you carry waterproof clothing and an umbrella, because there is still a little bit of rain around on some days. You will also find your waterproof clothing handy at the waterfalls. Wear good boots. This will come in handy at the spice plantations and if you do trekking. Also carry slippers for the beach and your swimsuit.

Dudhsagar Waterfalls

Dudhsagar Water Falls

India’s 5th tallest waterfall, Dudhsagar, is a top draw in August-September. The cascading waterfall comes down from a height of 1,020 feet, forming a pool downstream. You will hear a massive roar, thanks to the huge volume of water in the Mandovi River because of all the rain. September is the best time to visit Dudhsagar. In the summer, the water is just a trickle, but in the monsoon, it’s a spectacle not to be missed.

You have to trek to reach the falls. Swim at the pool. Stay overnight at one of the resorts, or you can visit Dudhsagar on a day trip as well. A Dudhsagar waterfall is located within the Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary and the Mollem National Park. The greenery will also be rich in September.

Goa Wildlife Sanctuaries

Don’t just restrict yourself to the beachfront of Goa. Plan a trip to the interiors and visit the Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary for a chance to see many animals. The forests will be green and beautiful this month. Also visit the famous Dudhsagar waterfalls, the bubbling lake, and the Salaulim Dam with its large lake and beautiful gardens.

Hotels in Goa in September

September is a very pleasant month in Goa. The hotels and resorts are still considerably cheaper. The prices are about the same as the monsoon months, so you can book the best premium rooms at reasonable cost. But the price tends to go up in the last week of September as the monsoon is almost over by then. Many guest houses and home stays remain closed in September as it’s not the peak season. There are however, many decent hotels and resorts you can choose from along the coastal belt of Goa this month.

Rent a Villa in Goa

The luxury villas, private houses, and luxury apartments you will find at our website are all open and serving in September. Many of them are still offering attractive discounts, with the prices as much as 30% less than the peak season, sometimes even more. You will get better service at the villas, as they are fully staffed. Service at many hotels can be poor as they will typically hire staff only for the winter. At other times, only a few people are available to offer service.

North Goa is the preferred choice for most people in September, as the South is virtually empty at this time. Most of the restaurants, shacks, and beachside stalls are closed. There is still good infrastructure for tourists at the North Goa beaches, Calangute, Candolim and Baga. Most of the permanent beach shacks, restaurants, and cafes are open. The villas and the biggest hotels in the South are open too. The south will offer cleaner beaches, very few people, peace and serenity in September.

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