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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 monsoon, because it is on its way out. Even when it rains, it is not that heavy anymore. The dark grey clouds are gone too, replaced by bright sunny days. 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 be the greenest this time of the year.

Goa 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 250mm 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 rain goes down even more 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.

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 30 th. 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 27 th. 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.

Accommodation in September

North Goa is the preferred area for most tourists in September, as the South is virtually empty at this time. Most of the restaurants, shacks, and beachside stalls are closed. But the North Goa beaches, Calangute, Candolim and Baga still have tourists. Most of the permanent structures are open, and a few beach shacks are open too. You can still opt to stay in South Goa if you prefer complete peace and serenity.

You can get good discounts at Goa villas in September, with the prices as much as 30% less than the peak season, sometimes even more. The villas will offer more luxury and privacy than hotels. Service in big hotels can be poor as most staff members are away. But in the villa, you will receive the complete service.

Also, there are plenty of amenities at the villas like large plasma televisions, DVD players, coffee machines, juicers, swimming pool, barbecue that you will find useful for those days when it rains a lot.

There are villas in Goa throughout the state, both in the North and the South. Choose one you like for your like. Enjoy the vacation with your group, family or friend. Enjoy the private swimming pool and garden. Have the complete attention of the staff. Many of the villas are right on the beach or just a few minutes’ walk away. Get home-cooked food, or order food from a restaurant. You can dine out too if you want.

Villas for rent in September:

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.

Prices

In September, 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.

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