Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Best time to visit Goa

Goa has a lot to offer for everyone visiting through out the year, the tourist season being popular from October until Jan and the off season being from June until September.

The period of November and December sees the most tourist visiting from India and abroad. This time of the year remains the peak of the season and sees prices of accommodation and travel shoot up compared to the rest of the year.  Room rents can go up at least one and half times as compared to the beginning of the season and yet there is always a shortage due to rising demand. Accommodation would be costlier by the beach belt and less expensive in the suburbs, you can hire you own car/bike, the only real disadvantage being you are a bit away from the night life! well, if you prefer it otherwise, nothing like it.

Popular places such as Candolim, Calangute, Baga and Anjuna are very popular in the north of Goa, while Panjim and Donapaula are preferred while living closer to the capital. Morjim, Ashwem, Anjuna, Vagator also make their way up that list.

In the south of Goa, Pallolem is the most popular beach by a mile but it is pretty isolated from rest of the action at beaches such as Colva, Varca, Cansailim, Betalbatim and Benaulim.

The months before that are also popular, mid-September marks the beginning of the tourist calendar and you can find a good bargain during this period.

The month of May sees a huge number of interstate tourists as the summers are about to end. Prices are pretty reasonable during this time and you also can get a nice deal as most businesses are preparing to shut for the off season.

Planning you visit to Goa in December is on of the best times to visit, the beach belts are buzzing with activity and is very vibrant and busy. Last minute deals are always available through travel agents but yes they do come at a price.

The most economical visit would be just before monsoons, the foreign tourists leave by then and you will see a drop in airfare and stay bookings, room rates being much more realistic for the best time to visit for a holiday.

If you are looking to get away from the madness of urban life and need a break, the monsoon for some is also a popular time to visit. The other jammed packed beach belts are calm and quite as well, but you need not stay by the coast, you could get a place in Panjim or around and even explore and stay are wild life sanctuaries during the rains. The weather in Goa can play spoilsport if not planned around it so do make sure you plan accordingly to avoid a disappointment.

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