Goa is a beautiful place gifted with some of the most beautiful beaches in India, a pleasant climate, lots of greenery, amazing seafood, incredible heritage sites, a unique cultural legacy and of course delightful people.
The best time to visit Goa is during winter and is definitely a time of great celebrations too. From November to February the Goa weather is beautifully balmy and clear with a cool sea breeze blowing through. These are the peak season months in Goa. While the weather is just perfect, the streets fill up with holidaymakers, folks laze around the golden beaches, the festivals and parties continue to go on till late night. Everyone that visits Goa always end up having a fabulous time here!
Goa becomes a lot more bustling and ritzier during this time especially in December; as this winter month receives the maximum footfall from all over the world. The temperature in December goes down to even around 20 degree Celsius approximately.
If you are looking for a peaceful place to relax your mind, body and soul; then Goa is certainly the perfect heaven for you.
We have listed down more than one reason why you should visit Goa this winter!
1. SUNBATHING AT THE BEACH
If you think of escaping the cold and are in favour of something warmer then Goa is the stop all of us would wish for. Goa, without doubt, is the most popular tourist destination in India. With a beautiful blend of land and water, it gives the best of both the worlds. It is the beaches in Goa where you can laze out on sun kissed sand and be swept away by breath-taking sunsets and spectacular landscapes.
Palm-backed beaches such as Palolem in the south and Morjim in the north offer fabulous places to relax and soak up the sun. It’s ideal to sunbath from sunrise to noon and then after 4pm until sunset. To avoid sunburns and get a beautiful tan make sure you take the necessary precautions. For instance, carry sunscreen lotion with you, a bottle of water, avoid sunbathing during lunch time i.e. from 12noon until 4pm because the sun is the most aggressive during that time, and staying under it will cause you sunburns and probably a sunstroke too.
2. LOVE FOR WATERSPORTS
Though Goa is known as the land for its beaches, tourists from all over the world that visit the sunshine state also find it to be a great spot to indulge in water sport activities. This ‘Tourist Paradise’ as it’s called; offers a range of thrilling water sports that provide majority of the fun and will get you all geared up to experience the ultimate adrenaline rush.
Some exciting water sports activities to look out for while you are holidaying in Goa are: Windsurfing, Jet skiing, Speed boats, Scuba Diving & Snorkelling, Banana tube boat ride, Knee-and-Wake boarding, Kayaking, River Rafting and Dinghy Sailing. Many operators at various beaches in Goa provide with basic equipment, training and a guide covering all safety procedures and guidelines.
3. ULTIMATE PARTY DESTINATION
The smallest state of India, Goa harbours the most exciting nightlife options in the country all year round and so is also called India’s nightlife capital! It is hard to resist immersing yourself from an experience to be enthralled. These nightclubs in Goa are well-known for live acts like UV displays, fireworks and internationally acclaimed DJs who literally set the stage on fire. With so much for everybody, nightlife in Goa is a unique piece of ecstasy and adventure, an experience to remember for a lifetime and an exotic break that will leave you craving for more every time.
In the peak tourist season (November–March) the party never stops in Goa – it’s just a choice of where to go to find the best party places in Goa!
The party places in Goa are very diverse and each are known for their own sort of entertainment and music. Some of the best party places to be at while in Goa are; Club LPK, Sinq, Cape Town Café, Titos, Mambos, Cohiba, Cavala, Club Cubana, Waters, Marabela Beach Resort, Showbar, Hill Top, Curlies and so on.
4. TREAT YOURSELF TO SEAFOOD DELICACIES
Visiting Goa and not treating yourself to seafood delicacies is like missing out on an important aspect of Goa. No matter where you base yourself while in Goa, there is plenty of opportunity to sample all manner of seafood dishes. Goan cooking usually includes a lot of spices giving the dishes a distinctive taste and aroma, of course!
The cuisine in Goa is mostly seafood-based while the staple foods are rice and fish. The ‘Thali’ is a must try when in Goa – this includes a bowl of rice, fish/prawns curry, fried fish mostly Kingfish or lemon fish, kismur (dry prawns with finely chopped onions and grated coconut), sol kaddi (Kokum water), vegetable and salad.
Kingfish is the most common delicacy in Goa. Other seafood delicacies include red snapper, pomfret, lemon fish, shark, tuna, and mackerel. While among the shellfish are crabs, oysters, prawns, tiger prawns, lobster, squids and mussels.
A winter holiday to Goa will undoubtedly give you a well-needed boost of Vitamin D, along with a lovely sun tan and some countless memories to take home with you.