Averages for Goa in April
Although average highs in April are the same as in March in Goa, India, the average lows are higher, resulting in an increase in average temperature which increases further still as the month develops. At this time of year, the average temperature starts off at 29°C, created by highs of 33°C during the daytime and lows of 25°C after dark. This rises up to 29.5°C by the end of the month, created by highs of 33°C during the daytime and lows of 26°C after dark, which makes the final week in April the best time to visit Goa if you want to holiday there when temperatures are at their highest.
Even though it only happens on an average of once every ten days, temperatures have been known to rise above 36°C and drop below 23°C in Goa in April. The hottest temperature ever recorded in the resort during this month is 44°C, whilst the coldest temperature ever registered here at this time of year is 16°C.
Because temperatures are starting to warm up by April in Goa, this month is best suited to travellers who love the heat and the sunshine. If you want to visit the resort during this month, you’ll need to pack a good selection of light and airy clothing to ensure you stay cool, as well as hats, sunglasses and suntan cream to protect you from the sun. However, if you’re not a fan of high temperatures, forget about visiting Goa in April and plan your holiday for January instead, when temperatures are usually at their lowest.
April sees a slight increase in rainfall when compared to March, although the overall amount of rainfall is still very little, compared to Europe. During this month, Goa is subject to an average of 12mm/0 inches of rainfall which falls on one wet day. The probability of rainfall making an appearance during this month begins at 1% on April 1st and begins to rise quickly from April 15th, when it jumps from 1% up to 5% by April 30th, making the first week of April the best time to visit if you want to avoid rainfall. If you do get some precipitation during your holiday in Goa, it will most probably be thunderstorms (which occur on 39% of days with rainfall), moderate rain (23%), light rain/drizzle (17%) or heavy rain (4%).
During a normal April, Goa boasts an average of 12 hours of sunshine every day – that’s one hour more each day than the previous month – alongside an average sea temperature of 29°C – that’s 1°C more than the previous month. With such a high number of daily sunshine hours and such a warm sea temperature, April is a great month to spend a day at the beach. However, try and avoid being out in direct sunlight between 11am and 3pm, when the sun’s rays are strongest.
The median cloud coverage increases drastically as April develops, which makes the first week of the month the best time to visit if you plan to do a lot of sunbathing during your holiday in Goa. The median cloud cover begins at 14% on April 1st and rises up to 18% by April 11th, 24% by April 21st and 30% by April 30th. April 1st is the clearest day of the month, when the sky is clear/mostly clear/partly cloudy 85% of the time and overcast/mostly cloudy 2%. April 30th is the cloudiest day of the month, when the sky is overcast/mostly cloudy/partly cloudy 35% of the time and clear/mostly clear 60%.
The relative humidity for Goa in April varies between 42% (comfortable) and 88% (very humid), rarely falling below 26% (dry) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid). The air is usually at its driest around April 1st, when the relative humidity falls below 51% (mildly humid) three days out of four. Strangely, the air also tends to be at its most humid around April 1st, when the relative humidity rises above 83% (humid) three days out of four.
Over the course of an average April, typical wind speeds fluctuate between 0 m/s (calm) and 6 m/s (moderate breeze), rarely going above 7 m/s (moderate breeze). The highest average wind speed of 3 m/s (light breeze) happens around April 30th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s (moderate breeze), whilst the lowest average wind speed of 2 m/s (light breeze) happens around April 4th, when the average daily maximum is 6 m/s.
Colva Beach in Goa, India taken by Klaus
Where to stay
Lemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort is an affordable luxury hotel situated just 250m away from Cadolim Beach and within easy access of the Calangute, Baga and Anjuna Beaches, as well as Fort Aguada. Designed in a 15th century Portuguese style, this hotel is decorated with Medieval oil paintings, coloured tiles, genuine artefacts and stained glass windows, giving it loads of character. Accommodation is provided in the form of 65 guestrooms and suites. All the guestrooms come with tea/coffee making facilities, electronic safe and free WiFi access when you book directly with the hotel, whilst suites also include private swimming pool, garden views and free airport transfers. Onsite services and facilities include swimming pool, 24-hour fitness centre, 24-hour business centre and spa which offers Balinese body and Thai foot massages, plus all sorts of water sports at the nearby beach. Onsite dining options include the Citrus Café which serves international and local cuisine, as well as the Republic of Noodles which offers Asian street food.
Shanti Morada is another mid-range luxury hotel ideally located in Salingao, close to the only Gothic church in Goa. The hotel was built in 1897 and has been fully restored, with various pieces discovered during the site’s excavation being used to decorate the grounds. Here guests can choose between luxury and premium rooms appointed with furniture dating back 300 years. All rooms overlook the courtyard and swimming pool and include walk-in rain shower, claw-foot bath, flat-screen satellite TV, WiFi access and tea/coffee making facilities. Onsite dining options include the Lantern Restaurant which serves Goan and international cuisine, plus the Jacuzzi Pool Bar, which offers seating in the form of 20 bar stools immersed in a Jacuzzi. Other services and amenities include swimming pool, Ayurvedic massages and four lounges where you can relax and admire the historic artefacts.
If you’ve got a bit more cash to spend, consider staying at Bogmallo Beach Resort. One of the first five-star hotels to be built in Goa, this resort is located directly on Bogmalo Beach and is just a ten minute drive away from the airport. Here guests can choose between 126 sea-facing rooms and 15 luxury sea-facing cottages, which provide more space and privacy. Within the hotel’s grounds you’ll find health club, beauty salon, air-conditioned gym, casino with games and slot machines, outdoor swimming pool, volleyball court, water polo, daytime entertainment, WiFi access, games room with board games, pool table and table tennis, and water sports available at the nearby beach. There are also two restaurants which serve Goan, Indian, Italian and international cuisine, one coffee shop, two bars and a nightclub.
However, if you’re on a tight budget, consider staying at Resort De Alturas instead. This luxury four-star resort is only 500m away from Candolim beach and provides accommodation in the form of 24 superior rooms, 37 deluxe rooms, seven super deluxe rooms, three suites and two family rooms. All the guestrooms come with minibar, tea/coffee making facilities, satellite TV, personal safe and WiFi access, whilst the suites offer the same but are more spacious and have separate bedrooms. Onsite facilities and services include swimming pool, Jacuzzi, spa with world-class treatments, small fitness centre, Flame ‘n’ Grill restaurant which serves local and international dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the Pool Deck Bar which offers exotic cocktails.
Hit the beach
The golden sandy beach at Palolem is one of the finest in Goa. Used by local fishermen for work and travellers for leisure alike, this largely unspoilt beach measures around 1.6km and forms the shape of a crescent. Either side of the beach is flanked by large rocks which jut out into the sea, making the centre of the beach the best and safest section for swimming in the sea which is usually calm and clean. Although there are no sun loungers or parasols, the beach is backed by a thick covering of tropical trees which provide natural shade. On the beach you’ll find water sport rental kiosks, plus small shacks which sell local food and drinks throughout the day and offer a party-atmosphere with dance music on an evening.
For something more peaceful, try Betalbatim Beach. Located 2km north of Colva, this beach is made up of golden sands backed by tall palm trees which provide the only shade on the beach. Dolphins regularly frequent the waters around here and if you want to catch a glimpse of them, there are many locals who will take you out on a short excursion on their boat in return for a small fee. There are also several beach shacks which serve local food and drink, plus water sport kiosks and sun loungers available to rent. During low tide, the sea is very calm and shallow – making it great for swimming – however it can get rough at hide tide, so be careful in the sea.
Entrance to Chapora Fort in Goa, India taken by Elroy
Things to do
If you want to get out of your hotel and do some exploring, check out Old Goa. This city was one of the most rich and wealthy in the 1700s, until it was hit by numerous epidemics which caused it to be abandoned. Although not as grandiose today, Old Goa is still worth a visit, as it’s home to the Basilica of Bom Jesus, the Se Cathedral, the Church and Convent of St Cajetan and the Church of St Francis of Assisi – all of which are still lavishly decorated, so make sure you take your camera. You’ll also find a small number of supermarkets and shops selling souvenirs in the area, the Museum of Christian Art, Viceroy’s Arch and the Archaeological Museum.
Chapora Fort is another historical site worthy of interest during your holiday in Goa. Built by the Portuguese in 1617 where a Muslim structure previously stood, this fort was intended to be a watch post, but fell to Hindi raiders in the 17th century before it was abandoned by the Portuguese in 1892. Today the fortress is in ruins, although the heads of two supply route tunnels are still intact, as are numerous Muslim tombstones which date back to pre-colonial times. Many agree that the highlight of the Chapora Fort is not the fort itself, but the panoramic views of the nearby Anjuna and Vagator beaches which you can see when you climb to the top.
Lobster from Sizzling Ice in Goa, India taken by Benson
Eating and drinking out
Jamie’s Restaurant in Baga Beach is a great place to go, whatever type of food you’re in the mood for. Open daily 6pm to midnight, this menu offers traditional Goan and Indian cuisine, plus a few international favourites, such as pizza, pasta, steak, ribs and chicken wings, as well as international desserts, such as berry crumble and bread and butter pudding, providing something for everyone. The drinks menu is varied and offers an international selection of beers, wines, dessert wines, spirits, cocktails and soft drinks.
Sizzling Ice, located adjacent to the Santa Monica Hotel in Calangute, is famed for serving top quality food at remarkably cheap prices. Although the setting might be a bit cheap-and-cheerful with wicker chairs and glass tables, the food is second-to-none, with fillet steak, lobster, red snapper, tiger prawns and king prawns, all appearing on the menu, alongside a selection of Indian specialities. The staff are friendly and efficient and will treat you like family.