Averages for Goa in August
The weather in Goa, India in August is very similar to that of July, with consistently warm temperatures throughout the month. At this time of year, the average temperature is 28°C, created by average highs of 30°C during the daytime and lows of 26°C after dark.
Even though it only happens on an average of once every ten days, temperatures have been known to rise above 32°C and drop below 25°C in Goa in July. The highest temperature ever registered in the resort during this month is 37°C, whilst the lowest temperature ever recorded here at this time of year is 13°C.
Since August falls in the middle of the monsoon season in Goa, it’s not a popular time to visit, which results in some really cheap holiday deals. If you snap up an offer and plan to holiday in the resort at this time of year, make sure you pack airy and light clothing to ensure you stay cool, hats, sunglasses and suntan lotion to protect you from the sun and some waterproof clothing to keep you dry. However, if you’re not a fan of high temperatures and don’t want to risk rainfall ruining your holiday, forget about holidaying in Goa in August and plan your trip for February instead, which tends to be one of the coolest and driest months of the year for the resort.
During an average August, Goa is subject to a lot of rainfall, with an average of 513mm/20 inches falling over the course of 13 rainy days. The probability of rainfall making an appearance decreases as the month progresses, making the final week in August the best time to visit if you want to keep the odds of rainfall down to a minimum. The likelihood of precipitation occurring starts off at 88% on August 1st and drops down to 77% by August 31st. The most common forms of precipitation you can expect to see during this month are moderate rain (which falls on 48% of days with rainfall), light rain (24%), drizzle (12%), heavy rain (8%) and thunderstorms (8%).
Over the course of the month, Goa boasts an average of five hours of sunshine each day – that’s one hour less each day than the previous month – along with an average sea temperature of 28°C – that’s the same as the previous month. Although the sea is warm enough to go swimming at this time of year, the limited sunshine hours and intense rainfall might make it a bit difficult to spend a day at the beach.
The median cloud coverage decreases as the month develops, starting off at 89% on August 1st and dropping down to 83% by August 31st. On an average day, the sky is clear/mostly clear 9% of the time, partly cloudy 21% and mostly cloudy/overcast 69%.
The relative humidity for Goa in August fluctuates between 68% (mildly humid) and 94% (very humid), rarely falling below 56% (mildly humid) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid). The air tends to be driest around August 24th, when the relative humidity falls below 73% (humid) three days out of four, whilst it’s usually at its most humid around August 29th, when it rises above 91% (very humid) three days out of four.
Typical wind speeds in Goa in August range between 0 m/s (calm) and 6 m/s (moderate breeze), rarely going above 8 m/s (fresh breeze). The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s (gentle breeze) happens around August 1st, when the average daily maximum is 6 m/s (moderate breeze), whilst the lowest average wind speed of 3 m/s (light breeze) occurs around August 31st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 5 m/s (gentle breeze).
Arambol Beach in Goa, India taken by Karl
Where to stay
Resort Rio is a luxury five-star hotel located on the banks of the Baga River, just a five minute drive away from Baga Beach and within easy access of several night markets. Here guests can choose between cosy rooms, luxury deluxe rooms, junior suites, royal suites and a luxury villa. Each of the rooms comes with private marble bathroom with shower, TV, air conditioning and tea/coffee making facilities, whilst the suites offer a more luxurious bathroom with rain shower and bath, plus a separate living area. The villa is considerably larger than the rooms and suites and features four en-suite bedrooms, large living area and private veranda with swimming pool. Onsite dining options include Italian restaurant Mamma Mia, international buffet restaurant Pickled Mango, vegetarian Gujarati restaurant Jalsa and daytime coffee shop/night time lounge bar Rio Café Bar. Other amenities and services include Zaara Spa with massages and Ayurvedic treatments, beauty salon, health club, meditation rooms, yoga classes, swimming pool, children’s pool and games room with table tennis and board games.
For something more budget-friendly, consider Cidade de Goa. This five-star hotel is situated on the beach near Panjim and is spread across 40 acres of tropical gardens. The hotel’s architecture features a classic Portuguese style and provides accommodation in the form of 207 rooms and suites, all of which come with beach views. The guestrooms feature WiFi access (paid), private safe, air conditioning, satellite TV and mini bar, whilst the suites offer all this plus a private terrace or garden. Onsite dining options include two formal restaurants, two casual restaurants, one bakery and two bars. Other onsite amenities and services include fitness centre, spa with Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, Ayurveda treatments, yoga classes, beauty salon, water sports at the nearby beach and swimming pool.
Angels Resort is another affordable hotel in Goa, just 4km away from Panjim and 7km away from Calangute Beach. Here guests can choose between 37 guestrooms, each of which features air conditioning and balcony with pool views, plus 12 suites which offer the same facilities, as well as separate living/dining area, minibar and satellite TV. Onsite services and facilities include international restaurant located on the CHOGM Road, secure parking, swimming pool, fitness centre and games room with table tennis and carom. Although the amenities here are limited, this is reflected in the cheap rates.
Families and couples who want to spend time at the coast and exploring the local area during their holiday in Goa should consider staying at Casa de Goa. Located close to Calangute Beach, local markets, nightclubs and restaurants, this resort features a fusion of Portuguese and Mediterranean architecture and provides accommodation in the form of deluxe rooms. Each room comes with air conditioning, LCD TV, private bathroom with bath and shower, WiFi access and tea/coffee making facilities. Onsite dining options include one restaurant which serves international cuisine and one coffee lounge/bar which serves coffees and alcoholic drinks. Other onsite services and facilities include swimming pool, children’s pool, children’s activities, free parking and spa with Jacuzzi.
Hit the beach
Benaulim Beach is the longest beach in Colva, made up of fine white sands lapped by calm, shallow waters which are ideal for swimming. Since it’s one of the most popular beaches in the area, it always has a lively party atmosphere, with the small shacks which serve local food and drink being full of tourists throughout the day and evening. There are sun loungers and shades available in front of most beach shacks, plus lifeguards patrolling the beach and a variety of water sports, including windsurfing, jet skiing and parasailing. Dolphins regularly frequent the waters around this beach and there are local fishermen in the area who will take you out on short excursions to see them in return for a small fee.
For something quieter, consider Keri/Quermin Beach, situated north of Arambol Beach. This beach is the northernmost in Goa and is backed by palm trees which provide the only shade on the beach. Since it’s so far out of the way, Keri/Quermin Beach is often completely deserted, so you might find that you’re the only people there. The soft golden sand provides the ideal environment for sunbathing, but the sea is rough a lot of the time, making it unsafe for swimming. Although there are no sun loungers or water sports, there is a small number of beach shacks dotted on the beach which serve traditional Goan cuisine and seafood alongside beer, cocktails and fresh fruit juices.
Beach shack in Benaulim Beach in Goa, India taken by Klaus
Things to do
Kala Academy is one of the few theatres in Goa which hosts a variety of activities, competitions and events throughout the year. The building is comprised of two auditoriums which can seat thousands of visitors, as well as a recording studio and library which is full of books and media about traditional Goan music and arts. Some of the usual events which take place here include open-air theatrical performances, art exhibitions, lectures, book fairs, music concerts and dance recitals, so be sure to check the website to see what’s on when you’re there. As well as being a culturally entertaining venue, the Kala Academy is also known for its panoramic view of the river and the sea from the back of the building.
The Naval Aviation Museum is the only one of its kind in Asia, open Tuesday to Sunday 10am-5pm. Set on top of a plateau overlooking Bogmalo Beach and the Arabian Sea, the museum is divided into outdoor and indoor sections, both of which are home to various famous aircraft, fire engines, aeroplane engines and helicopter engines. The inside of the museum has been designed to make you feel like you’re inside an aircraft and also features displays of aviation-themed paintings, torpedoes, bombs, rockets, missiles, underwater enemy-detecting sensors, protection gear and gadgets. The highlight of the museum is the Multimedia Room in which adults and children can have a first-hand experience of flying in a jet fighter, thanks to the state-of-the-art simulator.
Goa is overflowing with churches, with one of the most-visited being the Mae de Deus Church of Saligao. Situated in Bardez, this church is best visited after sunset, when it’s illuminated by several floor lights, making the impressive architecture even more alluring. The church features Gothic architecture, with a pointed arch, supporting buttresses and belfry, with the main highlight being the gold-painted wooden statue of Mae de Deus, followed by the adorning black stones which were excavated from the church’s original location in Old Goa.
Pizza from Kudos Sizzler Grill Pizzeria in Goa, India taken by Katrin
Eating and drinking out
Be@One Beach Shack is rated as the best restaurant in Colva, according to TripAdvisor. Located on Sernabatim Beach, this casual eatery serves a wide variety of local and international dishes, from Indian curries and freshly-caught seafood to burgers and steaks. Despite being located directly on the beach, this shack has a more up-market feel than most shacks, with better quality furniture and great hygiene practises. The drinks menu is typical for a beach shack, with local and imported beers, spirits, cocktails and fresh juices, plus a buy-one-get-one-free special on cocktails during happy hour.
For something more formal, try Kudos Sizzler Grill & Pizzeria. Located in Baga, this restaurant specialises in European-style grilled meats and Italian oven-baked pizzas, but there are a few local seafood options available, too. Whilst the mains are great, the desserts are the stars of the show, with dessert cocktails such as chocolate espresso martinis and innovative puddings, such as rum-flambéed chocolate cake, appearing on the menu. The bar is well-stocked with local and international beers, wines, spirits, soft drinks and cocktails which are made just to your liking and DJs regularly play live sets.