Averages for Goa in December
Temperatures continue to cool down in Goa, India in December, when both the average highs and average lows fall equally. At this time of year, the average temperature begins at 27.5°C, created by highs of 33°C during the daytime and lows of 22°C after dark. This drops down to 25.5°C by the end of the month, created by highs of 31°C during the daytime and lows of 20°C after dark, which makes the first week of December the best time to visit the resort if you want to holiday in Goa when temperatures are warmest.
Even though it only happens on an average of once every ten days, temperatures have been known to rise above 35°C and fall below 16°C in Goa in December. The highest temperature ever registered in Goa during this month is 35°C, whilst the lowest temperature ever recorded in the resort at this time of year is 8°C.
December is one of the busiest months of the year for the resort, which means that accommodation and flight prices will be relatively high. If you’re after a cheap holiday in Goa, forget about travelling in December and plan your holiday between June and September instead, which is usually the cheapest season to travel. However, if you do choose to visit Goa in December, you’ll need to take light and airy clothing you keep you cool, plus suntan lotion, sunglasses and hats to protect you from the sun. Since December is a relatively cool time for the resort, it’s perfect for holidaymakers who really want to visit Goa but can’t stand high temperatures.
Over the course of an average December, Goa receives around 17mm/1 inch of rainfall which falls on one rainy day. The probability of rainfall making an appearance drops as the month develops, starting off at 3.6% on December 1st and falling down to 1.4% by December 31st. The most common forms of precipitation you can expect to see in Goa in December are drizzle (which happens on 51% of days with rainfall), moderate rain (18%), thunderstorms (16%) and light rain (15%).
During the month, Goa boasts an average of ten hours of daily sunshine – that’s one hour more every day than the previous month – along with an average sea temperature of 28°C – that’s 1°C cooler than last month. With such a warm sea temperature and so many hours of daily sunshine, December is a great time to hit the beach, but try and stay out of the sunshine between 11am and 3pm, when the sun is at its most powerful.
The median cloud coverage for Goa in December decreases as the month progresses, starting off at 11% on December 1st and falling down to 7% by December 31st. On an average day, the sky is clear/mostly clear 71% of the time, partly cloudy 9% and mostly cloudy/overcast 4%.
The relative humidity for Goa fluctuates between 33% (comfortable) and 85% (humid), rarely dropping below 24% (dry) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid). The air tends to be at its driest around December 15th, when the relative humidity falls below 38% three days out of four, whilst it’s at its most humid around December 27th, when it rises above 76% (humid) three days out of four.
Typical wind speeds for Goa in December range between 0 m/s (calm) and 4 m/s (gentle breeze), rarely going over 5 m/s (gentle breeze). The highest average wind speed of 2 m/s (light breeze) occurs around December 8th, when the average daily maximum is 4 m/s, whilst the lowest average wind speed of 2 m/s happens around December 17th, when the average daily maximum is 4 m/s.
Sunset at Calangute Beach in Goa, India taken by Miran
Where to stay
For a glimpse of traditional Goa, consider staying at Resort Terra Paraiso. Situated in Calangute, this boutique hotel features Goan-Portuguese architecture decorated with antique furniture and local handicrafts. Accommodation is provided in the form of 27 deluxe rooms and 17 super deluxe rooms, each of which comes with air conditioning, satellite TV, tea/coffee making facilities and private bathroom with shower. The super deluxe rooms also boast Jacuzzis and pool views. Onsite you’ll find the Blue Bristo restaurant which serves Indian, Chinese, Italian and continental cuisine, swimming pool, swim-up pool bar, gym, WiFi access (paid), beauty salon which offers spa treatments and massages and games room with carom, table tennis, darts, table football and chess.
Travellers who want to stay close to the beach during their holiday in Goa should check out Country Inn & Suites. Located in Candolim within easy walking distance of several white sandy beaches and Fort Aguada, this hotel provides accommodation in the form of 94 standard, superior and deluxe rooms, as well as two executive suites. Each of the guestrooms and suites comes with 32” LCD TV, air conditioning, coffee making facilities and free WiFi access. Onsite dining options include Lobby Bar which serves cocktails and snacks, 24-hour Mosaic Restaurant which serves international food and Poolside Bar-B-Que Grill & Island Bar which offers barbecue food and live entertainment, plus 24-hour room service. Other onsite amenities and services include outdoor swimming pool, sunbathing area, fitness centre, Revive Spa and children’s activities, with a handful of bars, restaurants and shops available nearby.
When it comes to a hotel which has it all, it’s tough to beat the offerings of Dona Sylvia. Spread out over 20 acres of landscaped gardens, this hotel is lined by Cavelossim Beach where guests can enjoy water sports and beach games. Here guests can choose between superior rooms, with tea/coffee machines, minibar and TV, deluxe rooms which also offer electronic safe and bathroom with bath, and suites which boast a separate living room, bedroom and dressing area. Onsite services and facilities include the Sohum Spa which offers massages, aromatherapy and Aryuveda treatments, health club with sauna and Jacuzzi, swimming pool, kids’ play area, family games, games room with pool tables, shopping centre and WiFi access. Onsite dining options include four restaurants serving international, Indian and Goan cuisine a la carte and buffet style, plus two restaurants which serve fruit juices, cocktails and other alcoholic drinks.
Fortune Select Regina is another hotel which offers a huge selection of services and facilities. Situated in Candolim, this five-star hotel provides guests with a swimming pool, kids’ pool, children’s play area, gym, spa, WiFi access (paid) and a complimentary beach shuttle. Onsite dining options include the Orchid international buffet restaurant, Nostradamus bar which serves cocktails and plays Jazz music and the Bar-Be-Que & Grill which serves grilled meat, fish and seafood. Themed nights, including carnival, Bollywood, Indian, Lebanese and karaoke, are also held regularly alongside the weekly Friday Nites at Fortune party which includes a buffet dinner, fire dancers and DJ sets. Guests can choose between deluxe rooms, fortune luxury rooms and suites, each of which includes complimentary breakfast, flat-screen TV and air conditioning. The luxury rooms and suites also feature bathrobes, slippers and bathroom amenities set.
Hit the beach
Arambol Beach is one of the most beautiful in Goa, backed by large hills covered in thick greenery. The beach is made up of a combination of soft golden sand and large red-tinted rocks, with a fresh water lagoon being the highlight. This lagoon is fed by hot springs and features sulphurous mud under the water, making a swim in it like a free open-air spa experience. If you don’t like the idea of mud underfoot, the sea here is shallow very far out and features relatively gentle waves, making it safe for swimming. There are loads of shacks lining this beach selling everything from local cuisine, seafood and cocktails to water sports, handicrafts and artwork. Bands and solo singers also perform regularly.
For something a bit quieter, try Chapora Beach – a beach less popular amongst tourists due to its secluded location. Located in northern Goa, this beach is made up of fine white sands which stretch all the way to the Chapora fort. Coconut palm trees pepper the sand, providing sunbathers with some natural shade, but the sea is often rough and the undercurrents very strong, making swimming here unsafe. You’ll find a small selection of beach shacks selling food and drinks here, whilst also providing holidaymakers with toilet facilities, sun loungers and shades.
Arambol Beach in Goa, India taken by Carlos
Things to do
Learn more about the interesting history of Goa by visiting the Houses of Goa Museum. Situated in Bardez and open 10am-7.30pm Tuesday to Sunday, this museum shows just what happens when western and eastern architectural styles merge in the form of several houses which express the Goan identity. The houses are filled with authentic Goan furniture and are decorated with local artwork, rare Goan postcards dating back to 1900, old maps, ancient building plans and more than 500 photos of Goan buildings collected from around the world. In addition to the houses, the museum also features a computer area where you’ll find documentation stretching from Goa’s pre-historic period up until today, alongside images detailing specific aspects of traditional Goan houses and a theatre with rare ancient lamps and seating for 100 people.
Built in 1613, St Michael’s Church is one of the oldest churches in Goa, open to the public every day between 6amand 7pm, with an English mass taking place every Sunday at 10am. The church features Portuguese architecture which includes a bright white façade and large entrance flanked by two towers and is best known for being home to the statue of St Michael who is depicted with a scale in his left hand and a demon under his feet. Another highlight of the church includes the tabernacle found in the centre of the main altar.
Goan prawn curry from Daawat in Goa, India via Flickr
Eating and drinking out
Nick’s Place has been voted as the best restaurant in Arpora, according to TripAdvisor. Open every day from 8.30am for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this restaurant is spread out between two floors. The ground floor is the dining and bar area, whilst the upper level is a sun-flooded sunbathing terrace during the daytime and sophisticated dining area after dark, when candle-lit tables are set out alongside cane chairs with padded cushions. The menu is made up of Goan, Indian, Tandoori, Chinese, continental, fish and seafood dishes, plus chef’s specials which change every day. Guests can also enjoy free WiFi access and bird watching opportunities from the roof terrace.
When it comes to top quality Asian food, it’s tough to beat Daawat. Located inside the Hotel Campal in Panaji, this eatery is open every day 11.30am-3.30pm for lunch and 7pm-11pm for dinner, with the serving of alcohol stopping at promptly 10.45pm. The menu features a range of Chinese, Indian, Goan, continental and seafood dishes, alongside traditional Indian desserts and ice cream. The drinks menu is remarkably extensive and includes local and imported whiskey, scotch, vodka, rum, gin, brandy and tequila, plus wines, beers, soft drinks and cocktails.