Averages for Goa in January
On average, January is the coldest month of the year for Goa, India. During this month, the average temperature decreases slightly as the month progresses, starting off at 25.5°C at the beginning of the month, created by average highs of 31°C in the middle of the day and average lows of 20°C at night. This drops down to 24.5°C by the end of the month, created by average highs of 30°C in the middle of the day and average lows of 19°C at night, making the first week of January the best time to visit Goa if you want to travel to the resort when temperatures are at their highest.
Although it only happens on an average of 10% of days, temperatures have been known to rise above 33°C and fall below 16°C in Goa in January. The highest temperature ever recorded in the resort during this month is 37°C, whilst the lowest temperature ever registered here at this time of year is 14°C.
Since this month is one of the coolest of the year for the resort, it’s ideal for travellers who really want to visit Goa but can’t stand excessively high temperatures. If you’re planning to visit during this month, you’ll need to pack plenty of light and airy clothing with you to ensure you stay cool, plus swimming gear, suntan lotion, protective hats and sunglasses.
January is one of the driest months of the year for Goa, when the resort receives an average of 0.2mm/0 inches of rainfall divided between one rainy day. The likelihood of rainfall making an appearance starts off at 1.6% on January 1st and fluctuates slightly as it drops down to 1.2% by January 31st. If you are unlucky enough to experience precipitation during your holiday in Goa in January, it will most likely be drizzle (which falls on 55% of days with rainfall), light rain (31%) or moderate rain (14%).
Over the course of the month, Goa enjoys an average of 11 hours of sunshine every day, along with an average sea temperature of 27°C. With so many hours of daily sunshine and such warm sea temperatures, January is a great month to spend a day at the beach – but try and avoid being out in direct sunlight between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its strongest in order to avoid severe sunburn and heatstroke.
With the median cloud coverage for Goa in January being so low, you’ll also get plenty of opportunities to sunbathe if you holiday at this time of year. The median cloud cover starts at 6% on January 1st and gradually decreases down to 4% by January 31st. On an average day, the sky is clear/mostly clear 71% of the time, partly cloudy 7% and mostly cloudy/overcast 3%.
The relative humidity for Goa in January usually ranges between 34% (comfortable) and 85% (very humid), rarely falling below 24% (dry) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid). The air tends to be at its driest around January 29th, when the relative humidity falls below 40% three days out of four, whilst it’s often at its most humid around January 5th, when it rises above 78% (humid) three days out of four.
During an average January, typical wind speeds range between 0 m/s (calm) and 5 m/s (gentle breeze), rarely going above 6 m/s (moderate breeze). The highest average of 2 m/s (light breeze) happens around January 30th, when the average daily maximum is 5 m/s, whilst the lowest average of 2 m/s occurs around January 1st, when the average daily maximum is 4 m/s (gentle breeze).
Beach at Cabo de Rama in Goa, India taken by Karl
Where to stay
The Goa Mariott Resort & Spa is one of the top rated hotels in Goa on TripAdvisor. Located directly on Miramar beach, this recently-renovated hotel features elegant décor and a wide range of amenities, including four restaurants which serve local and Asian cuisine, one bakery, two bars and a casino which boasts slot machines and full bar. Other facilities include fitness centre with cardio equipment, weights, fitness classes, swimming pool, steam room and Jacuzzi, outdoor adult’s swimming pool, outdoor kids’ swimming pool, whirlpool and kids’ club. The highlight of the resort is the Quan Spa which offers traditional and contemporary facials, massages and beauty therapies. Accommodation is provided in the form of garden and bay view guestrooms and suites, all of which come with one king bed or two double beds plus LCD TV, WiFi access (paid), air conditioning and free drinking water.
Heritage Village Club Goa is a beachfront resort, just a short walk away from Arrossim Beach, a 20-minute drive away from Dabolim Airport and a 15-minute drive away from Margaon Railway Station. This is India’s first all-inclusive boutique resort and provides accommodation in the form of 24 grande club rooms, 48 design rooms, 23 superior rooms and two suites, all of which come with garden or pool views. Each of the rooms features satellite TV and private bathroom with shower. Onsite bars and restaurants include Chutney restaurant which serves Goan buffets, Mango Terrace which serves seafood and Goan food for dinner, the newly-opened Restobar Forrest, Casa Rosa pub which serves local alcoholic drinks and a swim-up pool bar open from 11am to 6pm. Other onsite services and facilities include swimming pool, children’s pool, yoga classes, daily entertainment, games room, tennis courts and Ayurvedic Spa which offers single treatments and 3-, 6- and 12-day treatment packages.
When it comes to golf hotels in Goa, the LaLit Golf & Spa Resort comes highly recommended. Situated on a kilometre-long beach and lined by the Talpone River, this resort is best known for its double-tee nine-hole golf course which is the only championship golf course in the resort. Here guests can choose between garden and sea view suites, luxury suites, LaLit legacy suites and villas. Each of the suites comes with high-speed WiFi access, 42” TV, tea/coffee making facilities and private bathroom with shower, whilst the villas also offer separate living room, dining room and kitchen, balcony and bathroom with Jacuzzi. Within the hotel’s grounds you’ll find six restaurants which serve local and international cuisine, swimming pool, sports complex with tennis and squash courts, water sports at the nearby beach, fitness classes around the pool, kids’ club and a shopping mall.
DoubleTree By Hilton is perfect for families, thanks to its location close to the Baga, Calangute and Anjuna beaches, as well as the Wednesday Anjuna hippie market and the Saturday night market. Built over four acres, this hotel provides accommodation in the form of guestrooms and suites. Each of the guestrooms comes with lagoon or pool views, plus air conditioning, flat-screen TV, balcony and high-speed internet access, whilst the suites boast the same facilities, with separate living area and bedroom. Onsite services and facilities include Caffeine café, CoBa seafood restaurant, Flame Asian and international restaurant, fitness centre, pool table, table tennis, swimming pool, children’s play area, babysitting, children’s menus in restaurants and gift shop.
Hit the beach
Agonda Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Goa. Situated in Agonda, this beach is made up of 3km of golden sand lined by clear, warm waters. Certain parts of the beach shelve steeply into the sea, making it inappropriate for children to swim. Adult bathers also have to be aware that the sea can get very rough at high tide, making swimming out of the question, so be sure to check to see if the flags are flying red or green. Facilities include sun loungers and parasols, plus beach bars and restaurants inside small shacks backing the beach which serve food and drinks and have bathrooms for diners.
Located in the south of Goa, Majorda Beach is a much better place for sunbathing and swimming. This beach is made up of golden sand dotted with shade-providing palm trees, which gradually gives way to shallow waters ideal for swimming. Although the sea can get rough sometimes, the waves which wash up onshore are great fun to play in. Onsite services and facilities include lifeguards, sun loungers, parasols, water sports and food shacks which serve cheap beer and snacks.
Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa, India taken by Amit
Things to do
If you’re not a fan of the beach, enjoy a refreshing dip without the sand by making the tip to Paliem Lake. Situated in North Goa, this lake is reached by a 20-minute walk from Arambol Beach which takes you along the edge of the hills, with panoramic sea views along the way – so make sure you take your camera. The lake is certainly large enough to swim in and the mud which surrounds the edge is said to have medicinal qualities, so a visit here is almost like a free spa day.
The Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which guards the remains of St Francis Xavier. Considered to be one of the best examples of baroque architecture in India, this church is the country’s first minor basilica and hosts masses on Sundays at 8am, 9.15am, 10.15am (in English) and 6pm and weekdays at 7am, 8am and 6pm. Bom Jesus experience retreats also take place weekly on Saturdays between 10am and 1pm in English.
The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is another church worthy of a visit during your holiday in Goa. Situated in Panjim and built in 1541, this church was one of the first to be built in Goa, although it was completely re-built in 1619. Today, the church is very large and features a striking white exterior, fronted by overlapping staircases. The insides of the church are fairly simple, with the backdrop behind the main altar dedicated to Mary being the most striking aspect, along with the flanking altars dedicated to Jesus and Our Lady of the Rosary.
Chicken Cashew Masala from Foxes Fiesta in Goa, India taken by Meredith
Eating and drinking out
Little World is one of the top rated restaurants in Goa. Located in Palolem, this restaurant specialises in breakfast and brunch dishes which are served 8.30am-8.30pm daily. The atmosphere is a chilled-out backpacker style, making Little World a great place to chat to the local owners and meet other travellers. The menu features a wide variety of dishes, from sweet and savoury pancakes, omelettes and scrambled eggs to yogurt and muesli, smoothies and local bread with homemade peanut butter. Drinks include coffee, water, fresh juices and the trademark chai tea which is said to be amazing.
When it comes to traditional Goan cuisine, Foxes Fiesta is the place to go. Found in Bardez, this restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves an Asian fusion cuisine, with several typical Goan dishes, such as chicken xacuti and pulao, fish thali and sausage pulao. There are also some classic British dishes available, such as roast dinners, fish and chips and banoffee pie, for those craving a taste of home.
Whether you’re in the mood for traditional Asian cuisine or a hearty steak, Relish Unique Dining and Bar is sure to fit the bill. Located in Calangute and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this restaurant offers a range of seafood platters, Indian curries and steaks. The kitchen is open-plan so you can watch the chefs prepare your food and be confident in the hygiene practises. Although the views aren’t up to much, the quality of the food and the excellent service make up for it.