Averages for Goa in July
The weather in Goa, India in July is very similar to that of June, with relatively warm temperatures which stay consistent 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.
Although it only happens on an average of 10% of days, temperatures can sometimes rise above 32°C and drop below 25°C in Goa in July. The hottest temperature ever recorded in the resort at this time of year is 38°C, whilst the coldest temperature ever recorded here during this month is 17°C.
Since July falls within the monsoon season in Goa, it isn’t a busy time to visit, so you should be able to find some really cheap holiday deals. If you decide to travel to the resort during this month, you’ll need to pack some light and airy clothing to keep you cool, suntan lotion and hats to protect you from the sun and some waterproof clothing to keep you dry. On the other hand, if you don’t want to risk rainfall spoiling your holiday and aren’t a fan of high temperatures, you’re best off forgetting about holidaying in July and planning your trip for February instead, which is one of the driest and coolest months of the year.
Over the course of July, Goa experiences a high amount of rainfall, with 995mm/39 inches of precipitation falling on an average of 27 rainy days. The likelihood of precipitation making an appearance slightly increases as the month develops, starting off at 78% on July 1st and rising up to 89% by July 31st, making the start of the month the best time to visit if you want to keep rainfall to a minimum. The most common types of precipitation you can expect to see at this time of year are moderate rain (which occurs on 48% of days with rainfall), light rain (20%) and heavy rain, thunderstorms and drizzle (11%).
During an average July, Goa enjoys six hours of daily sunshine – that’s two hours less each day than the previous month – alongside an average sea temperature of 28°C – that’s 1°C cooler than the previous month. Even though the sea is certainly warm enough for swimming at this time of year, the intense rainfall might make the sunshine less enjoyable.
The median cloud coverage increases as the month progresses, starting off at 82% on July 1st and rising up to 89% by July 31st. On an average day, the sky is clear/mostly clear 8% of the time, partly cloudy 19% and mostly cloudy/overcast 72%.
The relative humidity for Goa in July varies between 70% (mildly humid) and 95% (very humid), rarely falling below 57% (mildly humid) or reaching 100% (very humid). The air is usually driest around July 1st, when the relative humidity falls below 75% (humid) three days out of four, whilst it’s usually at its most humid around July 5th, when it rises above 91% (very humid) three days out of four.
Typical wind speeds in Goa in July range between 2 m/s (light breeze) and 6 m/s (moderate breeze), rarely going above 9 m/s (fresh breeze). The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s (gentle breeze) happens around July 19th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s (moderate breeze), whilst the lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s occurs around July 1st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s.
Arambol Beach in Goa, India taken by Andrey
Where to stay
Whispering Palms Beach Resort is ideal for families and couples who want to spend lazy days by the sea, thanks to its location next to Candolim Beach. Here guests can choose between 106 Goan-styled rooms divided between studios, club rooms, terrace rooms and balcony rooms. All rooms come with pool views, floor-to-ceiling windows, air conditioning, 32” TV, free WiFi access, private bathroom with solar-powered shower and are surrounded by landscaped gardens. There is one restaurant onsite – Breeze – which serves Indian, Tandoori Mediterranean, Arabic and Chinese cuisine a la carte and buffet style, with indoor and outdoor seating both available. Other onsite services and facilities include swimming pool, Jacuzzi, fitness centre and spa.
The Park Calangute Goa is another beachside hotel in Goa, situated directly on Calangute beach. This hotel boasts a modern, chic design, making it popular with the younger crowd and the occasional celebrity. Accommodation comes in the form of 30 single, double and twin rooms and suites decorated in white with purple hints. Each guestroom comes with high-speed WiFi access, LCD TV, private bathroom with rain shower, iPad docking station, 40” flat-screen TV and air conditioning, whilst the suites also feature private plunge pools and private balconies with pool views. Onsite services and facilities include a rooftop open-air lounge which serves beer, wine, spirits and cocktails, a restaurant with open kitchen, swimming pool, solarium and massage services.
If you’re holidaying on a tight budget, consider Anup Holiday Homes. Located within walking distance of several bars, restaurants, nightclubs, markets and shopping streets, this hotel is perfect for travellers who want to explore. Accommodation is provided in the form of standard rooms, family rooms and suites, which are available with or without air conditioning. Each room comes with satellite TV, balcony and private bathroom with amenities, whilst the suite features a more luxurious bathroom, separate living room and separate bedroom. Onsite services and facilities are limited to swimming pool, restaurant, bar, WiFi access and children’s entertainment, but this is reflected in the cheap rates.
For a hotel with a few more facilities, try North 16 Goa. Situated in the heart of Calangute just 1km away from the beach, this hotel boasts the North Café which serves international cuisine buffet style, North 16 Bar which offers a selection of cocktails and the Grab-n-Go Deli which offers quick snacks. Other onsite services and facilities include the longest swimming pool in the area, children’s pool, fitness centre with resident trainers, kids’ club with babysitting services and games centre with pool table, video games, darts and table football. Accommodation comes in the form of guestrooms and suites. Each guestroom comes with 42” LCD TV, free bottled water, safe and private bathroom with complimentary amenities, whilst the suites feature a separate living room with sofa and coffee table, plus bathrobe and slippers.
Hit the beach
If you’re looking for a quiet beach which isn’t full of tourists, consider Varca Beach. Here you’ll find soft white sand lapped by clean and warm waters which are excellent for swimming, but the waves can get a bit rough during the monsoon season, so be careful when swimming. The beach is lined by several shacks which serve local food, seafood and drinks and also provide toilet facilities, sun loungers and shades. There is a small selection of water sports available, including parasailing, sailing and water skiing, but if you’re not feeling adventurous you can simply stroll along the shore and collect some seashells.
For something a bit more energetic, spend a few days at Mobor Beach. Here you’ll find a huge variety of water sports, including water skiing, surfing, jet skiing, banana boat rides, bump boat rides, speedboat rides and parasailing, all of which are available to book from kiosks along the beach. Unusually, cycling is also a popular sport on this beach, with bikes available to rent from the same kiosks. The beach is made up of soft golden sands peppered with loads of beach shacks offering local food, drinks, toilet facilities, sun loungers and shades. The sea can change from calm and safe for swimming to rough and dangerous very quickly, so make sure you check with the lifeguards before you go in the sea.
Church of St Francis of Assisi in Goa, India taken by Nagarjun
Things to do
The Church of St Francis of Assisi was built by the Portuguese in 1661 and today is one of the most-visited churches in Goa. Built out of laterite blocks covered in lime plaster, the church faces west and features a nave flanked by three chapels, plus a choir, two secondary altars, one main altar, belfry and sacristy. The exterior of the church is of Tuscan Order, the main entrance features a Manuline style and the main altar is Baroque with some Corinthian touches. The church doesn’t feature any aisles – just one nave which is rib-vaulted. Most people visit the church to see the body of St Francis of Assisi, which is stored in a casket on a high-rise altar.
Situated in Old Goa, the Museum of Christian Art is open daily from 9.30am to 5pm and showcases the richness of the Indo-Portuguese Christian art, with loads of artefacts depicting the immense wealth of the Goan churches displayed in glass cases throughout the museum. Exhibits include sculptures, furniture, ivory, paintings, textiles and metals, almost all of which are in very good condition. There is a small fee to enter the museum, but if you want to take pictures, you have to pay extra. As you leave the museum, you’ll come across a small gift shop selling trinkets and souvenirs, plus a café which serves drinks.
Whilst you’re in Old Goa, consider visiting the St Augustine Tower. This structure is one of the resort’s iconic landmarks and stretches 46 metres into the sky. It previously served as a belfry and formed a section of the Nossa Senhora da Graca church which is now in ruins. Today the four-storey tower is simply a reminder of the grand church which once stood here and is surrounded by the ruins of eight chapels, four altars, a convent which still has visible cells and numerous tombstones with legible carvings. The ruins are currently free to explore and the local government has started restoration work on the site.
Sushi from Go With the Flow in Goa, India taken by Michael
Eating and drinking out
Situated at the end of the Baga river road, Go with the Flow offers multi-level dining, with a rooftop seating area with sea views and garden seating area with a dance floor. The menu features European specialities, including grilled steaks, grilled filleted white fish, slow-cooked lamb, spinach rolls, roasted pork belly and Italian-inspired pasta dishes. For diners in the mood for something more exotic, there is also a sushi bar with 14 different sushi and sashimi options. Go With the Flow also features a large bar which offers a wide variety of local and imported beers, spirits, wines, cocktails and fresh fruit juices.
For dinner with a view, it’s tough to beat Destination One. Located just off Calangute Beach with panoramic sea vistas, this restaurant and bar provides seating on an outside open-air deck with large comfy sofas for relaxing and more formal tables and chairs for dining. Here you’ll find a great selection of Indian, European and seafood dishes to choose from, including Jheega Nawabi, oven-fired pizzas and grilled jumbo prawns, plus a large drinks list with world-class wines and international beers. Entertainment also takes place regularly in the form of karaoke sessions, DJ sets and live bands.