Averages for Goa in June
After May, the hottest month of the year, things start to cool down in Goa, India in June, when the monsoon season is just beginning. During this month, the average temperature starts off at 30.5°C, created by average highs of 33°C during the daytime and lows of 28°C after dark. This drops down to 28°C by the end of the month, created by highs of 30°C during the day and lows of 26°C after dark, making the first week of June the best time to visit if you want to holiday in Goa when temperatures are at their highest.
Even though it only happens on an average of 10% of days, temperatures have been known to rise above 34°C and drop below 25°C in Goa in June. The hottest temperature ever registered in the resort during this month is 44°C, whilst the coldest temperature ever recorded here at this time of year is 18°C.
Since June marks the beginning of the monsoon season in Goa, it isn’t one of the most popular times to visit, which will result in very cheap holiday deals. The beginning of the month is the warmest and driest, making it the best time to go, but if you don’t mind a little bit of rainfall, you could save a fortune by travelling at the end of the month. If you do decide to visit Goa in June, you’ll need to take plenty of light and airy clothing to keep you cool, hats, sunglasses and suntan lotion to protect you from the sun’s rays and waterproof clothing to help you stay dry. However, if you want to avoid high temperatures and excessive rainfall, forget about holidaying in Goa in June and plan your trip for February instead, which is one of the coolest and driest months of the year.
Since it falls within the monsoon season, Goa is subject to a relatively high amount of rainfall in June. During this month, the resort receives around 868mm/34 inches of rainfall which is spread out between 22 rainy days. The probability of precipitation occurring greatly increases as the month develops, starting off at 39% on June 1st and rising up to 78% by June 30th. The most common forms of precipitation experienced in the resort at this time of year are moderate rain (which falls on 40% of days with rainfall), thunderstorms (21%), light rain (17%), drizzle (12%) and heavy rain (11%).
Over the course of an average June, Goa boasts eight hours of daily sunshine – that’s four hours less each day than the previous month – along with an average sea temperature of 29°C – that’s 1°C cooler than the previous month. Although the sea will definitely be warm enough for swimming in Goa in June, the regular moderate rain showers might make the high number of daily sunshine hours less enjoyable.
The median cloud coverage increases significantly as June develops, beginning at 58% on June 1st and rising up to 81% by June 30th. June 1st is the clearest day of the month, when the sky is clear/mostly clear/partly cloudy 71% of the time and overcast/mostly cloudy 28%, whilst June 30th is the cloudiest day of the month, when the sky is overcast/mostly cloudy/partly cloudy 86% of the time and clear/mostly clear 14%.
The relative humidity for Goa in June fluctuates between 56% (mildly humid) and 94% (very humid), rarely falling below 46% (comfortable) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid). The air tends to be driest around June 1st, when the relative humidity falls below 61% (mildly humid) three days out of four, whilst it’s often at its most humid around June 30th, when it rises above 89% (very humid) three days out of four.
During an average June, wind speeds vary between 1 m/s (light air) 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 June 26th, when the average daily maximum is 6 m/s, whilst the lowest average wind speed of 3 m/s (light breeze) occurs around June 2nd, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s.
Agonda Beach in Goa, India taken by Aleksandr
Where to stay
Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa is an award-winning five-star hotel situated on Arossim Beach, just a 15 minute drive away from the airport. Surrounded by 45 acres of landscaped gardens, this resort focuses on nature and features walkways, fountains, lagoons and native flora within its grounds. Accommodation comes in the form of 250 pousada-style guestrooms and suites. Each of the units comes with free internet access, LCD satellite TV, air conditioning and private bathroom with sunken bath and complimentary toiletries, whilst the suites also offer a separate lounge. Onsite services and facilities include multi-level swimming pool, children’s club, 24-hour fitness centre, beauty salon with manicure and pedicure treatments, spa with facials, massages and body treatments, yoga classes, cookery classes, horticulture tours and water sports at the nearby beach. Onsite dining options include five local and international restaurants, in-room dining, one poolside bar and one lounge bar.
For something more budget-friendly, consider Casa Severina, a grand hotel inspired by classic mansions. This adults-only boutique hotel is ideal for a romantic escape, located in a quiet area just a five minute walk away from Calangute Beach. Here guests can choose between 17 standard rooms, junior rooms, deluxe rooms and luxury suites, each of which comes with private balcony, satellite TV, tea/coffee making facilities, daily complimentary water and air conditioning. The deluxe rooms and luxury suites also feature thick bathrobes, slippers and extra bathroom amenities. Onsite you’ll find the El Patio restaurant which serves daily complimentary breakfast, lounge bar, WiFi access (paid), spa with massages and Ayurveda therapies, free bicycle hire, swimming pool, solarium and recreation planner who can organise day trips and excursions.
Citrus Hotels Goa is perfect for holidaymakers who want to enjoy swimming and sunbathing during their holiday in Goa, being located just a four minute walk away from Calangute Beach. Built on the remains of a 16th century Portuguese fortress, this hotel provides accommodation in the form of superior double rooms, superior twin rooms and premier double rooms. Each of the units features free WiFi access, air conditioning, private bathroom with shower, coffee making facilities and LCD TV, whilst the premier double rooms also offer four-poster beds. Onsite you’ll find a swimming pool, fitness centre and spa, plus a 24-hour café which serves Indian and international cuisine and a poolside bar which serves snacks and cocktails. Daily complimentary breakfast is included in all room rates.
For a hotel surrounded by energetic nightlife, consider Hotel Novotel Goa Shrem Resort. Located close to the Candolim and Calangute beaches which offer lively beach shacks that stay open until the early hours, this resort provides accommodation in the form of 85 superior rooms, executive rooms, deluxe rooms and junior suites. Each room comes with 42” LCD TV, iPod docking station, WiFi access and private bathroom with shower, whilst the junior suite is much larger and includes balcony, separate bedroom, separate lounge, two flat-screen TVs and bathroom with bath. Onsite dining options include La Brise restaurant with sea views, The Square which serves international cuisine a la carte and buffet-style, The Bar which offers cocktails, mocktails and baked goods, plus the Swim-Up Bar, which offers snacks and cold drinks. Other onsite services and facilities include fitness centre, tanning salon, outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, video game area, bicycle hire and kids’ club.
Hit the beach
Cavelossim Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Goa, known for its clean fine white sand peppered with dark lava rocks. Despite its popularity, the huge size of the beach means that you’ll always have enough room to lie down your towel and the kids’ will always have enough space to play. The sea here is remarkably clean and calm for the majority of the time, making it perfect for swimming. Cavelossim Beach does attract a few species of birds, stray dogs and cattle, but they rarely go near people, so it shouldn’t put you off. Lining the beach you’ll find a grassy expanse covered in shade-providing palm trees and beach shacks which offer cheap food, drinks, toilet facilities, sun loungers and shades.
Candolim Beach is an equally popular beach in Goa, tucked in between Fort Aguada and Calangute beach. This beach is one of the largest in Goa and is usually calm and peaceful, making it a great place for sunbathing and snoozing. The beach is backed by sand dunes covered in small bushes where you’ll discover beach shacks offering local cuisine and freshly-caught seafood, as well as toilet facilities, sun loungers and shade. Here you’ll also find a handful of water sport kiosks offering parasailing and waterskiing, as well as a designated safe-swimming area with a flag system to indicate how rough the sea is.
Fontainhas in Goa, India taken by Aaron
Things to do
Take in a bit of history and culture by visiting Fontainhas during your holiday in Goa. Known as the old Latin Quarter, situated in Panaji, this town maintains its Portuguese influence, with colourful buildings and villas with overhanging balconies and long narrow streets. One of the area’s main attractions is the Chapel of St Sebastian which was built in 1880 and is best known for containing a lifelike crucifix, as well as a statue of the Virgin Mary, three carved reredors and two marquetry chests. A few steps away from the Chapel of St Sebastian you’ll find the Fundacão Orienté, located in a carefully restored building and toward the end of the town you’ll find Fonte Phoenix – a natural spring.
Palacio do Deao is another point of historical interest worthy of a visit during your trip. Built in the 1787 by a Portuguese nobleman, this palace faces the church built by the same man along the banks of the Kushavati River. It features a Hindu-Portuguese fusion architecture style, with lush tropical gardens full of historical features, such as balustrades, stone ornament vases, ponds, waterfall and a belvedere. There is also a heritage house where you can learn about the history of Goa, games room with chess, draughts and carom and small library with some rare books on Goa. The Palacio de Deao is also home to a restaurant overlooking the Kushavati River which serves a selection of Indian and Portuguese specialities.
Mango Lassi from Claudia's Shack in Goa, India taken by Martin
Eating and drinking out
When it comes to quality food at Candolim Beach, it’s tough to beat the offerings at Claudina’s Shack. This eatery offers a staggeringly large menu, with traditional English breakfast options, omelettes, sandwiches, burgers, soups, salads, seafood dishes and vegetarian options, plus a wide selection of Chinese and Indian delicacies, on top of daily specials. The drinks menu is equally large and features teas, coffees, fresh fruit juices, milkshakes, lassi drinks, beers, alcopops, spirits, wines, soft drinks and cocktails. Every Thursday evening, Claudina’s Shack also hosts a beach party buffet from 7.30pm, with 10-15 dishes, fireworks, fire jugglers, live DJ and bingo.
For lively entertainment, consider spending the evening at Zuperb Multi Cuisine. Located in Calangute, this restaurant serves up a fusion of Chinese, Indian and Continental dishes, with their mutton biryani, prawn patyo, kingfish curry and Goan chicken being amongst some of the most popular orders. There is also a comprehensive dessert menu available, with ice creams, brownies and cakes. Nightly entertainment comes in the form of DJs, live bands and karaoke sessions which go on until the early hours and create a great atmosphere. The drinks menu is fairly average for a restaurant in Calangute, with local and imported beers, wines, spirits, cocktails and soft drinks.