Averages for Goa in November
Temperatures start to cool down in Goa, India in November, when both the average highs and the average lows begin to fall. During this month, the average temperature starts off at 29°C, created by highs of 34°C during the daytime and lows of 24°C after dark. This drops down to 27.5°C, made up of highs of 33°C during the daytime and lows of 22°C after dark, making the first week of November the best time to visit if you want to experience Goa when temperatures are at their highest.
Although it only happens on an average of 10% of days, temperatures can sometimes rise above 36°C and drop below 19°C in Goa in November. The hottest temperature ever recorded in the resort at this time of year is 36°C, whilst the coldest temperature ever registered in the resort during this month is 10°C.
November is one of the most popular months of the year to holiday in Goa, which means that flight and accommodation prices will be sky high during this month. If you’re after a cheap holiday deal, consider travelling between June and September – these are usually when you’ll find the best deals. However, if you do decide to visit Goa in November, you’ll need to take suntan lotion, sunglasses and hats to avoid sunburn and heatstroke, plus light and airy clothing to keep you cool. Relatively, November is one of the hottest months of the year for Goa, so if you’re not a fan of high temperatures, you’re better off planning your trip for February instead, which is one of the coldest months of the year for the resort.
During an average November, Goa is subject to around 31mm/1 inch of rainfall spread out over three wet days. The likelihood of rainfall making an appearance greatly decreases as the month progresses, starting off at 13% on November 1st and dropping down to 3% by November 30th, making the final week of the month the best time to visit if you want to keep the possibility of rainfall spoiling your holiday down to a minimum. The most common forms of precipitation you can expect to see in Goa in November are thunderstorms (which occur on 42% of days with rainfall), light rain (22%), drizzle (20%) and moderate rain (15%).
Over the course of the month, Goa enjoys an average of nine hours of sunshine every day – that’s the same as the previous month – alongside an average sea temperature of 29°C – that’s 1°C cooler than last month. With so many hours of daily sunshine and such a warm sea temperature, November is a great month to hit the beach, but try and avoid being out in direct sunlight between 11am and 3pm, when the sun’s rays are strongest.
The median cloud coverage for Goa in November quickly drops as the month develops, beginning at 24% at the beginning of the month and decreasing down to 11% by the end of the month. November 1st is the cloudiest day of the month, when the sky is overcast/mostly cloudy 31% of the time and clear/mostly clear 62% of the time, whilst November 30th is the clearest day of the month, when the sky is clear/mostly clear/partly cloudy 81% of the time and overcast/mostly cloudy 6%.
The relative humidity for Goa ranges between 35% (comfortable) and 84% (humid), rarely falling below 25% (dry) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid). The air is usually driest around November 30th, when the relative humidity falls below 40% (comfortable) three days out of four, whilst it’s at its most humid around November 6th, when it rises above 76% (humid) three days out of four.
Normal wind speeds for Goa in November vary from 0 m/s (calm) to 4 m/s (gentle breeze), rarely going above 6 m/s (moderate breeze). The highest average wind speed of 2 m/s (light breeze) happens around November 12th, when the average daily maximum is 4 m/s, whilst the lowest average wind speed of 2 m/s occurs around November 30th, when the average daily maximum is 4 m/s.
Benaulim Beach in Goa, India taken by Klaus
Where to stay
Santana Beach Resort is one of the highest-rated mid-range hotels in Candolim in Goa. Located directly on the Sinquerim Beach where you can enjoy swimming, sunbathing and water sports, this hotel is surrounded by landscaped gardens and provides accommodation in the form of standard rooms and double suites. All guestrooms come with cable TV, mini bar and private bathroom with hot water, whilst suites also include kitchen facilities. Onsite services and amenities include two swimming pools, solarium, Aryuvedic massages in-room or poolside and Olegario’s restaurant which serves international food and drinks. Although there aren’t many facilities onsite, this is reflected in the cheap rates and you’ll find plenty of nightlife and dining options available nearby on Sinquerim Beach.
If you’d rather stay close to Colva Beach, consider Beleza. This boutique hotel is situated 25 minutes away from the airport, ten minutes from the Madgaon train station and just a short walk away from Colva Beach where you’ll find water sports, food shacks and beach bars. Guests can choose between 30 superior deluxe rooms, each of which comes with satellite LCD TV, WiFi access and private balcony, or spacious villas which come with three bedrooms and kitchenette. Onsite dining options include Tentação restaurant which serves Goan, Indian and international food, Nazaré restaurant which serves casual beach-style cuisine and private beachfront dining. Other onsite services and facilities include swimming pool, kids’ pool, gym with treadmill and cross-trainer, spa which offers massages, body scrubs and beauty treatments, daily and nightly entertainment, WiFi access, direct beach access and gift shop.
JuSta Panjim is another alternative when it comes to beachside accommodation in Goa. Situated in Caranzalem, close to Miramar Beach and the Dona Paula Jetty, this boutique hotel blends old world architecture with modern facilities. Guests can choose between superior rooms which come with air conditioning, WiFi access and 32” satellite TV, plus club rooms which are larger and also come with complimentary minibar. Onsite dining options include bakery, Hi-Tide restaurant which serves Indian, Goan and continental cuisine, Outer Deck and Lounge which serves soft drinks and light snacks, and Aqua Bar which serves alcoholic drinks. There’s also an onsite fitness centre with free weights, weight machines, cardio machines, exercise balls and yoga mats. You’ll also find a variety of water sports, bars, restaurants and shops available close by.
For something more budget-friendly, consider Varca Palms Beach Resort. Located just off Varca Beach and within easy access of the Benaulim, Mobor and Colva Beaches, this hotel provides accommodation in the form of 56 double guestrooms and cottages, each of which comes with satellite TV, air conditioning, minibar and complimentary breakfast. Onsite services and facilities include swimming pool, children’s pool, tennis courts, beach volleyball, shopping arcade, health club with Ayurvedic centre and live entertainment, plus Niel’s Cabana which serves local and international cuisine and Waves Bar which serves soft drinks, beers and cocktails.
Hit the beach
Sinquerim Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Goa, mainly used by visitors on holiday. Here you can try a vast assortment of water sports, from waterskiing, parasailing and windsurfing to banana boat trips, scuba diving and jet skiing. The beach is made up of soft golden sand peppered with massage and temporary tattoo beach shacks, and calm, shallow waters which are ideal for swimming in. There are loads of dining options available, with a huge number of beach shacks serving up Goan cuisine, Indian dishes and seafood alongside beers, cocktails, spirits, fresh fruit juices and smoothies.
Colva Beach is another popular beach with a lively party atmosphere. This beach is made up of around 2.4km of powder white sand, lined by coconut palm trees on one side and calm seas with very small waves on the other. The services and facilities here are similar to that of Sinquerim Beach, with a variety of water sports, boat excursions, massage kiosks and beach shacks which provide toilets, sun loungers and shade. You’ll also find lifeguards patrolling and sections of the beach designated for swimming with safety flags.
Poker at the Casino Carnival Goa in Goa, India via Flickr
Things to do
For some action-packed evening entertainment, spend the night at Casino Carnival Goa. Anchored in the Mandovi River, this boat casino is spread out over four decks and offers entertainment for all ages. Casino games include Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, slot machines, Punto Blanco and various types of poker – but that’s not all. Casino Carnival Goa also boasts the Samba restaurant which serves Indian cuisine buffet style, children’s play area and bar with nightly entertainment. There is a small entry fee for male guests, but women can enter for free.
History buffs and art lovers won’t want to miss the chance to visit Rock Art of Goa. Located in Usgalimol Village, this art gallery come historic exhibit is set on an abandoned mining site along the Kushavati River. There’s only one form of artwork here – engravings – which are between 5,000 and 30,000 years old and were discovered in 1993 after a mudslide. The ancient carvings are on a single rock surface which measures 200m by 10m and depict images of animals and people going about their daily lives in ancient times. The carvings aren’t labelled, so you’ll have to carefully study the rock in order to pick out all the adults, children, bison, deer and peacocks engraved.
Aguada Fort is another historical point of interest worthy of a visit during your holiday in Goa. This building in the largest and best-preserved Portuguese bastion in the resort and was built between 1609 and 1612.The fort features tall walls measuring 5m by 1.3m, which were originally protected by 200 cannons and a dry deep moat which you still have to cross to get to the inside today. Some of the most unusual aspects of the Aguada Fort are the huge vaulted cistern which used to store up to 10 million litres of fresh water and the four-storey lighthouse which dates back to 1846, making it the oldest one in Asia. Despite the fort not being fully intact, the buildings which are the best preserved have been converted into what is currently the largest prison in Goa.
Goan rice-dish from VJ's Shack in Goa, India taken by Y'amal
Eating and drinking out
VJ’s Shack is located on Candolim Beach and is best known for its laid-back welcoming atmosphere. The menu is extensive and includes a wide range of Indian dishes – such as curries and freshly-caught seafood – alongside European dishes – such as salads and burgers – guaranteeing something for everyone. The drinks menu is equally varied and is comprised of local and imported beers, spirits, cocktails and freshly-made fruit juices. In addition to food and drink, VJ’s Shack also offers diners free WiFi access, sun loungers, shades, showers and clean toilet facilities.
For something more formal, try the Bistro. Set within the Sunset Beach Resort, this award-winning restaurant serves a wide range of international dishes, from fillet steak and chicken kiev to grilled prawns and Indian curries, with a selection of multiple-course meal deals available daily. The drinks menu is typical of the area and features local and international beers, wines available by the bottle, spirits, cocktails and soft drinks. The setting is very clean and relatively formal for Goa, with ceiling fans above most tables, making it a cool place to dine on a balmy November evening.