Goa in March: weather and travel tips

Dre Roelandt

written by
Dre Roelandt

updated 15.01.2024

March marks the onset of spring, and it's a season when many travellers contemplate visiting the tropical paradise of Goa. With its sun-kissed beaches, lush landscapes, and vibrant culture, Goa is a year-round destination. Here’s our guide to the weather in Goa in March.

Is March a good time to visit Goa?

March is undoubtedly a remarkable time to explore Goa. As winter bids adieu and the sun starts to assert its dominance, the weather in this coastal haven becomes increasingly pleasant.

Whether you're a sunseeker, an adventurer, or a culture enthusiast, Goa in March has something to offer for everyone. Additionally, March represents the end of the busiest tourist season, which means less crowds compared to December and January. 

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Air & sea temperatures in Goa in March

March in Goa ushers in warm and inviting days. The average daytime temperature hovers around 32°C (90°F), which is perfect for lazing on the sandy shores, sipping on coconut water, or embarking on various outdoor activities. It's worth noting that as the day progresses, temperatures tend to rise, so staying hydrated and using sunscreen is essential.

Goa's coastal waters mirror the comfortable climate on land. In March, sea temperatures are around 27°C (81°F), making it an ideal time for water enthusiasts.

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Vagator beach in Goa, India © Shutterstock

Vagator beach in Goa, India © Shutterstock

Can it rain in Goa in March?

While the chances of rain in March are significantly lower than during the monsoon season (which typically occurs from June to September), it's still possible to experience some isolated and light rainfall during this month. These sporadic showers are relatively uncommon and should not significantly impact your travel plans.

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Palacio do Deao near Quepem. Goa. India © Shutterstock

Palacio do Deao near Quepem. Goa. India © Shutterstock

What about the crowd & cost?

While March is not as bustling as the peak tourist season months of December and January, it still attracts a considerable number of visitors. The lively atmosphere of Goa in March, courtesy of Holi and other festivities, draws travellers from around the world. The crowd is diverse, and the energy is infectious. It's an excellent time to socialize, celebrate, and meet fellow travellers without the overwhelming numbers of the high season.

March offers a more budget-friendly experience in Goa. Accommodation and other expenses tend to be more reasonable compared to the peak season months

Set on taking a trip this spring? Read up on the best places to visit in March.


Holi in India or Shigmo in Goa © Shutterstock

Unforgettable, fully customisable Goa itineraries

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Anjuna Beach, North Goa, India © Shutterstock

What to do in Goa in March

March is a fantastic time to visit Goa, India, as the weather is pleasant, and many activities and events are available. 

Join Easter celebration

March is the month of Easter, and in Goa, the celebrations are vibrant and full of traditions. Attend Easter Mass in the beautifully adorned churches, participate in processions and savour special Goan Easter treats.

Experience Shigmo 

Shigmo is Goa's answer to Holi, a colourful and joyous spring festival. Join in the festivities with vibrant parades, traditional folk dances, and the throwing of colourful powders and water.

Trek to Dudhsagar Waterfalls

The Dudhsagar Waterfalls are a magnificent sight, and the weather in Goa in March makes it an ideal time to visit as the water flow is at its peak. Take a train ride through the jungle to witness this natural wonder.

Explore Goa Chitra Museum

Explore the rich history of Goa at the Goa Chitra Museum. This museum showcases artefacts, art, and exhibits that shed light on the state's diverse cultural heritage.

Visit the Butterfly Conservatory in Pond

For a unique and enchanting experience, visit the Butterfly Conservatory in Pond, Goa. Witness an array of colourful butterflies in their natural habitat and learn about their life cycle and significance in the ecosystem.


The weather in Goa in March is great for the butterfly conservatory © Shutterstock

Planning your March trip to Goa

Discover some of the best things to do in India for more inspiration, and start planning your trip with The Rough Guide to India

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Dre Roelandt

written by
Dre Roelandt

updated 15.01.2024

Dre Roelandt is originally from the United States but lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Dre is a freelance writer and artist with a passion for travelling. They are an in-house Content Editor at Rough Guides.

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