Goa in May: weather and travel tips

Olga Sitnitsa

written by
Olga Sitnitsa

updated 19.02.2024

May is the perfect month for travellers to experience the tropical paradise of Goa. At this time of year, the region still enjoys the pleasant warmth of spring, attracting tourists to its golden beaches, lush landscapes and vibrant culture. For more detail, read on to find out about the weather in Goa in May.

What is the weather like in Goa in May?

The weather in Goa in May is characterised by warm sunny days, and the transition to the warmer pre-monsoon season. 

Temperatures in Goa in May

In May, temperatures rise in Goa, with average daytime temperatures reaching 33°C (91°F). Evenings are generally pleasant, with temperatures averaging around 26°C (79°F). 

Meanwhile, the sea temperature remains a lovely 30°C (86°F), resulting in favourable conditions for beach holidays.

Average rainfall in Goa in May

May marks the beginning of the pre-monsoon season in Goa, which brings with it increased humidity and occasional short rain. 

Although the average rainfall is relatively low compared to the upcoming monsoon months, you should be prepared for sporadic showers. 

As for the numbers, the average rainfall in May is around 79 mm, which falls on a few days during the month.

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Sunset at Agonda beach in Goa © Shutterstock

The weather in Goa in May is still perfect for a beach holiday © Shutterstock

Is May a good time to visit Goa?

May is a unique time to explore Goa, with a warm climate and distinctive atmosphere coming as a result of the region transitioning to the pre-monsoon season. 

The temperatures in May reach around 33°C during the day and a comfortable 26°C in the evening. While occasional rain showers mark the beginning of the pre-monsoon period, they're typically brief, adding a refreshing touch to the lush surroundings. 

With fewer tourists, May presents an opportunity for a more intimate experience of Goa's beauty, complemented by competitive prices on accommodation. 

So, if you appreciate vibrant nature and seek a tranquil getaway with authentic cultural encounters, May can be an excellent time to visit Goa.

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What about the crowds and cost?

In May, Goa experiences fewer crowds as rising temperatures and the impending monsoon season marks the start of its off-peak season.

This translates to less crowded beaches and a more serene environment. In addition, many hotels and resorts offer competitive prices during this period, making it a budget-friendly time to visit. 

However, it's essential to note that some beach accommodation and businesses might be preparing for the monsoon, potentially leading to limited services.

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Resort huts on Mandrem beach in north Goa, India © saiko3p/Shutterstock

Resort huts on Mandrem beach in north Goa, India © saiko3p/Shutterstock

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Dudhsagar waterfall in Goa, India © Shutterstock

Dudhsagar waterfall in Goa, India © Shutterstock

Festivals and events in Goa in May

Due to the approaching monsoon season, May in Goa tends to be a quiet month for festivals and events  

However, some local festivals and religious events may still take place — keep an eye out for small local festivals at temples and churches.

In addition, Goa's nightlife and beach parties continue in May, offering a more relaxed and intimate atmosphere compared to the peak tourist season.

Tips for travelling to Goa in May

Travelling to Goa in May can be a delightful experience, especially if you're well-prepared. Here are some tips to make the most of your trip during your May visit.

What to pack for Goa in May

Take light and airy cotton clothes, swimwear, plus a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses. 

Don't forget high SPF sunscreen, comfortable sandals and a mackintosh or umbrella in case it rains.

Bring insect repellent, a reusable water bottle, a portable charger and a basic first aid kit. It's also advisable to have a light shawl or cardigan for the cooler evenings.

India, Goa, Arambol Beach

India, Goa, Arambol Beach

Plan indoor activities

Because of the hot weather in Goa in May, it's advisable to seek out indoor activities.

For example, you could explore its rich history and culture by visiting museums like the Goa State Museum or the Museum of Christian Art. 

This not only offers a respite from the heat, but also provides a unique insight into Goa's diverse artistic and historic landscape.

Respect local customs

When visiting Goa, it’s important to show respect for local traditions and customs. This includes dressing modestly at religious sites like temples and churches, where covering your shoulders and knees is often expected. Be mindful of local etiquette, such as removing shoes before entering sacred places. 

Understanding and adhering to these customs demonstrates respect for the local culture and enhances your experience by fostering a deeper connection with the community and its heritage.

In case you're still looking for options for your spring trip, also explore our list of the best holiday destinations in May.

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Olga Sitnitsa

written by
Olga Sitnitsa

updated 19.02.2024

Online editor at Rough Guides, specialising in travel content. Passionate about creating compelling stories and inspiring others to explore the world.

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