Goa in October: weather and travel tips

Dre Roelandt

written by
Dre Roelandt

updated 12.06.2024

October ushers in a transformative period in Goa, where the landscape rejuvenates after the monsoon's embrace. As the rains bid adieu, the state emerges in all its glory, offering travellers a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural richness. Here’s our guide to the weather in Goa in October.

Is October a good time to visit Goa?

October marks the beginning of the post-monsoon season in Goa, making it an appealing time to visit this coastal paradise. October is an excellent choice for those seeking a quieter, less crowded Goa experience, as it falls just before the peak tourist season.

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Sunset at Agonda beach in Goa © Shutterstock

Sunset at Agonda Beach in Goa © Shutterstock

Air & sea temperatures in Goa in October

The weather in Goa in October is characterised by a transition from the rainy monsoon season to a more pleasant climate. Air temperatures range from 25°C to 33°C (77°F to 91°F), providing comfortable conditions for outdoor activities and sightseeing.

The sea temperature remains warm, hovering around 28°C (82°F), making it ideal to relax on Goa beaches and enjoy water sports .

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Dudhsagar waterfall in Goa, India © Shutterstock

Dudhsagar waterfall in Goa, India © Shutterstock

Can it rain in Goa in October?

October marks the end of the monsoon season in Goa, and while the rains gradually recede, there is still a possibility of occasional showers and overcast skies. The intensity of rainfall decreases significantly as the month progresses, making early October more likely to experience rain than the latter part of the month. 

However, it's essential to keep in mind that the weather in Goa in October can be unpredictable during the transitional period. 

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Elephant, India

India elephant © Shutterstock

What about the crowd & cost?

October in Goa is a unique time when the tourist season is just beginning to awaken from its monsoon slumber. This means that crowds are significantly smaller compared to the peak season, making it an excellent choice for travellers who prefer a quieter and more tranquil experience.

As for costs, October generally offers more budget-friendly options for accommodation and activities. Many hotels and resorts offer discounts and special deals to attract early-season visitors. Restaurants and beach shacks often have lower prices, allowing you to savour authentic Goan dishes without breaking the bank.

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Palacio do Deao near Quepem. Goa. India © Shutterstock

Palacio do Deao near Quepem. Goa. India © Shutterstock

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Cola Beach, Gao, India © Shutterstock

What to do in Goa in October 

As October ushers in the post-monsoon season in Goa, the state comes alive with its natural beauty. It's the perfect opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Indian beaches, explore the vibrant local culture, and indulge in delicious Goan cuisine. Here are some exciting activities to consider during your October visit.

Enjoy wildlife safaris

Goa is not just about beaches; it also boasts lush greenery and diverse wildlife. Take a wildlife safari in the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary or Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary to witness unique flora and fauna. Keep your camera ready for encounters with deer, monkeys, and various bird species.

Explore Chapora Fort

Explore the iconic Chapora Fort, perched atop a hill overlooking the Arabian Sea. Famous for its appearance in the Bollywood movie "Dil Chahta Hai," the fort offers stunning panoramic views. Wander through its ancient ruins and capture memorable moments with the sea as your backdrop.

Cruise on the Mandovi River

Set sail on a memorable cruise along the Mandovi River. Enjoy live music, traditional Goan dances, and the beautiful sunset. It's a fantastic way to relax and soak in the tranquil ambience while immersing yourself in Goan culture.

Go on a culinary adventure

Indulge in a culinary journey through Goa's diverse cuisine. Try fresh seafood at beachside shacks, relish traditional Goan curries, and discover the flavours of this coastal haven. Don't miss out on local specialities like vindaloo, xacuti, and bebinca.

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India, Goa, fish curry served with boiled white rice

India, Goa, fish curry served with boiled white rice © Shutterstock

Planning your October trip to Goa

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Dre Roelandt

written by
Dre Roelandt

updated 12.06.2024

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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