Why Should You Visit Goa in October?
As the monsoons slowly recede towards a quiet end, October marks the last month of Goa’s rainy days. From here on out, the Sun shines upon our Golden sands and mellow trees like there’s no tomorrow. October can be a real sweet opportunity if your dislike towards damp weather is synonymous to your dislike towards crowds during the peak season.
Let’s dive right in.
Weather in Goa during October
In October, Goa experiences average daytime temperatures of around 28°C. The heat continues to get stronger as the month goes on. At night, the temperatures dip to around 25°C. So, although it’s cooler during night time, you will certainly feel more cozy with an air conditioner.
But with just six wet days on average and the declining likelihood of showers as the month goes on, these subtle showers won’t ruin your holiday plans.
Things to do in October
Drop by Goa’s only Bird Sanctuary
One simply does not pass up the opportunity to visit the Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary in Goa. Located on the western tip of Goa, along the Mandovi River, this bird sanctuary is the only one in Goa. It is home to a variety of migratory and local birds, as well as crocodiles, crabs, jackals and foxes.
There is a watch tower too right within the sanctuary, ideally positioned for bird watching. The best time to visit the sanctuary is early morning, which is when you’ll see most of the wildlife out from the dense vegetation. You either need to be part of a tour or have permission from the Chief Wildlife Warden of the Forest Department in Panaji for an entry.
Witness the Diwali celebrations
Diwali celebrations in the Goa witnesses a unique event on the eve of Diwali Handmade effigies of Narkasur (A Hindu Mythology Evil character) are paraded on the streets before they are reduced to ash. This marks the commencement of the festival of light and end of evil and darkness. Beautiful earthen lamps are lit in the balconies of houses, all over Goa. During this time, a lot of festivities are held all over Goa, but you can experience the grandeur at the temples of Mangueshi, Nagueshi, Ramnathi, Shantadurga and Shirgao, amongst many others.
Check out St Alex Church in Curtorim
The St Alex Church is the most famous landmark of Curtorim in Goa. Built in 1597, this church is one of the oldest in the state. Most people travel to the church to admire the white exterior with traditional Portuguese features. Some also come forward and participate in the religious services which are occasionally held in English.
The church looks absolutely stunning and sparkly clean from the months of October and December.
Hit the Ozran beach, Goa
Neatly tucked in between Anjuna Beach and Vagator, Ozran Beach is a small bay, mainly used by tourists. An ideal place for a day out, Ozran is made up of soft golden sands lined by gentle waves. The waves are safe enough for swimming in late October now that the tides are much more predictable.
There are a few beach shacks dotted on the beach which serve local food and cheap drinks.
The Daniel Fernandes Standup Comedy show in Candolim, Goa
Goan Comedian Daniel Fernandes retired from a career in advertising and took to stand up comedy last year.
His comedies are based on his experiences with travel, 69 failed relationships and his favorite Indian community amongst other things. One of the biggest comics in India, he is a regular at Canvas and Comedy store. Be sure to not miss his upcoming stand up at Hotel Novotel, Candolim on the 14th of October.
Where to stay in Goa during October?
With the peak season just a month away. Hotels and resorts all over the state are busy prepping. Which means that most of the hotels and resorts which were closed during the off season are now open for business. The best part is that you can now enjoy the full fledged quality experience of the peak season but at a significantly lower price.
One should most certainly check out the north Goa beach area stretch of Candolim-Calangute-Baga-Anjuna-Vagator which has plenty of good accommodation and activity even during the start of the tourist season in late October.
The state run GTDC stays also has plenty of great and affordable accomodations
October in Goa marks the start of Tourist Season
Beach shack restaurants do close for the monsoon season around end of April and are generally rebuilt sometime in October if the allocation of shacks is completed by then. But in the very busy Calangute, Baga and Anjuna beach areas there are permanent structure restaurants/bars that stay open even during the monsoon months.
The Charter flights to Goa have already started operations. However if you’re a local traveller, trains are a great and safe mode of transport if you want to see a glimpse of the beauty of monsoons, firsthand. Tour packages are also a bit short in supply at this time of the year. A solo trip can however be much more fun indeed.
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