When to fly
With 10 hours of sunshine every day and temperatures averaging between 25°C and 30°C, Goa is an idyllic destination for most jetsetters. The best time to book flights to Goa is between October and April. While temperatures are high all year round, the monsoon season rainfalls are quite heavy. February is the driest month and July the wettest, but the monsoon season is becoming more popular as increasing numbers of tourists are flying in to experience the extreme weather.
Sunburn, taking place in December, is Asia's premier electronic dance and music event. This three-day festival brings together the perfect mix of music, entertainment, food, shopping and lifestyle. Since being introduced in 2011, 'Sunburn Arena' has hosted some of the world’s best DJs.
If your trip to Goa is focused on tasting some traditional Indian food, Goa's Food and Culture Festival in February should not be missed. Taking place over five days, everyone from restaurateurs to high profile chefs, to homemakers, come together to offer a true taste of Goan flavours. This is combined with a number of cultural events which add to the lively atmosphere.
Goa - a tiny state on the west coast of India - is best described as the Ibiza of the east. Hedonists, hippies and naturalists have all flocked to this mellow beach resort since the 1960s, but in the last eight years it’s become one of the hottest destinations, prompting visits from jet-setters and celebrities who travel there to enjoy Christmas or New Year's on the beach. One unique characteristic that differentiates it from other parts of India is the alluring mix of Indian and Portuguese and its laid back ethos of "Sossegade", Portuguese for "Take it easy."
Although the Portuguese left in 1961, Goa had been colonised by them for nearly 500 years leaving behind a strong influence. Most of the locals still speak the language, but it doesn’t stop there. Many Goans are Catholic with last names such as D'Souza and Miranda; the food has distinct Portuguese flavours and the homes are enriched with European features.
If you’re booking a flight to Goa with a view to hitting the beach then you’ll be spoilt for choice once you get there. Most visitors head to the Baga-to-Calangute area which is packed with beach shacks and tourists. But for a taste of the more serene sandy stretches, Agonda and Galgibaga are both breathtaking.