Goa in December - Worth visiting


#1 Oct 19th, 2001, 21:28
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I shall be in South India over Christmas and was wondering if Goa was worth visiting or worth avoiding.
#2 Nov 18th, 2001, 20:15
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Goa in December

Hi Gary

Ofcourse, the best time in Goa, in terms of weather, parties, people, etc. It all depends on what sort of holiday do you want.

Quiet or a Party scene. What ever you want, you can have it in goa.
#3 Aug 31st, 2002, 06:04
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Goa in December

I was in Goa in December and remember having a wonderful time. Weather was warm but not hot and everyday was dry and sunny. I don't care for the techno crap at Anjuna and some of those other places so I went to a much quieter beach. I think Goa rocks even though it gets some bad press.

If you are still not convinced then head down the coast through Karnatak to Kerala and check that out. Its supposed to be great too.


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#4 Aug 31st, 2002, 22:27
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Better in the first half of the month, for me

Just be aware of Albert Goastein's notorious equation:

Dec Numbers = (November Travellers x Beach Sellers²) ³

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Goa will be overcrowded cause it;s the peak season. It's almost a ritual to spend new years in Goa.

Anyways, my advice is to book in advance. Unless you take a cab or drive, planes and trains are going to be full... So, start planning now...
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if i could choose i'd deffinately be in goa of all places for christmas and new year !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

but for a first timer i wouldn't recommend it, might be too much
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this is an old topic, but probably of interest to some anyway.

I'm a fairly regular visitor to goa over the winter -- generally arriving mid-novermber and staying until february or even mid-march. November weather is perfect and generally uncrowded -- many who will be staying for the season stake out their rooms and houses, and there is a constant trickle of travellers arriving some from Europe, and some from the north. This accellerates during the first two weeks of december and the seasonal restauants open -- but good places still relatively easy to find and prices still OK. Beginning mid-month, the trickle of backpackers becomes a flood and the charters start disgorging pasty-faced euros, many bent on hard partying.
For those who have found an ok place to stay, this presents no big problem. If one arrives on christmas eve, expect to be hosed somewhat -- though there will be someplace to stay as goan accommodations are very 'elastic' with many families giving up a room or two to cash in on the flow. More upscale hotels and gh will try to hold back some rooms and gouge as well. Don't count on booking on-line for, say Dec 24-27 and expect a positive reply. Motorcycles harder to rent and more expensive during the holidays too, but this is no big deal. Loads of Indian tourists come down from Mumbai for a day or two as well -- Christmas/New Years is a bit of a circus, which some enjoy while others just put up with. Within a few days after New Years, the crowds have moved on and goa is pretty well back to it's laid-back self.

As for transport, Ekta is quite correct -- the rail and air situation gets pretty bad forcing some to take the dreaded bus down from Mumbai rather than await a train reservation. Tourist quota should help, but someone arriving from abroad during December and hoping for a good connection from Mumbai would be advised to check out the Konkan prebook plan or Indiarail advance booking facility -- both of which have relevant threads in the Transportation section of the forums.

Goa weather stays very nice -- sunny, cool nights, light sea breezes through mid-february when it starts heating up somewhat and often the winds pick up in the afternoons. March still ok though getting hotter -- you notice it at night as it doesn't cool down as much. From what I hear, the season winds down pretty well in April due to heat and less people around and the beach shack's season over by early may and things mostly deserted.

Goa might have some appeal at any time of year, but the prime season is november-march when it is at it's best. There will be lots of people around, but some towns and beaches will be less hectic than others -- just a matter of looking around to find what suits you.

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