Goa in April: weather and travel tips

written by Olga Sitnitsa

updated 15.01.2024

April is a delightful month to visit Goa. At this time, the region basks in the pleasant warmth of spring, with its golden beaches, verdant landscapes and dynamic cultural tapestry attracting all kinds of travellers. Keen to visit? Read on to find out about the weather in Goa in April, along with tips on what to wear, and what to expect of costs and crowds.

What's the weather like in Goa in April?

The weather in April in Goa is characterised by warm and pleasant temperatures, marking the transition from the mild spring to the warmer pre-monsoon season. This period is ideal for those looking for sunny days and relatively uncrowded tourist spots.

Air and sea temperatures in Goa in April

Temperatures in Goa in April typically range from a comfortable 25°C (77°F) at night to a warmer 33°C (91°F) during the day. 

Sea temperatures also remain pleasantly warm, averaging around 30°C (86°F) — perfect for swimming and water activities.

Average rainfall in Goa in April

April is generally a dry month in Goa, with minimal rainfall. 

On average, this month receives about 11 mm of rain, which is spread over about 1-2 days of the month. 

With this limited rainfall, April is one of the best periods for active holidays in Goa and — of course — beach holidays.

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Vagator beach in Goa, India © Shutterstock

Vagator beach in Goa, India © Shutterstock

Is April a good time to visit Goa?

Due to the warm sunny weather, April is a good time to visit Goa. Temperatures are generally comfortable, with pleasant evenings and warm days, making it suitable for outdoor activities and beach breaks. 

April also comes towards the end of the peak tourist season, so you may see less crowded beaches and attractions compared to previous months.

However, it's important to note that the weather in Goa in April marks the beginning of the pre-monsoon season. Although the region receives minimal rainfall during this month, there is a chance of short, sporadic showers. 

In short, if you don't mind occasional rain and prefer a calmer atmosphere, April offers a more relaxed holiday experience.

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What about the crowds and cost?

Goa tends to be less crowded in April than during the peak tourist season, which runs from November to March. As April marks the beginning of the pre-monsoon season, many tourists have left.

When it comes to costs, you may find that accommodation and other travel expenses are more budget-friendly in April compared to the peak months. As the demand decreases, some hotels and services may offer discounts.

However, keep in mind that Goa is a popular destination all year round and prices may not come down significantly. 

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Dudhsagar Waterfall, Goa, India © Soumitra Pendse/Shutterstock

Dudhsagar Waterfall, Goa, India © Soumitra Pendse/Shutterstock

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Cola Beach, Goa, India © Shutterstock

Festivals and events in Goa in April

April is a fantastic time to visit Goa — the weather is pleasant, and many activities and events are available. 

Cashew Festival

Panaji, capital city of Goa, hosts an annual cashew festival. Locally known as 'Kaju Charter', this colourful celebration sheds light on the cultural and agricultural importance of cashews in the region. 

Introduced by Portuguese colonisers in the 16th century, cashew cultivation has long been an integral part of Goa's economy. 

The festival, which usually falls between February and early April, transforms Panaji into a vibrant fusion of tradition and modernity. It showcases the likes of Konkani folk dances, cashew processing demonstrations, culinary delights and cashew-based products.

Heritage Festival

The Heritage Festival in Saligao, North Goa, is a vibrant annual event held in April. Organised by Goa's tourism department and inaugurated by notable dignitaries, it features an array of activities that highlight Goa's traditions and arts. 

Attendees can enjoy a fashion show, traditional Goan games, pottery demonstrations, workshops on drama and theatre, film screenings, a Marathi-Konkani book exhibition, a heritage photography exhibit, and a craft bazaar. 

Scenic yard and old houses in historical town of Old Goa in India © Shutterstock

Old Goa, India © Shutterstock

Tips for travelling to Goa in April

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

What to pack for Goa in April

Travelling to Goa in April? Bring light, breathable clothing and don't forget high SPF sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses for protection from the strong sun. 

Comfortable sandals and a reusable water bottle are essential for beach days. 

Also bring a compact first aid kit, insect repellent and a mackintosh in case of a downpour.

Explore beyond beaches

In April, Goa offers more than just stunning beaches. It's the perfect time to immerse yourself in its rich culture through visiting the likes of historic sites and colourful spice plantations. 

In addition, wildlife sanctuaries, which are less crowded this month, offer great opportunities for nature-based holidays. 

Take care of your hygiene and health

In the April heat, it's especially important to prioritise hygiene and health.

For example, choose clean restaurants to avoid food infections, and make sure you have essentials like antiseptic cream, plasters and oral rehydration salts in your travel kit.

Fishing boats kept in Patnem beach in Goa, India © Saurav022/Shutterstock

Patnem beach, Goa, India © Saurav022/Shutterstock

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Olga Sitnitsa

written by Olga Sitnitsa

updated 15.01.2024

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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