Goa in July is in the middle of the monsoon season. It will rain almost every day. Humidity and precipitation is higher, and the wind speed is also considerably high. The sea can be rough on the days when it rains. The average high is 28.9°C, while the average low is 24.1°C, which makes July cooler than June. With the temperature coming down, July is certainly a more comfortable month. The long Indian summer is now a thing of the past now.
The tourists are back in Goa in July after the lull of the summer season. It is one of the wettest and the greenest months of the year. Thanks to the cloud cover, rivers full of water, greenery everywhere, and lower temperature, Goa is very romantic in the rains. In fact, Goa has now emerged as a very popular monsoon destination.
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|Weather||July is monsoon in Goa. There are 27 rainy days in the month on an average. There can be thunderstorms on a few days, but that is rare. Goa receives 6 hours of sunshine every day this month. The average temperature is less than June. The wind speed is nice and gentle. It is much more pleasant and cooler.|
|Beach||There were hardly any tourists in Goa in the monsoon even a decade back. This has changed now, but even then, you will still find the beaches quite empty. July is a good time to visit Goa if you enjoy rains.|
|Sea||The sea will be cleaner, but with all that rain, it can be choppy. Check the weather before going for a swim. Grande Island will usually be off-limits. You can still do a bit of snorkeling, on those breaks when it doesn’t rain.|
|Parties||There are a few parties in Goa in July, especially in North Goa. The crowds are back (mostly weekenders), and the biggest nightclubs are busy again. Check for rain dance and special weekend monsoon events.|
|Water sports||Very few water sports activities are available this month because of the cloud cover and choppy water. It may not be safe. At the most, you can do some swimming on the days when it doesn’t rain. But stay close to the beach. However, the monsoon is a good time for white water rafting in the rivers, which have a lot of water because of the rain.|
|Shacks||Most beach shacks are closed this month. Only the biggest ones and the permanent structures are open. Most of these shacks are located in North Goa.|
|Festivals||Touxeachem Fest, Chikal Kalo.|
|Prices||Goa is cheaper in July compared to the peak season, even though there are many tourists to enjoy the rain. The prices tend to go up during the weekends.|
Weather in July
The Goa weather in July is cooler than the summer, because we are at the middle of the monsoon season now.
The monsoon usually hits Goa in early June, so by July it is raining heavily. In fact, usually, July is the wettest month in Goa. It often rains every day, and sometimes, it can rain for several hours. On an average, it rains about 27 days in July. But you will still get dry and sunny breaks between those spells of rain and it is brilliant in those times, because it’s not as hot as the summer months. There will be a lot of clouds and the sea will be rough. The sea temperature will be warm. There can be riptides as well so be careful if you are planning to go swimming.
The precipitation increases slightly as the month progresses. On July 1st, it is around 78%, but by the end of the month, the precipitation should be around 89%. The wind speed in July ranges between 2 m/s, which is light breeze and 6 m/s, which is moderate. It is rarely above 9 m/s.
The humidity can be high. Goa’s relative humidity varies between 70%, which is considered mildly humid and 95%, which is extremely humid. It is rarely less than 57%.
|Climate in Goa|
|Average high, °C||31,6||31,5||32,0||33,0||33,0||30,3||28,9||28,8||29,5||31,6||32,8||32,4||31,3|
|Average low, °C||19,6||20,5||23,2||25,6||26,3||24,7||24,1||24,0||23,8||23,8||22,3||20,6||23,2|
|Average precipitation mm||0,2||0,1||1,2||11,8||112,7||868,2||994,8||512,7||251,9||124,8||30,9||16,7||2926|
Pros and Cons of Monsoon
Lower Prices – As there are fewer tourists, almost everything will cost less in July. This includes the room prices, transportation, cost of renting car/bike, food, and even the shops will charge less. Even flight tickets will be cheaper.
Power Outages – There can be power cuts when it rains. However, most of the big hotels, resorts and villas have power backup, so the power comes back quickly. You don’t have to stay in the dark.
Fewer People – There are a lot less tourists in July, so the beaches will be more pristine and cleaner. In peak season, many of the beaches, particularly in the North, can get very crowded. You might have to rush for a lounger. In July, you can take long walks on the beach and enjoy nature.
No Water Sports – Most of the water sports action will be closed in July. You can still go swimming in the sea, but the waves will be higher and there can be riptides too, so it’s best to avoid the water. There are lifeguards in many beaches, so check always if you must go swimming.
Greener and Cleaner Goa – With few people around, Goa will be much cleaner during the monsoon. Of course, all that rain will make Goa lush with greenery. Try the Spice Plantations, forests, and the waterfalls in July. They will be the most beautiful this time of the year.
Beach Shacks Are Closed – Many of the beach shacks, and also many restaurants and bars will be closed. However, there are still many places to dine and drink in Goa that are open in July. Many big restaurants, particularly at the bigger beaches will still be open.
No Long Queues or Waiting – There is zero waiting time at the restaurants and bars. There are no queues at the many tourist attractions in Goa.
The Markets – The Anjuna Flea Market is closed in July. It opens on a small scale in September and picks up in November. The Mackie’s Night Bazaar will also be closed in July. But there are many shops that are still open in July.
July is in the middle of the monsoon season in Goa, so there is a lot of rain. It may rain every day, sometimes very heavily. There can be sudden thundershowers too. But there is kind of magic in the combination of sea and rain, which makes Goa very romantic during the rains. Clouds over the sea, the rain, and the rainbow after showers all add to the charm of Goa this time of the year.
In fact, tourism has been growing in Goa during the monsoon in recent years, as more and more tourists are coming here, both domestic and international, making the monsoon season the second most popular tourist season in Goa after the winter.
Top 6 Things To Do In July
- Visit the Dudhsagar Waterfalls – Dudhsagar falls is going to look its mighty best during the monsoon. 47 kms from Margao by the MDR52, this is one of the most amazing sights in Goa. You will get completely drenched if you stand too close. You can trek to the falls from Castle Rock or take a car.
- The Spice Plantations – At their greenest best in July. There are many to choose from like Savoi, Sahakari Spice Farms, and the Tropical Spice Plantation. You will see many fruits, spice plants, exotic flowers and hundreds of orchids. There are wild birds, monkeys, and at Sahakari, you can take a bath with elephants too. Have an exotic lunch on banana leaves.
- The Wildlife Sanctuaries – Once again, many options. Choose from the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, Mollem National Park, and the the Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary.
- Other Attractions – The UNESCO World Heritage Site Basilica de Bom Jesus, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, Se Cathedral, Church of St Cajetan, and the St. Francis of Assisi Church.
- The Forts – Chapora, Aguada, Betul. The sea looks lovely from up there in July.
- The Latin Quarter and Old Goa. There are many fantastic old Portuguese mansions to see here that you cannot miss.
Don’t worry if you cannot swim in the sea in July or enjoy water sports. A walk in the rain can be a lot of fun too. Just wear your waterproof clothing, and enjoy all the splatter. It can be very romantic with all the clouds, the waves lapping the shore, and very few people around.
Rice planting in July
July is the time for planting rice in Goa. Rice and fish are the staple diet of the locals. In fact, no curry is ever complete without rice. So there is huge demand for rice in the state.
This month, the farmers hold water in their fields, and you will see them in crouched position, planting the rice seeds. The seeds have to be planted within water, so the rain makes it the perfect season. The varieties of rice grown this season usually take 90 and 110 days to mature. Goa grows about 28 traditional varieties of rice.
Rice is grown in Goa in mostly three types of areas – the uplands or morod, midlands or kherlands, and saline lands or khazan.
The monsoon is also a good time for sweet pineapples. In the markets, you will see a lot of them. Prices are cheap.
Touxeachem Fest – This is held at the Church of St Anne, which is also called the Santana Church on July 29th. The church is close to the Basilica de Bom Jesus. People from all over Goa visit the church on this date, mostly newlyweds, to wish for happy marriage or a child. The event is also known as Cucumber Feast because people offer cucumbers to St Anne at the church.
Chikhal Kalo – A fun festival of mud fights, which has been held for more than 150 years. It is held next to the Devki-Balkrishna temple in Marcel. There are many types of mud games along with bells and drums playing in the background. All the participants are thoroughly bathed in mud. It is held at the end of July.
Goa July Checklist – Make sure to pack waterproof clothing that will keep you dry in July. Also carry an umbrella and good boots if you plan to visit the national parks, Dudhsagar Waterfalls and the plantations. Finally, don’t forget a torch.
There is no water sport in Goa in July as it is deemed too risky. But there is one activity that will surely please the thrill seekers – whitewater rafting. The rivers and backwaters are all full in July, perfect for this adventure sport. July is the best month for this.
You will find rapids of all levels, both easy and challenging ones. There is whitewater rafting at many places in Goa – Valpoi River, Mhadei River, and the Mandovi River. Get basic instructions, rafting gear, lifejackets, and the whitewater rafting experience for just 1,500-2,000 INR per person.
Hotels in Goa in July
The hotel and resort rooms will be available at a lower price than the winter (peak season), but the prices are likely to be higher than the summer. In fact, there is moderate demand during the weekends as many tourists come down from Mumbai, Bangalore, and Pune to enjoy the rains at the seaside. Book early, especially if you are planning a weekend trip.
Most of the big hotels and resorts will be open in July. But the smaller places, home stays, and budget properties may have fewer staff members. The quality of service may suffer as a result.
Rent a Villa in Goa
Find a good place to stay in Goa for July. Villa living is a great option in July. Stay indoors and enjoy the comforts and amenities when it rains – comfortable beds, balcony, large plasma television, DVD player, coffee machine, juicers, barbecue, manicured lawn, and more. Take a dip in your own private swimming pool, relax at the sun bed, and have a drink by the shade when it rains.
We have villas all over Goa. Choose from modern constructions, or traditional Portuguese heritage buildings. For July, it may be best to choose a villa close to the major beaches, like Baga, Candolim and Calangute in the North, or Colva and Cavelossim in the South because there will be very little activity at most of the other beaches. Only the permanent shacks are open, many cafes and restaurants are closed, and there is very little nightlife. The busiest areas still has infrastructure for tourists.
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