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12 Reasons to Visit Goa in December/January

Goa is love when it comes to a refreshing vacation. Be it an adventurer, a beach bum, an eco traveler, or a history lover, Goa has a special travel diary waiting to be written for every traveller. There are many reasons to visit Goa in winters that fall between the months of November and January. From glittery Christmas celebrations to a raunchy party scene in the cosy weather of Goa,

we have lined up the core reasons why you should fly to Goa in the months of December/January.

For Getting the Perfect Sun-Kissed Tan

As winter season reaches its peak during December and January in India, the overall weather of Goa during these months becomes perfect to soak up the sun and to lounge by the beachside to get that envious sun tan. Get into your favorite bathing suit, sip on a cocktail, put your sunglasses on and lounge away.

Where to go? Anywhere in Goa, preferably Candolim Beach, Vagator Beach

Observe & Maybe Befriend the Nearly-Extinct Olive Ridley Turtles 

The sea turtle species is as old as 100 million years. And old ridley turtles are one such type of species that are rare to spot. However, these turtles can be spotted on some of the beaches in Goa during the months of December and January because this is when they come out to lay eggs. Be careful not to disturb them though.

Where to go? Agonda Beach, Arambol Beach, Palolem Beach

For the Love of the Most Amazing Christmas Celebrations in India

It is originally a Portuguese town with Christianity as the predominant religion here. The vivid Portuguese and Baroque style influences can be traced in the historic churches of Goa and even the old residences of this place. The entire union territory lights up in the sparkling vibes of Christmas and New Year during the months of December and January thereby making it one of the most visited places in India at this time of the year. Visit Goa in winters and soak up the festive vibes and indulge in Christmas special delicacies here.

Where to go? Basilica of Bom Jesus, St. Francis of Assisi, Se Cathedral, Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception

For the Love of Freshest Seafood

Seafood lovers, BEWARE! A visit to Goa during December and January is going to take your taste buds for seafood on the ride of a lifetime. Indulge in guilty pleasures with the freshest seafood served at almost every corner of the territory of Goa. Combine it with a few shots of feni (the local traditional alcohol of Goa) or some beer or a tangy mocktail and you have got it all set.

Where to go? Candolim Beach and pretty much anywhere beachside resto-bar in Goa

For the Sake of Happening Nightlife

The tourist season of India hits its peak in the winter season, and the ambiance of Goa reflects it with the entire territory bustling with national and international tourists hitting the happening party scenes here at the various discos and clubs. You can go club hopping to explore different types of parties from the Silent Noise parties to the thundering dance parties.

Where to go? Baga Beach, Colva, Anjuna, Calangute Beach

For Partaking in Music Fests

Think carnivals, hypersonic music fests, and if your stomach flutters then it is time to backpack to Goa in December and January. This is the time in Goa when the beach party scenes flare up into whole new sets of experiences. This is also the time when you can attend the famed Sunburn Music Festival, one of the most happening music fests on the globe during which national and internationally-renowned artists participate to curate a one-of-a-kind hypersonic experience for people.

Where to go? Baga Beach, Calangute Beach, Vagator Beach, etc.

Try Your Hand at a Game of Blackjack at the Casinos in Goa

If you love to try your luck at the game of blackjack, Russian roulette, and more, then hop onto one of the casinos in Goa. These floating casinos are parked upon the Mandovi river in Panjim, the capital of Goa, to offer some of the most unique experiences to the guests.

Where to go? Mandovi River dock, Panjim

To Spend a Legendary Day at the Dudhsagar Waterfalls

With such beautiful and balmy weather in Goa during December and January, it would be unfair if you did not devote a day to experiencing the majesty of Dudhsagar Waterfalls. The sight of these iconic waterfalls has been used in movies for capturing the scenic beauty of India. You are in for a grand experience at these. Hire a 4X4 and drive down to these. There is a small hike and viola, you would hear the melody of the waterfalls from a distance that would urge you to hike fast and reach there in no time. These waterfalls are best explored in Goa between October to March.

For a Mindblowing Retreat Experience

If you love the wild, the lush forest trails, then visit Goa in winter on a yoga and ayurveda retreat. Indulge in a spa; take a lazy walk through the forest trails tucked away from the bustling beachside scenes of Goa. You can partake in serious yoga practices and take a journey towards self-discovery in the beautiful lush beauty of Goa. Pick a yoga school in Goa and sign up for a 200 hour Yoga TTC in Goa and let the rest of the journey take you on its own. If you are serious about yoga practices then make sure to pick only the best yoga teacher training course in Goa that is recognized by Yoga Alliance.

Where to go? Goa Yogashala

For the Love of Birdwatching 

You would be surprised to know that Goa is much more than beaches, nightlife, and churches. It is also admired by birdwatchers especially when the tourists visit Goa in winter which is the season of migration. Visit the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary and you would be amazed by the species of birds that migrate here. Admire the birds from a distance and relax.

Where to go? Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

For the love of Beachside Sports

Ahh, the beachside sports. Whether you are an adrenaline junkie, an adventure sports lover, or not, it is hard not to get enthused by the range of water sports available at Goa’s beaches suited to all age types and groups. You can pick from thrilling water sports such as jet skiing, and skateboarding, to comparatively more mellow water sports such as a banana ride, as per your choice and have the ideal beachside fun you had been craving. The sports are best enjoyed during the months of October, November, December, January, and February in Goa.

Where to go? Calangute Beach, Vagator Beach

For the Love of a Hot Air Balloon Ride

Water sports are not enough, let’s go aerial with a hot air balloon ride. With such beautiful weather in December/January, Goa sparkles with all kinds of fun activities that you would love to try. Going on a hot air balloon ride in the skies of Goa surely gives us a reason to travel to this beachside haven in winter.

Where to go? Assolda Football Grounds, Chandor


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