Goa in March

The Guide for Visiting Goa in March

March is outside the main tourist season in Goa, but it’s still super-cool to be in Goa this time of the year. Sure enough, it is beginning to get hot, but it’s still not as hot as April or May. The weather is manageable if you avoid direct sunlight exposure between 11 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon. The evenings are cool and nice. The average daytime high in March ranges between 32°C and 33°C, and the nighttime average is between 21°C and 24°C. March is also a very dry month, so it is very unlikely that there will be a sudden downpour. Spend your March afternoon relaxing at the private swimming pool in your Goa villa. Find villas with pool in Goa.

There are fewer tourists in March, so almost everything costs less. The beaches are relatively empty, so you will have more privacy. In March, the streets and beaches of Goa are much cleaner as well.

Most of the beach shacks, bars, pubs, and restaurants are still open. The best villas in Goa are located close to the main attractions. There are hardly any queues so you get the table immediately. The service quality is even better as there are fewer guests. The Arabian Sea will be cleaner. March is a dry month. There is very little rain and no threatening clouds. You can swim safely.

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Quick Overview

Infographic: Goa in March

Weather Beginning of the hot Indian summer. But the mornings and evenings are still very nice. The temperature drops noticeably as the sun goes down, and there is a nice sea breeze as well. There is little rain, as March is one of the driest months.
Beach Very few tourists, so the beaches are clean and empty – even the most popular beaches of South and North Goa. In many beaches, you might be the only visitor – perfect for solitude seekers.
Sea Mild water with long hours of sunshine and almost no rain. The sea is safe for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving as well.
Parties The party crowd departs after the Carnival in February. Most nightclubs close down. But the most popular ones are still open.
Water sports Some operators are still offering speed boat and banana boat rides, parasailing, water scooters, and you can also cruise on the rivers. March is a good time for bird and dolphin watching.
Shacks Only the permanent beach shacks are open. They serve yummy seafood delicacies and drinks. Recliners are also available.
Festivals Shigmo Festival, Rider Mania, Holi.
Prices Expect good discounts in March.

Weather in March

February was slightly warmer than January. The weather in March keeps getting warmer, with the average temperature starting around 26.5°C at the beginning of the month. In March, the weather keeps getting warmer, with the average temperature starting around 26.5°C at the beginning of the month. Average high in the daytime is 32°C. The average night time temperature in this month is 23.2°C. The first week of the month is always the most pleasant.

Avg weather in March
11 Hrs per day
1,2 mm per month
63 % avg
6 Mph avg

March is a dry month in Goa with little rain. In an average year, there is just 1.2mm rainfall on just 1 day in the month. But this is more than the 0.1mm rainfall of February. Precipitation is higher in March as well. In the first week it is 1.1%, but by the end of the month, the precipitation goes down to 0.9%. There is a likelihood of thunderstorm this month. If it becomes too hot, then it can pour in the late afternoon or early evening.

Climate in Goa
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
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

In an average day this month, there are 11 hours of sunshine, which is 1 hour more than February. The average sea temperature is 28°C, which is the same as the last month. A warm sea and many hours of sunshine is perfect condition for spending long hours on the beach. But stay away from direct sunlight when the sun is the strongest.

There is a good chance that the cloud coverage will increase as the month progresses. It is 5% in the first week of March, but by the end of March, it is up to 13%. There is 73% likelihood that the sky will be clear on an average day. The chance of an overcast condition, on the other hand, is just 2%.

The relative humidity ranges between 34% and 89%. It will rarely go below 20% or reach 100% in March.

Pros and Cons of Visiting Goa in March

Pros Cons

Prices – This is not the main tourist season in Goa. In fact, the number of tourists begins to go down after the carnival in February. With fewer tourists, there is a sharp drop in the prices. The beach shacks, restaurants, bars, shops, and bike/car rentals will cost you less.

Weather – March is certainly warmer than February. The average daytime temperature is 32°C, but on 2-3 days in the month, it can go up to 36°C. The evenings can be humid. However, March is still more comfortable than April and May, the peak summer months in Goa.

Better Services – All the beach shacks and important tourist attractions in Goa are open, even though March is not the peak season. The quality of service you will receive is much better as there are fewer guests. You will get the personal attention you deserve.

Few Parties – Many tourists come to Goa because of the parties. March is not a typical party season. There are few parties around. Many of the ones still happening are private. So you will miss out on the parties if you come to Goa this month.

Nicer and Quieter – March is not the party season in Goa. Those crazy about parties are all gone. You will love it if you prefer quiet and peace. The travelers you will find are in Goa for the experience. There are still a few parties, mostly private, but they are very few in number.

Beach Shacks – Not all beach shacks throughout Goa operate in March. In fact, many of them will shut down after the 20th. The ones in the main beaches of the North are likely to remain open. If you are staying in South Goa, check before you go.

A Quick Holiday – There is a huge demand for the best villas in the peak season. You won’t get a booking unless you make the registration in advance. In March, you can plan a quick getaway and still book the villa you want. There is a much better chance that it is still available.

Water Sports – There are plenty of water sports activities to choose from in Goa almost throughout the state. But once again, after March 20th, many of them will stop operating. Scuba diving and snorkeling will be off if it rains or if there is a chance of thunderstorm.

Traffic – Little traffic this month, so you can reach anywhere without delays. You will thus be able to cover more in a day.

Street Side Shops – Many of the street side shops selling souvenirs and also the tattoo parlors will close down, particularly in the last week of March.

Top 6 Reasons for Visiting Goa in March

  1. Only Serious Goa and Nature Lovers – Most of the party crowd is gone, and so are the noisy school and college students as this is the exam season. The ones you will find in Goa this time of the year are solitude seekers, true nature lovers, and people who are here for the Goa experience.
  2. Wildlife – March is one of the best times of the year to see Goa’s wildlife – dolphins, crocodiles, turtles, and plenty of birds. Visit Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary for a chance to see the black sloth bear, leopard, the four-horned antelope, black panther, Indian gaur, barking deer, mouse deer, giant squirrel, wild boar, wild dogs, and many others species.
  3. Better Service – The permanent shacks are still open and offer better service as there are always fewer people to serve. The food quality is also better.
  4. Prices – The prices are low. You can get deep discounts, even at the best hotels, villas, and restaurants. Most properties are available too, so you can plan a quick getaway, even on a weekend. Two-wheelers and car rentals too cost less.
  5. Colorful Festivals – There is Holi, the festival of colors. There is also the Shigmo festival, which is Goa’s unique version of the Holi. Both are a lot of fun.
  6. Kokum – You will find the dried kokum fruit throughout the year, but the fresh and juiciest kokum is only available between March and May.

Top 6 Things To Do In Goa In March

  1. Long, Quiet Walks On The Beach – There are fewer people in March, so the beaches will be relatively empty and cleaner. March is exam time in India, so the noisy kids will be away too. Take those long walks on the beaches to appreciate nature. Nobody is going to bother you. There are plenty of beaches in North and South Goa to choose from.
  2. Water Sports – There is very little rain in March. The sea is not choppy, so it’s the perfect time for water sports activities. March is not as scorching as April or May, so you can spend long hours in the water or the beach. Enjoy your scuba diving or snorkeling just off the shore of Grand Island. There is parasailing, and boat rides in many beached. Enjoy kayaking, or even cruising in the rivers.
  3. Camping – Escape from the heat if the temperature goes up by going on a camping trip to the forests and hills. Visit the waterfalls and learn to identify the trees. Take a dip in the cool waters. It is the perfect respite from the heat and humidity of March. Stay in a tent overnight. Enjoy a campfire with barbecue.
  4. Visit the Forts – There are quite a few forts in and around Goa, like the Chapora Fort, Aguada Fort, Corjuem Fort, or the Terekhol Fort. You will love the spectacular views from these places. Steeped in history, they all have many interesting stories to tell.
  5. Old Goa – There are many interesting sights from Old Goa of the Portuguese that you don’t want to miss. Visit 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.
  6. The Museums – History buffs have a lot to do in Goa. See the bronze statues and Hindu relics in the Archaeological Museum of Old Goa. There is also the Naval Aviation Museum where you can see exhibits showcasing the evolution of the Indian Navy. There is also the Institute Menezes Braganza.

Goa March Checklist – Carry lots of airy and light clothing so that you can stay cool in March. There is a higher chance of rain this month, so you may want to pack an umbrella as well. Include a suntan lotion, hats and sunglass for those sunny days. Of course carry your swimwear because you want to stay in the water for long.

Festivals in March

  1. Shigmo Festival – Also referred to as the Shigmotsav, this is Goa’s answer to Holi, but much more vibrant in many ways. People play with colors wearing colorful traditional outfits. There are huge floats of characters from Hindu mythology. There are parades in Vasco, Panjim, Margao, Mapusa and elsewhere. There are cultural displays too, including Goan folk dances like Modni, Mando, Fugdi, and others.
  2. Kalas Utsav – This festival celebrating the advent of the Phalgun month is held every alternative year at the Morjaee Temple in Morjim. Social and cultural events are held throughout the month.
  3. Holi – The festival of colors, Holi, is celebrated throughout India, and also in Goa, with a lot of passion. Everyone gets involved in merrymaking, applying colors and enjoying the festival. Holi is even wilder in Goa, as there is crazy music and Holi parties at hotels, resorts, private parties in the villas, and even right on the beaches and shacks. Don’t miss the vibrant Holi parties in Goa in March.

Hotels in Goa in March

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March is outside the main tourist season so all the hotels, resorts, and home stays are going to cost less. You have a better chance of finding attractive discount deals. In fact, sometimes, you can get a room at a discount of 20% to 30% than the December or January prices. But the properties still offer the same luxuries and amenities. The prices may be even less if you book on arrival. It’s better, however, to book in advance for the weekend, as there is still decent tourist flow from Mumbai, Bangalore, and other parts of the country. The demand for rooms picks up a little bit after the school and college exams get over around the middle of March or late March.

Rent a Villa in Goa

March is a great time to spend your Goa vacation at a private, luxury villa. Goa villas will cost a little less in March. But the cost of accommodation will depend on the location. Typically, water front villas will cost more. Many villas have a private swimming pool where you can take a dip to beat the day time heat of March. You will have complete privacy as the entire villa will be yours for the duration of your stay, so you don’t have to share the pool with people you don’t know. There is no jostling for a sun bed.

Many of the villas are modern properties, while others are traditional heritage Portuguese structures that have been restored and modernized. They all offer complete privacy and modern luxuries – a private swimming pool, large rooms with comfortable beds, balcony, modern bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen, security, parking, DVD player, coffee machines, juicers, and much more. Many of the rooms are en-suite.

There are hundreds of villas to choose from in March at our website. Check each one of them. See the location, amenities, and luxuries on offer. Enjoy the lower prices of March. However, the price in March will depend on your arrival date and the duration of stay. Weekends can be costlier, but it will still be cheaper than the peak tourist season.

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