Goa was the last place I visited in India. I was there for about one week at the end of September. The season usually starts on the first October, and the rains regularly stop around the beginning of September.
That’s the normal case, but we know all about climate change, about the weather changing and so also the rainy season in India and Asia changes. It starts later but also ends later, and so the rains continued the last three years until the beginning of October. This has as a consequence that first of all the weather isn’t that great and there are even fewer tourists than before during the last two weeks of September.
So, as I arrived, there was not one tourist in my hostel, and I only saw a few western tourists around the beaches or restaurants. Most of the people around were Indian families or some groups of Indian men. I, as a solo backpacker, had some difficulties in finding people to hang out, and that can ruin your journey a little bit. The other negative point is that it is very possible to have some days ruined by heavy rains. The worse thing, however, is that most of the good restaurants are closed. I looked so many times on TripAdvisor for a good restaurant only to find out that it was closed when I arrived there.
On the other hand, there are some positive sides to it as well. The hotels and hostels are a lot cheaper than in high season. You can get a sunbed easily only by drinking something and its way less crowded than in high season. Also, motorbike rentals are cheaper, and the roads are way less busy.
There are obviously some good and some bad things about visiting Goa in Pre-season but in my opinion the bad ones overweight the good ones in the case of a solo backpacker. If you’re a couple or a group of friends that can change.
- Total countries I visited until now: 41
- Planes: 29
- Busses: 49
- Trains: 21
- Boats: 24
- Km driving: 8000
- Km running: 3487