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Summer And Monsoons In Goa

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Many say that the east is the east and the west is the west – but Goa somehow manages to be the perfect blend of the two. Where else would you find Christmas celebrated with as much passion as Diwali or where curries are naturally served alongside ‘chouricos’ (Portuguese for sausages)? Goa is undoubtedly the bridge between the east and west. Thousands of visitors from every corner of the world gather in Goa all year round to experience the 100 kilometers of unbroken coastline and to soak up all that the state has to offer.

April and May are the hottest months of the year in Goa, with daily highs in and around the 90s. In fact, some extremely sweltering days will see temperatures reach the low 100s. The night time temperatures around this time will drop to the mid-70s, but temperatures are never cold at any time of the year in Goa. These months are followed by the monsoon season, which lasts from June until September. Regardless of the climate, however, Goa manages to offer numerous enchanting ways to spend a trip, without emptying your wallet or purse in the process.

Goa Beach
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Goa is most definitely an all-year-round destination. Although many avoid visiting during the summer due to the hot and humid climate, the silver lining to the cloud (not that there are any) is that the state is much quieter, meaning that restaurants, beaches and bars will be far less crammed. In addition, prices are dropping around this time; the markets are adorned with fresh produce at bargain prices.

The monsoon season is, somewhat surprisingly, a very popular time of year in Goa. While we moan and complain when it rains in the UK and do all we can to avoid getting soaked, when the heavens open in Goa, locals and visitors alike embrace it. Monsoon season is an exciting time in Goa; it signals the end of the sometimes-unbearable heat. Many tourists book themselves into the beach hotels during this time of year, and cozy up inside with a steaming cup of Chai and a warming pakora.

While many restaurants in Goa close during monsoon season, others open their doors to hungry guests, serving up some of their signature dishes such as the famous Goan Fish Curry, made with a tangy and spicy sauce with chunks of firm, white fish. This dish features chilies (in dried, powdered and fresh form) and makes the perfect comforting and hearty dish to devour whilst watching a magical monsoon from the comfort of a beachside restaurant.

Although we may not experience weather to such extremes here in the UK, visiting one of London’s top Indian brasseries is something you can treat yourself to come rain or shine. When it’s drizzling, escape to Goa (without having to fly) at one of these fabulous eateries. Equally, if we are lucky enough to experience a hot summer again this year, these air conditioned Indian brasseries offer plenty of light and nutritious snacks to while away an afternoon with a group of friends. Regional chefs offer up some Goan specialities that are guaranteed to transport you to the west coast of India.
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