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Goa during off-season and during the rains
Goa during off-season and during the rains
Should we visit Goa during off-season?

We would say Yes!, but go with the right expectations. Goa during off-season is very different from what it is like during the cooler months.

  • Fewer parties
  • Choppy seas, not perfectly safe for swimming
  • No water sports on offer

But,

  • The countryside is mesmerizingly pretty, rice paddies and streams
  • If you are on the right beaches, there is still enough activity
  • Alot less tourists
  • Great deals on hotels, especially the upper-end of boutique hotels

Which months are considered off-season months?

The months May to September are considered off-season. May is usually unbearably hot. The monsoons hit Goa by early or mid June. It starts cooling down once the rains arrive and the countryside starts turning green.

Which beaches/areas should we visit in Goa during off-season?

Generally speaking choose a beach in North Goa. (or a resort in South Goa)

We’d say in and around Baga-Calangute if you want to be walking or a short-ride distance from shacks/resturants which are still open. Baga-Calangute tends be open all season. A bunch of beach-shacks would be open, a number of shopping stalls would be open too.

If you like the quiet, then you can stay aroung Anjuna and Vagator. However, expect most resturants and shopping in and around to be shut. On the other hand it is really nice and peaceful.

Avoid the very North of Goa, Arambol/Mandrem/Ashvem would be very desolate.

What about the beaches in South Goa?

We love the beaches in South Goa. Palolem, Patnem and Agondi are really peaceful and pretty beaches. However, they would almost completely empty during end of May onwards. You can still pick a nice resort in South Goa or stay in North Goa and go for a drive to South Goa.

What about the night life?

Minimal, but if you are lucky and get the news from the right people you might still find some parties. Few shacks on Anjuna would occasionally have parties during off-season. Most of the major clubs, like club Cabana are shut during off-season

Which cool/really nice hotels would you recommend staying at in Goa during off-season?

Goa has innumerable five-stars, equal number of really cool and hip/boutique hotels to stay at. Get in touch with us and we’d love to help you plan your trip to Goa and beyond.


Getting from Goa to Hampi
Getting from Goa to Hampi

How get from Goa to Hampi

You are in Goa, the land of sun, sea and inexpensive alchol, an ideal life for a hedonist like myself. Where do you go next? What can possibly keep up with the beautiful life that is Goa?  Where could still hold your interest? You should go from Goa to Hampi.

Our practical guide explains the different travel options between Hampi and Goa, the pros and the cons of each mode. It is not exactly a hop-skip and jump away, but Hampi is truly worth the travel effort.

A village in the Vijaynagara city of North Karnataka, Hampi means champion. It is located in the ruins of the ancient city of Vijaynagara. The ruins of Hampi are a UNESCO World Heritage site. A place unaffected by time and the onward march of civilization, Hampi is a delightful, picturesque idyll. It’s stuck in the 16th century and positively oozing with old world charm. There are a lot of things for a young backpacker to do. It should definitely be on your itinerary if you are not willing to end your vacation in Goa.

By flight

The distance from Goa to Hampi is 344 kilometres. There are no flights from Goa to Hampi. You can either take the train or bus.

By bus

There are state transport buses that run from Goa to Hampi, we have not tried them. They tend to take much longer and can be uncomfortable.

We frequently use Paulo Travels which provides bus services to and from Goa and Hampi. They provide two buses a day. You can choose between a Volvo Sleeper and a Non AC bus. Both buses are scheduled for the evening. One leaves at 18:55 PM IST and the other leaves at 19:04 PM IST.  It takes between 7 to 8 hours to reach Hampi by bus and should not cost you more than INR 600-800.

Tickets can be purchased directly in Goa, or purchased online.

Side note: Paulo Travels is usually a reliable bus in terms of punctuality and comfort. They frequently ply between Goa and Mumbai too. VRL is our favourite and Neeta is another good bus service.

By train

Getting from Goa to Hampi by train is our preferred option. We suggest you take the Howrah Express (does not run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays). You can board this train from Vasco De Gama station at 7:20 AM in Goa and reach Hospet (closest station to Hampi 20kms away) at 2PM. From there you can take a rickshaw. We suggest this train because it’s fast and you reach Hampi by noon which leaves you with an extra evening to spend in Hampi.

The journey is pretty beautiful, full of ghats and the mesmerizing Dudhsagar waterfalls. The Mandovi river making a leap in all its grace (looks like milk flowing from a mountain) hence named Dudhsagar waterfalls (sea of milk).

By Car (and driver)

One can hire and a car and driver and drive from Goa to Hampi. It is a long drive and on the expensive side. Expect the drive to take seven to eight hours (even upto nine). A car and driver would cost you anywhere between INR 9000 to INR 11000 (including fuel costs).

Some tourists opt for Hampi as a day trip. They rent a car to take them to Hampi and back. Honestly, we think that is tortuous amounts of driving and stunning Hampi deserves more time! A sunset or a sunrise in Hampi may well be one of your most memorable Indian experiences. The entire red granite city glistens in the soft rays of the sun.

Getting from Hampi to Goa

You can use the bus services of Paulo travels or The Howrah Express to travel from Hampi to Goa. When travelling from Hampi to Goa we suggest you take the bus. The reason we suggest the bus over the trains is the trains originate from Kolkata (36 hours away from Hospet) so they often late and at times can be very dirty too.

If you have reached Hampi and wondering where you should go next we suggest you give ‘Gods own country’–Kerala a try.

Here are travel options between Goa and Kerala.