Goa in May is exactly like what it used to be before travellers discovered this beach paradise. The clean and empty beaches, warm sea water, and palm groves gently swaying to the wind, is stuff dreams are made of. If you’re planning to head to Goa in May, here’s a list of things you must do.
While May isn’t a great time for the conventional water sports such as kite surfing, parasailing, boat rides, snorkelling and scuba diving; you can try activities such as kayaking, sunset cruises, and go on bird watching and dolphin watching trips. Other unique experiences include Otter Trails where you can see otter nests at close quarters along the Creek, close to Panjim and Crab Catching where in a 2-hour trip, you will learn how to catch crabs using handmade traps.
The beaches in Goa are a delight in May. With hardly any tourists around, you have the whole beach to yourself. You can choose among the numerous beaches in North and South Goa, get comfortable in a shack, and just relax. The food and drinks in Goa are impeccable, so treat yourself to the best. Try eating at Britto’s on Baga, Infantaria at Calangute, Curly’s on Anjuna, and Souza Lobo at Calangute. Also, get a massage on the beach for a great experience.
May is the season of mango. You will find many amazing varieties of this fruit, including Mankurad – the real Goan mango. Then there are the Jambolans or Jamuns, known for their sweet and sour taste. Plus, there is also the incredible Kokum sherbet made of Kumkum fruits.
A number of festivals take place in Goa in the month of May. Among the most famous ones are, Goa Food & Cultural Festival, known as the biggest food festival in Goa. There are cooking competitions, live food demos, feni distillation, and live music from rock bands from across India.
Heritage Zatra, is another event that focuses on local Goan culture, heritage, and history. It is held at the wonderfully decorated Corjuem Fort, 4 kilometres from Aldona Village.
Then there’s Igitun Chalne or ‘Walking on Fire’ which is held at the Temple of Shirgao near Bicholim. This is part of the Shirgao Zatra, where you will see devotees walking on red hot coals as a form of penance.