1)Time your visit
Goa is lovely during monsoon (June to September) when the countryside is a patchwork of green. October through March is fairly pleasant, but avoid the summer months of April and May, when the temperature can reach an unholy 36°C (97° Fahrenheit), and the humidity will send you scampering back to your air-conditioned hotel room. December is the most popular time of the year for visitors, when every corner of the state celebrates Christmas and New Year. Be warned: this is also when two of India’s biggest music festivals, Sunburn and Supersonic, come to town, and with them thousands of young festival-goers. This influx of visitors chokes arterial roads, which can make travel challenging.
2)Take a siesta. Goans still follow the Portuguese practice of afternoon siestas, and many businesses close between lunch and tea-time (about 1 pm to 4 pm) every day. Most also prefer to remain shut on Sundays, even in the capital city of Panaji. Goa’s relaxed, contented way of life is expressed as “susegad,” from the Portuguese word “sossegado,” meaning quiet.
3)Ask for directions. If you head out of the city, don’t rely on Google Maps—it tends to fail you outside Goa’s larger hubs
4)Don’t hail a cab. Although it’s a tourist hub, the public transport system in Goa is pretty sparse. Traveling by road is your only option, and the buses are not well-connected. Cab and auto rickshaw fares are not standar,dized, and will leave a dent in your wallet. Instead, make your way around the sunny state with a rental bike (or car), which you can hire for as little as 250 rupees (under $4) a day
5)Keep your drinking off the roads.