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Weather in India in July
Weather in India in July

AN OVERVIEW OF JULY WEATHER IN INDIA

In July half of the year has passed and India has seen all possible climates already: from snow to heat to rain, from dryness to humidity and from cold and hot temperatures. By end of June the monsoon covers the most of the country with a thick and wet blanket of clouds and weather in India can be called nothing else but wet. From Kerala in the south to the Himalayas in the north, from Rajasthan in the west to Sikkim and Darjeeling in the east, it rains regularly and heavy in all regions. Find out more about the effects of the rain season and how it can impact your travels in this blog.

farmers_india Agriculture picks up in July as the necessary water is flowing. Fun to observe the busy farmers.

Most locals will be still quite happy with the weather as the hot summer months are finally over and the rains provide a cooler and fresher air to breathe. Temperatures drop between 5 and 10 °C on a monthly average. Rivers, waterfalls and lakes fill up and therefore the agricultural industry becomes busy. It is a great time for farmers but also for trekking and tropical nature enthusiasts.

SOUTH INDIA IN JULY

Kerala faces slightly less heavy rain showers in July compared to June but it rains more often and long-lasting in this month. It is a great time for trekking and national park visit but we aware of the blood-sucking ledges. But if you prefer less wet holidays with lots of sun July might not be the best time to visit Kerala.

The constant rain can also cause interruptions for travels and activities. In Goa many resorts, restaurants and shacks will be closed from May to September, similarly at the beaches of Kerala. If you find a resort that stays open though you can catch great discounts on stays, even at luxury stays. And both Goa and Kerala offer lush greenery in the countryside.

If you still decide to travel despite the humid and wet weather we would recommend to concentrate on the Western Ghats, a 1600km long mountain range listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site parallel to the coast of the Arabian sea. The region is covered with national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, forest reserves as well as charming hill stations. You can’t just find various wild and unique flora and fauna species in those hills but also endless fruit, tea and coffee plantations. And in July they offer cooler temperatures and less stuffy air than in the cities and plains of India. Wayanad, Munnar and Thekkady are such places but also the Dudhsagar Waterfall Hike in Goa. Ooty in Tamil Nadu is very popular amongst domestic tourists to flee the annoying conditions of the cities in the monsoons.

When the monsoon hits Indian land in Kerala the sun rarely shines and it can rain a lot! In July the beaches loose their charm as it rains and storms a lot. However, beach resorts offer great discount if you don’t mind the weather!

Tamil Nadu doesn’t face the entire power of the rain season in July yet as the monsoon hits this region later from August to November with the wettest month being November. But even here it can be quite cloudy and therefore cooler in July. Tamil Nadu tends to be very hot in the rest of the year (except winters) so it might be a great time to visit, especially if you come mainly for the sightseeing of temples and religious monuments.

NORTH INDIA IN JULY

By end of June and beginning of July the monsoon has also hit Rajasthan and the other central and northern regions with full power. All the popular cities of the North like Jaipur, Agra, Delhi, Varanasi, Rishikesh and Amritsar face the highest precipitation and number of rainy days in July and August.

Even though the sun doesn’t shine often through the heavy clouds the temperatures just drop slightly and the humidity increases. Travelers who prefer humid heat to dry heat should come to Rajasthan now but it will leave you feeling exhausted if you are physically active.

The cooler regions at the foothills of the Himalayas seem like a good escape but don’t underestimate the power of the monsoon when it hits the mountains and cloudburst appear. The regions of Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarkhand have experienced many such extreme weather events when suddenly a huge amount of water was dropped in very less time. In 2013 thousands of residents, tourist and pilgrims were killed near the holy temple of Kedarnath when a landslide caused by such a cloudburst came from the mountains and carried away everything in its way. Even though that happened in June, cloud bursts and landslides are more common in July so keep this in mind if you want to travel and trek in the mountains despite the rain.

In Ladakh im Norden Indiens wird es eventuell etwas wolkig, aber es regnet selten! There isn’t much rain in the mountain ranges of Ladakh so you can enjoy the blue skies and great view!

If you want to escape the heat and the monsoon all together and enjoy stunning landscapes in the mountains, Ladakh or Lahual Spiti might be the best destination in India in July for you. The state in the most northern part on India in the midst of the high mountain ranges of the Himalayas offers breathtaking views and great opportunities for hikes. Ladakh is also called the cold dessert for a reason as the precipitation is very low up here. In July the temperatures are at its maximum high for this region but rarely reach higher than 30°C. But it is also the main tourist season for this part of India so be prepared that it won’t be as tourist-free as the rest of India.

The east stream of the monsoon winds hit the north east of India by beginning of June and some regions like Meghalaya get an intense amount of rain. Rather plan a visit to this region after October.

July certainly offers a rather difficult weather in India. It rains a lot, it is humid and it might get hot. The sun shines rarely and flooding and landslides are common. But while the cities might be less hospitable due to the dense infrastructure and lack of drainage systems, in the rural areas and especially the hill stations will welcome you with lush greenery and strong impressive waterfalls. . The very north of India in the Himalayas offers the best choice of travel destinations in June as the temperatures are moderate and the precipitation low.

Plan your trip to India in June with us now and we will suggest the best places to enjoy during this travel time.


Best time to visit India – Kerala
Best time to visit India – Kerala

When shall you go on a Kerala Holiday?

India has a very distinctive climate and a different concept of seasons. While the winters are mostly pleasant with moderate temperatures and almost no precipitation the summer months of April, May, October and November can get unbearably hot. From June to September the wet monsoon covers almost the entire country and brings lots of rain and humidity. Therefore, one needs to especially consider the climate to specify the best time to visit Kerala. But also festivals play an important role to decide when to travel. Get in touch with us if you want to know where to go at which time of the year in Kerala.

Munnar in the Western Ghats is famous for its tropical mountain climate as well as the tea plantations Munnar in the Western Ghats is famous for its tropical mountain climate as well as the tea plantations

Weather in Kerala around the year

Kerala is situated in a tropical climate zone which means that the region faces the typical humid to wet weather conditions like most of the planet’s rain forests. The annual average rainfall is higher than in most of India and the air feels often more humid than elsewhere. Due to the proximity to the equator and the warm dry winds from the north it should actually be very hot in Kerala but fortunately the high mountain ranges of the Western Ghats prevent the temperatures to rise much higher than 35 °C. All together the temperature in Kerala doesn’t vary much but it is of course cooler in the hill stations of Munnar, Wayanad or Thekkady than at the coast or in the cities of Kochi, Trivandrum, Thrissur or Calicut.

Winter starts by end of November and ends around end of February and beginning of March. The temperature rises rarely above 30°C and it rains very less to never. In the mountain ranges of Wayanad, Munnar and Thekkady you should definitely pack some warmer clothes as it can get quite cold in the morning and evening hours. You will definitely not require air-conditioned rooming. Since it is the best time to travel to this region it is also the main season for tourism. Be prepared for crowds at some of the sights.

Marari is a little untouched village at the beach with only a few hotel resorts. Perfect in the winters! Marari is a little untouched village at the beach with only a few hotel resorts. Perfect in the winters!

While other popular places to visit in India like Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Goa and Madhya Pradesh get very hot in the summer months from March to end of May, the heat stays moderate in Kerala as the Western Ghats stop the hot winds and the Arabian Sea offers a constant cold breeze along the coast to enter the state. If it rains it usually comes with a lot of thunder and lightning and flooding is not rare but the water dries up quickly. The only issue is the high humidity which makes physical activities seem very exhausting. If you prefer to share the sights, mountain treks and national parks with less other tourists and want to stay at top-end accommodations for lower prices this season is perfect for you.

The monsoon hits Indian land first in Kerala around end of May or beginning of June. Kerala faces 85% of its annual rainfall from June until end of September. Since the wet and heavy clouds hit the western Ghats first in Kerala the precipitation is extremely high here and the humidity strong. If you do enjoy the tropical climate and rather explore nature in this weather than in the bright hot sun, then this is the time to come to Kerala. However, you might also get stuck indoors when the rain gets too heavy. On nature treks you will encounter a couple of blood-sucking ledges but locals always know how to prevent that. Due to landslides and floodings roads and train tracks might get blocked so that even your travel plans could come to a halt. So be prepared to be flexible.

South India faces another phase of monsoon from October to November and sometimes even until mid-December. The North-East-Monsoon doesn’t bring as much wetness as the earlier South-West-Monsoon but it can come in heavy with strong downpours, thunder and lightning. It gets as warm and humid as in the summer months of March to May.

Due to the climate conditions in Kerala there are more international tourists in winter than in the rest of the year. However, Kerala is a popular destination for domestic tourists, especially honeymooners all year around. And Indians do love the rainy season so even during the monsoon they will travel to the region around the Western Ghats.

Between May and September, the beaches turn empty. The current of the sea is too strong to swim and the wind and weather doesn’t allow you to sunbath either. Many resorts and restaurants close down for multiple months. The popular Backwaters are in season all year around but in the summer months of April and May you might not be able to explore as much of the river and lake landscape as the water levels are too low to explore all areas.

The best festivals in Kerala to visit around the year

Due to its interesting history of colonisation and trade Kerala is home to many religions: Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Therefore, there are many spiritual and cultural festivals to be celebrated but the biggest and most exotic ones are the Hinduist ones.

28451935993_8bb3ae800c_k Thrissur Poraam, a temple festival where dozens of elephants are being decorated and showcased in parades, is one of the biggest festivals of the region. © shankar s.

The temple festivals in Kerala are as colourful and impressive as the temples themselves. The so called Poorams happening in April and May in many temples around Kerala, mostly in the Ernakulam and Thrissur districts, are famous for the loud and exciting processions with dozens of heavily decorated elephants.

In July, August and September traditional snake boat races are happening in the backwaters and the rivers or Kerala. Nowadays it often becomes a political event rather than a religious one but it is fun to watch nonetheless.

Onam is the traditional harvest festival of Kerala celebrated for 10 days in September. It is the biggest fest for the locals so houses get decorated, feasts are being served and games are being played. The quirkiest part of this festival is the Onam Pulikkali Tiger Play, a folk art where men dress up as tigers and their hunters to dance to traditional music. A very funny parade to observe!

The Pulikkali tiger play in Thrissur is definitely the quirkiest festival in Kerala. The Pulikkali tiger play in Thrissur is definitely the quirkiest festival in Kerala. © Felix Francis

Kerala honours every year its spiritual and cultural diversity by even celebrating big Christian feasts and the Eid-Festivals of Islam. Friends of other communities are invited home and traditions are being shared. In a country divided by religion after independence Kerala serves as a role model to religious freedom and peace. But that also means all around the year there is at least one big festival celebrated in some part of the relative small state.

If religious festivals with big crowds are not your thing, maybe the Kochi-Muziris Biennale is. The contemporary art festival held every winter from December to March in Fort Kochi is one of its kind in India. One can find art exhibitions of all mediums all around the city in galleries and open spaces.

If you interested in travelling to Kerala, plan your trip with us now.


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.


Travel Tips for Mumbai during the monsoons
Travel Tips for Mumbai during the monsoons

Monsoons In Mumbai

India is primarily a country of three major seasons. The summer (March –June), monsoons (June – September) and winter (October – February). Depending on what part of the country you are travelling to or are in, the weather will be one of these ranging from mild or extreme. Generally the monsoons hit the city in the second week of June, providing an instant relief from the heat and humidity caused by the preceding summers in Mumbai.

Kids out on their bikes, enjoying the weather, by the Marine Drive which over looks the Arabian Sea Kids out on their bikes, enjoying the weather, on Marine Drive which over looks the Arabian Sea

The monsoons beginning from the southern coast reach Mumbai in the first ten to fifteen days of June. Mumbai and monsoons is a winning combination. The city looks a lot more beautiful, you can see kids in the city switch from their beloved cricket to football, or playing in the rain. Often you can see adults at Marine Drive or Juhu Beach enjoying the rain. The monsoons also have a very tricky drawback here, because in Mumbai when it rains it pours and the roads in the city are not all that great, so at times it can be dangerous. Caution is advised. Poor infrastructure and planning also leads to a lot of problems with travelling. Trains and buses run late. The infamous Mumbai traffic is also at its best. Travelling is always met with certain delay. Having said all of that, monsoons are the time when you would want to be in the country, and if you already are we suggest you visit Mumbai. Mumbai is a city made up of seven small islands, surrounded by the sea. The sea is one of the most vital parts of Mumbai’s identity, the only constant in a city where everything keeps changing with time. The sea is a big part of what makes the city of dreams stand tall, and the rain adds so much to its beauty.Here’s a few things you could do to enjoy the season to the max.

Things to do in Mumbai during the monsoons

Visit Marine Drive

Marine drive is a landmark of Mumbai. People from all walks of life, regardless of the distance make it a point to visit Marine Drive. It’s on top of our suggestions too. Take a stroll down the promenade when it’s drizzling with the sea providing a deliciously cool breeze and rain drops pattering at your feet. We guarantee it’s a very refreshing experience.

Getting here: Take a train to Churchgate station, the southernmost stop on the western railway line. As soon as you get down look for the sea and start walking towards it.

Marine drive, all set to welcome the rains. Marine drive, all set to welcome the rains.

Gateway of India

Do you have a liking for boats and ships? Well this is one of the best times to pay a visit to the majestic Gateway of India, the entry point to the maximum city by sea. Catch a ferry ride up to Elephanta Caves. Ferry rides are suspended if it’s raining heavily, but if you are lucky you might just make it, and have a chance to enjoy the grandeur of the rain from the middle of the sea. The Iconic Taj Hotel is opposite the Gateway of India; more than 100 years old, and a landmark of Mumbai, visit this hotel in the rains for the view across the water.

Getting here : Churchgate Station again, or CST(Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus) on the central or harbour line, and take a cab to Gateway of India.

  1. Visit a Cafe or Restaurant that overlooks the sea:

    Like the sea but don’t like getting wet? Visit an eatery that overlooks the sea. There are lots of cafes and restaurants that even on the dry days have a brilliant view of the sea, the monsoons just magnify it. The Bayview Cafe in Colaba is one such place,perfect for a beer at sunset. It has an unmatched view of the sea, a lot similar to the view from Taj for a fraction of the price. Places like Pizza by the Bay near Marine Drive are also exemplary for lunch or dinner while enjoying the rain on the water and the playful winds. AER Lounge in Worli is another spot you must visit. An upscale restaurant with a panoramic view that is just unbeatable, with Arabian Sea on one side, and on the other you can see the city in all its glory.

 

Getaways around Mumbai

There are a few places, just a couple of hours away from Mumbai, which are a must visit during the monsoons, away of the hustle and the madness of the city. The Monsoons magnify the beauty of these places and the lush greenery is at its best.

Bhandardara

A holiday resort village on the western ghat, it is located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. Just 185 kilometres away from Mumbai, it’s a place you must visit in the monsoons. The highest peak in Maharashtra Mount Kalsubai is also located here and the village is the base to many high mountains. It also has a beautiful waterfall and a placid lake ringed by forests. Bhandardara has everything a nature lover needs, and it only gets better during the monsoons.

Getting here A drive from Mumbai to Bhandardara is quite quick. The route is full of ghats and can be tricky to negotiate during the monsoons, so if you plan to drive to Bhandardara we advise caution. The closest railway station to Bhandarda is Igatpuri railway station, from there you can take either a state transport or a private bus up to Bhandardara which is approximately 45 kms away.

If you think Bhandardara is beautiful, wait for the monsoons! It ony gets better. If you think Bhandardara is beautiful, wait for the monsoons! It ony gets better.

Matheran

Matheran is the smallest hill station in Maharashtra and is located at an elevation of 800 metres above sea level. With a name that means ‘Forest on the Forehead of Mountains’, it  is an eco sensitive region, and also Asia’s only automobile free region.  What makes Matheran so popular is the close proximity to the big cities. It’s just 90km away from Mumbai, so reaching there isn’t too time consuming. Matheran is full of viewpoints and parks, with a whopping 28 points to visit, it also has a couple of lakes and 2 parks. The Neral-Matheran toy train is a lovely journey up to Matheran. It’s a beautiful ride up the hills with only a few stops far and between. The Toy Train as its name would hint is small, and the compartments are a bit old, but it’s worthwhile. A few other places like Louisiana Point, Panoramic Point, Sunset Point, Porcupine Point and Charlotte Lake are places we recommend you visit when in Matheran.

Getting here Matheran is easy to drive to from Mumbai city. Neral is the closest railway station. Trains from Pune and CST(Mumbai) ply daily to Neral and from there you can take a toy train to the Old Matheran station, soaking in the beauty of the journey towards Matheran. By road you can take the Mumbai-Pune highway (NH4) or the Mumbai-Pune expressway.

The lush green landscape of Matheran The lush green paddy fields of Matheran

Karnala Bird Sanctuary

The Karnala Bird Sanctuary is located near Mumbai, in the Panvel taluka of Raigad district. A popular hangout for bird watchers and hikers as it is within the reach of Mumbai and based near the legendary Karnala Fort in Mumbai. 137 different species of birds reside in the Karnala Bird Sanctuary and as many as 37 different species of birds migrate here at different seasons. If you are a bird lover, a hike in the monsoons here is a must.

Getting here The Karnala Bird Sanctuary is a 60km drive from Mumbai. You can take a train from CST station (southernmost from Central line) to Panvel. It’s 12kms from there with a lot of buses, taxis and rickshaws to take you to Karnala. State transport buses run from Bombay Central to Karnala, but they aren’t recommended. A taxi from Mumbai to Karnala is also a good option.

Lonavala

The most popular monsoon getaway for the locals of Mumbai and Pune, the drive here on the Mumbai-Pune expressway is amazing. Lonavala has a beautiful landscape, a lot of waterfalls and bright colours all around. The Tiger Point in Lonavala is the Grand Canyon of Maharahstra, the view of the mountain range during the monsoons is unmatched. Try catching the sunset or the sunrise from here.

Getting here We suggest driving to Lonavala on the Mumbai-Pune expressway. You can take the train from CST station to Khopoli (the last station on the central line) and it’s 15 kilometers from there (You can take a bus or taxi from there).

Travelling to India during the monsoons

Monsoons can be a great time to visit India, as it’s usually off season. Tourist attractions aren’t too crowded, the airfare is also cheaper and you can get a good discount on hotels as they aren’t as heavily occupied as they would be during the rest of the year.  

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