Weather in India in May
This article will give you some insight into the weather in India in May. The Indian Summer begins in mid-March and lasts until mid-June. This means that by May, India is in peak-summer and temperatures will be extremely hot throughout the country. However, there are destinations which are perfect to visit in May. This article will also give you some inspiration into some of the best places to visit in India in May.
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weather in north india in may
In the North of India, temperatures are generally mid 40’C in the afternoons (sometimes reaching up to 50’C), particularly in the favoured areas such as Varanasi, Rajasthan, Delhi and Agra. Usually, we recommend avoiding these regions during the summer because of such high temperatures and unpleasantly hot winds. Though if you wish to stay in the luxury hotels, then you can get some fantastic discounted rates.
For safari enthusiasts, April and May are the best times to spot some tigers. As watering holes dry up, they are left with fewer places to hydrate, making the probability of sightings much higher. Safaris often open early in the morning, or in the late afternoon, so you are not likely to be in the scorching afternoon sun. There are plenty of options to spot some of India’s striped cats, from Ranthambore in Rajasthan, to the Jim Corbett national park in Uttarakhand. For some inspiration on where you can go to experience a safari, check out Bernard’s 14 Day Safari Vacation with us.
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weather in the mountains in may
Indian tradition at this time of the year is often to head for the Himalayas. The enormous range is bathed in sunlight and as the snow starts to melt and there are plenty of opportunities to see some fabulous waterfalls. The weather in May is pleasant here, ranging from 15 – 25’C.
Himachal, Uttarkhand, Sikkim or Arunachal allow you to experience the sweet cool air, with plenty of friendly home-stays available in and around the areas. Explore sweet-tiled roof cottages, local chocolate and wool sweater economies. You’ll be sure to find whitewashed chapels and serene Buddhist monasteries at every turn. You can even enjoy a toy train to reach the summer capitals of Darjeeling and Shimla.
Toy train up to Shimla
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weather in south india in may
South India is likely to be extremely hot and humid throughout the duration of summer. From the ruins of Hampi to the southern tip of India, Kanyaumari, the weather can very energy-sapping. But this does not mean that there is no where to visit in this naturally beautiful region.
Visiting the backwaters, rainforests and tea plantations in Kerala, whilst it can be a little sultry, a dip in a cool swimming pool can change that feeling extremely quickly, especially with a cold drink! The rates for some of the higher-end hotels do come down during the off season and it is a perfect way to enjoy the natural beauty of Kerala. Get some inspiration for travel routes in Kerala in one of our blogs. Alternatively, tea plantations of Mannar or the forests of Wayanard and Thekkady are all wonderful experiences.
For beaches, Varkala or Marari are great options for sunbathing. Further, Goa’s beach destination is always popular with travellers, no matter which month or what the weather. Kick back and enjoy the sea on the beach, or even explore the rainforest. For all beach-lovers, check out our blog on some lesser known beaches in India.
If you’re interested in seeing some temples and getting some culture, places such as Tamil Nadu and the temple towns of Madurai, Mahalbalipuram and even Pondicherry can get pretty hot and these should probably be visited once there have been a few rain showers and the temperature cools down. However, Tamil Nadu has some great hill stations in Hodai Kanal and Conoor, making ideal summer cities to visit. You could also visit the coffee plantations in Coorg in neighbouring Karnataka.
For more information, visit our blog regarding travelling around Southern India at this time of year.
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where we recommend
We would suggest one of the best regions to travel in May is in the Himalayas. Further, the roads to reach Leh and Ladakh would just about be opening and the mountains have the perfect weather. Trying to spot some tigers in some of the national parks are certainly high up on our list for this time of year. For beach-lovers, the coastal regions of Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu are perfect this time of year. Lastly, the Andaman Islands are hot, humid and perfect for sunbathing and snorkelling.
Light and comfy clothes, cotton shirts and pants or even linen are ideal to wear. If visiting the mountains, especially Leh, carry a light jacket. Its also best to carry an umbrella, cap and plenty of sunscreen.
For more detailed information about the best places to visit in India in May, or for any help planning your perfect trip to India, feel free to contact us!
Andaman Islands, India