Being blessed with diverse landscapes, terrains and topographical features, Karnataka is truly a year-round destination. You cannot find one particular season where tourism in all of Karnataka is dull. It is a state that is buzzing with people from not just neighboring states looking for a long-weekend getaway with family or friends but international tourists who drop down to learn more about the India culture and heritage through the ruins, beaches and religious places of interests in Karnataka.
So the best time to visit Karnataka depends on what you intend to see in the state, what you want to experience and where you wish to stay. If you are looking to escape the scorching heat of the summers and head somewhere chilly and frosty, the best place to head to will be Chikkamagaluru and Coorg. If you want to unwind from stress and day job, you can head to the pristine beaches of Gokarna which makes summer again the best time to visit Karnataka.
Or, if you want to take time out during the winters and go for place that is mildly humid, you will have places like Murudeshwar and Hampi welcoming you with ruins and monuments of historic importance. Climates again vary from one topographical region to another. Summer, which can be highly humid and sunny in Hampi can be pleasant in the more southern regions like Bengaluru. So, the best season to visit Karnataka boils down to your purpose and time of visit.
However, to make informed decisions about your travel, check out the various seasons and their temperatures and significance.
Karnataka experience summer during the months of April to June.
Depending on where you are in Karnataka, temperatures can range from 28 to 45 degrees Celsius.
The central region of Karnataka experiences extreme summers, where the summer temperatures can be menacing. At the same time, the state’s coastal regions are moderately hot and humid and perfect for sitting by the beach and indulging in water sports. However, the perfect weather conditions are in the hilly regions of Karnataka that arrive as the perfect retreat for those looking to get away from massive temperatures.
This is the time schools and most colleges in India are shut for the end of academic years and there is a huge influx of tourists in Karnataka. You can see people everywhere and this is the time hotel prices can shoot up. With that said, this is also the time a lot of activities in Karnataka open and up and thanks to longer daylight, you can visit more places in a day and still manage to find time to spend by the beach. There are also festivals and processions like Ugadi and Vairamudi festival happening in different parts of the state that add festivity and fun to your holiday. Also, water sports become more prominent in the coastal areas of Karnataka like Gokarna and Karwar and you can see a lot of tourists from around the world dropping by to escape winter.
Depending on where you are, temperatures can become really exhaustive. So, be informed and pack your bag accordingly.
Always wear light clothes and avoid shoes. Pack sunglasses, hats, t-shirts and sunscreens. Always carry adequate water with you and stay hydrated. Stock packs of ORS if you can.
Winters in Karnataka are always special. This is the time where temperatures are neither too dry nor too cold. It is just perfect; perfect to get out of your room and come fresh. You can say this is the best season to visit Karnataka. Winters in the state start during the month of November and gradually unfold through the months until February.
The temperature in winter ranges between 21 to 32 degrees Celsius approximately.
Weather is really, really pleasant with chilly early mornings and pleasant afternoons and mildly cold evenings.
With the floras and faunas flourishing at this time, you can go for national park safaris and spend some quality time in the otherwise hot region of Hampi and its surroundings. Since the weather is perfect around this time, you can get to eat a lot and get maximum exposure to the delicacies of Karnataka and catch a glimpse of the local flavors and ingredients. This is also the time Dusshera is celebrated in the grandest of scale, with the entire city of Mysore taking part in the festivities. Streets and roads are illuminated and people together offer positive vibes.
Though perfect, winters can get very, very cold. If you are not used to chilly climatic conditions, you can plan well in advanced and prefer other seasons or simply take precautionary actions and remedies.
Carry winter jackets, pullovers and thermals. Winter is also the season to keep yourself hydrated and have over-the-counter medications for cold and cough in hand all the time. Wear shoes to avoid seeping in of frost.
We mentioned Karnataka is one of the blessed states in India with fertile soil and lush green carpets o grasslands and waterfalls. If there is one time the true beauty of all these natural landscapes come to life in all grandeur, it is during the monsoons. Majestic as they appear, the monsoon in Karnataka starts from June and continues till September.
The average temperature during the monsoon ranges between 23 and 28 degrees Celsius
Since Karnataka receives rainfall from the southwest monsoon winds, it is better to avoid the coastal regions of the state and head to the more central and northern regions. The temperatures are pleasant with moderate rainfall in those regions. The eastern part of Karnataka remains comparatively dry, making it an ideal destination for tourism in Karnataka at this time.
This is the season all the waterfalls, the plantations, rivers and natural landscapes come to life. With contrasting hues of green and blue filling your sight and birds and animals coming out of their territories to soak in some monsoon breeze, you will have the best time of your life at this particular season. Offbeat but worth it!
If you are planning to visit Gokarna, Murudeshwar or Karwar during this time, be noted that you will have to stay indoors for most of the time because of heavy rainfall. Most of the shacks are closed for the monsoon and there is nothing much to do there unless you want to retreat to yourself and unwind.
Carry ponchos, raincoats and umbrellas to save yourself from the rains. Also carry flashlights, power bank and backups to tackle power outages during monsoon. Though not that severe, climate can become unpredictable at times. If you going to the hills, look out for the leeches, they are all around in the Western Ghats.