India is a big, diverse, multicultural and multinational community with a population of over 1.3 billion (!) people. And, it’s the biggest country in South Asia. So, it goes without saying that it’s quite a popular place for tourists. But you must be aware of rainy season in India. The weather here can be uplifting and frustrating at the same time.
The rainy season in India starts in June and last all the way up to September. In this article, we’ll answer the most important question – is it suitable for a visit during the wet months and what are the benefits?
Most folks think that when the bad season starts, rains will rule over the country 24/7 and floods will be everywhere. But that’s not true. If you plan your trip wisely, the humidity/constant rain won’t be able to prevent you from having an awesome time on your getaway trip.
The Science Behind It
Furthermore, nothing compares to “surviving” the rain, enjoying the fresh air after a monsoon and experiencing the beauty of India during this challenging yet rewarding time.
Ok, so, from a scientific point of view, the monsoon is generated due to a difference in climate (temperature, that is) over the ocean and the land. The summer monsoon in the southwest part of the country is partially caused by the off-the-charts heat of the famous Thar Desert.
Winds carry moisture from the Indian Ocean, but they’re forced to go above the Himalayas. Then, as a result of a significant decline in temperature (it’s pretty cold high above), rain starts to fall down from the sky. That’s about it, folks.
Welcoming Rainy Season In India With Open Arms
Kerala is the first state that the southwestern monsoon hits; that usually happens in the first days of summer. A week later (more like 10 days later), it reaches Mumbai; Delhi gets to “enjoy” it by the end of the month, and pretty much the whole country is covered by it in the 10th-15th of July.
Fun fact: every single year, the forecasters really love to compete with each other and speculate on the exact date of the monsoon’s arrival. And, generally, they all get it wrong!
A quick tip: if you want to be one of the first people to welcome the storm during the rainy season in India, make sure to go to Kovalam, a beautiful beach town, and book a hotel room that faces the ocean. The experience will be quite unforgettable!
Why Hate The Monsoon When You Can Embrace It?
Before the main “wave” of the monsoon arrives, India usually experiences a short period of lightning strikes, thunder, and heavy rain.
Now, we are dispute opinion that most of the nations on planet Earth aren’t exactly enthusiastic about the rain season. People in India really love it. Kids become super-happy and start to run around, play with each other and have a great time when the monsoon arrives. Even the grown-ups join them and appreciate the long-awaited drops of refreshing water.
After that, the monsoon turns into a regular thing. It starts to rain for more than a few hours most of the days of the week. At the same time, the patterns are very unpredictable and the weather changes several times during the day. Sometimes, you’ll get little rainfall, which will lead to a significant rise in temperature and humidity levels.
July is usually the most rain-heavy month, and the amount of precipitation begins to drop in August. In September, India receives even less rain overall, but be aware of the fact that this month is famous for the patterns of pouring rain.
The Wettest Places In India
One of the biggest downsides of the rainy season in India is the downpours that lead to flooding. Locals claim that the rubbish is preventing the drainage system from coping with the extreme amounts of water.
As mentioned in the beginning, India is a huge country and some regions have less rain during the monsoon. For example, Mumbai, one of the biggest and most progressive cities, receives the most rain; Kolkata is the close second.
According to the scientists, the whole eastern Himalaya region is one of the wettest places on planet Earth. So, unless you’re in love with rain and humidity, try not to visit this region during the monsoon months. Fun fact: Cherrapunji is THE rainiest place on planet Earth!
Picking The Best Places In India To Avoid The Rain
Delhi and Hyderabad, along with Bangalore, are a bit more suitable for the fans of dry weather. Chennai is one of the best places to be when the southwest monsoon arrives. Ladakh, Rajasthan and the Deccan Plateau are the most tourist-favored locations in India because of the extremely low rain levels.
But, as we usually like to say, don’t shy away from the rainy season in India. Remember, that as flying/living/eating will be a lot cheaper and tourist spots will be less crowded. You’ll be treated like a prince/princess. You’ll be able to get a significant drop in price on the hotels and apartments without even trying too hard. Is that a big enough reason to wrestle with rain, humidity, and occasions flooding? You gotta decide that one on your own!