What is the best time to visit Kodaikanal?

Being a hill station, the weather of Kodaikanal remains pleasant throughout the year. Although the best time to visit Kodaikanal is early summers from March to June, you can also visit Kodaikanal at the end of the year from December - February. The weather remains a bit chilly during this period. Ideal for a vacation in each season, Kodaikanal is the most colourful in summers and most picturesque in monsoons. If your trip consists of an itinerary that includes a lot of sights to see, then summer is the best time to visit this place. For photography enthusiasts, monsoon months are perfect, and those who wish to get in touch with their adventurous side, plan your trip to Kodaikanal between October and February. During its peak seasons Kodaikanal also offers the vibrancy of various regional festivals such as Natyanjali festival, Pongal, Chithirai festival and Tea and Tourism fair that are celebrated with great pomp and show.

Weather in Kodaikanal


Upcoming Kodaikanal Weather

Monthly Weather in Kodaikanal

Month Avg. Minimum (°C) Avg. Maximum (°C)
January 14 31
February 16 33
March 17 35
April 21 39
May 20 37
June 18 36
July 17 34
August 17 35
September 17 35
October 17 34
November 17 32
December 16 31

Kodaikanal in Summer ( March-June )

With the cold, refreshing breeze blowing on your face, and the colourful flowers in full bloom, summers in Kodaikanal is ideal for nature buffs. Ideally falling between March and June, the summer season in Kodaikanal experiences a temperature that ranges from a comfortable 20 degree Celsius to 32 degree Celsius. If you are planning your trip to the Princess of the Hill Stations, Kodaikanal, then make sure to head out to the picturesque Kodai Lake, Green Valley View, Bear Shola Falls, Bryant Park, Thalaiyar Falls, and Kurinji Temple.
Upper Lake, Kodaikanal
Upper Lake, Kodaikanal

In addition to the mesmerising beauty, the hill station hosts several festivals throughout the year. One such event is the Grand Annual Summer Festival which takes place in May and attracts vast masses of people towards it. One of the most remarkable fiestas in this place, the Summer Festival usually goes on for ten days and has some activities and exhibitions in store for everyone. From elegant fruit exhibitions to enthralling boat races, from classical dance performances to melodious musicals, the Summer Festival is a platter of different shows. The icing on the cake is the jaw-dropping artwork made with hundreds of thousands of vibrant-coloured flowers, which is sure to take your breath away with its sheer grandeur and magnificence! Other cultural programmes like rangoli competitions, kabaddi tournaments, and fishing contests also win the hearts of many people. Finally, the rows of stalls lined at the venue serving mouthwatering food will not let you get away without cheating on your stringent diet plan! With weather that rejuvenates your senses, Kodaikanal also holds fantastic festivals like Panguni Uthiram in March and Annual Horticulture Show in May. However, if you want to kill two birds with one stone, it is best to plan your trip in the fifth month of the year and be a part of the glorious Summer Festival in addition to experiencing the enchanting climate that the “Princess of the Hills” has to offer.

With a temperature that rarely falls below 8 degree Celsius, winter in Kodaikanal is an adventurer’s paradise. The months between December and February in this beautiful hill station is the best time for tourists to visit the Pillar Rocks, Coakers Walk, Devil’s Kitchen, Dolphin’s Nose, and the Kodai-Palani Trek.You can also enjoy various treks and the famous Pongal festival is celebrated during the month of January.
Kodaikanal Lake
Kodaikanal Lake

Kodaikanal receives a considerably average amount of rainfall during the monsoon season. Without a doubt, the place wears a new look in the monsoon with the fresh greenery all around and becomes a heaven for the shutterbugs. However, the hill slopes become slippery and the waterfalls begins to overflow. It is advisable to not travel to Kodaikanal in the monsoon unless you are ready to bear the rainfall.
Pillar Rocks with Forest
Pillar Rocks with Forest

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Events in Kodaikanal

Annual Horticulture Show, Bryant Park

15th May

The best time to visit Kodaikanal, is during the annual flower show, where you can see an astounding 4 lakh plants in full bloom.

Annual Summer Festival

20th May - 18th June

Kodaikanal has long been referred to as the 'princess of hill stations' as it provides a perfect refuge from the tropical heat during summers. The summer festival has routine cultural programmes such as folk dance, folk music and bharatnatyam festival as well as fun activities like flower shows and 'catch a fish' events.

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