What is the best time to visit Mahabalipuram?

The best time to plan a trip to Mahabalipuram is when the winter season sets in, which is between October and March. The climate remains good with warm days and cold nights, ideal for outdoor activities and for exploring the town. The period from November to February is the peak tourism season when the climate is salubrious. Travelling to Mahabalipuram during summers are generally avoided because of the very high temperatures and the exhausting heat, which makes it difficult to travel around the town for sightseeing.

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Monthly Weather in Mahabalipuram

Month High/Low (°C) Rain
January 29°/ 23° 5 days
February 30°/ 23° 0 days
March 32°/ 24° 0 days
April 33°/ 26° 3 days
May 35°/ 27° 2 days
June 35°/ 28° 7 days
July 34°/ 26° 20 days
August 33°/ 26° 17 days
September 32°/ 25° 25 days
October 31°/ 25° 24 days
November 30°/ 24° 16 days
December 29°/ 23° 11 days

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Mahabalipuram in Winter (November - February)

Winters in Mahabalipuram are dominated by pleasant days and nippy nights. Tourists can indulge in a large number of activities during this season such as sightseeing, outings and other adventurous activities. The dip in temperature in November implies the arrival of winters in Mahabalipuram. The coast of Mahabalipuram transforms into a surreal location during this time; however, the town remains crowded during this period, as it is a peak tourist season month. People from different parts of the country plan their trip in winters to be a part of the famous Mahabalipuram Dance Festival held in December. It is a 4-week long festival where trained classical dancers from all over India participate. The artists perform on huge open-air stages. January is regarded as an ideal time for planning a holiday trip to Mahabalipuram. Other than the pleasant weather being an inviting factor, the natural beauty is at its peak during this time, which must not be missed. The Pongal Festival celebrations make the sightseeing trips even more enjoyable.
Mahabalipuram Temples
Mahabalipuram Temples

Mahabalipuram in Monsoon (June - September)

The monsoon season in Mahabalipuram is characterised by moderate rainfall accompanied by increased humidity. Exploring the region becomes easier by carrying proper rain gear, which keeps you from getting drenched. Moreover, the floral beauty of the region is at its peak as monsoons have cast their charming spell on Mahabalipuram. The sunny days of August are followed by intermittent showers, making it an ideal time for nature enthusiasts to plan their trip. Infrequent rainfall in September brings down the temperature to a comfortable range during the day. The residents of Mahabalipuram organise different exhibitions and fairs throughout this month. Tourists can buy beautiful sculptures and statues from the stalls. Monsoons depart from Mahabalipuram by October, enabling all kinds of tourists’ activities, as the climate transforms into a moderately hot one. Other than that, this month officially marks the beginning of the tourist season in Mahabalipuram. History lovers head towards the attractions like the great Arjuna’s Penance, carved on the rear side of a Whale-shaped rock. Carvings of various Gods can also be seen in the sculpture.
Mahabalipuram Shore Temple
Mahabalipuram Shore Temple

Mahabalipuram in Summer (March - May)

As the temperature remains quite high, it gets considerably hot in Mahabalipuram, which makes it difficult to move around the town in the daytime. March marks the onset of the summer season with April being the hottest month. Summers are the perfect time for beach holidays enjoyed by leisure vacationers. It is also an ideal time for budget travellers to plan their trip to Mahabalipuram as various resorts and hotels offer huge discounts. Tourists are recommended to carry sun protection gears and cotton clothes while travelling to Mahabalipuram during this time. June brings along pre-monsoon showers, which helps to make the weather comfortable. Because of the occasional rainfall, the humidity level increases. It is a preferred time to explore the small towns close to Mahabalipuram, as the skies remain clear for the most part of the days.
Mahabalipuram Temple
Mahabalipuram Temple

Events in Mahabalipuram

Mamallapuram Dance Festival

25th December 2018 - 15th January 2019

Mamallapuram Dance Festival is organised for around twenty days, in the town of Mahabalipuram, to celebrate the diverse forms of folk dance popular in different regions and cultures of India. Maestros (Read More) of Bharatnatyam, Kathakali, Kuchipudi and Kathak give performances. Apart from this, the beautiful sandy beaches are another attraction to this port town.

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