What is the best time to visit Pondicherry?

Pondicherry is best visited during the months of October to March as the temperature usually ranges between 15 - 30 degree celcius. Over the years, Pondicherry has truly been the gem of South India and an ideal vacation spot. Summers (April-June) are quite hot and the temperature touches 40 degree Celsius occasionally. Monsoons (July-September) is also a good time to visit Pondicherry despite the rainfalls. However, the best time to visit Pondicherry varies from person to person as the place transforms itself every season and celebrates a range of festivals which interest a lot of tourists.

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Monthly Weather in Pondicherry

Month Avg. Minimum (°C) Avg. Maximum (°C)
January 22 30
February 21 32
March 25 34
April 28 38
May 28 38
June 28 38
July 27 35
August 27 36
September 26 35
October 25 34
November 23 32
December 22 30

Pondicherry in Winter (October - February)

Amongst all the three seasons, winter is the ideal time to visit Pondicherry and witness it in all its glory. The temperatures during the winter months of November to February range from 22 degree Celsius to 32 degree Celsius which makes for delightful weather conditions that are suitable for not only sightseeing but also partaking in adventurous activities or a day at the beach. Due to this, winter season in Pondicherry gives you a chance to see everything that Pondicherry has to offer. The place might also be greeted with light showers of rain from time to time as Pondicherry is a coastal city, but these rain showers are in no way a hindrance for visiting individuals. While visiting during winters, one should not miss the International Yoga Festival which is held on the 7th of January. This festival focuses on the art and form of Yoga and is a large-scale mass festival. Activities that are somewhat famous during the International Yoga Festival are workshops, seminars, discussions and talks on various topics relating to the central theme and this makes for an overall enlightening experience.
Street in Pondicherry
Street in Pondicherry
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Pondicherry in Monsoon (July - September)

Monsoons in Pondicherry are perhaps the most unpredictable of all the seasons. The rainfall during the monsoons is unpredictable and can fall at any time and in varying degrees. Due to proximity to the sea, monsoons bring in quite a lot of humidity. The average temperature ranges between 25 to 35 degrees Celsius. Monsoons also make for the best time to visit Pondicherry for its natural surroundings of lush green flora and colourful flowers and plants that all the more stand out due to the fresh rains. The biggest and most important celebration for Pondicherry also falls in the monsoon season. In August, all locals of Pondicherry celebrate the birthday of Sir Aurobindo with great joy and pride. This birthday also falls on Independence Day and the centre of all the celebration lies in the famous Ashram which conducts a series of significant celebratory activities.
A View after the rains on seaside promanade
A View after the rains on seaside promanade
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Pondicherry in Summer (March - June)

Summers in Pondicherry last from March to June and the mean temperatures during these months lies in between 26 degree Celsius and 42 degree Celsius. As Pondicherry is a coastal city, the temperature does not fluctuate as much as other cities; however there is still a difference. The humidity during these months is as high up as 93 per cent which in itself makes the weather hot and sweaty. However, this also makes for an ideal temperature to visit the beach and partake in the range of water sports available or take a dip in the considerably cooler waters.
The most famous festival during these summer months is the Villianur Temple Car Festival. This festival is held on the full moon between mid-May and mid-June and is a unique religious festival. During the festival, a procession with a temple car carrying an image of the god Shri Gokilambal Thirukameshwara circles the entire city.
Botanical Garden, Pondicherry
Botanical Garden, Pondicherry
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Events in Pondicherry

Sightseeing at the French War Memorial

Throughout the year

The French War memorial pays homage to the brave soldiers who laid down their lives in World War 1. Every 14th of July the memorial is beautifully illuminated in memory of those brave martyrs.

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