The climate of Karnataka varies because of the different land features. It gets hot and humid in the coastal regions while the interior areas get a bit extreme in summer. The best time to visit Karnataka is during the winter months – between late October and early March.
- Winters (December-February) is the ideal time for visiting Karnataka. During these months, the temperature can drop to a minimum of 4°C.
- Summers (April-May) are very hot in Karnataka and the temperature can reach up to a scorching 47°C. Most tourists stay away from visiting Karnataka during the summer months due to the extreme hot weather.
- Monsoons (June-September) brings medium to heavy rainfalls to Karnataka. It is advisable not to visit Karnataka during these months as the roads are wet and slippery and prone to flooding.
Events & Festivals in Karnataka
It is worth scheduling a visit to Jaipur during one of their fairs or festivals that are held on a grand scale as the city is the most colourful and liveliest at this time. Be prepared for throngs of tourists, both local and foreigners, during this time.
- Dussehra (Oct, Mysore) The Maharaja’s Palace is lit up in the evenings and a vibrant procession hits town to the delight of thousands
- Lakshadeepotsava (Nov, Dharmasthala) Thousands and thousands of lamps light up this Jain pilgrimage town, offering spectacular photo ops
- Huthri (Nov/Dec, Madikeri) The Kodava community celebrates the start of the harvesting season with ceremony, music, traditional dances and much feasting for a week
- Vijaya Utsav (Jan, Hampi) A three-day extravaganza of culture, heritage and the arts at the foot of Hampi’s Matanga Hill
- Classical Dance Festival (Jan/Feb, Pattadakal) Some of India’s best classical dance performances