Best time to Visit India, Sri Lanka and Destinations in South Asia

Help Me Understand the Table

Peak Tourism Months:

High Season Shoulder Low Season


Header: Months of the year

First row: Season of the year

Second row: Average weather pattern

Third row: Range of average lowest to highest temperatures


Peak: Dates and Events in the year that draw big crowds and festivities


*All weather, info and event dates are estimates, serving as a general guide based on historical patterns. Events and conditions can vary year to year — Mother nature makes her own rules!


Climatic range varies greatly across India’s geography, from tropical to alpine. Many regions are hot, the north gets cold, the center is hot and dry, the south is tropical, and hillstations are cool.

Avoid summer as heat often climbs above 40 degrees. It easily becomes intolerable.

Hillstations are always cool, thus popular during summer. Very busy from May-Jun during school holidays.

Winter months tone down the searing heat in South india. Peak time to enjoy the beaches of Goa and Gokarna.

Bright side of the rainy season? Lush green landscapes and dramatic waterfalls.

Diving in Maldives: Poor visibility underwater during the monsoon season (May – November). But better odds for shark sightings.

Mini peak seasons: Harvest festivals and Hindu festivals are busy periods for local travel and pilgrimages.

Fog in Agra: Taj Mahal may hide behind morning fog from Nov-Feb.


Low Season Shoulder Season  High Season
Apr – Jun Jul – Nov Dec – Mar

Peak Season vs Low Season – What is the Best Time to Go?

It depends what makes your ideal holiday.

The off season travel months are generally the cheapest time to visit any destination. There’s a good chance that hotels and attractions offer discounted prices.

In contrast, the best month to experience a destination also tends to the busiest, so you have to contend with more crowds and longer queues at attractions. But peak season is the peak for a reason, so there’s many things at their best – such as weather, opening hours, events etc.

If your calendar is pretty open, then shoulder season is a great time for independent travellers. Between peak season and off season, the ‘shoulder’ months give you the best of both worlds.