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Best time to visit Kodaikanal, India

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The best time to visit Kodaikanal is January-March

When’s the best time to visit Kodaikanal, you ask? Based on several factors like the weather and climate, cost of flights and hotels, peak travel seasons and much more, the best time to go to Kodaikanal is January-March.

In summer, the average maximum temperature is around 35℃ (95℉), but temperatures can sometimes reach as high as 38℃ (100℉) on the hottest days of the year. In the colder months such as January, temperatures usually get down to an average minimum of 16℃ (61℉).

If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Kodaikanal, or you’re just afraid of the dark, the days in May are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset. October sees the most amount of rain in a month if you’re ok with chancing getting drenched, so if you’re looking to stay dry, visit in January instead.

Continue reading to find out more about when to visit Kodaikanal, including the climate, seasonal info, what to pack, FAQs, and the best tools to help you plan and book your next vacation.

Warmest month

May

Least rainfall

January

Most daylight

May

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Kodaikanal seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Kodaikanal as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Kodaikanal is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

Season Months
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Average temperatures in Kodaikanal

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Kodaikanal for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Kodaikanal climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Kodaikanal for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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Kodaikanal in January

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average high temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average low temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average humidity: 71%
  • Average sunny days: 24 days
  • Average rainfall: 12mm (0") over 5 days
24 days
of pure sunshine
5 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kodaikanal in January, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Kodaikanal in February

  • Average temperature: 24℃ (75℉)
  • Average high temperature: 30℃ (87℉)
  • Average low temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average humidity: 61%
  • Average sunny days: 21 days
  • Average rainfall: 18mm (1") over 6 days
21 days
of pure sunshine
6 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kodaikanal in February, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Kodaikanal in March

  • Average temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average high temperature: 33℃ (91℉)
  • Average low temperature: 20℃ (69℉)
  • Average humidity: 55%
  • Average sunny days: 20 days
  • Average rainfall: 34mm (1") over 9 days
20 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kodaikanal in March, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays pretty warm most of the time.


Kodaikanal in April

  • Average temperature: 29℃ (84℉)
  • Average high temperature: 35℃ (95℉)
  • Average low temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average humidity: 55%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 63mm (2") over 15 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kodaikanal in April, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays pretty warm most of the time.


Kodaikanal in May

  • Average temperature: 29℃ (85℉)
  • Average high temperature: 35℃ (94℉)
  • Average low temperature: 24℃ (76℉)
  • Average humidity: 58%
  • Average sunny days: 6 days
  • Average rainfall: 80mm (3") over 21 days
6 days
of pure sunshine
21 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kodaikanal in May, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.


Kodaikanal in June

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average high temperature: 32℃ (90℉)
  • Average low temperature: 24℃ (74℉)
  • Average humidity: 61%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 39mm (2") over 13 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kodaikanal in June, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.


Kodaikanal in July

  • Average temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average high temperature: 32℃ (89℉)
  • Average low temperature: 23℃ (74℉)
  • Average humidity: 61%
  • Average sunny days: 16 days
  • Average rainfall: 46mm (2") over 11 days
16 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kodaikanal in July, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.


Kodaikanal in August

  • Average temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average high temperature: 32℃ (89℉)
  • Average low temperature: 23℃ (74℉)
  • Average humidity: 63%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 58mm (2") over 15 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kodaikanal in August, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.


Kodaikanal in September

  • Average temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average high temperature: 32℃ (89℉)
  • Average low temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average humidity: 64%
  • Average sunny days: 9 days
  • Average rainfall: 67mm (3") over 18 days
9 days
of pure sunshine
18 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kodaikanal in September, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.

Kodaikanal in October

  • Average temperature: 26℃ (78℉)
  • Average high temperature: 30℃ (86℉)
  • Average low temperature: 21℃ (70℉)
  • Average humidity: 71%
  • Average sunny days: 5 days
  • Average rainfall: 216mm (9") over 24 days
5 days
of pure sunshine
24 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kodaikanal in October, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays pretty warm most of the time.


Kodaikanal in November

  • Average temperature: 24℃ (75℉)
  • Average high temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average low temperature: 19℃ (67℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 6 days
  • Average rainfall: 145mm (6") over 21 days
6 days
of pure sunshine
21 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kodaikanal in November, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Kodaikanal in December

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average low temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 56mm (2") over 15 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kodaikanal in December, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Kodaikanal is usually May, where temperatures tend to rise to around 35℃ (95℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Kodaikanal is generally around January. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in January first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Kodaikanal is generally around October, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of October too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Kodaikanal, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in May are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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