India in July: weather and travel tips

July marks the start of the monsoon season in India, bringing with it a unique combination of climatic conditions across the vast subcontinent. Understanding India weather in July is very important for travellers and locals alike, as it can significantly affect your plans and experiences in this culturally and geographically rich country.

Is July a good time to visit India?

Visiting India in July is a complex choice, influenced by a variety of factors. This month falls during the monsoon season, the most important climatic period throughout the country. July brings respite from the sweltering summer heat but also brings heavy rainfall and increased humidity. 

The extent of the monsoon varies greatly from region to region, with some areas boasting lush green landscapes, colourful flora and gushing waterfalls. Coastal destinations such as Goa may not be as appealing due to frequent rains and rough seas.

Culture lovers may rejoice at the opportunity to witness traditional monsoon festivals such as Bonalu in Telangana, allowing you to experience local traditions. Budget travellers may find July a bargain as it is considered an off-peak period, lowering accommodation costs and reducing the number of tourists. 

However, it is important to be adaptable and be aware of weather conditions as there can be travel disruptions due to heavy rains, floods and landslides, especially in hilly or remote areas.

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Varanasi, India

Varanasi, India

Air & sea temperatures in India in July

In July, the air and sea temperatures in India vary depending on the specific coastal regions.

July temperatures on India's west coast

The West Coast, including eg. Mumbai, Goa and Kerala, experiences higher temperatures due to its proximity to the Arabian Sea, which tends to be warmer compared to the Bay of Bengal on the East Coast.

  • Air temperature: in July it typically ranges from 25 to 32°C (77-90°F). It is warm and humid at this time.
  • Sea temperature: The water temperature in the Arabian Sea on the west Indian coastline can range from 27 to 30°C (81 to 86°F). The sea is warm and suitable for swimming and water activities.

July temperatures on India's east coast

In July on the east coast of India (Chennai, Puducherry, Odisha), the temperatures can reach high levels during the day, slightly dropping in the evenings.

  • Air temperature: On the Indian east coast, temperatures in July range from 28°C to 36°C (82°F to 97°F). It is generally warm and can be quite humid.
  • Sea temperature: In the Bay of Bengal along the east coast, sea temperatures range from 28°C to 31°C (82°F to 88°F). The sea is warm and favourable for swimming.

July temperatures in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands, located in the Bay of Bengal, have similar temperatures to the east coast.

  • Air temperature: ranges from 28°C to 34°C (82°F to 93°F).
  • Sea temperature: The sea around the Andaman Islands is warm, ranging from 28-30°C (82-86°F), making it a great place for underwater activities.

Can it rain in India in July?

July falls in the middle of the monsoon season in India, which usually starts in June and lasts until September. As rain clouds appear in the sky, India experiences a wide variety of weather conditions, from heavy downpours in some regions to more moderate in others.

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Loktak Lake Manipur in India © Shutterstock

Loktak Lake Manipur in India © Shutterstock

What about the crowd & cost?

India in July is less crowded and less expensive, primarily because of the monsoon season. July is considered the off-peak or shoulder season, as many travellers tend to avoid visiting the country during the monsoon season. 

As a result, you'll encounter fewer tourists in popular tourist spots, which can be a positive factor if you prefer a quieter and less crowded holiday.

Accommodation prices tend to be lower in July, as hotels and guesthouses often offer discounts and special deals to attract travellers during the monsoon season. More budget options can often be found at this time.

Also, some tour operators and service providers may offer discounts on tours and activities to attract travellers.

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What to wear in India in July?

When packing for a trip to India in July, your choice of clothing should depend on the region you plan to visit as well as the climate during the monsoon season. The weather in India in July varies, so it is important to be prepared for both rain and humidity.

Lightweight and breathable fabrics such as cotton and linen are ideal, and loose-fitting clothes will ensure comfort in wet conditions. Given the likelihood of rain, you should bring a lightweight waterproof jacket or poncho. A compact umbrella can also come in handy in case of an unexpected downpour.

Modesty is valued in many parts of India, especially in religious places, so it pays to have clothes that cover shoulders, necklines and knees. Comfortable, breathable shoes such as sandals or lightweight trainers are essential for walking and sightseeing. Sun protection is also a must: bring sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen.

A monkey inside Galtaji Hindu Temple or Monkey Temple near the city of Jaipur in Rajasthan, India © Shutterstock

Monkey Temple near the city of Jaipur in Rajasthan, India © Shutterstock

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Kangchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world © Shutterstock

Kangchenjunga -the third highest mountain in the world © Shutterstock

What to do in India in July

India in July welcomes travellers with many experiences despite the monsoon season. At this time, the country's landscapes are strikingly transformed, with lush greenery and intermittent rains adding a unique charm to the journey.

Indulge in Goa's retreat

In July, during the monsoon, Goa appears in a different light. The beaches are less crowded and the lush green landscapes are stunning. Enjoy peaceful walks along the coastline, savour fresh seafood and explore the historical charm of Old Goa. Waterfalls like Dudhsagar showcase their best this season and are a stunning natural spectacle.

Go on a Wildlife Safaris in the Western Ghats

Head to the reserves and national parks of the Western Ghats, such as Mudumalai Tiger Reserve or Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

July is a great time for wildlife enthusiasts as the rains bring out lush vegetation, making it easier to spot animals. You can go on a thrilling safari to see different species of animals and birds amidst picturesque rain-filled forests.

Discover the Himalayas and other natural sites

The Himalayas (Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand) enjoy mild temperatures during the monsoon, ideal for trekking amidst vibrant green landscapes.

Wildlife enthusiasts can head to national parks and sanctuaries, such as those in the Western Ghats, where exciting animal encounters, complete with lush foliage, await.

Enjoy local festivals

It is also worthwhile to visit local festivals such as Bonalu in Telangana, where you can experience the traditions of India.

Although it sometimes rains in July, it is a unique opportunity to experience the culture, natural beauty and cuisine of India amidst the monsoon. Be aware of the weather and enjoy the charm of this season.

Olga Sitnitsa

written by
Olga Sitnitsa

updated 17.10.2023

Online editor at Rough Guides, specialising in travel content. Passionate about creating compelling stories and inspiring others to explore the world.

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