India in June: weather and travel tips

June heralds the grand arrival of the monsoon season in India, a time of dramatic transformation. The land awakens with heavy rains, lush greens, and a sense of rejuvenation.  Here’s our guide to the weather in India in June.

Is June a good time to visit India?

June ushers in the mesmerizing monsoon season in India, a time of dramatic transformation and natural rejuvenation. While it may pose challenges with heavy rainfall, high humidity, and potential flooding, it's an opportunity to witness India in its most enchanting monsoon attire. 

Lush green landscapes and a unique ambience await those who dare to embrace the monsoon's embrace. Regions like Kerala and Goa offer a distinct monsoon experience for the adventurous traveller.

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Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque), Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India © Shutterstock

Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque) © Shutterstock

Air & sea temperatures in India in June

June sweeps in with the monsoon's arrival, transforming the weather landscape across India. Coastal regions experience a notable drop in sea temperature. In contrast, the southern and eastern territories welcome the monsoon's arrival with cooler and more agreeable conditions.

June temperatures on India's west coast

June marks the onset of the monsoon season along the west coast. Sea temperatures in Mumbai, Goa, and Kerala drop slightly to around 28°C (82°F), making the beaches inviting but signalling the start of the rainy season.

The air temperatures along the west coast generally fall within the range of 25°C to 32°C (77°F to 90°F), creating a tropical and humid atmosphere, perfect for those who enjoy the unique charm of the monsoon rains.

June temperatures on India's east coast

On the east coast (Chennai, Puducherry, Odisha), sea temperatures also decrease to approximately 28°C (82°F) due to the monsoon's influence. This is a quieter time on the beaches, with the soothing sound of monsoon rains.

The air temperatures along the east coast in June typically range from 26°C to 34°C (79°F to 93°F), offering a relatively cooler and more comfortable environment for travellers.

June temperatures in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands maintain their warm sea temperature, remaining at around 28°C to 30°C (82°F to 86°F) even during the onset of the monsoon. These islands offer a unique opportunity to experience monsoon rains in a tropical island setting.

The air temperatures in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands during June range from 26°C to 32°C (79°F to 89°F), providing a tropical and lush backdrop for those seeking a monsoon getaway.

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Mehrangarh Fort above Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park © Shutterstock

Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park © Shutterstock

Can it rain in India in June?

The weather in India in June is characterised by the grand debut of India's monsoon season, a time when rain takes centre stage. Across much of the country, heavy rainfall and high humidity prevail, occasionally leading to flooding. 

For travellers, June presents a unique challenge, as outdoor activities may be curtailed, and certain areas could become inaccessible due to flooding. However, some adventurers find allure in India's lush green landscapes during this season.

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What about the crowd & cost?

June falls within the monsoon season in India, which means lower crowds and lower costs for travellers. The heavy rains and high humidity deter many tourists, making it an excellent time for budget-conscious travellers looking for a quieter experience. 

Accommodation and travel expenses are typically more affordable, and you can often find discounts during this period.

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Long island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands India © diy13/Shutterstock

Long island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands India © diy13/Shutterstock

What to wear in India in June?

June marks the onset of the monsoon season in India, bringing heavy rains and high humidity. Lightweight, quick-drying clothing is essential. 

Pack waterproof clothing, including a good-quality rain jacket and umbrella. Closed-toe shoes with good traction are advisable for navigating slippery streets. 

In drier regions, like Ladakh, you'll need warm clothing for chilly nights, so be prepared for temperature variations.

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Evening Mumbai, Chowpatty beach. View of Malabar hill at sunset © O'SHI/Shutterstock

Mumbai sunset © O'SHI/Shutterstock

What to do in India in June

As the Indian summer reaches its peak and the sun blazes across the country, June emerges as a fascinating time to explore India's diverse tapestry of experiences.  

Participate in Hemis festival

June is a great time to witness the vibrant Hemis Festival in Ladakh. Experience the rich cultural heritage of the region with traditional music, dance performances, and the unveiling of a massive thangka (religious banner) at Hemis Monastery.

Witness Rath Yatra

Head to Puri, Odisha, to be a part of the grand Rath Yatra (Chariot Festival). This annual event sees massive chariots carrying deities Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra through the streets, attracting millions of pilgrims and tourists.

Go on a Bhutan road trip

Embark on an adventurous road trip to Bhutan, starting from India's bordering states like West Bengal or Assam. Explore Bhutan's stunning landscapes and monasteries, and immerse yourself in its unique culture.

Discover the monsoon charm in Shimla or Kerala

Experience the monsoon charm of Shimla in Himachal Pradesh. The lush greenery and misty atmosphere make it an ideal destination for a serene getaway. Stroll along the Mall Road, visit historical sites, and enjoy the cool, rainy weather.

Kerala also comes alive in the monsoon season, with lush greenery, rejuvenated backwaters, and abundant wildlife. Explore the serene backwaters, indulge in Ayurvedic treatments and savour delicious Kerala cuisine.

Dre Roelandt

written by Dre Roelandt

updated 17.10.2023

Dre Roelandt is originally from the United States but lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Dre is a freelance writer and artist with a passion for travelling. They are an in-house Content Editor at Rough Guides.

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