India in March: weather and travel tips

As winter's chill dissipates, India awakens to the enchanting arrival of spring in March. This season of renewal unveils a rich tapestry of experiences, from the snowy peaks of the Himalayas to the sun-kissed beaches of Goa. Here’s our guide to the weather in India in March.

Is March a good time to visit India?

March is a transitional month for India when the country begins to bid farewell to the chilly winter and welcomes the warmth of spring. The weather in India in March varies depending on the region, making it an interesting time to plan your visit. 

With minimal rainfall across most regions, this month sets the stage for an extraordinary exploration of India's diverse landscapes. March is also filled with colorful festivals - the most famous one is Holi, celebrated with great enthusiasm and joy throughout the country.

Another advantage of visiting India in early spring is fewer crowds compared to the winter months and the summer vacation period.

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Bonnet Macaque Monkey  © Shutterstock

Air & sea temperatures in India in March

March gracefully signals the transition from winter to spring across India, offering travellers a delightful reprieve from extreme temperatures. This temperate climate breathes life into the country, creating an excellent backdrop for diverse activities, from immersing in vibrant cultural festivals to embarking on wildlife safaris.

March temperatures on India's west coast

March brings warm weather to the west coast of India. Air temperatures fluctuate between 21°C to 34°C (69°F to 94°F), with Mumbai being on the colder side and Goa and Kochi on the hotter one.

Sea temperatures along the west Indian coastline range from 28°C to 30°C (82°F to 86°F), providing a perfect combination of warm seas and comfortable temperatures for beachgoers.

March temperatures on India's east coast

Venture eastward to discover a similar enchantment in Chennai, Puducherry, and Odisha. With daytime temperatures ranging from 28°C to 35°C (82°F to 95°F), this coastline is awash with the hues of spring.

The average sea temperature ranges here from 28°C to  29°C (82°F to 84°F). In Kolkota, the sea may be slightly cooler, with an average of 25°C - 26°C ( 77°F to 79°F), but its charm remains undiminished. 

March temperatures in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

For those seeking an unspoiled tropical utopia, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands beckon. Here, both the air and sea temperature hovers around a balmy 30°C (86°F), ensuring you bask in perpetual warmth. The cerulean waters promise an underwater wonderland for snorkelers and divers alike.

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Beautiful top view of the city of Port Blair against the sea. Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India © diy13/Shutterstock

Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India © diy13/Shutterstock

Can it rain in India in March?

March is typically considered a dry month in India, with minimal rainfall in most regions. However, it's essential to be aware that the weather in India in March can be diverse, and some areas may experience isolated showers or light rainfall. 

These occurrences are usually sporadic and shouldn't significantly affect your travel plans in most popular tourist destinations.

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What about the crowd & cost?

March is a transition month in India, with crowds and costs varying depending on your destination. In most places, you can expect fewer crowds compared to the peak winter season. 

Accommodation prices may start to drop slightly, offering a more budget-friendly experience. However, popular tourist spots can still have moderate crowds, so consider less-travelled destinations for a quieter and more cost-effective visit.

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The Saturday Night Market in Arpora © Shutterstock

The Saturday Night Market in Arpora © Shutterstock

What to wear in India in March?

March ushers in warmer weather in many parts of India. In northern regions, light layers such as t-shirts and light jackets are suitable for the daytime, with the option to shed layers as the day warms up. 

Southern India enjoys pleasant temperatures, so pack light, breathable clothing like dresses, shorts, and comfortable sandals. Regardless of your destination, it's advisable to have sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses to shield yourself from the increasing sun. 

Keep in mind that many parts of India, particularly religious locales, emphasise the significance of modesty, 

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Sri Ramakrishna Math in Chennai © Shutterstock

Sri Ramakrishna Math in Chennai © Shutterstock

What to do in India in March 

March arrives in India with a burst of vibrant colours, festive celebrations, and natural beauty that beckon travellers from near and far.

Celebrate Holi

March is the perfect time to experience the vibrant festival of Holi in India. Join locals in throwing colourful powders and water balloons, celebrating the triumph of good over evil. The cities of Mathura, Vrindavan, and Jaipur are known for their grand Holi celebrations.

Witness Rangpanchami

Rangpanchami, celebrated five days after Holi, is another colourful festival observed in Maharashtra. People play with colours and water, making it a delightful post-Holi celebration.

Explore Kashmir

March is an excellent month to visit Kashmir, as the snow starts to melt, revealing lush green landscapes. You can explore the serene Dal Lake, enjoy a shikara ride, or visit the iconic Mughal Gardens in Srinagar.

Go on a wildlife safari in Ranthambore

Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan is a fantastic destination for wildlife enthusiasts. March offers favourable weather to embark on a safari and spot tigers, leopards, and various other wildlife species in their natural habitat.

Visit the Taj Mahal

No trip to India is complete without visiting the iconic Taj Mahal. March provides pleasant weather for exploring this UNESCO World Heritage site in Agra. Witness the mesmerizing beauty of this architectural marvel and learn about its rich history.

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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