India weather in November

November marks the transition from autumn to winter in India, providing a pleasant and varied climate throughout its vast territory. From the snow-capped Himalayan peaks in the north to the temperate southern coasts, the weather in India in November is a combination of cool sunny days and comfortable temperatures.

Is November a good time to visit India?

November is considered a great time to explore India. The weather in this month is characterised by clear skies, cooler temperatures and lower humidity, all of which combine to create a comfortable and pleasant atmosphere for travellers.

The weather in India in November is a perfect balance between the scorching heat of summer and the onset of winter chill, making it ideal for outdoor activities, sightseeing and cultural exploration. Whether it's trekking in the Himalayas, admiring historical monuments or relaxing on pristine beaches, the pleasant climate enhances the overall travelling experience.

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Vagator beach in Goa, India © Shutterstock

Vagator beach in Goa, India © Shutterstock

Air & sea temperatures in India in November

November in India sees varying temperatures in different parts of the country, but in general daytime temperatures are very comfortable, while the evenings can see significant cooling.

November temperatures on India's west coast

On the west coast (Mumbai, Goa, Kerala), daytime temperatures range from 24 to 32°C (75 to 90°F). As winter approaches, this region enjoys pleasant cool weather.

Water temperatures in the Arabian Sea remain warm, ranging from 27 to 29°C (81 to 84°F), making it suitable for water activities.

November  temperatures on India's east coast

On the east coast (Chennai, Puducherry, Odisha), daytime temperatures range from 24 to 32°C (75 to 90°F). The weather is generally comfortable and humidity levels are significantly reduced.

In the Bay of Bengal along the east coast, sea temperatures generally range from 27 to 30°C (81 to 86°F).

November temperatures in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Daytime temperatures on these islands range from 24-30°C (75-86°F), providing pleasant weather for outdoor activities.

The sea around the Andaman Islands remains warm, with temperatures ranging from 27°C to 30°C (81°F to 86°F), making it ideal for water sports and travelling.

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Can it rain in India in November?

November in India sees a significant decrease in rainfall and although residual rainfall may occur, especially in the southern and eastern coastal areas, it is generally infrequent and insignificant. 

In the rest of the country, the weather is dry and pleasant, making November a favourable time for outdoor activities and exploring the delights of India.

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The Haji Ali Dargah, a famous tomb and a mosque in Mumbai © Shutterstock

The Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai © Shutterstock

What about the crowd & cost?

November is the month when India's tourist season gradually begins. Although it is not as crowded as the peak months like December or January, you can still expect a moderate number of travellers at popular destinations.

Also, accommodation prices tend to increase slightly in November, and while this may not be the most favourable period for budget travel, you can still find reasonably priced options.

As the season begins, tour operators and service providers can offer a wider range of tours and experiences. While the cost may increase slightly, this is a great time to explore different activities.

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What to wear in India in November?

When going on a trip, it is essential to bring clothes appropriate for the weather in India in Novemeber. Though the weather is usually pleasant in general, it can be different in certain regions.

Choose lightweight and breathable fabrics like cotton and linen that are comfortable for daytime temperatures. For cooler evenings, especially in northern and hilly areas, be sure to bring outerwear for comfortable evening walks.

When visiting religious or conservative neighbourhoods, appropriate modest clothing will come in handy. For women, this means covering shoulders, necklines and knees, while men should wear long shorts or trousers in these areas.

Also, although rainfall usually decreases in November, it is wise to bring a mackintosh and umbrella in case of unexpected rainfall, especially in areas with infrequent rainfall.


Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Chennai, India @ Shutterstock

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Camping with spread tents along The frozen Zanskar river in Ladakh, India © Shutterstock

Camping along The frozen Zanskar River in Ladakh, India © Shutterstock

What to do in India in November

November in India brings an abundance of colourful festivals and natural wonders. It is a time when the country comes alive with a plethora of cultural experiences and opportunities.

Witness Pushkar Camel Fair

One of the highlights is the Pushkar Camel Fair in Rajasthan, where traders converge with thousands of camels, creating a lively spectacle. Diwali, the festival of lights, lights up the country with dazzling celebrations, fireworks and the exchange of sweets.

Celebrate Chhath Puja

In North India, the festival of Chhath Puja celebrates the sun god Surya with rituals on the banks of the river. Gujarat's Rann Utsav presents a surreal Rann of Kutch, showcasing art, music and crafts.

See India's famous landmarks without crowds

Clear skies and pleasant weather in November are the perfect time to visit iconic landmarks such as the Taj Mahal in Agra.

Explore the beaches and wildlife

Beach lovers can relax in Goa, the backwaters of Kerala or the tranquil Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Wildlife lovers can head to national parks and sanctuaries, including Ranthambhore and Bandipur, where temperatures are cooler and visibility improves.

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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