Kochi is located at sea level on Kerala’s coast fronting the Arabian Sea. The weather is always hot and humid, considering the proximity to the equator. Depending on the season, it’ll be sometimes less or more hot and humid. The two best times to visit, without any question, are during the Onam Festival and later at the end of the year in December.
Rain or no rain, Kochi has a festive and fun vibe during the Onam festival. It comes in Aug-Sept, and there might be the occasional downpour or two trying to drench your vacation. But the Onam Sadya (feast), snake boat races and other games and festivities more than make up for it.
Kochi is also decked up and lit bright at the end of the year for Christmas and the Kochi Carnival. Fort Kochi is hauntingly beautiful at this time, and the weather is just perfect. It’s pleasantly cool without being chilly, there will likely be no rain, and it’s not dry either.
If this is too specific for you, the peak tourist season stretches from Oct-April. Come whenever it’s convenient for you during this period, and you should be able to enjoy Kochi with no worries about the climate.
June-July is when it rains cats and dogs at the height of the southwest monsoons. Anyone out on the streets is wet, miserable and cursing hard. The heavy rains drag on through August and Sept, and then the northwest monsoons take over in October. The northwest monsoon is a relatively mild one, making it occasionally drizzly and cloudy over Kochi through to December.
The winter begins in earnest in December, and stretches through to February. The summer begins in March, but only May is a real scorcher. Kochi may be a wee bit less harsh in summer because it’s on the coast. In any case, just remember that the climate in Kochi is never extreme when it’s not raining. The temperatures will always be in the range of 68°F-95°F (20°C-35°C).
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