Best Time to Visit Madurai - The city never Sleeps( Thoonganagaram)
On 01/07/2015 - 11:51 AM
Southern India's oldest city , situated on the banks of the Vaigai rive and home to the mind-blowing Sri Meenakshi Temple, Madurai remains crowded with travelers, tradesman and tramps all throughout. Madurai is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities of the world and experiences summer, monsoon and winter. The climate is predominantly hot around the year with the exception of few months.The hot climate reflects in their culture; in their choice of clothing as well as the diet, as keeping away heat was always an important objective woven into the very lifestyle of the city.If you are planning a trip to Madurai, then knowing all about the seasons here and the best time to visit Madurai would make some sense to you.
Madurai is accessible to tourists for most time of the year. However, the best time to spend a fulfilling holiday in Madurai is during the winter time.The hottest months are from March to July and the climate gets moderate from August to October. The coolest months would be from November to January and this makes it the most comfortable time of the year to visit the city in terms of weather conditions and the weather is pleasant and ideal for sightseeing and enjoying the various activities Madurai has to offer. During the winter time, you can enjoy the outdoor activities without getting dehydrated or feeling the pangs of heat.
Summer in Madurai
Visiting Madurai during the summers is a strict no-no since the temperature tends to get extremely sweltry and muggy during this time of the year.Summer season lasts from March to June and the temperature ranges from 26° C to 41° C. This is not a good time for tourists to visit Madurai as the city experiences intense heat, especially in May and June.March marks the onset of summer that usually ends by June. Among all the months, May undoubtedly remains the hottest month of the year.
In case you are the more pressing kind of traveller and wouldn’t mind the humbling heat, there are quite many festivals to be witnessed in the city in the warmer months. The Chithirai festival happens between April and May and the sights and sounds around the city then have an especially beautiful old worldly feeling; almost like a trip to the past! The festival lasts more than ten days. Many other festivals also happen in the city around the year.
Monsoon in Madurai
As Madurai is equidistant from the ocean and the mountains, both North East monsoon and South East monsoon are experienced which would mean rain in the months from September to November .Being located in the central part of India, Madurai receives meager downpours. However, moderate rainfalls and occasional cloudbursts are good enough to shoot down the temperature levels to great degrees. The average rainfall received by the city is approximately 85 cm. According to the recorded statistics, the city receives an average of 316 cm of rainfall from the Northeast monsoon and 239 cm of rainfall from the Southwest monsoon.
Winter in Madurai
Winters in Madurai are indisputably the best time to make a quick jaunt. During the winter months of December, January and February, the conditions are mildly pleasant with temperature hovering somewhere between 180 C - 300 C
Experiencing comfortable weather while you are in Madurai would make a world of difference to your activity plans.The ideal time to visit the temple city is anytime between October to March. This would mean that you would get to comfortably explore the narrow inner streets near the Meenakshi temple at leisure, soaking in all the culture, or go window shopping in streets that have been named after Tamil months and sample wonderful street-food, or just do building gazing, all without the heat getting on to you. The streets of Madurai can get searing hot in the warmer months and even plain walking on the street is very hard without the aid of proper headgear or an umbrella.On your visit to Madurai, don't miss out on the opportunity to witness the festivals and other cultural programs that are religiously conducted here. While in the month of April/May, the colorful 'Chitirai Festival' is solemnized for 10 long days, the much-awaited float festival is usually observed in the month of January. If you travel in the month of December, you can city streets filled with myriad artistic patterns drawn by women. A temperature of 40 degrees is not unusual at all. There are ancient families living around the temple here and their ancestral homes are all quite a sight that is not to be missed. One could also experience the Pongal festival, Madurai style in the month of January Some of the temples also hold cultural programs and Carnatic music sessions. The people of Madurai are traditional and friendly in their outlook. Hence, visiting the city should be an exhilarating experience for you.