The best times to visit Pondicherry for ideal weather are

mid-January

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

 


Pondicherry Travel Guide

  • Safety
  • The busiest and least popular months
  • Overall travel experience by time of year
  • Weather in Pondicherry

    Temperature

    Average temperatures in Pondicherry vary very little and are too warm to be considered temperate for most. The area is in the bottom 1 percent of tourist destinations for pleasant weather. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Pondicherry, the hottest months are May, June, and then July. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late May where highs are regularly around 101.5°F (38.6°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 80°F (26.7°C) at night.

    Pondicherry Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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    High
    Average
    Low

    Pondicherry Temperatures (Celsius)

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    High
    Average
    Low

    “Feels-Like” Temperatures

    The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

    Pondicherry Perceived Temperature (F)

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    Average
    Low

    Pondicherry Perceived Temperature (C)

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    High
    Average
    Low

     

    Average Pondicherry Temperatures by Month

    Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

    Show Fahrenheit

    Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
    Jan 86.7 77.7 69.7
    Feb 88.5 79.2 70.4
    Mar 91.4 82.4 73.8
    Apr 95 86.2 78.2
    May 99.8 88.1 79.7
    Jun 99.5 88 79.2
    Jul 97.5 86.6 77.8
    Aug 94.8 84.8 77
    Sep 94.5 84.6 77.1
    Oct 91.4 82.6 76
    Nov 87.2 79.4 73.3
    Dec 85.6 77.8 71.7

    Show Celsius

    Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
    Jan 30.4 25.4 20.9
    Feb 31.4 26.2 21.3
    Mar 33 28 23.2
    Apr 35 30.1 25.7
    May 37.7 31.2 26.5
    Jun 37.5 31.1 26.2
    Jul 36.4 30.3 25.4
    Aug 34.9 29.3 25
    Sep 34.7 29.2 25.1
    Oct 33 28.1 24.4
    Nov 30.7 26.3 22.9
    Dec 29.8 25.4 22.1

     
    Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

    Chance of Precipitation

    The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Pondicherry.

    Key
    Days with precipitation

    Snow on the Ground

    The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Pondicherry (in).

    Key
    Snow depth

    Average Rain and Snow by Month

    Show Inches

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
    Jan 2.9 0 0.02
    Feb 1.4 0 0
    Mar 1.4 0 0.01
    Apr 2.9 0 0.02
    May 8.6 0 0.04
    Jun 14.3 0 0.05
    Jul 20 0 0.07
    Aug 30 0 0.12
    Sep 27.1 0 0.15
    Oct 34.3 0 0.35
    Nov 42.9 0 0.53
    Dec 25.7 0 0.24

    Show Centimeters

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
    Jan 2.9 0 0.05
    Feb 1.4 0 0
    Mar 1.4 0 0.03
    Apr 2.9 0 0.05
    May 8.6 0 0.1
    Jun 14.3 0 0.13
    Jul 20 0 0.18
    Aug 30 0 0.3
    Sep 27.1 0 0.38
    Oct 34.3 0 0.89
    Nov 42.9 0 1.35
    Dec 25.7 0 0.61
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    Humidity and Wind

    Pondicherry has slightly high to average humidity compared to most tourist destinations. The least humid month is June (60.2% relative humidity), and the most humid month is November (81%).

    Wind in Pondicherry is usually calm. The windiest month is May, followed by June and July. May’s average wind speed of around 2.2 knots (2.5 MPH or 4.1 KPH) is considered “light air.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late February and early March where average top sustained speeds reach 4.7 knots, which is considered a light breeze.

    Relative Humidity (%)

    The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Pondicherry.

    Key
    Avg. Relative Humidity

    Wind

    The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

    Key
    Max Sustained Wind
    Average Daily Wind

    Average Wind Speeds

    Show Wind Speeds

    All wind speeds are in knots.

    Month Avg. Wind Meaning (Beaufort) Avg. Maximum Sustained Wind Meaning (Beufort)
    Jan 1.6 light air 2.9 light air
    Feb 1.6 light air 2.8 light air
    Mar 1.6 light air 3.3 light air
    Apr 1.7 light air 3.2 light air
    May 2.2 light air 4.2 light air
    Jun 2.1 light air 3.7 light air
    Jul 1.9 light air 3.4 light air
    Aug 1.7 light air 3.3 light air
    Sep 1.6 light air 3.2 light air
    Oct 1.3 light air 2.9 light air
    Nov 1.5 light air 3.4 light air
    Dec 1.8 light air 3.6 light air

    Show Relative Humidity by Month

    Month Avg. Relative Humidity
    Jan 72
    Feb 70.5
    Mar 71.5
    Apr 71.5
    May 66.6
    Jun 60.2
    Jul 61.9
    Aug 69.4
    Sep 71.3
    Oct 77.3
    Nov 81
    Dec 78.5

     

    Is it Safe to Travel to Pondicherry?

    As of 6/21/2017 there are travel warnings and regional advisories for India; exercise a high degree of caution and avoid some areas. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories.
     

    The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

    The busiest month for tourism in Pondicherry, India is December, followed by August and September. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Pondicherry in May. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

    Estimated Tourism by Month

     

    Most Popular Months to Visit

    Key
    Tourists Seeking Accommodations

    Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 66 in May means 66% of the tourists vs. December.

    Overall Pondicherry Travel Experience by Season

    Spring (March through May)

    Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel very warm. Highs range from 101.5°F (38.6°C) and 90.2°F (32.3°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Spring is the slowest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

    Summer (June through August)

    The middle-year months have hot weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. June – August is busy season for tourism in Pondicherry, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

    Fall (September through November)

    Fall daily highs range from 94.7°F (34.8°C) and 85.2°F (29.6°C), which will feel warmer than comfortable given the humidity and wind. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

    Winter (December through February)

    Weather is perfect this time of year in Pondicherry to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 89°F (31.7°C) and 85.3°F (29.6°C). These times of year are the busiest with tourists.