Travel tips for visiting India in summer

Planning a visit to India in summer? Wondering how to survive summer travel in India? Here are the best travel tips for your visit to India in summer.

India is a tropical country and experiences extreme summer in May. Mercury levels start shooting up from from mid-March in most of the states except for the states in the extreme North. During peak summer in the months of May-June, the mercury records 45 - 47 degrees Celsius almost in the entire country.

In spite of the terrible heat in summer, it is the biggest travel time in India as the schools remain closed for the full month of May. Many of travel destinations are visited the most during summer. Typically, summer sets in India in March and lasts till June 1st week when monsoon starts.

Though it is advisable to stay indoors during peak summer, people enjoy visiting travel destinations. Here are few handy cool tips to have fun when visiting India in summer.

  1. Visit water parks / sea beach

    There is no dearth for water parks, amusement parks and theme parks in almost all major cities in India. These parks offer lots of fun-filled adventures and thrills. Visiting one of these would not only give you a thrilling experience but also you can keep yourself cool with summer splashes and adventurous water sports.

    Wonderla in Bengaluru (Bangalore), Kochi and Hyderabad is one of the famous amusement parks that gives unlimited thrilling experience. The other famous parks in India are Essel world in Mumbai, Jalavihar water park, Snow world and Ocean park in Hyderabad and Fun and food village in Gurgaon near New Delhi.

    India being a peninsula, the long coastline is rich in some of the best beaches. You can enjoy the beaches in summer in spite of the sultry weather. Besides the most popular beaches of Goa, Kerala and Andaman and Nicobar islands, there are other beaches like Agatti beach in Lakshadweep, Serenity beach in Puducherry (Pondicherry), Nirvana beach close to Gokarna in Karnataka, Yerada beach near Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, St.Mary's beach near Udupi in Karnataka and Chandipur beach near Balasore in Odisha.

  2. Go out early in the morning

    To avoid travelling in the scorching heat go out early in the morning before daybreak so that you can reach your destination before it gets too hot. To some extent you can enjoy the freshness in the air around early in the morning.

  3. Wear loose light-colored cotton / hand loom outfits

    Dressing the right way is one of the important things to keep yourself cool in summer. In the coastal areas, the weather is too humid while it is dry with lesser humidity in the landlocked regions like New Delhi and Hyderabad.

    For staying cool wear loose and light colored cotton clothes. Even hand loom clothes will serve the purpose as these absorb sweat and keep you cool.

  4. Protect yourself from the heat

    If you are not used to the tropical climate, then you find it too difficult to tolerate the heat in summer. When moving / traveling in summer, beware of sun tanning, heat rashes on the body due to harsh sun rays and other heat-related problems like heat strokes, dehydration etc. Protect yourself from summer heat by wearing loose and light colored cotton clothes, sunglasses and cover your head with caps / hats / umbrellas. Avoid exposing to the direct sun.

    Go to traditional Ayurvedic herbal spas where you can have cooling mud baths / packs. These help in giving a soothing effect, it beats the heat and also helps in removing the toxins from your skin.

  5. Drink lots of water and fluids

    To stay cool and enjoy your travel in summer in India, drink lots of water and fluids to keep yourself hydrated. There are special traditional Indian summer drinks which are best suited for the climate. You can try out these traditional drinks like the famous lassi, butter milk, freshly squeezed neembu pani i.e lime juice / lemonade, ragi (a cereal) drink and other sherbets. Consume tender coconut water and other seasonal fruit juices. Better to avoid sugarcane juice purchased from roadside vendors as these are not suitable to certain body constitutions.

    Dehydration is a common problem faced by the tourists in summer. Always carry water bottles / health drinks like glucon D and keep sipping the drinks to keep your hydrated till you reach your destination. Intake of fluids helps in replenishing the vital substances that are required actively moving during summer.

  6. Be careful about your food

    Indian foods are typically spicy and oily ones. Avoid such spicy and oily foods while you travel in summer as these are heat enhancers and may cause overheating of the body. Go for simple and light foods in summer to stay cool. Avoid taking food at roadside vendors as there is lack of hygiene at some places.

  7. Choose the right place to visit in summer

    The best places to visit in India during summer are the hill stations and beaches. There is no dearth of hills stations in India. You can also visit wildlife sanctuaries some of which are covered with thick forests. Choose the right place to visit during summer in India

  8. Stay outdoor during evening

    For a cool enjoyable summer, step out of your home / room and stay outdoor in summer evenings. You can enjoy the dusky summer. In some places you can enjoy the cool breeze in summer evenings.

  9. Keep your electronic items like mobiles and cams charged

    There is power shortage in India and many places including metros face power problem during summer. You can never know when the power will be off, so keep your mobile phones, cameras, iPads, laptops etc charged. Carry a portable charger while traveling to avoid charging problems of your electronic items.

  10. Avoid alcoholic beverages and smoking

    Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages, carbonated drinks and smoking while traveling in India during summer as these may result in dehydration.

If you are well planned and prepared to combat heat while traveling to India in summer, you can make your trip an enjoyable one.

Article by Kalyani
Kalyani is basically an educationist and presently a home-maker who is fruitfully utilizing her free time in freelancing, online content writing and above all blogging. She is an active lead editor at for over 2 years. She is an environmentalist who strives to protect the environment through the revival of age-old eco-friendly practices. She also strives to preserve the rich cultural heritage of India.

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