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Climate in Karnataka

Climate of Karnataka presents an exceptional diversity. While the hilly and plateau regions demonstrate a different climatic behavior, the plain presents comparatively a warmer atmosphere. Due this diversity in climate and weather of Karnataka, it has been divided into 3 major parts:

  • Coastal Karnataka, which includes: Dakshina Kannada and Uttara Kannada districts.
  • North Interior Karnataka, which includes: Belgaum, Bidar, Bijapur, Dharwad, Gulbarga and Raichur districts.
  • South Interior Karnataka, which includes: the remaining districts of Bangalore Rural, Bangalore, Bellary, Chikmagalur, Chitradurga, Kodagu, Hassan, Kolar, Mysore, Mandya, Shimoga and Tumkur districts.

The most famous city of Karnataka is Bangalore which is best known for its awesome weather and panoramic views. Bangalore is also known as ‘air-conditioned city’. During most of the time in year Banglore’s atmosphere remains pleasant, it’s douched with a nice shower, which dissolves a unique jolliness in the air during summers and winters. The coastal regions and highly elevated places reveal uniformity in day and night temperature. Till now the highest recorded temperature is 45.6 deg C at Raichur in 1928 while the lowest temperature of an individual station was recorded 2.8 deg. C on December 16, 1918 in Bidar.


The average weather of Karnataka is dry and warm over different regions and summers start from the month of April which last till the month of May. These months are the hottest months in Karnataka, somewhere the humidity percentage is comparatively low but as the month of June starts; pervaded humidity in the air could make you uncomfortable as the monsoon is reaching the state soon. The average temperature remains around 34°C with 75% humidity. But that’s not the complete story; Karnataka has some most stunning places to explore in summer. If you are in Karnataka, don’t miss visiting Coorg. Think of lush green paddy fields and the aroma of tea, coffee, pepper and other spices that are consign in nature. Coorg has everything to offer that will calm your mind, body and soul. At Nagarahole National Park, you can explore astonishing wildlife of Karnataka. It is one of the top national parks in India to visit in summer. It’s a natural habitat of elephants. After Nagarahole, you may spend some calm moments at Gokarna, known for its mythological significance.  You may spend some peaceful time on beach or explore some religious places for spiritual aspiration. There are certain other stunning places to visit such as Bheemeshwari, Nandi Hills, Kudremukh and more.


Monsoon season starts from June and lasts till September, as prominent downfalls in temperature are noted but at this time the percentage of humidity gets a little higher in atmosphere.  The Tropical Monsoon climate covers the entire coastal belt and adjoining areas. This area experiences heavy rainfall 3456 mm annually while the North interior Karnataka and its adjoining areas; Bijapur, Bagalkot, Belgaum, Haveri, Gadag, Dharwad, Gulbarga, Bellary, Koppal and Raichur districts experience mediocre rainfall of  731mm per annum. On the other side, the South interior Karnataka receives a blissful shower of monsoon annually.

Annual Rainfall

  • Coastal Karnataka: 3456mm
  • North Interior Karnataka: 731mm
  • South Interior Karnataka: 1126mm

Skandagiri, Bangalore with a bit of historical background and a lot of rain will provide you a long needed break that you were waiting for. It calms your senses and mind. Another exciting place to visit in Karnataka during monsoon is Jungle of Kabini. The most important thing about Kabini is that it’s open during the monsoon when many other forests/wildlife reserves are closed. If you have a wildlife enthusiast inside you and you wish to enjoy the iconic beauty of wildlife during monsoon; you must see this place.

Another beautiful but adventurous place is Sita Nadi River. It’s best for river rafting. It swells during monsoon and that’s actually a perfect time to join the thrill. If you are in Karnataka during monsoon, you just can’t miss the adventurous ride of this place.


Winters start from January and last till February, during winters the climate of Karnataka remains pleasant. Every region of Karnataka experiences cold winter-wave and average temperature falls between 32°C to 20°C or even below that. Karnataka receives a delightful shower during months of October and November. This pleasant decline in temperature and humidity level makes the city winsome and more loving.  If you are planning your first visit to Karnataka: winters season is the best time to pass a visit in this lovely city.

Sharavathi River Valley and Jog Falls is one of the most stunning places in Karnataka, as the place offers the prettiest scenic beauty of Karnataka. It has many beautiful places to enjoy the natural beauty of the state; nobody will ever get bored of mesmerizing views that it presents.