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Chidambaram Weather And Best Time To Visit Chidambaram
The regions of Chidambaram and its district are renowned not only for their temples but also for the lush backwaters that provide opportunities for photography and water sports. Situated close to the Bay of Bengal, the temple town has a tropical climate that is rather warm or hot climate throughout the year. Summers are hot, while winters are agreeable. If you can choose the right season for a visit, you can indulge in sightseeing as well as in adventure tourism. The most ideal time to visit Chidambaram would be from December to February, with the weather at its best.
Summer (March - May)
Summers are hot and sultry and most tourists would pass over the summer months for a visit. April and May are the warmest months with the temperature soaring up to 40 °C. Days are very hot, while nights might be cooler due to the sea breeze blowing in from the Bay of Bengal. If you do visit the town in summer, keep yourself hydrated with tender coconut water and with Chidambaram’s summer special Badam milk sold at a small outlet near the Nataraja Temple.
Monsoon (June - September)
Southwest monsoon may rain meagrely over the region, but the retreating northeast monsoon rains are quite heavy, accompanied by cyclonic storms, especially in the months from October to December. Monsoon is a lean tourist season in Chidambaram. But on the other hand, the estuaries and the rivers brim over with monsoon rains and the emerald green fields are any photographer's delight.
Winter (October - February)
Winter months are not very cold, but are mildly warm and pleasant. December and January are the coldest months of the year. Northeast monsoon showers in from October to December and beyond that begins the ideal time of the year for a visit for tourism as well as pilgrimage to Chidambaram, as the Chidambaram Nataraja temple celebrates the Aardhra Darshan festival in January, closely followed by the Maha Shivratri in February. Join the huge gathering of people to participate in the celebrations. This is the best season to go off on an unhindered tour to Pichavaram to look at the several species of birds migrating for winter.