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Ratnagiri Weather And Best Time To Visit Ratnagiri
Ratnagiri being a coastal town has a climate that is generally humid and hot throughout the year. There are no particular changes in the day and night time temperatures. Summers are hot and humid, monsoons see humidity along with heavy rains especially near the coasts, while winters are pleasant and breezy and are considered the best time of the year for sightseeing and indulging in adventure tourism.
There are an umpteen number of places to visit in and around the little port town of Ratnagiri and adventurous things to do, even if it means a peaceful stroll along the beaches, so you might want to pick out a weather that is favorable for a good holiday experience. Read on to know which time is the best for your trip to Ratnagiri.
Summer (March - May)
Down by the coasts, summer that begin at March are quite hot and sultry. The maximum temperature averages about 37 to 40°C. May is the hottest month of the year. Summers is off season in Ratnagiri and if you do visit the town, indulge in sightseeing or visiting the beaches early in the morning or in the evenings, when a sea breeze blows in and makes the land cooler.
If you do visit Ratnagiri in summer, you could treat yourself to the delicious Alphonso mangoes and participate in the annual Velas Turtle Festival at Velas Beach, held for the conservation of the Olive Ridley turtles. It is recommended that you wear light cotton clothes, with a hat to keep off the sun and drink plenty of water or the delicious kokum sherbet.
Monsoon (June - September)
By June the monsoon months bring in a heavy rainfall with occasional thundershowers. Ratnagiri does turn moist and verdantly lush during monsoon and is picturesque and most ideal for photography. If you love the rains, short day trips on clear days would be a whole lot of fun. During pre-monsoon and monsoon months, there might be strong winds with occasional cyclonic storms blowing in from the Arabian Sea.
Plans for adventure tourism might be thrown off gear and you might probably spend more time indoors watching the rains over a cup of piping hot tea. Festivals like the Ganesh Chaturthi are celebrated during the monsoons and if you are visiting the town during this period, you might participate in the colorful festivities. Keep an umbrella and rain coat handy.
Winter (October - February)
The winter months begin by October and taper off by February. December and January, with the holiday seasons are peak tourist months in Ratnagiri, when the weather remains pleasing and cool. Accommodations get full by these months and if you are planning to stop over, it were always better you get rooms booked in advance. In winter the temperature is agreeable with the minimum temperature averaging about 19°C with the maximum going up to 30°C.
Winter’s the time when you can spend a day by the beaches, explore the towns in the neighborhood or visit the temples and historic monuments. This is the best time to go trekking up the Sahyadri peaks or watch the birds as well. Ratnagiri abounds with a variety of water birds and more birdies in the Suru and Kevda cashew groves.