In the territory of Lakshadweep, located south-west of India, in the Laccadive Sea, the climate is tropical, hot all year round, with a dry season from December to April, and a rainy season from May to November.
The territory is comprised of the Amindivi Islands in the north, the Laccadive Islands in the centre, and the island of Minicoy in the south, near the Maldives. The capital is Kavaratti.
The temperatures are stable throughout the year, however, before the rainy season, from March to May, the hottest time of the year occurs. Here are the average temperatures in Minicoy.
Minicoy - Average temperatures
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Min (°C)232425262625252525252424
Max (°C)303031323230303030303030
Min (°F)737577797977777777777575
Max (°F)868688909086868686868686

The rainfall amounts to 1,500/2,000 mm (60/80 in) per year; the rains begin in May, a little earlier in Minicoy, which is located in the south; the wettest months, when the rains take on monsoon-like characteristics, especially in the north, are June and July. The rains decrease in November, and in December they are already quite rare. Here is the average precipitation.
Minicoy - Average precipitation
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Prec.(mm)45202560180295225200160185140851620
Prec.(in)1.80.812.47.111.68.97.96.37.35.53.363.8
Days422511201715131395116

The amount of sunshine in Lakshadweep is quite good in the dry period, from December to April; from May to November, in the rainy period, the sunshine hours decrease a little.
Minicoy - Sunshine
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Hours777765556667

The islands lie in the path of tropical cyclones; they are formed more easily between April and December, with two peaks at the beginning and at the end of the period (April-June and October-December). However, given the warm sea, they can in theory form all year round.

Agatti Airport

The sea in the Lakshadweep is warm enough to swim in all year round, as can be seen in the following table.
Lakshadweep - Sea temperature
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Temp (°C)282829303029282828292929
Temp (°F)828284868684828282848484

When to go


The best time for a beach holiday in Lakshadweep is from January to March, in fact it is the least rainy of the year, and outside the cyclone period. In March it can be hot, so the best months are January and February. In April, the rains have not started yet, but it is hot, and cyclones can already pass.

What to pack


All year round, light clothes, of natural fibres, a sun hat, a scarf for the breeze, a light sweatshirt for the evening; in the rainy season, a light raincoat or umbrella.
When going to the reef, you can bring snorkeling equipment, including water shoes or rubber-soled shoes.