It is magical when it comes to climate, weather conditions and the best time to visit Sri Lanka. The fascinating aspect of visiting this place is its size and the number of surprises it can throw in terms of weather. Though a year-round destination, it all boils down to your requirements and what you want to see and experience in this paradise country. The weather is complicated and full of surprise rainfall because Sri Lanka experiences two monsoons.
There are no fixed durations or clockwork-climates in action that will let you decide which the best season to visit Sri Lanka is. Despite the fact that there are no dramatic weather variations as such, still remember that you have to decide in advance if you wish to chill by the beach, unwind and spend time with yourself, unwind with nature or just get close with the wildlife this place offers for your perfect holiday.
The country enjoys a tropical climate and the seasons can be divided into two - the peak season and the monsoon. There is also something called the inter-monsoon period, where there are high chances of rainfall throughout the island. So when you are planning your trip, it is best you consider your activities and the places you intend to visit to see if there’s monsoon in those regions.
The best time to visit Sri Lanka is during the months of January to April and mid-July to September. The country witnesses southwest monsoon during May, June and July and northeast monsoon during October, November, December and January.
The Peak Season
If you are looking to explore the entire country, the best time is during January to April and mid-July to September, where the island remains dry throughout. This is also the beach season, perfect for sunbathing with lovely climate through the months. The days are long and sunny and hottest between 11 in the morning to 3 in the noon.
The average temperature during this season is between 30 and 35 degrees Celsius throughout the country. It is the perfect time to head to the beach, explore wildlife, head to the south mountainous regions and catch the waterfalls in all their glory.
The weather is dry, humid with absolutely no rainfall. All the regions (North, East, Central and South) are devoid of monsoons and it is the best time to cover most tourist attractions and experiences.
During the months of January through April, you can indulge in some bird spotting activities to catch a glimpse of the indigenous bird species and migratory birds. You can also go for elephant spotting in the Cultural Triangle during these months for uninterrupted connection with nature. For the South and West Coast, this is the beach season. Besides, if you want to spot some dolphins during your vacation, this is the time.
Why you should visit now
To get the best of Sri Lankan experience before the monsoon hits the country. This is also the time tourists from around the world visit Sri Lanka, with important cities becoming hubs to diverse cultures and traditions. All the attractions are open, experiences are welcoming and activities are exciting.
Know before your visit
Being the peak season, accommodations and restaurants can become pricey. Flights may become expensive too. So, if you are planning for a holiday during this time, we suggest you book tickets and accommodations in advance to avoid last minute surges and find the best deals before they become hot and trending.
This is the dry season and you need to ensure you keep yourself hydrated at all times. Always keep adequate water with you and wear light clothes. Keep a sunglass if you are hitting the beach and carry sunscreens and hats to avoid contact with direct sunlight. Also carry your beach bag, spare clothing and an umbrella to escape the heat.
The wet season, Sri Lanka witnesses two monsoons as we mentioned. After the scorching heat during April, the climate gradually begins to become volatile during the month of May, slowly getting to witness the onset of southeast monsoon. Colombo and Galle receive rainfall from the southwest monsoon winds, which is known to be gentler of its other counterpart. The other monsoon, which happens during October and November is fierce and heavier. Unlike short and sharp rains, the rain from the north east monsoon tends to be long and unpredictable. Thanks to heavy and frequent rainfall, the season experience less influx of tourists.
The average temperature during these months ranges between 25 to 29 degrees Celsius throughout the country.
This is the time for thunderstorms and volatile weather conditions. If you are traveling to the east coast during these seasons, your holiday might be disrupted by prolonged rainfall and storms, forcing you to stay indoors for most of the time. Though equally beautiful and rewarding, if you want to get out and explore Sri Lanka, you might want to visit the west coast during this time of the year.
Despite of the less influx of tourists, this is the time of the Kandy Esala Perahera – one of the most famous Sri Lankan festivals. This festival spans for ten days and is celebrated to commemorate the tooth relic of the Buddha. Being popular, the price of rooms around Kandy tends to increase manifold. Despite surged prices, the demand still remains high, becoming extremely difficult to find an accommodation in this city. If you plan to attend this festival, we suggest you book well in advance.
Why you should visit now
For the festival and witness the best natural phenomenon occurring over a different sky touching a different soil. No matter if you choose to stay indoors or get adventurous and explore despite the rainfall, Sri Lanka is as beautiful as it gets during the monsoons.
Know before your visit
With that said, the climatic conditions can become erratic and tricky. The rainfall might become too fierce to do anything, spoiling your plan for a smooth vacation. Plan during the monsoons only if you expect nothing out of your vacation and spend some time on the lap of nature.
Carry windcheaters, raincoats, umbrellas, spare clothes and mosquito repellants. Always keep your power bank and torch lights with you to battle power outage if any. Also, be prepared for flight cancellations during rainfall. Now its time to go for a Visa. Apply for a Srilanka Visa now!
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