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Best Time To Visit Sri lanka

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When is the best time to visit Sri Lanka

The duration starting from December through March, i.e. the winter season is the busiest time of the year, making it the peak season to visit Sri Lanka. Generally, the dry season is the perfect time of the year to plan a trip to Sri Lanka, when the weather is pleasant with temperature hovering in between 23 degrees and 30 degree celsius. From beaches to hill stations, tourists can enjoy their holidays without any weather-related problems. If you are visiting the west and south coasts, the best month to visit Sri Lanka can be any time between December and March. Besides that, if you are planning to visit the East Coast of Sri Lanka, then the duration of May to September is the most suitable one. During this time of the year, though the sun is shining on the east coast, the monsoon is in full force in the west. Trincomalee region is popular for the unquestionably beautiful beaches of Nilaveli and Uppuveli. 

January to March( 22 °C - 32 °C) 

The West and South Coasts and hill country can be visited during this period. This is considered as the dry season in most places in Sri Lanka. This is also the peak season to visit Sri Lanka so expect crowds and sky-high prices for flights and hotels.

April (25 °C - 32 °C)

The month of April is known for the hottest temperatures in Sri Lanka. Even the hill stations such as Nuwara Eliya experience hot weather in April. However, it’s an ideal month to explore coastal areas. Beach lovers can enjoy clear skies and sunny days, but make sure to avoid going out in the afternoon hours when sightseeing. It is not the best season to visit Sri Lanka, still you can enjoy mildly during this month. 

May (26 °C - 31 °C)

Temperatures in May begin to cool off in the coastal regions and Hill Country of Sri Lanka. However, there is plenty of sunshine and dry weather in early May. Monsoon arrives from Southwest around the end of May to bring down temperatures at the hill stations.

June to September ( 25 °C - 30 °C)

The best time to visit Colombo is any month aside from. The beaches of Galle and Kandy along with places like Sigiriya and Yala National Park are best visited during this period. Pleasant weather can be enjoyed in August on the East Coast.

October – November( 23 °C - 30 °C)

The monsoon season is in full swing and many regions along the North and East Coast of Sri Lanka are drenched heavily by thunderstorms on most days. This is the wettest period across Sri Lanka which makes it difficult to enjoy outdoor activities. It is surely not the best time to go to Sri Lanka for outdoor activities or expansive sightseeing. 

December( 23 °C - 30 °C)

December is the best month to visit Sri Lanka owing to calm seas, pleasant temperatures, and less rainfall. While the beaches have clear skies, the climate in Sri Lanka (which is mostly humid) remains perfect to explore hill stations and coffee plantations.

When considering the best time to visit Sri Lanka, one should have an idea of the climatic conditions that are generally experienced in this country during different months of the year. The country has got excellent climatic conditions, which makes it ranked amongst some of the best holiday destinations in Asia. Below is the detailed season-wise look at the ideal time to visit Sri Lanka.

Climate in Sri lanka

Summer Season in Sri lanka

The best time to visit Sri Lanka for honeymoon if one would like to enjoy the beaches of the island, is summer which include the months from February to April. Sri Lanka is dry, sunny and experiences warm and lovely temperature throughout these months. Beaches that are there on southern and western coasts are very sunny, hot and dry. It is the hottest and driest month in the year. It is good for a person to avoid hottest hours of day while sightseeing in summer at Sri Lanka.

Monsoon Season in Sri lanka

It is the season that one can choose to visit Sri Lanka if monsoon is down. It is the place where one experience dry and hot weather. It is the time when the country has lush green landscapes thus making the country look the best.

Winter Season in Sri lanka

South west monsoon is the rainy season of the island of Sri Lanka which blows during the months between May and June. It is the monsoon which affects only south western quarter of country like Galle and Colombo. It is the best time to visit Sri Lanka with the possibility of enjoying the rains.

North east monsoon is experienced across the island Sri Lanka between October and November. This monsoon affects the whole country. It is the time when the country weather is completely unpredictable. This monsoon can be lighter, sporadic or can even be very strong. It is not the best season to visit Sri Lanka.

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    Yes. Indian nationals must get a visa and passport for Sri Lanka. 

    Sri Lanka is one of the safest countries to visit in Asia. There aren’t any significant security issues in Sri Lanka, except a few areas up north. It is not to travel during monsoon in Sri Lanka.

    Sigiriya, Temple of the Tooth, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, National Museum of Colombo, St. Lucia’s Cathedral, and Galle Face Green are major points of interest in Sri Lanka. 

    Except for monsoon season, any time of the year is ideal to visit Colombo. The monsoon season in Sri Lanka lasts from June to September.

    Sri lanka is located in the Indian Ocean, covered by the Arabian Sea towards the southeast and by the Bay of Bengal towards the southwest.

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