Best Time to Visit Sri Lanka
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Best Time To Visit Sri lanka
Plan your trip during best season to experience the best of this stunning destination
Overall December through March, the busiest time of the year, is also the best time to visit Sri Lanka.
Generally, the dry season is the perfect time of the year to plan a trip to Sri Lanka. From beaches to hill stations, tourists can enjoy their holidays without any weather-related problems.
Dry Season (Peak Season)
Wet Season (Monsoon)
Annual Mean Temperature (In Celsius)
West Coast (Galle, Bentota Beach, Colombo)
South Coast (Weligima, Tangalle, Yala National Park)
The Cultural Triangle (Dambulla, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa)
North & East Coast (Passikudah, Trincomalee, Arugam Bay, Batticaloa)
Kandy and Nuwara Eliya
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Weather in East Coast of Sri Lanka
The best weather on the East Coast of Sri Lanka is from May to September. Trincomalee region is popular for the unquestionably beautiful beaches of Nilaveli and Uppuveli. While during this season, the sun is shining on the east coast, the monsoon is in full force in the west.
January to March
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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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FAQ's of 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.
The city of Colombo is located on the west coast of Sri Lanka’s Western Province.
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