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
Even though the country is a year-round destination, the best time to visit Sri Lanka is during the months of December and April if you are planning to visit the southwest coast. On the other hand, if you are planning to visit the east coast and hill stations, you can visit during the months of May and September. Tourists can experience pleasant beach time and partake in sightseeing during this time. However, Sri Lanka sees the highest number of travelers during the winter season as the weather in these months is dry and cool. Moreover, during this time maximum festivities take place.
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 since it is an ideal time to visit Sri Lanka. Trincomalee region is popular for the unquestionably beautiful beaches of Nilaveli and Uppuveli. Given below is the in-depth analysis of different seasons of Sri Lanka throughout the year.
January to March (22 °C - 32 °C)
The West and South Coasts and hill country can be visited during this period. This is considered 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.
Festivals and Events: Vesak Poya, Maha Shivarathri, Galle Literary Festival, Independence Day, Thai Pongal,
April to May (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. 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.
Festivals and Events: Sinhala, Bak Poya, Full Moon Vesak Poya Day
June to September ( 25 °C - 30 °C)
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.
Festivals and Events: Poson Festival, Kataragama Esala Festival, Esala Perahera, Vel Festival
October – December (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 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.
Festivals and Events: Sri Pada Pilgrimage, IL Poya, Deepavali
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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Nagrajan's 5 days trip to Sri LankaHi First of Thanks to Travel Triangle - Relax Lanka for this Srilanka Trip - their are some CONS AND PROS- First of all thanks to Driver /Guide Mr. Sanjay he was amazing person - and was very help full throughout the Tour pros :- All the hotels was very Good and luxurious - and in all the hotels dinner was their so didn't faced any problem of food Cons : we have paid 35K for two person thats ok - but for the all the activities we had to pay the Extra charges - 1. like elephant safari - we paid : 3KINR which was not at all worth you can just see some 4 elephants 2.. Madhu River we have paid 60$ for two person for just a ride of 1hours - Again it was not worth - when we checked in the NET it was just 400RS person - We feel like we have been cheated 3. tortoise watching _ we paid 2K INR - again its just a small house hold person running the tortoise park -- not worth One more suggestion they ask for charges for everything- even before travelling we asked them about Corona Crisis they said its nothing over here we reached on 11th March and from 12th March Srilanka has started their to close many things - if they have informed about this we would postphoned our Trip - Even we have enquired about VISA - they have informed us that for indian citizen it is on Arrival - its was not at all True - before travelling we need to take online visa which compulsory and it is free for indian Citizen - But Relax lanka was asking for 20$ fee for visa if i want to take it from them -- it was good i done it from my side Would suggest instead of going to Srilanka - i would suggest plan for NORTH EAST - which is worth value for money
Krishnakumar's 9 days trip to Sri LankaSince our trip could not be completed due to corona restrictions, we were forced to return 2 days in advance . We had requested for proportionate refund but not received any response regarding the refund. Kindly consider and refund proportionately in all fairness. We are sure you will respond positively Bhaskar T Whatever covered during the trip was nice. We would like to continue you as our travel partner for all future travel
Priya's 7 days trip to Sri LankaSri Lanka Trip- Great service by Pearly Gates- Highly recommended- The Company's representative, Nimni, was in constant touch throughout the trip- Customised the trip based on our requirements- Timely responses and excellent private car, Al thought, Driver(Roshan) was was polite and humble but not very informed about places. Balanced Hotel selection , overall a great stay and experience.
Deepak's 7 days trip to Sri LankaGood hotels! Resourceful driver cum guide! My only issue is with the booking process. Travel triangle took 25 days to finalise my booking even though i was instantly getting back to them with updates/changes to my tour itinerary. I am otherwise completely satisfied with the trip.
Abhishek's 6 days trip to Sri LankaI missed my flight from chennai to colombo due to, your improper connecting flight scheduling, Indigo flight from Delhi to Chennai being delayed and due to reschedule of Indigo flight from 5:55am to 5:40am and by the time I reached the checkin gates were already closed.Due to which I have to book another flight from Chennai to Colombo on Sri lankan Airlines that costed me around Rs. 13794.There is no update from your side that what all are you doing to get my money reimbursed from Indigo because of missed flights as there was no fault of mine for the same and your travel agent told me that they are helpless and you your self need to talk to the Indigo Airlines. Secondly I need a complete distribution of my bills explaining me clearly my flights cost, travel cost, hotels and others which ideally should be done before payment even but I have not received it even after payments and even after my trip
Shashank's 6 days trip to Sri LankaI booked my trip through Udani and had great experience, Ravishi is spot on right from answering my queries to following up on the trip and post my trip. she is very polite and guided me well. on my Arrival i meet my drive and guide Ravi he is a amazing guy he has taken me to the nicest places to eat and explore. i will surely recommend Udani to the traveler and will soon be back to explore Srilanka further more. cheers. shashank
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Anil's 11 days trip to Sri LankaWe undertook 11 days tour of Sri Lanka from 29th Feb to 10th March 2020 and visited Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Kandy, Nuwara-Eliya, Mirissa, Bentota and Colombo. The entire tour was well planned by the travel agency and it was quite comfortable tour. Taxi driver with luxurious sedan was with us for the entire tour from day one and provided Sim card for connectivity and also worked as guide. We stayed for 2 days at certain places but no local sightseeing on the first day was arranged by the Agency. At some places food was not to our taste. In all tour was very satisfying and comfortable.
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Sree's 6 days trip to Sri LankaI had one of the best experience with SEEMAX Travels. I was on a vacation to Srilanka for 6 days with family and my friends family. Seemax travel arranged each and everything in an organized manner and every thing was up to the mark.Driver Rajakaruna was a very professional and amazing person. He picked up on time from the Airport and also helped us in exploring places in Srilanka. All the Hotels were awesome with all amenities, Food was really great and more than our expectation. They were able to cover all the places as per the itinerary which was requested by us. I would like to thank Dilshan and team for making this holiday an amazing experience. I would also want to recommend SEEMAX TRAVEL FOR YOUR TRAVEL EXPERIENCE. It is one-stop for all your travel info at affordable prices. Seemax Travel is trustworthy.
Samhitha's 5 days trip to Sri LankaWe enjoyed our trip to Sri Lanka. We were showered with immense care an attention throughout the trip, which made us feel safe at all times. Special shoutout to Ishraq from DirectLink and Vishal for co-ordinating such a wonderful trip.
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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.
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