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Weather in Colombo

Sat, Mar 23 2019

31ºC | 27.71ºC

Clear in morning and clouds from afternoon to night

87.57% Humidity

Sun, Mar 24 2019

31.45ºC | 26.92ºC

Clear in morning , evening and night and clouds in afternoon

85.63% Humidity

Mon, Mar 25 2019

34.02ºC | 25.69ºC

Clear from morning to night

77.75% Humidity

Tue, Mar 26 2019

33.12ºC | 25.74ºC

Clear from morning to night

80.25% Humidity

Wed, Mar 27 2019

31.92ºC | 27.23ºC

Clear from morning to night

83.5% Humidity

Best Time To Visit Colombo

Plan your trip during best season to experience the best of this stunning destination

The best time to visit Colombo is the dry season between January and March. The best season to visit Colombo if one is planning to explore the west and south coasts and the mountain country is northeast monsoon which is from November to February. The city of Colombo experiences sporadic rains around the year, except the dry season. This is the coolest time of the year and the humidity levels are low, making it an ideal time to enjoy sightseeing in Colombo. Sri Lanka, the beautiful tropical island, has got a varied climate due to two monsoon seasons hitting the island. The best time to visit Colombo can be chosen by the traveler based on the places of interest or the activities they are interested to do in the city.

Colombo weather is generally tropical and humid due to its location. The best time of year to visit Colombo is not the Southwest monsoon from May to August as the duration has very heavy rainfall in the region making it hard for tourists to explore the place. It is also the best time to visit Bentota Beach and Galle Face Green. The island nation has a very long monsoon with the good amount of rainfall throughout the year.

Located on the western coast of Sri Lanka, Colombo experiences subtropical weather throughout the year. Apart from the heavy rainfall in monsoon months, every season is the best time of year to visit Colombo. Let's take a season-wise detailed look at the best time to visit Colombo and Kandy.

January to March (31 to 24 °C)

The colder months of Colombo are ideal to explore the coastal regions and hill stations nearby. The city is crowded with plenty of tourists at Galle Face Green. The weather is mostly dry and sunny during these months. Duruthu Perahera Festival is also held in January so expect higher hotel prices and flight tickets.

April to October (25 to 30 °C)

With the onset of the monsoon season in Colombo, torrential rainfall begins. June through September is the wettest time of the year although there are a few days with clear skies. The city gets less crowded from May which makes it a good time to soak in the peaceful surroundings and natural beauty here. As this is an off season, you will also get good discounts on hotels and flights.

November to December (23 to 30 °C)

Due to northeast monsoon, the weather in Colombo begins to get hot and humid during these months. However, the overall climate is still comfortable enough for sightseeing and outdoor activities on the beach.  

Famous Festivals in Colombo

The Buddhist festival of Vesak Poya is celebrated all over Sri Lanka on the full moon in March to commemorate the birth of Buddha. Sinhala and Tamil New Year in April marks the beginning of the new year for the islanders. Hindu festivals of Maha Shivratri and Diwali are also celebrated in Colombo.


Climate in Colombo

Summer Season in Colombo

March and April are the months when Colombo goes through summer. Summer is not that severe in the city as it usually has a moderate temperature throughout the year. The month of April becomes a bit harsh with the dry and hot weather making it not the best time to visit Colombo. It is the not the right time for a traveler to roam around and experience the city due to the uncomfortable weather. Colombo in May is virtually empty due to hot and humid weather. However, travelers can get the best offers on flights and hotel rates in summer.


Monsoon Season in Colombo

The southwest monsoon hits the coasts of Colombo from May to August and brings rain to southwest and western coasts. It is not the best time to visit Colombo as one can enjoy only the Eastern coasts during this period. Southwest monsoon gives the maximum rainfall to the city making it not the best season to visit Colombo. The rainfall is very heavy until the month of August and August experiences less rainfall compared to other months in southwest monsoon. September and October are the months when Colombo goes through Intermittent Monsoon. The average temperature of Colombo in September is around 28 degrees. It is the time when the city face thunderstorms and very heavy and unexpected rainfall. It is not at all a best season to visit Colombo.


Winter Season in Colombo

The winter season and northeast monsoon is between November and February. This is the period when the rainfall does not affect Colombo making it the best time of year to visit Colombo. The temperature stays at a very good level and also the area will not be affected drastically by rain thus making it the best time to visit Colombo. It is a good time to enjoy the beaches and also to experience the life in Colombo. The city also has a very exciting nightlife that allures the tourists. The best time to visit Colombo for honeymoon is during the winter season. There is frequent rainfall in Colombo in December although the humidity is lower.


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    • Trip to Sri Lanka

      Was a mistake going to this destination. Nothing great. TT agent in Lanka misguided us on some issues. None except the cab driver who was a nice guy.
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      Kavita Batra

      New delhi 2 days ago

    • Trip to Sri Lanka

      Overall trip was good but with a few sour moments. Also as mentioned in the inclusions we weren't provided with bed decorations and honeymoon cake, this was not expected
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      Himanshu Kanthed

      Mumbai 2 days ago

    • Trip to Sri Lanka

      It was an excellent planning and support provided by the Daya Holidays team. Special mention to the planner & co-ordinator Madumalee who has covered all the places we wanted to visit in the short trip of 4 days. The Vehicle provided for the journey was excellent & the hotel bookings were good with minor hiccups here & there but rectified on notice. The plan was well executed by the Chauffer Sheryl who was along with us for the entire trip right from picking up us from the airport till send off at the mid night after 4 days. Few cons are : We Couldnt see a glimpse of our travel insurance as assured... Water Bottles, Sim cards and other things which are mentioned immediately available at airport are not immediately available. However we have followed up to receive the same. Overall it was a good experience :-)
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      Vasanth Arumugam Kanthimathinathan

      Chennai 2 days ago

    • Trip to Sri Lanka

      Excellent trip. Hats off to our driver Kanthana did a great job, took really good care of us throughout the trip. Elephant and river safari
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      Ashutosh Swami

      New delhi 3 days ago

    • Trip to Sri Lanka

      This was my first experience with TravelTriangle. I liked the convenience of getting connected with several travel agents sitting at my desk. However, my experience with the travel agent was not very good, details of which are mentioned below. I found the travel agent very inflexible with respect to the payment terms. They were very insistent on accepting cash payment in USD, that too, right at the airport itself. I requested them to accept partial payment online, but they did not agree. I requested them to accept payment by card but they did not agree. I requested them to accept the payment in Indian currency, which option was offered by their representative himself earlier, but they included double currency conversion in their calculations, that too with bad rates, thereby increasing the due amount by a considerable amount. As a result, I was left with no other option but to buy USD at the airport (which, as is common knowledge, is not a good place to get a good exchange rate). To top it all, their representative who was supposed to collect the payment from me did not even turn up at the airport! Had they told me earlier, at least I could have bought dollars from a place offering better rates. The vehicle they allotted to me for my tour was not one of the makes they had promised earlier. While the make wasn't such a big issue for me, a bigger issue was the condition of the vehicle. Its shockers were not in a good shape and made a lot of noise on smaller bumps too. In addition, while they had previously promised that the driver-cum-guide would know English, the driver who actually turned up knew very little English. I had to ask them to get the vehicle and driver changed. The worst part of my experience was that on two occasions during the trip, they had booked a room category lower than what they had promised to me. This happened despite the fact that I had categorically asked them beforehand to mention the room category on their quote. Not just that, they failed to get me the agreed-upon room category even after I contacted them from the hotel.
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      Kumar

      Delhi 4 days ago

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      This was my first experience with TravelTriangle. I liked the convenience of getting connected with several travel agents sitting at my desk. However, my experience with the travel agent was not very good, details of which are mentioned below. I found the travel agent very inflexible with respect to the payment terms. They were very insistent on accepting cash payment in USD, that too, right at the airport itself. I requested them to accept partial payment online, but they did not agree. I requested them to accept payment by card but they did not agree. I requested them to accept the payment in Indian currency, which option was offered by their representative himself earlier, but they included double currency conversion in their calculations, that too with bad rates, thereby increasing the due amount by a considerable amount. As a result, I was left with no other option but to buy USD at the airport (which, as is common knowledge, is not a good place to get a good exchange rate). To top it all, their representative who was supposed to collect the payment from me did not even turn up at the airport! Had they told me earlier, at least I could have bought dollars from a place offering better rates. The vehicle they allotted to me for my tour was not one of the makes they had promised earlier. While the make wasn't such a big issue for me, a bigger issue was the condition of the vehicle. Its shockers were not in a good shape and made a lot of noise on smaller bumps too. In addition, while they had previously promised that the driver-cum-guide would know English, the driver who actually turned up knew very little English. I had to ask them to get the vehicle and driver changed. The worst part of my experience was that on two occasions during the trip, they had booked a room category lower than what they had promised to me. This happened despite the fact that I had categorically asked them beforehand to mention the room category on their quote. Not just that, they failed to get me the agreed-upon room category even after I contacted them from the hotel.
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      Kumar

      Delhi 4 days ago

    • Trip to Sri Lanka

      Had a great trip. Aziz travels took time to plan out a neat itenary and cover most of the places. Special mention to Khafil(driver/tour guide) who became more a friend through the trip and we had a safe and a nice company through out the tour. The vehicle was good and very comfortable.
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      Shashank Ramesh

      Bengaluru 4 days ago

    • Trip to Sri Lanka

      TT has given me a memorable trip. That was awesome experience. Agents should be even more friendly. I was following up for an information. If that info was given by travel agent without me following up several times, it would have been even more good. People at Sri Lanka we're charging us more for everything. TT should include entry fee for all Itinerary. Beach view room given by hotel.
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      Chethu Sure

      Bengaluru 5 days ago

    • Trip to Sri Lanka

      Driver assigned for our tour, Mr. Rohita was execellent. Can give him 5 stars. Whale watching in Mirissa
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      Rames

      Yes 5 days ago

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      Me and my husband planned Sri Lanka for our 1st anniversary. It is a beautiful island and we thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Sri Lanka holds everything from beautiful beaches to mountains . Cinnamon bey beruwala hotel and the beach was best that we enjoyed .
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      Richu

      Delhi 5 days ago

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    FAQ's of Colombo

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    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. It is not to travel during monsoon in Sri Lanka.

    The central business district of Colombo is known as Fort. Majority of five-star hotels are located in this neighborhood. Cheaper accommodation at reasonable prices in lodges and guest houses is also available in all parts of the city.

    Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, National Museum of Colombo, Beira Lake, Colombo Dutch Museum, St. Lucia’s Cathedral, Galle Face Green, Viharamahadevi Park, and Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara are major points of interest in Colombo. 

    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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