Best Time to Visit Sri Lanka

The best time to visit Sri Lanka depends on which part of the country you are planning to visit. As the country is close to the equator, the country experiences a warm and humid climate with plenty of rainfall. The weather in the plains and the coastal region is hot and humid, with an average temperature of 27°C. The humidity is between 70% during the day, and 90% at night, but the refreshing sea breezes reduces the heat. The central highlands are cool and pleasant with an average temperature of 20°C. January is the coldest moth and May is often the warmest month.

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There are two monsoons on the island:

  • Southwestern monsoon, which rains from May to October in the southwestern part of the island
  • Northeast monsoon, which rains from December to March in the northeast of the island.

The driest and best season for a tour of Sri Lanka to the west coast, south coast and highlands is from December to March. The best time for visiting the country’s many historic cities, and the east coast is from April to September.

The best time to travel to Sri Lanka varies from region to region.

West and south coast, hills (Colombo, Galle, Kandy, Yalla)

  • High season: November – April
  • Low season: May – June

Beaches of the North Coast (Negombo and Trincomalee)

  • Main season: May – September

Beaches of the south coast (Negombo, Tangalle, Galle and beaches in the south-west)

  • High season: October – April

East Coast, North and Central Region (Anuradhapura, Trincomalee)

  • Main season: May – September
  • Low season: February – April

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