Best Time to Visit Sri Lanka

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( — March 17, 2020) — Sri Lanka is a tropical island situated in between the Bay of Bengal and the Laccadive Sea. It is the 25th largest island completely filled with palm trees. The temperature of Sri Lanka remains constant throughout the year, expect around 27 degree Celsius because of its close proximity to the Equator.  There are two key monsoons to keep in mind, but a visit to Sri Lanka any time of the year and you will surely experience something amazing. 

So  which month will suit you?. December to March is the best time to visit the west and south coasts and hill country, while April to September is best for the east coast. Let’s talk more about the best time to visit Sri Lanka.

  • March – For Central Hills

Central Hills is a mountainous area located at the south-central part of Sri Lanka. It is a hilly area, triangular in shape with a height over 300 meters and covers almost 20 percent of the total area of the Island. The temperature  is around 15 degree Celsius throughout the year as it remains cool and much cooler than other coastal areas. The sunniest and driest time is from January to March, and the wettest months are October and November. The Central Hills includes Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. So if one wants to explore the hilly area in Sri Lanka, then March is the best month to visit Sri Lanka

  • April to September – For Eastern and Northern areas

From November to March, a monsoon hits this place very badly and the wettest months are November and December. So in order to avoid this and experience a  better holiday one has to visit the Eastern and Northern areas of Sri Lanka from April to September. You can see the short and sharp rain showers in the month of August and September. 

Party freaks must visit in April as there is a New Year festival during this  time. In the month of July, the traditional Esala festival is celebrated in Kataragama. . In this festival celebrated on the name of the first teachings given by Buddha. You can see whip crackers, elephants, Hewisi drummers and Borukakul Karaya stilt walkers. After that, in the month of August, the second of the Esala festival happens in the Kandy region of Sri Lanka. This festival is on for 10 days and one can experience dancers, jugglers, musicians, fire-breathers, decorated elephants just like in Kataragama. You must try local delicacies including okra and banana flowers. Hence, April to September is the best time to visit Sri Lanka.

  • October to March – For West and Southern Coastline

This place gives you a beach vibe. So if you are a beach person, then you must visit this place in the months from October to March as after monsoon season the weather is quite normal during this period. From January to March the sea remains calm so you dip in the sea and feel the nature around you. During these months you can spot Blue and Sperm Whales as well. The places you must have to visit in this area are Chilaw in the west, Galle in the south and the capital Colombo in the south-west. This is off-season so you can avoid crowds in that area. More importantly, October and November are festive months as the biggest Hindu festival, Deepavali takes place. You can experience the houses which are beautifully decorated by the locals, try local cuisine and go to Kandaswany Kovil which is the most admired Hindu temple of Sri Lanka.

Those are the details regarding every month and weather conditions of Sri Lanka. You can plan your trip to Sri Lanka according to your convenience and time. Every person has a different perspective regarding their holiday destination. 


Sri Lanka is a small island which is a dream destination for many.  It boasts exquisite cuisine, world-class beaches, and national parks. This place has an amazing vibe for visitors and it will surely be a perfect destination for everyone. Sri Lanka is an island rich in culture, diversity, tradition, and more. There are many famous must-see attractions in Sri Lanka – Yala National Park, Dambulla Buddha caves, and many more. . 

It is situated in the south-eastern cost shores of India. Sri Lanka is also called the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. The cultural history of this tropical land begins around 30,000 years ago when it was first found. Sri Lanka is a true beauty of nature and it is also famous for the essence of Buddhism. The beauty of tropical beaches, historical monuments, verdant vegetation, wildlife, waterfalls and a thousand more amazing places spread within an area of 65,610 square kilometres. It is beautifully surrounded by palm trees and the temperature always remains below 27 degrees Celsius. Sri Lanka has six heritage sites in the country – The ancient city of Polonnaruwa, The sacred city of Anuradhapura, The golden temple of Dambulla, the sacred city of Kandy and many more.

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