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Best time to visit Sri Lanka
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Best Time to Visit Sri Lanka – A Complete 12 Months Weather Guide

Sri Lanka is rightly called as the pearl of the Indian Ocean. This jewel shaped island is truly a precious piece of land that perfectly suits any vacay vibe. The amalgamation of culture, tradition while respecting the diversity in the heritage is the beauty this country is made of. Sri Lanka is made of amazing cloud laden mountains, mist surrounded surreal lakes, green plantation and blue skies. Colourful isn’t it? You will never leave the island disappointed.

 

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Sit back and watch the coconut leaves swaying a welcoming hi to you. Amidst the blue waters of the Indian Ocean, this piece of island never fails us to engage with its coconut savoured dishes. Visiting Sri Lanka with a week’s itinerary is all enough for your to grasp the true essence of Sri Lanka in your itinerary. Let us understand the weather patterns in Sri Lanka to get to know the best time to visit Sri Lanka.

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Weather in Sri Lanka

Weather in Sri Lanka is generally warm. Since it experiences tropical climate throughout the year, this place naturally is the most preferred destinations to visit all round the year, especially among Indian travellers. Sri Lanka generally experiences 2 monsoons – the South West and the North East. The South West monsoon extends for a 5 month period from May to September. The North East monsoon lasts for 4 months from October to January. The weather patterns aren’t the same throughout Sri Lanka. Choosing to vacation after understanding the weather pattern is extremely important. Here is your unwrap map of Sri Lanka’s weather.

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Sri Lanka in January

The weather in Sri Lanka in January is warm and cosy. Sri Lanka in January generally experiences North East monsoon. Exploring the cultural triangle, southern and western parts is ideal. Since the weather is dry, vacationing to beaches is ideal. With North East monsoon fading away, the showers show a generous visit along the North East parts of Sri Lanka.

  • Weather: Sri Lanka experiences North East monsoon in January.
  • Temperature: Temperature this month is around 27 degrees Celsius.
  • Rainfall: A total of 62 mm precipitation is experienced in January.
  • Top 3 places to visit: Colombo, Nuwara Eliya and Yala National Park.
Sigiriya
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Sri Lanka in February

The weather in Sri Lanka in February is highly pleasing. The sun shines for you bask in the southern, western and central region of Sri Lanka. The North East monsoon fades in a swish and the Northern and especially the Eastern parts of Sri Lanka begins to experience the left over rains. The weather pattern across Sri Lanka is so mild. With slight showers, sun and exclusive discounts, this off season definitely happens to be the best time to visit Sri Lanka.

  • Weather: Sri Lanka experiences an end of monsoon and beginning of summer season in February.
  • Temperature: Temperature this month is around 31 degrees Celsius.
  • Rainfall: A total of 66 mm precipitation is experienced in February.
  • Top 3 places to visit: Colombo, Kandy and Sigiriya.
 

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Sri Lanka in March

March month is the classic vacation month. Vacay mood joining hands with good climate could be the best thing to happen in your vacation. The south and west coasts shows the sun’s gold line proudly to the world. The resorts begin to get filled with people across countries. Prices begin to hike pointing out to best season. Visiting the hill country in summer itself has a separate flavour of best vacation. Undoubtedly this seasons is the best time to visit Sri Lanka.

  • Weather: Sri Lanka experiences summer season in March.
  • Temperature: Temperature this month is around 33 degrees Celsius.
  • Rainfall: A total of 63 mm precipitation is experienced in March.
  • Top 3 places to visit: Bentota, Galle and Kandy.
Kandy
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Sri Lanka in April

In April, Sri Lanka experiences summer. Being an island, Sri Lanka obviously is a home to various beaches. The beginning of the month is literally a legit season to visit Sri Lanka. In a graph between best time to visit Sri Lanka and the seasons of Sri Lanka, April month continues to be in linear action to March. The sun shine is glorious and places like the Nuwara Eliya and Kandy are welcoming. Be it mountains or beaches, visiting Sri Lanka in April could be the best thing to do.

  • Weather: Sri Lanka experiences a proper summer season in April.
  • Temperature: Temperature this month is around 34 degrees Celsius.
  • Rainfall: A total of 129 mm precipitation is experienced in April.
  • Top 3 places to visit: Colombo, Kandy and Galle.
Colombo
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Sri Lanka in May

The weather in Sri Lanka in May becomes an amalgamation of sporadic showers in south-west region and drier north-east regions. In May, the South- West monsoon begin to influence Sri Lanka. The southern and western parts will be experiencing rain due to southwest monsoon. However, the northern and eastern weathers will be welcoming you. The scorching sun that showed up in the south west regions till April begins to choose the north east skies. However, at some places the climate is really welcoming making your romantic dates and family trip a worthwhile to be.

  • Weather: Sri Lanka experiences South West monsoon in May.
  • Temperature: Temperature this month is around 33 degrees Celsius.
  • Rainfall: A total of 90 mm precipitation is experienced in May.
  • Top 3 places to visit: Adam’s Peak, Yala National Park and temples of Sri Lanka.
Yala National park
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Sri Lanka in June

In June, the south west monsoon continues to happen in the Southern and western parts. However, the hill stations also becomes colder relatively. The cultural triangle and the north east regions could be the apt choice for you to visit during June. If you are looking for a beach holiday in June, visiting the east coast could be ideal. However, calling out June to be the best time to visit Sri Lanka wouldn’t be appropriate in comparison to other seasons.

  • Weather: Sri Lanka experiences South West monsoon in June.
  • Temperature: Temperature this month is around 28 degrees Celsius.
  • Rainfall: A total of 180 mm precipitation is experienced in June
  • Top 3 places to visit: Arugam Bay, Trincomalee and Colombo.
Arugam Bay
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Sri Lanka in July

July is a month of celebration to Sri Lankans. The celebrations goes so much deep into conscious that they don’t mind the climate. However for travellers it is as important to know the weather pattern before travelling. Sri Lanka in July continues the South west monsoon. During this time it is advisable to visit the North east parts of Sri Lanka. If you are summer lover, you exploring the north east parts of Sri Lanka would be ideal.

  • Weather: Sri Lanka experiences South West monsoon in July.
  • Temperature: Temperature this month is around 30 degrees Celsius.
  • Rainfall: A total of 33 mm precipitation is experienced in July.
  • Top 3 places to visit: Sigiriya, Kandy and National parks.
Yala National Park
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Sri Lanka in August

The August month out of no where pops out to be an ideal month to visit Sri Lanka. The reason behind this is that, the rain becomes sporadic and the temperatures begin to shoot in the South west regions. The climate across the North east regions also becomes pleasant. You as a traveller loving Sri Lanka should never miss this month as the weather god has unwrapped the whole of Sri Lanka for you to enjoy this month. Explore the best places in Sri Lanka in August.

  • Weather: Sri Lanka experiences South West monsoon in August but very little rain showing up.
  • Temperature: Temperature this month is around 32 degrees Celsius.
  • Rainfall: A total of 27 mm precipitation is experienced in August.
  • Top 3 places to visit: Trincomalee beaches, Nuwara Eliya and Galle.
Nuwara Eliya
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Sri Lanka in September

With the best month credit going to August, Sri Lanka in September again experiences the South – West monsoon. With relatively more amount of rainfall in Southern and western regions, this place is usually dull of tourism. However, the second half of September also experiences rain in the Northern and Eastern coasts. Ideally, this month becomes un recommended season to visit Sri Lanka.

  • Weather: Sri Lanka experiences South West monsoon in September.
  • Temperature: Temperature this month is around 31 degrees Celsius.
  • Rainfall: A total of 75 mm precipitation is experienced in September.
  • Top 3 places to visit: Temples of Sri Lanka, Yala National Park and Galle.
Temples of Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka in October

Sri Lanka calls itself the wettest during the month of October. The south west monsoon doesn’t have a heart to leave and the north east monsoon seems as though they have arrived without an invitation. Ideally, this month experiences North East monsoon. This month ideally seems to be not much recommended as the whole of Sri Lanka would be experiencing rainfall.

  • Weather: Sri Lanka experiences Intermonsoon season in October.
  • Temperature: Temperature this month is around 32 degrees Celsius.
  • Rainfall: A total of 159 mm precipitation is experienced in October.
  • Top 3 places to visit: World’s end, Nuwara Eliya, Colombo.
World's end
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Sri Lanka in November

Sri Lanka in November experiences North east monsoon clearly. The rainfall along the north east regions are observed. The cultural triangle and the hill regions experience rainfall and hence is not advisable to visit these places unless you need to drench yourself in Sri Lankan rain. The best time to visit Sri Lanka in November is its latter part – the second half of November is the ideal time.

  • Weather: Sri Lanka experiences North East monsoon in November.
  • Temperature: Temperature this month is around 30 degrees Celsius.
  • Rainfall: A total of 192 mm precipitation is experienced in November.
  • Top 3 places to visit: Temples of Sri Lanka, Beaches of Sri Lanka and Sigiriya
Beaches in Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka in December

The weather in Sri Lanka in December is simply everything you want. Lined up with celebrations and school vacation makes this season to be the one of the best times to visit in Sri Lanka. Improvements in Cultural triangle and hill station’s weather occur this month. However the northern and eastern coasts experience rainfall this month. Planning to visit the southern and the western parts of Sri Lanka would be ideal in the month of December.

  • Weather: Sri Lanka experiences North East monsoon in December.
  • Temperature: Temperature this month is around 29 degrees Celsius.
  • Rainfall: A total of 132 mm precipitation is experienced in December.
  • Top 3 places to visit: Nuwara Eliya, Yala National park, Adam’s Peak.
Adam's peak
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Depending on the places to visit and the activities you have planned to do, choose your own timeline to visit your favourite island! However, months between December to April is most visited times and uncompromisingly the best time to visit too! Visit Pickyourtrail website to get to glance some of the best Sri Lanka travel packages. Or customize your itinerary the way you wanted it to be because best time combined with best itinerary is the success formula!

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