The best time to visit Sri Lanka
To help you plan your tour, we’ll show you the best time to visit Sri Lanka we’ve given you an overview of the temperature in Sri Lanka for each month.
Sri Lanka through the seasons
Sri Lanka in January
January is usually dry and warm, particularly in the central, western and southern regions. This is the best time to visit Sri Lanka to explore the Cultural Triangle (the area between Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Dambulla) followed by beach relaxation at Negombo or Tangalle.
In the northeast, the Maha monsoon will still be affecting the coast, but the heaviest rain is coming to an end. The annual Galle Literary Festival takes place in late January or early February.
Sri Lanka in February
If you’re looking to tie in your visit with a festival, then Independence Day on 4th February is an annual, country-wide celebration. February brings beautiful sunny days on the west and south coasts and in central Sri Lanka. Temperatures can soar to over 30 degrees and there is minimal rainfall, with the east coast rains being less intense.
Sri Lanka in March
In our opinion, March is the best time to visit Sri Lanka, with temperatures starting to rise on the east coast and the northeast monsoon coming to an end. The Hill Country rises in temperature and there is glorious sunshine in the beach resorts along the west and south coasts, with temperatures reaching the mid-30s. You might not escape the rain completely, as there may be some towards the end of the month. On the eastern coast, it’s the start of the whale watching season, with sightings getting fewer after May.
Sri Lanka in April
April is another warm and sunny month, especially the first few weeks. Humidity can be quite high, particularly in the Cultural Triangle. April is the best place to visit Hill Country destinations such as Kandy and Nuwara Eliya. It is getting warmer in the evenings; rainfall is below average and daytime temperatures are in the mid-20s.
Sri Lanka in May, June and July
The weather for these three months is pretty similar. The beaches of the east glow with constant sunshine and temperatures in the high-20s. However, in the central, south and west it’s Yala monsoon season, which means swimming in the sea is unsafe due to the large waves. Although there is rainfall, it is short and sharp, with bright sunny intervals.
June is the ideal time to visit the Cultural Triangle and is the month of the Poson Poya festival celebrating the arrival of Buddhism to Sri Lanka in the 3rd century. Other religious festivals in the summer include the Hindu Vel festival and the famous Festival of the Tooth in Kandy.