Best Time to Visit Sri Lanka

Very much a year-round destination. The Maha monsoon blows from October to January, bringing rain to the North and East, while the dry season is from May to September. The North and East are comparatively dry, with around 1000mm of rain annually. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. Out-of-season travel has its advantages – not only do the crowds go away but many airfares and accommodation prices drop right down. Nor does it rain all the time during the low season.

Because the Hill Country it so high up it rarely gets unbearably hot. The months of December to April are probably the best time to visit, as temperatures rise to around 28C during the day but cool down at night.

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Climate guide for Sri Lanka

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Colombo 27°C 16mm 28°C 169mm 29°C 80mm 29°C 259mm 29°C 211mm 29°C 280mm 29°C 169mm 28°C 366mm 27°C 698mm 27°C 498mm 27°C 539mm 27°C 308mm
South Coast 14°C 126mm 12°C 142mm 16°C 25mm 17°C 1mm 17°C 13mm 19°C 0mm 22°C 1mm 23°C 0mm 23°C 0mm 21°C 0mm 17°C 56mm 15°C 97mm
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