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 80°F 16mm 82°F 169mm 83°F 80mm 84°F 259mm 85°F 211mm 84°F 280mm 83°F 169mm 82°F 366mm 81°F 698mm 80°F 498mm 81°F 539mm 81°F 308mm
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