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Best time to visit Sri Lanka

Discussion in 'Srilanka' started by Pannu, Jul 12, 2017.

  1. Pannu

    Pannu New Member

    I have been considering visiting Sri Lanka with my family for quite some time now. I have been reading about the country and it seems like an amazing place to visit and my family and I plan to visit most of the popular destinations in Sri Lanka.
    When going anywhere for a holiday I always want to make sure that I visit at the right time so I need to know when the best time to visit Sri Lanka is.

  2. Karan

    Karan Member

    Sri Lanka is actually a country which gets affected by two monsoons in a year, the southwest region gets affected by the monsoon from April to September (the worst rains are until June) and the northeast regions get affected by the monsoon from November to March (worst rains during November and December).
    During the months of October and November, the whole of Sri Lanka is affected by heavy rains and thunderstorms, so these two months should be avoided.

    If you're going to the West or South part of Sri Lanks then the best time to visit would be from December to March and if you are going to visit the North or East part of Sri Lanka then the best time to visit would be from April to September.

    The temperature does not change much throughout out the year. Areas near the coast or which are lowland have a temperature from 26-30c, and the higher up areas like Kandy get temperatures between 18-22c.

    Overall Sri Lanka is more of a year round holiday depending on which part you will be traveling to. I hope the information provided will allow you to decide which part of Sri Lanka to go to and when.

  3. Ayesha

    Ayesha New Member

    I want to visit Sri Lanka and explore all the historical places, what can be the cost of a trip to Sri Lanka? Also, do the hotels serve delicious Vegeterian food?
  4. Kiaan

    Kiaan New Member

    The best time to visit Sri Lanka depends on which part of the country you want to focus on, as the weather patterns differ:

    Peak Season (December to April):
    • This is generally considered the best time to visit the southern and western coasts of Sri Lanka, including popular destinations like Colombo, Hikkaduwa, Galle, Mirissa, and the Cultural Triangle.
    • You'll experience hot and dry weather with clear skies and sunshine, perfect for beach activities and sightseeing.
    • However, this is also the peak tourist season, so expect higher prices and larger crowds.

    East Coast (May to September):
    • The east coast experiences its best weather during these months, with sunshine and dry conditions ideal for enjoying beaches like Arugam Bay, Passikudah, and Trincomalee.
    • This is the off-season for the south and west, so you'll find lower prices and fewer crowds.

    Shoulder Seasons (April-May & September-October):
    • These shoulder months offer a good balance of decent weather and fewer crowds across the island.

    Here's a quick summary:

    • For the south and west coast: December to April (peak season)
    • For the east coast: May to September
    • For potentially lower prices and fewer crowds: April-May & September-October

    Here are some additional factors to consider:
    • Hill Country: If you plan to visit the Hill Country (Nuwara Eliya, Ella), temperatures are generally cooler throughout the year, with occasional showers. December to March offers the most pleasant weather.
    • Festivals: Sri Lanka has many vibrant festivals throughout the year. If there's a particular one you'd like to experience, plan your trip around it.

    Ultimately, the best time to visit Sri Lanka depends on your priorities. If you prioritize perfect beach weather and don't mind crowds, the peak season might be ideal. If you prefer a more relaxed experience with potentially lower costs, consider the shoulder seasons or the east coast during its peak.