Sri Lanka: Weather, Best time to go, Where to go ?

Find the perfect time to go to Sri Lanka from average climate conditions in many locations like Batticaloa or Ella below.

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When is the best time to go in Sri Lanka ?

The best times to visit Sri Lanka depend on the chosen destinations. Thus, the period from December to March is favorable to discover the capital Colombo and the communities located west and south of the country. During this time of year, one will have the opportunity to go snorkel diving in peace because the beautiful sunshine and an almost ideal water temperature enlighten and liven the days. Furthermore, this ideal period is also favorable for sightseeing in the center of the country.

In order to best discover the northern and eastern parts of Sri Lanka, choose the period between May and September. Although the vast monsoon season is in full swing on the western side of the country, the rest of the territory is spared by the rain, thanks to the geography of the Ceylon island.

If you wish to explore this beautiful island combined with its many attractions while distanced from the large crowds of tourists, pick a period that does not coincide with the school holidays. This will be the best opportunity to visit Sri Lanka, all while sparing your wallet.

So, what is the best time to go in Sri Lanka? Here is some more information to help you in your decision:

  • In Sri Lanka, the weather is at least okay everywhere in January and February
  • The most favorable months to visit Colombo are January and February
  • On average, the warmest months in Colombo are January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November and December
  • The rainiest month in this city are June, July and August
  • Trincomalee is the city with the best climate with favorable weather 9 months a year
  • The sea temperature is suitable for swimming all the year in Colombo

For all information about the climate and the weather city by city in Sri Lanka for a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:

Month Our opinion View Details
partially good weather Sri Lanka in january
partially good weather Sri Lanka in february
partially good weather Sri Lanka in march
partially okay weather Sri Lanka in april
partially good weather Sri Lanka in may
partially good weather Sri Lanka in june
partially good weather Sri Lanka in july
partially good weather Sri Lanka in august
partially good weather Sri Lanka in september
partially good weather Sri Lanka in october
partially okay weather Sri Lanka in november
partially okay weather Sri Lanka in december

When to go in Sri Lanka by cities

Colombo

Best time to visit Colombo

The best months to visit Colombo are january et february.

Jaffna

Best time to visit Jaffna

The best months to visit Jaffna are january et february.

Anuradhapura

Best time to visit Anuradhapura

The best months to visit Anuradhapura are february, march, may, june, july, august et september.

Arugam Bay

Best time to visit Arugam Bay

The best months to visit Arugam Bay are february et march.

Batticaloa

Best time to visit Batticaloa

The best months to visit Batticaloa are february et march.


Climate and Weather of Sri Lanka

Located at the heart of the Indian Ocean, just off the coast of India and not far from Indonesia, Sri Lanka is a country of equatorial or tropical climate, with a warmth that prevails from morning to night, without any interruption. The latter is still tempered by the presence of ocean winds. Humidity also reigns over most of the territory. However, the weather is heated among the plains or on the coast, as it is in Trincomalee and Jaffna but the mountainous areas on the other hand experience more bearable temperatures.

Sri Lanka : Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

Tropical, the climate of Sri Lanka therefore faces two major monsoon periods. During the wet season, the country is covered in many rains that are usually followed by very cloudy periods. The main hazard of this monsoon season lies on the coast of the country, as the underwater currents are often very dangerous at this time of year.

The great monsoon season plagues the entire southwest of Sri Lanka, especially towards the capital, Colombo, from the months of May to late August. The country undergoes a humidity level of around 95% and is covered by a very moist heat. Meanwhile, the early monsoon season which does not occur every year, rages from October to late January on the east coast just as it does in Trincomalee.

Outside of these somewhat troubled weather periods for the country, the temperature is quite pleasant. While the rain still remains fairly common, other than between late January and April which is described as the driest period of the country, the climate of Sri Lanka does enjoy beautiful sunny periods.


Temperatures and rainfall in Sri Lanka

On these 3 graphs, we present the evolution of temperatures of Sri Lanka and rainfall month by month for the cities of of Colombo, of Jaffna, of Anuradhapura, of Arugam Bay et of Batticaloa, as well as the sea temperature months by month for the coastal cities..


Legend:

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okay weather
bad weather
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Map of Sri Lanka

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Are these weather information for Sri Lanka reliable?

Climate data for Sri Lanka are raised every day since January 2009.Also, the analysis of these meteorological data for Sri Lanka allows us to determine the average for each month in Colombo, Jaffna, Anuradhapura, Arugam Bay, Batticaloa, Bentota, Dambulla, Ella, Galle, Hikkaduwa, Kalutara, Kandy, Negombo, Neluwa, Nuwara Eliya, Puttalam, Trincomalee, Udawalawe National Park, Wilpattu National Park et Yala National Park.

So yes: these data are reliable except in cases of temporary climate disruption in the region.

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