When is the best time to go to 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, when is the best time to go to Sri Lanka? Here's some more information to help you in your decision:

  • In Sri Lanka, the weather is at least tolerable in January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, November and December
  • The best months to go to Colombo are January, February, March and December
  • On average, the warmest months in Colombo are January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November and December
  • The rainiest months in this city are June and August
  • Kurunegala is the city with the best climate, with good weather 8 months a year
  • The sea temperature is suitable for swimming all year round in Colombo

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

Month
January 72°F to 86°F
39%
February 72°F to 86°F
41%
March 76°F to 88°F
50%
April 76°F to 90°F
74%
May 76°F to 90°F
71%
June 76°F to 88°F
61%
July 76°F to 88°F
60%
August 76°F to 88°F
64%
September 77°F to 88°F
64%
October 76°F to 86°F
76%
November 74°F to 86°F
78%
December 74°F to 86°F
62%
* weather varies across the country

Best time to travel to Sri Lanka by cities

Colombo

Best time to go to Colombo

The best months to go to Colombo are january, february, march and december.

Jaffna

Best time to go to Jaffna

The best months to go to Jaffna are january, february, march, july, august and september.

Anuradhapura

Best time to go to Anuradhapura

The best months to go to Anuradhapura are february, march, may, june, july, august and september.

Arugam Bay

Best time to go to Arugam Bay

The best months to go to Arugam Bay are february, march, april, august and september.

Batticaloa

Best time to go to Batticaloa

The best months to go to Batticaloa are february, march, april, august and september.

Bentota

Best time to go to Bentota

The best months to go to Bentota are january, february and december.


Other cities and places in Sri Lanka

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Tours and organised trips in Sri Lanka


Climate and Weather in 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 month-by-month rainfall for the cities of Colombo, Jaffna, Anuradhapura, Arugam Bay and Batticaloa, as well as the month-by-month sea temperature for coastal cities.

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Where to go in Sri Lanka?

This table allows you to see the maximum temperature for each city and our opinion on the weather month by month (see colour legend below the table).

Cities jan.feb.mar.apr.mayjun.jul.aug.sep.oct.nov.dec.
Colombo92°F92°F94°F94°F90°F86°F86°F86°F88°F90°F90°F90°F
Jaffna85°F86°F90°F92°F92°F90°F90°F88°F88°F88°F88°F86°F
Anuradhapura86°F90°F94°F95°F94°F92°F92°F92°F92°F92°F88°F86°F
Arugam Bay85°F86°F90°F92°F94°F95°F95°F94°F94°F90°F88°F86°F
Batticaloa85°F86°F90°F92°F94°F95°F95°F94°F94°F90°F88°F86°F
Bentota90°F92°F94°F94°F90°F88°F86°F86°F88°F88°F90°F90°F
Dambulla86°F90°F95°F97°F95°F94°F94°F94°F94°F92°F88°F86°F
Ella79°F79°F83°F83°F81°F81°F81°F81°F83°F81°F79°F79°F
Galle88°F90°F92°F90°F88°F86°F86°F86°F86°F88°F88°F88°F
Hikkaduwa88°F90°F92°F90°F88°F86°F86°F86°F86°F88°F88°F88°F
Kalutara90°F92°F94°F94°F90°F88°F86°F86°F88°F88°F90°F90°F
Kandy85°F88°F92°F90°F88°F86°F86°F86°F88°F86°F85°F85°F
Negombo90°F92°F94°F94°F90°F88°F86°F86°F88°F90°F90°F90°F
Neluwa88°F90°F92°F90°F86°F85°F85°F85°F85°F86°F86°F86°F
Nuwara Eliya79°F81°F83°F83°F83°F81°F81°F83°F83°F81°F79°F79°F
Puttalam88°F90°F92°F92°F92°F90°F88°F88°F88°F88°F88°F88°F
Trincomalee86°F90°F95°F97°F95°F94°F94°F94°F94°F92°F88°F86°F
Udawalawe National Park88°F90°F92°F90°F86°F85°F85°F85°F85°F86°F86°F86°F
Wilpattu National Park86°F90°F94°F95°F94°F92°F92°F92°F92°F92°F88°F86°F
Yala National Park88°F90°F92°F92°F92°F90°F92°F90°F90°F90°F90°F88°F

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Is this weather information for Sri Lanka reliable?

Climate data for Sri Lanka has been gathered every day since January 2009. 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, and 20 other cities.

So yes: this data is reliable except in cases of temporary climate disruption in the region.

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