When to Travel - Sri Lanka

  • Best Time to Travel
  • Good Time to Travel
  • Green Season
  • Cool temperatures
  • Very cold

Weather information is an important factor to consider when deciding where or when to travel. The following table offers our opinion on when it is best to travel throughout the year, with the "Green Season" representing months with higher rainfall. "Green Season" days in the Far East tend to be dry in the morning with short sharp showers in the afternoon. Below this we offer average climate statistics, from selected destinations, and a general overview of the country's climate to help you decide when to travel.

Colombo
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Nuwara Eliya
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Trincomalee
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
  • Colombo

    30 31 31 31 31 29 29 29 29 29 29 29
    22 22 23 24 26 25 25 25 25 24 23 22
    8 9 9 8 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 8
    89 69 143 231 371 224 135 109 160 348 351 147
    jan feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec

    Nuwara Eliya

    20 21 22 23 21 19 19 19 19 20 20 19
    9 9 19 12 13 13 12 12 12 12 12 11
    7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
    100 77 71 158 175 171 164 161 178 226 221 196
    jan feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec

    Trincomalee

    27 28 29 32 33 33 33 33 33 31 29 27
    24 24 24 26 26 26 26 25 25 24 24 24
    6 7 7 8 9 9 9 9 8 6 5 5
    173 66 48 58 69 28 51 107 107 221 358 363
    jan feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec

Climate - Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka traditionally has a different climate on the West Coast and in the south of the island to that on the East Coast, although since the 2004 Tsunami weather patterns in Sri Lanka seem to have become less predictable. Generally speaking the driest seasons on the West Coast, the South Coast and in the Hill Country are from December to March, when the northeast ‘Maha' monsoon is hitting the East Coast. In contrast, from April to September the Cultural Triangle region and the East Coast experience their drier season, when the southwest ‘yala' monsoon brings rain to the West and South West. These differences between East and West coasts make Sri Lanka a year round holiday destination and mean that there is always somewhere on the island where the sun is shining.

If you are looking to escape the heat, the Hill Country, around Nuwara Eliya, enjoys a cooler climate throughout the year which, for some, makes for a pleasant break from the heat during your holiday and a taste of home for those hailing from cooler European climes.

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