When to go

by: Dhananji Liyanarachchi

When is the best time to visit Sri Lanka?

You might be thinking of when is the best time to visit Sri Lanka? Sri Lanka is blessed with its all-year-round tropical climate thanks to its close proximity to the Equator.

Best time to visit in general (October to April)

So Sri Lanka’s tourism season starts from October to April and many travelers visit Sri Lanka during this time.

Sri Lanka has two monsoons. The south, west, and the hills are driest from December to March, while the dry season in the north and east runs from April to September. It’s generally warm all year, but far cooler in the hills.

Best time to visit west and southern coastline (October to March)

Thinking of the beach?  The ideal time to visit southern resorts situated in Negombo, Bentota, Unawatuna Mirissa, and Tangalle. Sea is calm during this time and ideal for sea swim and snorkeling.

Best time to visit Nuwara Eliya (April)

April is the best time to go visit Nuwara Eliya. During the April temperature is mild in Nuwara Eliya and you will able to see Cherry Blossoms flowers are in bloom in Nuwara Eliya. The flowers, which bloom once a year, can be seen on trees scattered around town and it is absolutely beautiful.

Best time to visit Kandy (July to August)

The dates of the Kandy Esala Perahera festival are based on lunar cycles, but the ten-day extravaganza is always in July or August.

Best time to visit Arugam Bay (May to September)

Arugam Bay in Sri Lanka is known to be a surfers paradise. The best time to visit Arugam Bay is during the month of May to September. During these times the waves are pleasant enough for all types of surfers, whether you are a beginner or a pro.

The surf lesson centers are quite busy from May to September in Arugam Bay (photo credit to bybabette.com)

Best time to visit Adam’s Peak (December to April)

You can climb to the top throughout the year but the most popular months are December to  April. The “high” pilgrimage season spans during these months and many local pilgrimages join to climb Adam’s Peak.

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