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When is the best time to visit Sri Lanka?

Find out when the Asian nation of Sri Lanka is at its best for travellers who love good weather and cheap flights.

We looked at Sri Lanka to discover the best time of the year for you to visit.

Best time to visit Sri Lanka

December to April.

Why?

The western and southern cities of Colombo, Galle, and Negombo as well as Bentota beach are some of the most popular locations tourists home in on when visiting Sri Lanka. These areas are at their driest between December and April when other parts of the island are experiencing monsoon weather. You can find cheap flights in the shoulder months of May and November.


Overview

The tropical nation of Sri Lanka experiences wet and dry seasons. In the west and south, dry season is from December to April. Conversely, in the north and east, dry season is May to August. There is some crossover in April where ambitious travellers can see the whole country in sunshine.

Sri Lanka is becoming a popular holiday destination with many flocking to it for its beaches and cultural experiences. You should visit Sri Lanka outside of the Christmas holiday period to avoid the crowds.


Weather and prices

Best time to visit Sri Lanka, weather wise. December to April.

Cheapest time to visit Sri Lanka. Early April or September is during Sri Lanka's shoulder season. Avoid mid- or late-April as Sri Lanka celebrates its New Year on April 13 or 14 every year.


Best time to visit Sri Lanka for…

    • Sightseeing. January to April and July to September offer the best weather throughout the country for intrepid travellers who want to see it all.
    • Hiking and outdoor activities. January is the coldest month of the year and one of the driest, making it the best for hiking and outdoor activities.
    • Beaches. Bentota beach is one of Sri Lanka’s most popular beaches with tourists. You should visit during the dry months between January and April.
    • Going on safari.December to April is the best time to go whale watching in the south or bird watching in Bundala National Park. July to September is ideal for witnessing the elephant gathering in Minneriya.

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