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When to visit Sri Lanka

Best time to visit Sri Lanka

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When to go to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka boasts a typically tropical climate, with a noticeable degree of variation between the regions. One constant is undoubtedly the humidity, which remains high all year-round, head towards the coast though and the light sea breeze makes the heat significantly more comfortable, as does heading inland towards mountainous regions that sit at a higher altitude. The northeast monsoon begins in October and lasts until January, while the southeast monsoon arrives in May until September, during this time, expect a greater chance of significant rainfall with the occasional thunderstorm — a refreshing break from the continual humidity. Throughout the year, January typically sees the lowest average temperatures of 20°C, whilst May’s 32°C is undoubtedly the hottest month.

Sri Lanka Climate Chart

Average Temperatures (°C) in Sri Lanka throughout the year

Sri Lanka Rainfall Chart

Average Rainfall (mm) in Sri Lanka throughout the year

Things to do when visiting Sri Lanka

A truly educational trip to Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka's most delicious traditional dishes

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A guide to Sri Lanka in pictures

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Tangerine Beach

Tangerine Beach

PLUSKalutara, Sri Lanka
Koggala Beach Hotel

Koggala Beach Hotel

Koggala, Sri Lanka
Heritance Negombo

Heritance Negombo

Negombo, Sri Lanka
Eden Resort and Spa

Eden Resort and Spa

Beruwala, Sri Lanka