train to Kandy among tea plantations in Sri Lanka

Best time to visit Sri Lanka

If you are planning honeymoon trip to Sri Lanka in near future and wondering when is the best time to visit Sri Lanka, we got you covered. This amazing island called as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean is a destination that offers different kinds of beauties in every season. However, understanding the climate of Sri Lanka is essential if you want to avoid unexpected surprises.

Climate in Sri Lanka at a glance

First of all, Sri Lanka is a destination that you can visit all year round. The warm weather is quite constant throughout the year and the island receives lots of sunshine. The Hill Country is a little bit cooler than the coastline but the climate is still pleasant for sightseeing. On the other hand, unpredictable rainfall might affect your travel plans during monsoon seasons. Even though Sri Lanka is a relatively small island, it experiences two monsoons.

The Southwest monsoon called as “Yala” affects the Western Sri Lanka, Southwest Coasts and the Hill Country starting from late April / early May to September. The wettest season during the Yala monsoon is from April to June.

In the North and Northeast of Sri Lanka, a weaker “Maha” monsoon brings rain between December and February. The period from December to January is the wettest period during Maha monsoon on the north and eastern coasts.

Best months to visit Sri Lanka

In general, the best time to visit Sri Lanka is from December to mid-April. During these months, most of the island experience sunny weather with mild temperatures. Therefore, this period is the busiest time of the island and a perfect time to escape from the winter.

Traveling to Sri Lanka during off-season also has its advantages, if you don’t mind getting a little bit wet from the rain. The biggest advantages are obviously the lower prices and fewer crowds. Also, the rain brings a totally different kind of charm to Sri Lanka’s lush green landscapes and pristine nature. Most of the time these rainfalls occurs as short downpours and doesn’t last all day long.


If you would like to read more information about the best honeymoon destinations in Sri Lanka or things to do in Sri Lanka, click here to read our main article.

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