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Best Time to Visit Sri Lanka in 2024 for beaches, wildlife, cultural exploration. Sri Lanka Weather Guide

Best Time to Visit Sri Lanka

  • Optimal: December to March (west and south coasts, hill country).
  • For beaches: January and February have the highest beach score.
  • Other favorable months: April to September for the east coast.

Geography facts

  • Location: South Asia, island in the Indian Ocean.
  • Area: 65,610 km².
  • Borders: None (island nation).
  • Landscape: Coastal plains, central highlands. Highest point: Pidurutalagala at 2,524 meters.

Sri Lanka is renowned for its rich biodiversity, cultural heritage, and stunning beaches. The country offers diverse experiences from relaxing by the ocean to exploring ancient temples and lush tea plantations.

Climate

  • Coastal: Tropical (high humidity, consistent temperatures).
  • Hill Country: Cooler temperatures, frequent rainfall.
The daily range of reported temperatures (gray bars) and 24-hour highs (red ticks) and lows (blue ticks), placed over the daily average high (faint red line) and low (faint blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. (c) weatherspark.com

Monthly Weather Snapshot

January

  • Temperature: Daytime: +30°C (86°F), Night: +22°C (72°F).
  • Expected precipitation: 75 mm.
  • Activities: Ideal for beach holidays on the west and south coasts; wildlife viewing in national parks.
  • Sea temperature: +28°C (82°F).

February

  • Temperature: +30°C (86°F) to +32°C (90°F).
  • Average precipitation: 60 mm.
  • Activities: Best month for beach activities, whale watching in Mirissa.
  • Sea temperature: +28°C (82°F).
Sri Lanka (c) esquire.kz

March

  • Temperature: +32°C (90°F) during the day, +24°C (75°F) at night.
  • Rainfall: 90 mm.
  • Activities: Beach and cultural tours; excellent for visiting the Cultural Triangle.
  • Sea temperature: +29°C (84°F).

April

  • Temperature: Daytime highs of +32°C (90°F), Nighttime lows of +25°C (77°F).
  • Rainfall: 130 mm.
  • Activities: Good for exploring the hill country; less crowded beaches.
  • Sea temperature: +30°C (86°F).

May

  • Temperature: +31°C (88°F) during the day, +25°C (77°F) at night.
  • Rainfall: 160 mm.
  • Activities: Early monsoon season, but still good for eastern beaches.
  • Sea temperature: +29°C (84°F).

June

  • Temperature: Day: +30°C (86°F), Night: +25°C (77°F).
  • Rainfall: 200 mm.
  • Activities: East coast beaches (Arugam Bay), wildlife in Yala National Park.
  • Sea temperature: +28°C (82°F).
The hourly reported temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight. (c) weatherspark.com

July

  • Temperature: Daytime peaks of +30°C (86°F), Night: +25°C (77°F).
  • Rainfall: 175 mm.
  • Activities: Surfing at Arugam Bay, Kandy Esala Perahera festival.
  • Sea temperature: +28°C (82°F).

August

  • Temperature: +30°C (86°F) during the day, +25°C (77°F) at night.
  • Rainfall: 170 mm.
  • Activities: Best for eastern coast beaches, festivals, and cultural events.
  • Sea temperature: +28°C (82°F).

September

  • Temperature: +30°C (86°F) to +32°C (90°F).
  • Rainfall: 150 mm.
  • Activities: Transition month; good for eastern beaches, wildlife viewing.
  • Sea temperature: +28°C (82°F).
Sri Lanka (c) yunostsibiri.ru

October

  • Temperature: Daytime: +30°C (86°F), Night: +25°C (77°F).
  • Rainfall: 200 mm.
  • Activities: Increasing rainfall, visit cultural sites and hill country.
  • Sea temperature: +28°C (82°F).

November

  • Temperature: +30°C (86°F) during the day, +24°C (75°F) at night.
  • Rainfall: 250 mm.
  • Activities: Early peak season in the south and west coasts; less crowded.
  • Sea temperature: +28°C (82°F).

December

  • Temperature: +30°C (86°F), Night: +23°C (73°F).
  • Rainfall: 170 mm.
  • Activities: Peak season starts; great for southern and western beaches, and tea country.
  • Sea temperature: +28°C (82°F).

Sri Lanka offers a diverse range of activities and climates throughout the year. Whether you’re looking for a beach getaway, a wildlife adventure, or a cultural exploration, there’s a perfect time to visit every region of this beautiful island. The peak tourist seasons provide the best weather, but off-peak times can offer unique experiences and fewer crowds.

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