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Best Time To Visit Sri Lanka

The hustle and bustle of the capital city can be enjoyed throughout the year. With vibrant markets, soaring buddhist and hindu temples, luxury hotels and cheap street food, the capital Colombo has something surprising all year round. 

Colombo: All year around

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Golden Beach Stays

If sea breeze and plenty of sunshine is what you're after why not visit a beach resort with all the fun activities one could wish for. Places like Pasikuda and Nilaveli boasts of untouched beaches miles on end for who love isolation and tranquility. The best time visit these golden sandy beaches are as follows:

Negombo, Galle, Kalpitiya, Tangalle, Matara, Mirissa, Weligama, Hikkaduwa - November to April

Nilaveli, Trincomalee, Arugambay - April to October

Passekudah - May to September

Beruwala, Bentota, Kalutara - December to March

Jaffna - All year around

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Wildlife Sanctuaries

Merge with mother nature and its splendid wildlife with a safari tour to one of the country's many forest reserves. Certain national parks have a best time to visit depending on the colonising times of migrant birds.  Please refer to the chart below as a guide:

Wilpattuwa National Park - Feb to Oct

Yala National Park - All year around

Udawalave national park - All year around

Minneriya National Park - May to Sep

Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage - All year around

Lahugala National park - May to Sep

Kaudulla National Park - Oct to Mar

Kumuna National Park - Jan to Jun

Wasgamuwa National Park - Jan to Mar

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 Cultural Triangle

Many historic and places of ancient heritage can be viewed all year round, although the months of May to July can be hot especially in places like Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa.

Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla & Kandy - All year around

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Hill Country

The central highlands offer a cool and less humid temperatures throughout the year. However, during winter, certain areas witness ground frost and the night could be especially chilly.

Nuwaraeliya - Dec to Apr

Bandarawela - Dec to Apr

Hatton -  Dec to Apr

Badulla - Dec to Apr

Horton Planes - Nov to Mar

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Sinharaja Rain Forest Reserve

The sinharaja is an evergreen tropical rainforest that has been protected by Sri Lankan law as a forest reserve. The best time to visit Sinharaja is: 

Sinharaja Rain Forest - Dec to Apr

Sinharaja Rain Forest - Jul to Aug

 

Water Falls

Waterfalls offer breathtaking scenery and atmosphere. The best times are during when the water levels in the river are at their peak making the fall full of lush and splendor.

Dunhina Water Fall - Jun to Jul

Diyaluma - Mar to Apr

Rawana Falls -  Dec to Apr

Bambarakanda Falls - Mar to May

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Botanical Gardens

All botanical gardens are well maintained and can be enjoyed throughout the year. Please note: you maybe offered plant seeds in these gardens but do not be tempted to buy them as you will not be allowed to take them outside the country.

Peradeniya Botanical Gardens - Year around

Hakgala Botanical Gardens - Year around

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Adams Peak

May to December

The Sripada (or Adam's Peak) is open for humans to worship/visit during the months of May to December.

 

Sea Excursions

Whale Watching - November to April

Dolphin Watching - November to April

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Surfing

For surfing seasons please refer the chart below:

West coast - November to March

East coast - April to September 

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