Best time to visit Sri Lanka (various parts) weather wise?
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Feb 28, 2013 8:01 PM Last Post By: spunkywads
Feb 21, 2013 3:31 AM
Best time to visit Sri Lanka (various parts) weather wise?I know this has been asked numerous times, but i am wondering when is the general best time weather wise to visit Sri Lanka? I am aware certain parts of the island experience tropical weather while other parts remain dry.
I've heard March is a good time to visit the whole country, is this correct?
The places i want to visit:
Colombo (will be flying in here, only stay here a day or two, not overly bothered if i dont get great weather here)
The cultural triangle (would like very good weather here)
Yala National Park (would like very good weather here too)
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Ella (looks beautiful)
Adams peak (probably need good weather for this)
And probably a day or two on some nice beaches (have to keep the girlfriend happy).
Anyone have any other good attractions i am missing out on? Scenery and historical sites would be my main priority.
I understand the weather may be good in some of these areas while it is not elsewhere, but any help would be appreciated. This will probably be a once in a lifetime trip so i want to get the most out of it.
What is July like to travel? I heard Colombo experienced bad monsoon this time of year, but i seen pictures of someone who was there in July and they said the weather was glorious.
Thanks in advance.
Feb 21, 2013 4:13 AM
1This may help
Feb 25, 2013 9:17 PM
Feb 26, 2013 7:56 AM
3From my own travels in Sri Lanka my favourite months are Feb-April and July/August. Have mostly travelled in south west / south and into the Highlands, north up to Anaradhapura and east to Arugam Bay.
March is generally hot & dry in the south west, south and inland. Can be a lot cooler in the hills than the coast (where its mostly 29C-32C rain or sun), you'll need a few layers of clothing when you're climbing Adams Peak in the early hours, but it's well worth the climb with magnificent views at sunrise. Ella offers lots of cheap & comfortable accommodation in locals homes on the hillside terraces. Kitulgala and surrounding area is beautiful, I think there is good white water rafting at this time too.
If you're in the south west in July/August this is between the monsoons (which are roughly May & Sept/Oct) & the sea is rough, but otherwise my experience was hot sunny dry weather for most of the time and quiet beaches. Downpours can happen any month anyway, though they don't usually last too long July/Aug. Ideal for sightseeing both inland and coastal towns eg Hikkaduwa, Galle (the historic Fort).
August is busy in Kandy when the Perahera is taking place.
May to Sept is high (or dry) season on the east coast and the best surfing/water sports is at Arugam Bay. There is also amazing wildlife and many other places to explore around here.
Feb 26, 2013 11:21 AM
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