Sri Lanka in detail

When to go and weather

High Season (Dec–Mar)

  • The Hill Country plus west- and south-coast beaches are busiest – and driest.
  • With beds in demand, prices peak.
  • The Maha monsoon season (October to January) keeps the East, North and ancient cities wet.

Shoulder (Apr & Sep–Nov)

  • April and September offer the best odds for good weather countrywide.
  • New Year’s celebrations in mid-April cause transport to fill beyond capacity.
  • A good time to wander without a set schedule.

Low Season (May–Aug)

  • The Yala monsoon season (May to August) brings rain to the south and west coasts plus the Hill Country.
  • The weather in the North and East is best.
  • Prices nationwide are lowest.