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Best time to visit Sri Lanka

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The best time to visit Sri Lanka is June-September

Are you looking for top-secret information about when to visit Sri Lanka? Look no further! June-September is the best time to go to Sri Lanka due to the excellent all-round climate conditions, and it’s not likely to be at its busiest as it’s not during the height of the peak travel season.

In the summer months, temperatures can reach as high as 33℃ (91℉) in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The temperature at night in the winter can drop to as low as 22℃ (72℉), although this can differ at other destinations across Sri Lanka depending on the geography.

The sun stays up the longest in Sri Lanka in January, so you’ll get the most out of your daytime activities if you visit around this time. You don’t want to get wet on your holiday, do you? Well if you’re trying to avoid the rain, then steer clear of Sri Lanka in June. Head there in January instead if you want to increase your chances of not being rained on.

Learn everything you need to know (and none of the stuff you don’t) about when to go to Sri Lanka below. Be sure to check out the handy tools we’ve included to help you search for flights and transport, accommodation, and everything else you need to plan and book your trip.

Warmest month

April

Least rainfall

January

Most daylight

January

Sri Lanka seasons

Before you plan your trip, it’s important to know when the seasons are as they may be different to yours depending on where you’re travelling from. Sri Lanka is in the Northern hemisphere, so the seasons fall on:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Best time to visit the top destinations in Sri Lanka

We’ve put together a breakdown of the average minimum and maximum temperatures by month, as well as the best times to visit for each. To learn more about these destinations including detailed climate breakdowns and much more, click or tap the city/destination name below.

CityBest time to visitJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
AnuradhapuraDecember-February
30℃
21℃
32℃
21℃
34℃
22℃
34℃
24℃
33℃
25℃
33℃
26℃
33℃
25℃
33℃
25℃
33℃
25℃
32℃
24℃
30℃
23℃
29℃
22℃
BentotaJune-September
30℃
23℃
31℃
24℃
31℃
25℃
31℃
26℃
30℃
27℃
29℃
26℃
29℃
26℃
29℃
25℃
29℃
25℃
30℃
25℃
30℃
25℃
30℃
24℃
ColomboJune-September
31℃
23℃
32℃
23℃
32℃
25℃
32℃
26℃
31℃
26℃
29℃
26℃
29℃
25℃
29℃
25℃
29℃
25℃
30℃
25℃
30℃
24℃
30℃
24℃
EllaJune-August
25℃
16℃
26℃
16℃
28℃
16℃
28℃
18℃
27℃
19℃
27℃
19℃
27℃
19℃
27℃
19℃
27℃
19℃
26℃
18℃
25℃
18℃
24℃
17℃
GalleApril
29℃
24℃
30℃
24℃
30℃
25℃
30℃
26℃
30℃
27℃
29℃
27℃
29℃
26℃
28℃
26℃
28℃
26℃
29℃
26℃
29℃
25℃
29℃
25℃
HikkaduwaFebruary-April
29℃
24℃
30℃
24℃
30℃
25℃
30℃
26℃
30℃
27℃
29℃
27℃
29℃
26℃
28℃
26℃
28℃
26℃
29℃
26℃
29℃
25℃
29℃
25℃
JaffnaJune-August
27℃
25℃
28℃
26℃
29℃
27℃
31℃
28℃
30℃
29℃
30℃
29℃
29℃
28℃
29℃
28℃
29℃
28℃
29℃
28℃
28℃
27℃
28℃
26℃
KalpitiyaMay
29℃
23℃
31℃
23℃
32℃
25℃
32℃
27℃
31℃
27℃
30℃
27℃
30℃
27℃
30℃
26℃
30℃
26℃
30℃
26℃
30℃
25℃
29℃
24℃
KalutaraJune-August
30℃
23℃
31℃
24℃
31℃
25℃
31℃
26℃
30℃
27℃
29℃
26℃
29℃
26℃
29℃
25℃
29℃
25℃
30℃
25℃
30℃
25℃
30℃
24℃
KandyJune-August
28℃
18℃
30℃
18℃
32℃
19℃
31℃
21℃
30℃
22℃
29℃
22℃
29℃
21℃
29℃
21℃
30℃
21℃
29℃
21℃
28℃
20℃
28℃
20℃
MinneriyaDecember-February
29℃
20℃
31℃
20℃
34℃
21℃
35℃
23℃
34℃
25℃
34℃
25℃
34℃
25℃
34℃
24℃
34℃
24℃
33℃
23℃
31℃
22℃
29℃
21℃
MirissaJune-August
30℃
23℃
31℃
23℃
31℃
24℃
31℃
25℃
30℃
26℃
30℃
26℃
30℃
26℃
29℃
25℃
29℃
25℃
30℃
25℃
30℃
24℃
30℃
24℃
NegomboSeptember
31℃
23℃
32℃
23℃
32℃
25℃
32℃
26℃
31℃
27℃
30℃
26℃
29℃
25℃
29℃
25℃
30℃
25℃
30℃
25℃
30℃
25℃
30℃
24℃
Nuwara EliyaJanuary
25℃
16℃
26℃
16℃
28℃
16℃
28℃
18℃
27℃
19℃
27℃
19℃
27℃
19℃
27℃
19℃
27℃
19℃
26℃
18℃
25℃
18℃
24℃
17℃
PasikudaAugust
30℃
21℃
32℃
21℃
34℃
22℃
34℃
24℃
33℃
25℃
33℃
26℃
33℃
25℃
33℃
25℃
33℃
25℃
32℃
24℃
30℃
23℃
29℃
22℃
PolonnaruwaJanuary
29℃
20℃
31℃
20℃
34℃
21℃
35℃
23℃
34℃
25℃
34℃
25℃
34℃
25℃
34℃
24℃
34℃
24℃
33℃
23℃
31℃
22℃
29℃
21℃
Sri Jayewardenepura KotteDecember
31℃
23℃
32℃
23℃
32℃
25℃
32℃
26℃
31℃
26℃
29℃
26℃
29℃
25℃
29℃
25℃
29℃
25℃
30℃
25℃
30℃
24℃
30℃
24℃
TangalleJune-September
30℃
21℃
32℃
21℃
34℃
22℃
34℃
24℃
33℃
25℃
33℃
26℃
33℃
25℃
33℃
25℃
33℃
25℃
32℃
24℃
30℃
23℃
29℃
22℃
TrincomaleeMarch
29℃
20℃
31℃
20℃
34℃
21℃
35℃
23℃
34℃
25℃
34℃
25℃
34℃
25℃
34℃
24℃
34℃
24℃
33℃
23℃
31℃
22℃
29℃
21℃
UdawalaweMay
30℃
21℃
32℃
21℃
34℃
22℃
34℃
24℃
33℃
25℃
33℃
26℃
33℃
25℃
33℃
25℃
33℃
25℃
32℃
24℃
30℃
23℃
29℃
22℃
UnawatunaSeptember
29℃
24℃
30℃
24℃
30℃
25℃
30℃
26℃
30℃
27℃
29℃
27℃
29℃
26℃
28℃
26℃
28℃
26℃
29℃
26℃
29℃
25℃
29℃
25℃
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Top FAQs

You can check out the full list of awesome destinations and hidden gems to explore in Sri Lanka here.
The warmest month of the year in Colombo, one of the most popular places to visit in Sri Lanka, is April.
The driest month of the year in Colombo, Sri Lanka, is usually around January each year.

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