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Best time to visit Ella, Sri Lanka

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The best time to visit Ella is June-August

While Ella is a popular destination to visit all year round, June-August is the ideal time to go due to a number of factors such as the climate, cost of travel and accommodation, as well as avoiding peak holiday periods.

In the summer months, temperatures tend to get to a maximum of around 30℃ (87℉). The weather in the winter, especially around January, can reach a minimum of 11℃ (53℉).

The sun stays up the longest in Ella in July, so you’ll get the most out of your daytime activities if you visit around this time. On average it rains the most days in October, making it the wettest month of the year. Although it’s the wet season, it can often rain a little bit during the day or evening but have fine weather for a majority of the day too, so don’t let this put you off.

Keep reading to find all the info you need (and none of the stuff you don’t) about the best times to go to Ella. By the time you get to the bottom, you’ll be ready to start booking your trip.

Warmest month

May

Least rainfall

January

Most daylight

July

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Ella seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Ella as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Ella is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

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

Average temperatures in Ella

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Ella for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Ella climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Ella for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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FEB
MAR
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MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC

Ella in January

  • Average temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average low temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average humidity: 84%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 85mm (3") over 18 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
18 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Ella in January, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Ella in February

  • Average temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average low temperature: 16℃ (60℉)
  • Average humidity: 82%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 158mm (6") over 16 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
16 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Ella in February, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Ella in March

  • Average temperature: 21℃ (71℉)
  • Average high temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average low temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 9 days
  • Average rainfall: 121mm (5") over 21 days
9 days
of pure sunshine
21 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Ella in March, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Ella in April

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average high temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average low temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average humidity: 85%
  • Average sunny days: 2 days
  • Average rainfall: 273mm (11") over 27 days
2 days
of pure sunshine
27 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Ella in April, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Ella in May

  • Average temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average low temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average humidity: 86%
  • Average sunny days: 1 days
  • Average rainfall: 290mm (11") over 30 days
1 days
of pure sunshine
30 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Ella in May, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Ella in June

  • Average temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average low temperature: 19℃ (67℉)
  • Average humidity: 83%
  • Average sunny days: 1 days
  • Average rainfall: 113mm (4") over 25 days
1 days
of pure sunshine
25 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Ella in June, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Ella in July

  • Average temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average low temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average humidity: 81%
  • Average sunny days: 2 days
  • Average rainfall: 112mm (4") over 25 days
2 days
of pure sunshine
25 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Ella in July, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Ella in August

  • Average temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average low temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average humidity: 82%
  • Average sunny days: 1 days
  • Average rainfall: 136mm (5") over 27 days
1 days
of pure sunshine
27 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Ella in August, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Ella in September

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average low temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average humidity: 82%
  • Average sunny days: 2 days
  • Average rainfall: 182mm (7") over 25 days
2 days
of pure sunshine
25 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Ella in September, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.

Ella in October

  • Average temperature: 21℃ (71℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average low temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average humidity: 86%
  • Average sunny days: 2 days
  • Average rainfall: 656mm (26") over 29 days
2 days
of pure sunshine
29 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Ella in October, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Ella in November

  • Average temperature: 21℃ (69℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average low temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average humidity: 89%
  • Average sunny days: 1 days
  • Average rainfall: 416mm (16") over 28 days
1 days
of pure sunshine
28 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Ella in November, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Ella in December

  • Average temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average high temperature: 24℃ (76℉)
  • Average low temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average humidity: 88%
  • Average sunny days: 5 days
  • Average rainfall: 228mm (9") over 25 days
5 days
of pure sunshine
25 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Ella in December, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Ella is usually May, where temperatures tend to rise to around 28℃ (82℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Ella is generally around January. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in January first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Ella is generally around October, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of October too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Ella, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in July are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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