Sri Lanka, the tropical paradise nestling in the waters of the Indian Ocean, has a penchant for a monsoon. While that is certainly what a traveller visiting the island would expect, there is an unexpected twist: the island has two monsoons. But that has never deterred anyone from setting foot in the country and exploring its stunning beaches, its mysterious forests and an electric culture.

In fact, one might consider Sri Lanka to be a year-round destination. All you have to do is be aware of the weather and climate patterns of the country, and the ideal times to visit every location. Let’s find that out in detail.

Rains and humidity abound:


While global warming and seasonal variations affect the weather of the island nation quite a lot, the two monsoons remain constants. The primary monsoon is the Yala or the south-west monsoon, which lasts from April to September. During this period, the west and south-west coast receive significant rainfall, along with the hilly central areas. Then arrives the secondary Maha monsoon, or the north-east monsoon, which lasts from November to March. In between, October is known to bring thunderstorms that are difficult to predict.

As for the temperatures, you can expect average daytime readings to lie between 26 and 30 degree Celsius at the coastal areas. With humidity as high as 90% usually, the temperatures often become hot and rise into high 30s. In the central regions, and the more hilly areas, the weather is naturally chillier and pleasant, with temperature often averaging around 15-20 degree Celsius.

A seasonal breakdown:


December – April

If you’re planning to stay at a stunning Polhena Beach hotel, or have decided to visit the primary beaches like Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa or Bentota in the south-west, then this is the best season to book your tickets. The climate is pleasant, sunny and dry all across the country. The departing monsoon and arrival of sunshine makes December the ideal month.

May – September

This is the ideal time to visit the beaches in the north and west, like the Arugam Beach. If you’re planning to go on wildlife tours, then May to September will allow you to see a lot of action at Yala and Bundala National Parks.

October – November

This is the period when the entire country gets soaked, especially the north and the east.

Planning your accommodation beforehand:

Thus, you can expect the rains and the pleasant weather one associates with them all round the year in Sri Lanka. It is, therefore, important to hook up an accommodation before you travel, unless you want to take the risk of getting soaked looking for a place to stay, especially in the remote areas of the country. Finding one of the highly recommended Yoho Bed premium budget hotels is not an issue, though. From Hambantota hotels that offer a beach getaway to cottages in the tea valleys of Nuwara Eliya, Yoho Bed accommodations are available in all major tourist destinations of the country. With free WiFi and air-conditioning to beat the hot and humid weather, clean rooms and bathrooms, and a complimentary breakfast, you get it all!


Published by Sumity Paul