The beautiful island of Sri Lanka has warm tropical weather moderated by ocean breezes. Mean temperatures range from 17 °C (63 °F) in the central highlands, where frost may occur for several days in the winter, to a maximum of 33 °C (91 °F) in more low-altitude areas. The climate is defined by two monsoon seasons, May to July in the southwest, and October to February in the north and east.?
It is hot and dry in the country’s north and east during March through September, with highs of 32°F C (90°F ) in March, rising to 37°C (100°F) in July before falling back to about 33 °C (91°F ) in September, though the coast has a cooling effect so it does not seem so hot. April brings the start of the southwest monsoon, so the best place to be is in the north of the country, cultural triangle, or the eastern coast. The stunning northeast beaches are perfect in in July, August and September. There are also many festivals at this time in Sri Lanka, such as the Vesak Poya in May, which celebrates Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death, and is marked with flowers, the lighting of lamps and burning of incense, as the country comes to life in ritual and ceremony
May to August and it is monsoon season in the country’s west and southwest, with rainfall of around 150 mm over these months. July and early August can be hot, between 25 and 31 °C (77-88 °F), but not unpleasant for traveling the island, which is invariably cooled by sea breezes. During these months it will be possible to see a great many elephants at the various game parks and preserves around Sri Lanka, with Yala National Park a highlight. It is home to many spectacular bird species, such as the Sri Lanka wood pigeon, crimson-fronted barbet, and black-capped bulbul, not to mention a vast array of reptiles endemic to the island, including the Sri Lankan flying snake, painted-lip lizard, Wiegmann's agama, and Bahir's fan-throated lizard.
Get back to nature with this comprehensive tour of Sri Lanka’s finest – and most beautiful – natural sights. From low-lying rainforest to rolling tea terraces, national parks to coastal villages, this eight-day excursion will highlight the best of Sri Lanka’s incredible and varied wilderness.
Take a thrilling trip through India and Sri Lanka, spending 17 days meandering from Mumbai’s iconic Bollywood, down the backwaters of Kerala, exploring colonial Cochin. You’ll fly onwards to Sri Lanka, where you’ll explore its ancient wonders like the Temple of Tooth, all the while staying in luxury hotels.
On this two-week tour of beautiful Sri Lanka, discover the country’s hidden treasures, from historic colonial towns to its lush jungles, rainforests and tea terraces. Savor the views and allow yourself to be enchanted by ancient culture.
Spend an unforgettable 10 days touring the beautiful island of Sri Lanka for a romantic honeymoon filled with stunning sights and spectacular scenery. From ancient ruins to whale-infested waters, this trip is packed with treasures that will guarantee your newlywed life starts in style.
A unique region with a strong Indian presence, no stone goes unturned on this 15-day luxury Northern Sri Lanka adventure. This is the most luxurious tour you will find in the region – but this is not your typical 5-star service. You’ll experience the rare opportunity of seeing the country’s rebirth from the civil war.
It’s a sun-soaked adventure on this 14-day Sri Lankan east coast holiday. Give surfing a try on the famous Arugam Bay beach, bike through the lush Ceylon tea fields, view a tooth belonging to the revered Buddha and relax by the sea in luxury. Your incredible memories will last much longer than your golden tan.
Spend nearly an entire month - 26 days - traveling in luxury through India, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives. You’ll visit religiously-important and UNESCO-listed sites including temples and palaces, watch baby sea turtles hatch in Tangalle, and relax at your luxury beachside resort on the stunning Kaafu Atoll.
Embark on the ultimate adventure with this 9-day tour of Sri Lanka’s most exciting sights. From midnight hikes and discovering ancient treasures to beachside action and fast-paced watersports, this trip will leave you exhilarated and invigorated.
Embark on a three-day, two-night adventure in the beautiful countryside of Sri Lanka. This trek will immerse you in rural village surroundings and plunge you into the rare flora and fauna of the country’s deepest, lushest rainforest, where you’ll camp out for an all-natural experience.
Immerse yourself in Sri Lanka’s natural wonders as you hike and cycle your way through some of the island’s most beautiful and remote areas. From rainforest to dry brush, mountain escarpments to national parks, you’ll see the many and varied landscapes that make up this rich, verdant countryside.
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With seaside, ancient stupas, rustic rural hamlets, and abundant wildlife, Sri Lanka’s east coast is a holistic island experience.
Travelogues speaks with Malik Fernando of Resplendent Ceylon, proprietor of some of the finest accommodations on Sri Lanka, including Wild Coast Tented Lodge, Ceylon Tea Trails, and Cape Weligama.
The tiny island of Sri Lanka has endured a lot, both in the past and in recent memory. Torn apart by civil war and a devastating tsunami, this strong and determined little country has fought its way through the hard times and come out on the other side not only with its beauty and culture intact, but also with its eyes on bigger rewards.
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