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.
Spend 10-days exploring the best of Sri Lanka from the cultural triangle, to tea country, and down to its sandy southern coast. You’ll stay in some of Sri Lanka’s most luxury hotels, as you explore Sigiriya Rock Fortress in Dambulla, spot wild elephants on a safari, travel tea country by railway, and learn about turtles at a sanctuary.
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.
Play with elephants, relax as the kids swim in the Indian Ocean and fall asleep to the calming ocean lull while staying in a floating house on this 13-day luxurious Sri Lankan holiday. With hiking, elephant trekking and rafting in store, there’s plenty of action to keep the kids busy and still time for you to relax.
Sri Lanka is the perfect setting for the family vacation of your dreams. Explore the vibrant coral reefs, hike archaeological ruins and catch a stunning tangerine sunset with loved ones. This is 13-day luxury journey will create special, lasting family memories.
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.
Step back in time without leaving any luxury behind on this 14-day journey through Sri Lanka’s most important heritage sites. Picnic atop an ancient rock fortress, take an exciting safari through Yala National Park and visit the revered UNESCO site, Anuradhapura. This adventure offers insight into ancient cultures.
Experience Sri Lanka’s natural beauty on this luxurious 17-day adventure. Observe wild elephant herds in their natural habitat, trek in the lush Sinharaja Rainforest, explore multiple UNESCO sites, hike through an ancient monastery and still have plenty of time to unwind by the turquoise sea in stunning Galle.
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.
Imaginative architect Geoffrey Bawa inspires this 13-day itinerary just as beautiful Sri Lanka inspired his creative works. In addition to seeing Bawa’s final creation and other beautiful buildings, you will bike through the lush Ceylon Tea fields and see one of Buddha’s actual teeth on this luxurious tour.
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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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