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.
In the north and east, October to February is monsoon season with up to 250 mm of rainfall per month and highs of 32°C ( 90°F), with many preferring to head inland to the country’s cultural triangle. The less culturally inclined can simply head to the stunning beaches and dives sites of the south, thus skipping the wettest of the northern monsoon.
The country’s west and southwest is dry and hot September through April, with temperatures between 25 and 31°C (77-88°F). The central hills and southwest coast are best between December and April, which is also fine for whale and dolphin watching. January to March is the time to be in the central hills or southwest Sri Lanka, as days are sunny and dry and the sea is usually calm. February to April are ideal for visiting Yala National Park as the water tables are low and animals, such as the Sri Lankan elephant, come out to the exposed lakes to drink. Lovers of marine life should head to the south coast during these months to spot blue, sperm, fin and Bryde's whales, as well as many dolphin species, turtles, and tuna.
Celebrated across Asia, Diwali (also known as the "festival of lights") is one of the most important festivals for Sri Lanka’s large Hindu community. Celebrations over five days really heat up on the night of the main day, with many donning their best outfits to light lamps and candles. A big family feast and fireworks follow later on.
Location: Countrywide, Sri Lanka
Chasing Waterfalls in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka
Author : Zinara Rathnayake
Thereâs a lot to see in Sri Lanka, from Sigiriya to leopards, but thereâs something to be said for a long hike to a waterfall. Central Sri Lanka's unique topography gives it some very interesting cascades.