Monsoon Seasons in Sri Lanka And How To Get The Best

Posted on May 5, 2017

Tropical Sri Lanka proudly presents its unique beauties, from every corner of the land. The island is considered to be an all year holiday destination, yet we all know how nature has it’s own mind and it may really affect that perfect holiday you were so looking forward to. So it’s better to keep an eye out for the down pours, before planning your trip. Especially if you are packing up for a perfect beach holiday, this might be really useful.

Monsoons doesn’t mean cancelling your holiday plans, while it effects seasonally, there are many ways you can get the best out of it. Although it sounds really terrible most often than not it’s not the case, sometimes it’s just a small drizzle that could really be a wonderful change for a warm day.

The South-West Monsoon (May – September)

While the skies are gloomy and maybe thundery down the South West part of Sri Lanka, a kind reminder that the North and East are sunny and serene as usual. The monsoon starts gobbling up the South West from May until September. The rains wouldn’t be continuous throughout the whole season, yet it maybe best to avoid the South coast, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa and West coast, Bentota etc.

Did you know Arugumbay has some of the best waves of South Asia? Why not take your winter beach holiday to the East? While the comfy sun promises you a healthy tan, and party people ready to rock the night. Your dream vacation is right in front of you.

Head a bit to the top to visit Trincomalee, with white sand Nilaweli on the side and Uppavelli the paradise hidden away from the world. There is no other way to express tranquility.

The North-East Monsoon (December – February)

As the beautiful Northeast becomes clouded, the mesmerizing South West comes back to life. Although the dry weather of South is regained back in December and runs up till March, it is the best time to head to a beach day in Mirissa and Hikka party at night. The North wouldn’t continue to have rainfall throughout, but just as the South West monsoon, it’s advised to avoid.

It’s generally hot in the South all year around, but the night life gets even more colourful and ‘hotter’. Also pay attention to the beach parties that run all night while you’re down there, they are said to be epic!

The First Inter Monsoonal Season (March – April)

Mainly effecting the South-West Coast area, this may result in high showers and thunder in the evenings. Yet as other monsoons, this has a low chance of continuing throughout. The first Inter-monsoon slightly effects most parts of the island. It is also see that during this time it is nothing more than a small drizzle and hey don’t count off the South just yet!

The Second Inter Monsoon Season (October – November)

This season may be a little rougher than the first inter monsoon season, thunderstorms and high rainfall could be expected in the afternoon or evening, all over the island. Though it is said to be even to all parts of the country, Southwest might be getting more of it during the season.

However, we all know that nature is not totally reliable. A sunny day could suddenly be overtaken by rain clouds. And rainfall could be expected anytime, any day. So it’s better to be ready for the weather change while in Sri Lanka. Visit the meteorology department of Sri Lanka or any other weather channel whenever you are in doubt.

Hail, rain or shine we know you love to travel and see places. So if you’re the type that dance in the rain hit our packages page and see what’s best for you or just give us a call on 1300 675 574 or even shoot us an email at to explore the amazing Sri Lanka.

Till we meet again,


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