TRAVEL AROUND SRI LANKA - WHERE TO GO?
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There are two maps of Sri Lanka above with all of the foremost popular sightseeing locations. You can make a variety of the locations you would wish to visit and inform us of your choice and we shall revert to you with the tour plan and the number of days required to see all the selected locations.
Sri Lanka is on the southern tip of India between the Bay of Bengal and the Laccadive Sea. It is the 25th largest island in the world and comes with a coastline dotted with palm trees as far as the eye can see. The temperatures are normally around 27°C throughout the year because of its proximity to the Equator, Sri Lanka has much to supply thalassophytes and sun-worshippers – when it's not raining.
The island’s weather has two main monsoon seasons and, because they alternate, Sri Lanka is often seen as an all-year-round holiday destination. On the Eastern coast Arugam Bay is too dangerous for surfing, whereas, on the Western coast, the sea off Kalpitiya with its prevalence of Blue Whales is a good alternative. Therefore, there is always somewhere that is dry throughout the year. Plan your trip during these months to avoid washed-out beach days. It is best to go to Arugam Bay in July and August.
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In a nutshell, the best time to go to the west and south coasts and hill country is from December to March, while the best weather on the East Coast is from April/May to September.
October to March – an excellent time to go to the western and southern coastline
Comprises: Chilaw within the west, Galle within the south, and therefore the capital Colombo within the south-west
Though the climate is usually constant between 27°–29°C throughout the year, this region experiences the Yala Monsoon Season from April to September. During this time of the year, the rainfall is months are April, May, and June. Most of the beach hotels are located in the part of Sri Lanka.
If you are looking to devote more time on the beach get there during the months between October and March which promise the best weather – through sometimes rains cannot be ruled out.
If you fancy a dip in the sea then plan your vacation between January to March, when the ocean is calm. Another fascinating thing is that in these months you're more likely to see Blue and Sperm Whales.
Party-lovers should get there in April for the Sinhala & Tamilian “New Year” festival season. This is the time of Sri Lanka’s harvesting season. The festival lasts around a week and has many social events and you get to savour the local cuisine.
July is the beginning of the Esala festivals, with the main event happening in Kataragama. This festival marks the commemoration of the sacred teachings given by Buddha. The Kataragama’s event is full of activities and you will see whip crackers, elephants, Hewisi drummers, and Borukakul Karayo stilt walkers.
As an alternative, August hosts the second of the Esala festivals. This, however, takes place within the Kandy region. This festival is ten-day-long and, very similar to Kataragama. This festival has dancers, jugglers, musicians, fire-breathers, and lavishly decorated elephants. You should try the local delicacies on offer including Okra and banana flowers.
It’s worth noting that Sri-Lankan schools are in session with their second term during May, June, and July. So, if you want a quiet or maybe child-free holiday, these are the best months to travel to Sri Lanka.
The best time to go to Central Hills is throughout the year (but not in October and November as this is usually the wettest months)
Comprises: Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, and Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
The Central Hills may be a hilly area located in the south-central part of Sri Lanka. The triangular-shaped mountainous area reaches heights over 300 metres and covers around 20 percent of the entire area of the Island.
Because of its setting and elevation, the Central Hills tend to be cool throughout the year and indeed much cooler than the coastal areas averaging about 15° C. From January to March tend to be the brightest and driest time. The heaviest rainfall months are in October and November.
April to September – a very good time to visit Eastern and Northern areas
Comprises: Trincomalee in the northeast and Passikudah, Eravur and Habarana and Vavuniya in the north
The main monsoon period hits the Eastern and Northern areas from around November to March with the wettest months being November and December. To avoid this heavy rainfall, visit there between April to September.
August and September are usually dry and most preferable for family holidays though it can get extremely popular and at this point, rain showers are short and sharp.
Note: Get there during the academic period, January to April when everything is, of course, tons quieter.
October and November – inter-monsoon period
The inter-monsoon period is very unpredictable and heavy flooding and thunderstorms could occur at any location at any time. On the bright side, this is often the non-peak time of year and hardly any crowd which is great as long as you don’t mind unpredictable rainfall.
The Deepavali (Diwali) festival, which suggests “festival of lights” also takes place each year either in October or November based on the Hindu calendar. It's a very beautiful festival where you'll observe the glowing homes created by the Sri Lankans, try their local cuisine and visit Kandaswamy temple, one of the most admired Hindu temples of Sri Lanka.
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