Sri Lanka's tropical climate means the country sees warmth and sunshine throughout the year.
If you're heading to Tangalle and Galle, the best time to visit Sri Lanka is from November to March. If you're after cooler temperatures, then the Tea County is generally around 10°C cooler than the rest of the country. For leopard spotting in Yala National Park, go between May and October.
The north and east of the island make up the dry zone, while the western slopes of the central highlands are the wettest part of Sri Lanka.
The Best Time for...
May to October is the dry season in Yala National Park. This is when the bush dies back and animals, including leopards and elephants, congregate around the water holes. If you visit in the wet season between November to April, you’ve got a better chance of seeing migratory birds but be prepared for dramatic downpours.
Sri Lanka is affected by two monsoon seasons. The Yala monsoon hits Colombo and the south and west coasts during May and June. The Maha monsoon affects the far north and east between February and December.