Need to know

The Monsoons

The Yala monsoon season is from May to August and it brings rain to the south and west coasts and the hill country. The Maha monsoon season is from October to January and it brings rain to the East, North and the ancient cities of the north central provinces (Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa etc).

The Seasons

High Season is from December to March where the hill country and the western and south coast beaches are dry. This is the time to climb Siri Pada (Adam's Peak), visit the tea country of Nuwara Eliya, do a safari at Yala national park, and visit the beaches of Bentota, Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Tangalle and others on the west and south coasts.

The Shoulder season could be considered to be during the months of April and, September to November. Bear in mind that the Sinhala and Tamil New Year is celebrated in April and this combined with the April school holidays means that for about a week during these celebrations, roads will be packed. An ideal time to partake in traditional games and try delicious delicacies to tease your palate.

The low season has traditionally been from May to August where the popular west and southern coasts together with the hill country is wet. However the Vesak Poya festivities with its colorful pandols and lights makes staying in Colombo great during this week in May. Visitors could also head to the Minneriya national park to witness the elephant gathering (a spectacular event that usually happens about June) and to the East coast to enjoy the beaches of Trincomalee, Passikudah and Arugam Bay. The month of August is the month of the Kandy Esala perahera which will find rooms in Kandy skyrocketing in price.

Other important information

  • Currency is the Sri Lankan rupee (abbreviated as either Rs. or LKR)
  • Major languages are Sinhala, Tamil and English,
  • Visa (online) - could be applied in advance using the Sri Lanka Government's official website: 
  • Visa (on arrival) - a 30 day visa is usually extended for most countries. Please check your eligibility via the official immigration website before traveling or write to us. 
  • For money - visitors are advised to bring a major currency like USD, Euro or GBP as currency conversion would be easy. For those preferring not to carry much cash, automated teller machines (ATM) are available at the arrival lounge of Colombo international airport and in most major cities along with a wide host of banks.
  • Credit cards are accepted by all top-end hotels and restaurants as well as some mid-range establishments.
  • Mobile phones - local SIM cards are cheaply available in nano, micro and mini sizes for unlocked phones.
  • Time conversion - Sri Lanka standard time is GMT / UTC plus 5 ½ hours.
  • When to go / travel to Sri Lanka - We are an all year round destination but it advisable to pay some attention to the monsoonal conditions listed above. 

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