LonelyPlanetSL 2021

If any place deserves the title of a true year-round destination then it’s Sri Lanka. The teardrop-shaped isle’s proximity to the equator ensures pleasantly warm, stable temperatures whatever the season, while its annual dual monsoons means that while one side of the country is taking a soaking, the other is primed for afternoons on the beach. On top of this is a calendar chocked full of festivals and holidays, offering a unique cultural highlight for visitors almost every month.

Whether you’re looking for the best time to hit the beach, spot wild elephants in a national park, hike to the summit of Adam’s Peak, or simply avoid the tourist crowds, here’s our guide to the best time to visit Sri Lanka.