April is certainly amongst the best months for travel in Sri Lanka, although as you head towards May the western and southern coasts, as well as the more central Tea Country, will start to receive a steep increase in rainfall. Throughout the month the beaches in the south and west are still expecting plenty of sunshine and on the east coast it’s also good news, with plenty of sunshine expected.
It’s a similar story in the Cultural Triangle, with temperatures heading towards the mid-30s and very little rainfall. To the south, Kandy and the hills of the Tea Country are expecting rainfall well below their monthly average.
Throughout April the beaches on Sri Lanka's south coast and west coast are still enjoying plenty of sunshine, with temperatures remaining up in the mid-30°C's. On the east coast it’s also good news, with rainfall on the decline and plenty of sunshine and blue skies expected. Whilst you’d still favour the west or southern beaches in April, it won’t be long until that changes with the east coast beaches unquestionably the pick come late May and into June.
Heading inland, it’s a similar story in the Cultural Triangle, with temperatures heading towards the mid-30°C's and very little rainfall. If you plan on climbing Sigiriya Rock be sure to go early to avoid the heat. To the south, Kandy and the hills of the Tea Country are expecting rainfall well below their monthly average and temperatures hover around the mid-20°C's, making April an ideal month for trekking the Knuckles Mountain range.
The south-west (the section south of Negombo & Colombo) and the entire south coast: Shoulder season / mid-season
The entire east coast: Peak season.
The central and northern section of the west coast (from Negombo northwards): Peak season.
Combine the island’s top wildlife crowd pleasers with some magnificent hidden gems and cultural highlights before spending some time on the beach.