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Sri Lanka weather & when to go: February

Sri Lanka February weather overview

February is unquestionably amongst the best all-round months to travel in Sri Lanka, with dry and warm weather expected across most of the country’s highlights and key regions such as the Cultural Triangle and Kandy. In Tea Country things are naturally cooler due to altitude. The southern and western coastal regions are both experiencing plenty of sunshine and minimal rainfall throughout the month, there is however plenty if rainfall expected on the east coast. Throughout the month expect average temperatures around 30 °.

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February’s weather in detail

As with January, dry conditions in Uda Walawe and Wilpattu National Parks are good for wildlife spotting as the animals gather around water holes. There's also the chance of spotting leopard basking in the sun at Yala National Park.

Heading inland, warm and dry weather continues throughout the Cultural Triangle in February (avg temp: 27 °C). Temperatures in the Tea Country, around Nuwara Eliya, are cooler due to the higher altitude (avg temp: 20 °C) but predominantly dry making February a good month for trekking the Knuckles Mountain range. 

The best of Sri Lanka’s beaches in February:

The south-west (the section south of Negombo & Colombo) and the entire south coast: Peak season.

The entire east coast: Monsoon season.

The central and northern section of the west coast (from Negombo northwards): Peak season.

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