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Sri Lanka weather & when to go: November

Sri Lanka November weather overview

In the west and along the southern coast, the rainfall starts to decline as the south-west monsoon blows itself out. The unsettled weather of the past two months also fades and plenty of sunshine is expected.

Up in the hills the rainfall remains high and the evenings continue to be chilly. Further north in the Cultural Triangle, the temperature drops slightly and rainfall is high, although travel amongst all the main sites is still very possible. In the north and along the east coast, rainfall is also on the increase, making November one of the wettest months of the year country-wide.

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November’s weather in detail

In the west and along Sri Lanka's southern coast, the rainfall starts to decline as the south-west monsoon blows itself out. The unsettled weather of the past two months also fades and plenty of sunshine is expected (avg temp: 29 °C). Good beach conditions return, especially towards the end of the month.

Up in the hills the rainfall remains high and the evenings continue to be chilly. Further north in the Cultural Triangle, the temperature drops slightly and rainfall is high, although travel amongst all the main sites is still very possible (avg temp: 27 °C).

In the north and along the east coast, rainfall is also on the increase, making November one of the wettest months of the year country-wide, although conditions definitely start to improve during the second half of the month.

The best of Sri Lanka’s beaches in November:

The south-west (the section south of Negombo & Colombo) and the entire south coast: Shoulder season / mid-season season (by the end of the month peak season)

The entire east coast: Monsoon season.

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

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