30 °C (Apr. avg. temp.)
– Mid Season
Towards the end of the month the monsoon will hit the south and west parts of the island. Begin the Month in the Southwest and End in the Northeast.
Some key places: Galle, Tangalle, Trincomalee, Negombo, Arugam Bay, Passekudah.
April is peak pilgrimage season at Adam’s Peak so there will be huge crowds. Towards the end of the month the monsoon will hit the south and west parts of the island.
Fortunately, wildlife spotting is a year round activity so if you do decide to travel in April you will find animals in abundance in Minneriya, Wilpattu, Uda Walawe and Yala national parks. There are also lots of blue whales at this time off the coast of Trincomalee.
Ella and Nuwara Eliya will still be receiving minimal rainfall in April as well so you will have perfect hiking conditions here. The same is true for the Cultural Triangle so take the time to visit Anuradhapura, Sigiriya Rock, Dambulla and Polonnaruwa in April. Be aware though that 12-3pm can be unbearably hot here. It is better to visit the Cultural Triangle sites early in the morning to avoid the peak heat.
The Sinhalese and Tamil New Year often takes places in April (although it can sometimes occur in March). This family-oriented festival sees people exchanging gifts, eating sweet treats made from rice and milk and playing games.
It is important to note that because this event takes place across the island and is extremely important and popular, accommodation may be more expensive and harder to come by. Also, many businesses close during this time, which can make things tricky for travellers.