Sri Lanka is best in February because…

29 °C (Feb. avg. temp.)

High Season

   What to do:It's ideal for exploring cities and sunbathing

  • February is the ideal time to explore some of Sri Lanka’s popular cities such as Kandy and Colombo.
  • February is also ideal for hitting the beach, swimming in the sea and sunbathing.
  • Best places for sunbathing & swimming in February: Galle, Bentota, Negombo, Weligama, Mirissa, Tangalle, Kalpitiya.

   Weather:It's hot but not too humid (minimal rainfall)

The temperature at this time is hot but not too humid so you won’t be drenched in sweat all the time. Expect around 30 °C around the coasts and the Cultural Triangle. In the highlands the temperatures are usually cooler (around 20 °C).

   Where to go:It's the best time to visit the cities in the South & West

Kandy, Colombo, Galle, Nuwara Eliya, Bentota, Weligama, Mirissa, Hikkaduwa.

   Where to avoid?Nowhere! It's good weather in the whole country!

Virtually nowhere! The monsoon in the northeast will have died down by now and while there might still be the odd bit of rain in the North and around the Cultural Triangle, it certainly isn’t enough to deter you from going.

   Wildlife:There are good chances for spotting a leopard & whales

As for the national parks, Yala National Park will have completely dried out by this point so you have a good chance of spotting a leopard dozing in the sun.

Best Leopard Spotting in the World is in Sri Lanka
You can also see sperm and blue whales as well as dolphins off the coast of Mirissa in February.
Whale watching in Mirissa, Sri Lanka
Whale watching in Mirissa, Sri Lanka

   Hiking:It's ideal weather for hiking and exploring the tea plantations

Up in the highlands the temperature will be dry and a bit cooler – averaging around 20°C during the day. This is ideal weather for hiking and exploring the tea plantations. Beware, however, that it can get pretty cold at night time.

   Festivals & Events:Feb 4th is Sri Lanka’s national day

February 4th is Sri Lanka’s national day. This day celebrates Sri Lanka gaining independence from British rule in 1948. Festivities include dancing in the streets, colourful costumes and a lot of flag waving. It’s not a key event on our list, but if you have some spare time make sure to be a part of the festivities.

Tell us what you think about Sri Lanka in February

I’d love to hear your experience of Sri Lanka in February in the comment area below! 🙂
Have any questions about travelling in February, don’t hesitate to ask me!


Joanna, world traveller and Sri Lanka specialist

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