32 °C / 29 °C (Oct. avg. temp.)
– Low season
October is generally the wettest month of the year with rain still falling in the South and West and the monsoon starting up in the North and East.
There will be rain across the whole country making it the worst time of the year to travel. If you really have to travel in October then your best bet is to stay near the Cultural Triangle. There might still be rain here but it won’t be too heavy. You will also be able to fill your head with ancient culture, which is always amazing regardless of the weather.
If you really have to travel in October then your best bet is to stay near the Cultural Triangle. There might still be rain here but it won’t be too heavy.
Monsoon at peak in South and West and starting up in the North and East.
All main sites in Sri Lanka are hit by rain and best avoided (cold, rainy and windy; horrible hiking conditions).
Occurring in late October or early November, Deepavali (also known as Diwali) is a festival of lights. This is one of the most important events in the Hindu calendar and festivities last for 5 days. Deepavali is very colourful and involves lighting lamps to banish shadows and evil forces from earth.
I’d love to hear your experience of Sri Lanka in October in the comment area below! 🙂
Have any questions about travelling in October, don’t hesitate to ask me!
Joanna, world traveller and Sri Lanka specialist