Where to go

9 locations rich in wildlife to discover…

Wildlife trips

1 related group tour. 3 related trip ideas. All our trip ideas are offered to inspire you, but our strength is in tailoring your itinerary.

When to go

Although the country experiences two monsoons, Sri Lanka is in fact a year round destination. Overall, though, the best time to visit is between November and March.

Seasons

  • Dry season (south west)

    Dec to Mar: The dry season in the south west is the most popular time to visit Sri Lanka
  • Monsoon (south west)

    May to Aug: Wet in the south western part of the island (the wettest area of all); dry in the northeast
  • Monsoon (north west)

    Oct to Jan: The wettest time in the north eastern half of the island
  • Interseasonal period

    Oct to Nov: Extremely variable – rain can fall anywhere

Wildlife events

  • Nov to Apr: Blue whale season off Mirissa in the south
  • Mar to Apr: Whale movements peak off Kalpitiya
  • Jul to Aug: Ten day annual Perahera festival in Kandy
  • Nov to Mar: Mego pods of several hundred spinner dolphins off Kalpitiya
  • Jun to Sep: Elephant gathering – 300+ individuals around Minneriya Tank
  • Nov to Dec: Whale movements peak off Kalpitiya
  • Nov to Mar: Migrant waterbird species at Bundala Lemaya and Kalametiya
  • Dec to Mar: Best time to visit hill country

Places to stay

8 related places to stay. But there are more options we can offer, just ask us for more details.

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