Traditionally our biggest month of the year in Sri Lanka, February is generally regarded as the peak month to visit Sri Lanka. The weather is usually good and the sea is generally calm. February also marks Sri Lanka’s independence from Great Britain: a holiday celebrated on February fourth and the national celebration is usually on Parliament grounds in Sri Jayawardhanapura rather than individual towns or cities.
The Gangaramaya Navam Perahera is another holiday celebrated in mid-February, most notably in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo. This holiday is celebrated in the Gangaramaya Temple in Colombo and is marked with an enormous procession featuring hundreds of painted elephants. Hundreds of Sri Lankans join in on the parade, wearing bright colours, beating drums, singing songs, and carrying colourful flags. The Navam Perahera honours the Buddha, and a relic of the Buddha is carried atop one of the elephants for the length of the procession.
Visitors in Sri Lanka may experience some rains in February near the northeast of the island near Trincomalee. Therefore, coastal towns on the south and southwest of the country would be more conducive to visiting. The Yala National Park in the Southeast, for example, features wildlife native to Sri Lanka. And Colombo, the principal city of Sri Lanka located in the southwest, is a charming colonial town with myriad restaurants and open-air markets.
Some memorable options to explore in February include:
– The Temple of Tooth,
which is a sacred shrine for Buddhist Pilgrims. This sacred Temple, located in Kandy, houses a relic (a tooth) of Buddha.
– Elephant Polo
Tournament in Galle, where teams from all over the world gather annually to compete.
– The Kalpitiya Peninsula is a remote and forgotten corner of Sri Lanka which is recently starting to attract some visitors. The beaches are wide and empty and at this time of year the climate is temperate without the fierce winds the peninsular gets buffeted by from May to September. Bets of all there is a chance to see 100’s of dolphins just off the shore. Alankuda Resort offers Dolphin Watching trips on a daily basis and sometimes even Whales can be seen.
– Whale Watching near Mirissa
February is a brilliant time to see Whales off the coast of southern Sri Lanka. Only recently did ecologists realise what the fishermen had known all along – southern Sri Lanka during February is one of the best places to see Blue Whales and the slightly smaller, Sperm Whales – in the world! There are brilliant small boutique hotel in southern Sri Lanka too.
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