September is Sri Lanka’s best travel secret

by Nick Clark

Boasting good weather and fantastic rates, destination expert Nick explains why September is Sri Lanka’s best travel secret. 

Historically, September was the month of the year where it would rain very heavily throughout Sri Lanka and so everyone avoided travelling in the country then. As time has gone by, the monsoon has arrived later and later in the year, so that now it tends to arrive in November.

This makes September a brilliant time to visit, boasting:

  1. Good weather. Should there be rain it usually consists of short sharp showers.
  2. Off season prices reflecting the old low season period.
  3. Central, northern and eastern areas are not affected by the first monsoon so the weather there is ideal. This includes the cultural triangle, east coast, eastern hill country and lots of the wildlife parks. You can essentially do and see most of what Sri Lanka is famous for and the weather should be great.

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Ultimately, September should be considered as part of the ‘inter-monsoon’ period, between the south west monsoon of May – June and the north east monsoon of October – mid December. Having organised many holidays across this month, what I’ve found is that during September there may be some grey clouds in the afternoon but not much more than that. Combined with fantastic rates in-country, it makes for a brilliant time to visit for those that can travel.

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Karishma Aggarwal August 16, 2018 - 8:12 pm

Hi, I’m going to be in Sri Lanka from the 6th- 10th of September with my boyfriend. We’re looking at surfing, treks, Ayurvedic spas, cycling around the city, good nightlife by the beach and maybe one night of clubbing. We’d be highly obliged if you could tell us what would be the best places to visit. We’d love to go ahead with your services. Looking forward to a positive response.

Amelia Curran August 20, 2018 - 4:47 pm

Hi Karishma

Thank you for your enquiry. The area between Galle to Bentota would be great for you to stay as it’s by the beach, very lively with great routes for cycling and walking. However, I’m afraid we don’t usually book short breaks – our holidays start at around 10 days. I hope you have a great trip though!

Many thanks,


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