Weather in Sri Lanka in November

The weather in Sri Lanka in November guarantees a great experience. While the ‘Yala Monsoon’ winds blow away from the Southwest coast of Sri Lanka, the ‘Maha Monsoon’ winds settle in. The bring heavy rainfall to the northeast coast between October to February. The cultural Triangle also receives rainfall during this month. The Hindu festival of Deepavali is celebrated in the month of October and early November, and is the perfect time to experience the cultural side in northern parts of the country. Travelling in Sri Lanka, especially in the regions affected by the monsoon winds, can get difficult during this period.

November is also considered the wettest month for Sri Lanka as the rains not only affect the Northeast coast but the fallout is experienced throughout the country. 

rains in sri lanka Fishing is difficult during this season along the East coast due to heavy, unpredictable showers in November.

The South and West Coast of Sri Lanka in November

The monsoon winds start to retreat and plenty of sunshine can be expected especially towards the end of the month. The average temperature, in the capital city of Colombo, is 29ºC which is perfect for those longing to hit the beach. The humidity is high and the evenings are nice and warm. You can make most of the sunshine along the gorgeous beaches of this coast, like Weligama, Unawatuna, Galle and Bentota. The ideal time to dip your toes in the sand or take a swim in the ocean or simply unwind.

beaches of sri lanka Unwinding by the south coast beaches of Sri Lanka with plenty of sunshine, golden sand and clear blue waters.

The East and North-East coast of Sri Lanka in November

The rains on the Northeast coast are generally a lot heavier than any other region, at any given time of the year. It is very unpredictable and there are chances of cyclones as well. Thus, this region is best avoided in the month of November. However, if you are looking to stay at the hotels and not be outdoors, then you can enjoy the luxury hotels at low rates since it is off season. For all the beach lovers and adventure seekers, it is best to avoid this region in the month of early November.

rainfall in sri lanka Heavy downpours, black skies accompanied with lightning and thunderstorms, due to the “Maha monsoon” winds along the east coast of Sri Lanka

The Hill Country and Cultural Triangle in November

The winter season runs from November to February in the Hill country region of Sri Lanka.  The weather in Sri Lanka in November causes temperatures to drop lower than 18ºC and rainfall continues to increase. Be sure to carry some warm clothes for the cold weather during this time of the year. Trekking in the central highlands is out of the question during this time of the year.

The months of October, November and December happen to be the wettest months in the Cultural Triangle. Climbing the popular Sigiriya Rock, which is a UNESCO world heritage site, can get a little tricky and difficult. The breathtaking view from the top may simply vanish in the midst of the clouds. It is also the wettest month in Kandy. Exploring the ancient ruins and cultural sights can be a task in the rains, but you could also get lucky with clear skies especially towards the end of the month.  

Monsoon season in Sri Lanka Heavy showers in Kandy, the base of the hill country region and a part of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle.

National Parks of Sri Lanka in November

Between November to April, you can spot Blue whales off the deep south coast in Mirissa. It is also a good time for ardent bird watchers to visit Uda Walawe national park for migrating birds. Yala national park is open to tourists from mid October. Mild rains are experienced here from November to January. But you can spot some deer, birds and crocodiles, during this period.

whale watching in Mirissa The weather in Sri Lanka in November is ideal if you intend on going whale watching in Mirissa, along the South coast of the island.

To Sum it up

All in all, considering the weather in Sri Lanka in November, it may definitely not be the ideal time to visit the country. Due to the unpredictable monsoons, there are several activities and regions that you may have to skip. However, the West and South coast still offer some great destinations to explore during this time of the year. If you’re still unsure of the best time to travel to Sri Lanka and are struggling to calculate the cost of travelling, simply get in touch with us. We’ll help curate the ideal trip, keeping in mind all your requirements and suited to fit your travel style.

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