WHICH MONTHS ARE THE LOW SEASON MONTHS IN SRI LANKA?
THE BEGINNING OF MAY UNTIL END OF OCTOBER IS CONSIDERED AS THE LOW SEASON IN SRI LANKA FOR THE TOURISM INDUSTRY. THIS PERIOD IS DIVIDED into TWO SEASONS WEATHER-WISE I.E. MAY TO JUNE (INTER-MONSOON) AND JULY TO OCTOBER (MONSOON SEASON).
WHEN IS THE LOW SEASON IN SRI LANKA? From May to the end of October
Summer low season in Sri Lanka – The tends to be above 30 degrees Celcius in most parts of the island. It is advisable to expect hot weather during the day and night. You must prepare yourself for the heat, travel slow and pick accommodation with air-conditioning.
Ther can be heavy rain simultaneously in most parts fo the island, therefore slights reduction of temperature can be expected. The rain is more frequent during the offseason and therefore have an umbrella or a raincoat in your backpack.
DO NOT WORRY, we always provide fully air-conditioned rooms and modern vehicle to our customers during Sri Lanka trips. It’s preferable to visit sites and cities earlier in the day, come back for an afternoon nap or R & R at the hotel and then head back out after 2 pm.
WHEN IS THE HIGH SEASON IN SRI LANKA? From November to the end of March
Sri Lanka holidays is a popular search term on Google because Sri Lanka is a popular holiday destination in Asia. The tourism industry on the island was going through a lot of hardships in the past due to many reasons. Devastating civil war, Tsunami, suicide bomb attacks carried out by ISIS in 2019 and Coronapendamic in 2020 are the most devastating.
RESILIENCE OF SRI LANKA TOURISM INDUSTRY
However, the tourism industry is very resilient and it was back on its foot after a few months of time on each occasion and back on the track and has become an important destination for travellers around the world. Today Sri Lanka is visited more than 2 million tourists a year.
SRI LANKA OR CEYLON
For many people around the world, the island is a popular holiday destination. Sri Lanka is still an unknown country. Because most of them do not know that same country, which was known as Ceylon is called Sri Lanka today. Therefore recalling the tiny Indian Ocean Island “Ceylon” might give you a clear picture of this tropical holiday destination known as Sri Lanka today.
Due to the unfavourable political climate in several holiday destinations around the world such as Egypt and Syria the island of Sri Lanka has been able to heighten its importance among travellers. Sri Lanka is a good alternative holiday spot for travellers, who are eying on a tropical holiday destination.
SRI LANKA AS AN ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY DESTINATION
There are many reasons for the travellers to consider Sri Lanka as an alternative for those holiday destinations, due to its superb architecture, pristine beaches, ancient culture, wildlife reserves, rainforests, delicious sea-food, friendly population and mostly with its peaceful life. Travelling to Sri Lanka will not be necessarily an expensive job if you make a proper plan on your Sri Lanka trip.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME FOR A SRI LANKA HOLIDAY
You might be wondering what is the Best time to go to Sri Lanka, that’s why you have landed on this page. Most people would say the winter season in Europe (November – April) is the best time to go to Sri Lanka. But I would like to say it is not the winter season in Europe, the best time to go to Sri Lanka. It is the summer season in Europe the best time to go to Sri Lanka, keep on reading you will understand why I’m saying that.
Sri Lanka is a popular long-haul holiday destination in the world and attracts nearly 2 million visitors a year. Sri Lanka winter holiday is more popular than Sri Lanka summer holidays, hence the majority of tourist traffic head into Sri Lanka during the winter season. But I feel Sri Lanka Summer is the best time to go to Sri Lanka. There are several reasons to justify my idea,
- Low cost on hotels, transport, and other facilities
- Less crowded beaches, ancient cities and other tourist attractions
- Availability of discounts and incentives
- Plenty of availability of accommodations, vehicles and entrance tickets to sites and activities
Most numbers of tourist arrived from European countries to Sri Lanka until 2015 but as the number of tourists arriving from Europe dropped during the last several years and the number of Chinese travellers increased, China has replaced Europe as the most important tourist generating country for Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is an Asian country that full of wide-open skies. It is very attractive and looks like a desert. You will see huge farmlands and tea plantations as far as the eye can see. Vast Tea, cinnamon and rubber plantations fill extensive gaps in the remote areas of the island. if you are on a camping holiday, you have plenty of campsites around the island. Sitting in the middle of a field, you will feel that you are the only person in the world.
VISITING CITIES IN SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka is a fast-developing nation in the region. The country’s infrastructures show a vast development within the last several years while cities are equipped with all modern facilities and amenities. The government has launched an ambitious plant to make Colombo an international city to attract more tourists in the future.
Colombo is the commercial centre and most populated city while the beautiful city of Jayewardenepura functions as the capital of the island. Colombo has an interesting blend of past and present with colonial buildings dating back to 18s and modern constructions that rises several dozens of floors. Colombo is well on its way to making a name for itself on the traveller’s world.
Sri Lanka is made up of four main religions; Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity. In most cities, you can find the religious symbols representing all these religions. But, Buddhist temples are the most common of all religious institutions in the country and it is the most people (69%) believe in the teaching of Buddha.
VISITING MONUMENTS DURING THE LOW SEASON IN SRI LANKA
Monuments are very popular places on the island because Sri Lanka’s history goes back to many centuries. Visiting historical monuments is on the bucket list of most travellers in Sri Lanka. Usually lost Sri Lanka trips such as 5 days Sri Lanka tour, 2 weeks Sri Lanka trip includes a visit to important historical cities.
Due to its popularity and importance, the historical monuments can be very crowded sometimes, especially during the high season from November to April. But during the low season in Sri Lanka, the historical places are largely uncrowded giving you the freedom to explore those places at your own pace.
Sri Lanka boasts to have one of the oldest cultures in the world, which is known as the Singhalese-Buddhist culture. Island is one of the very few countries that are continuously inhabited since the Pre-Christian era. The country has a fascinating collection of historical monuments dating back several thousand years. Most of these ancient constructions are to be found in the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka.
VISITING SRI LANAK IN HIGH SEASON
The busiest period for Sri Lanka tourism or high season in the Sri Lanka tourism sector is the winter season (from November to April), the European tourist traffic head into the island during this period. Same times there is a large number of arrivals into the country from America and Asia during this period. Due to the large influx of tourists in the country during the winter, it creates an unnecessary rush, especially for the accommodation and creates a bubble in price. When the high season is approaching, travellers set off for Sri Lanka. But, the island is visited by very few tourists during the Sri Lanka summer holiday (From April to November).
HOLIDAY IN SRI LANKA COSTLIER DURING HIGH SEASON
As for all other consumer good in life, the cost of the Sri Lanka holiday package is mainly driven by demand. Therefore, the cost of Sri Lanka holiday packages increases during the high-holiday season while the cost of Sri Lanka tour packages goes in the downward direction during the period with less demand. November to April is the peak season in Sri Lanka while the 6 months from May to October considered being the low season.
For the travellers, who travel to Sri Lanka during the high season, the holiday costs nearly two times the cost of the Sri Lanka summer holiday. Due to the high demand, during the winter the rates for air tickets, hotels, transportation and for most other services are costlier compared to the rates during summer. According to my experience, the costliest period for a Sri Lanka holiday package is in the month of December and January. During the high season the tour package not only expensive but also it might be difficult to get accommodation facilities due to high demand. It is highly recommended to reserve accommodation well in advance if you plan to visit Sri Lanka during the high season.
TRAVEL LOW SEASON IN SRI LANKA AND SAVE MONEY
Travelling during the low season in Sri Lanka is rewarding for travellers in many ways. During this period the rates are at rock bottom for flights and accommodation. Tourist resorts are with only a few tourists mean you have peace of mind during the holiday. Following are some of the good reasons to plan your Sri Lanka tour between April and November.
6 BEST REASONS TO TRAVEL DURING LOW SEASON IN SRI LANKA
The travellers can enjoy bargain prices with regards to the facilities during the summer holiday in Sri Lanka. Airfares drop nearly to half the price of regular peak season (from November to April). Try to avoid the school holidays; there are increases in airfares during the summer school holidays. In some instances, the airfares increase even higher than the peak season airfares. But generally, November to April during the summer is the best period to fly from and to Colombo for a bargain price. However, due to the low demand, there will be very few charter flights operating to Sri Lanka during this period.
While saving on airfares, this is also the best period to save on accommodation in Sri Lanka. Hotels are rarely half-filled during the period and most hotels are maintaining very special bargain rates, in order to encourage people to stay in their properties.
2. THE WEATHER IN SRI LANKA DURING LOW SEASON
The climate is greatly varied across the island of Sri Lanka. The West Coast of Sri Lanka experiences the rainiest days from April to November. This is the monsoon period on the West coast means more rain and less sunshine. But, the East coast is having a sunny and warm climate during the same period.
The sea on the east coast is very calm and clear while the sea is very shallow. This is the best time to travel to the east coast, for sun worshippers. The sea is at its best for sea bath, diving, snorkelling and other water sports. Climate is dry, warm and sunny, this is the best time for outdoor activities on the east coast.
From April to July the temperature tends to be high, from July onward the temperature gets more bearable and hovering between 25 degrees Celcius to 30 degrees Celcius. However, the temperature fluctuation is largely varied depending on the region you travel to. Same times depending on which places you plan to travel you will encounter different amounts of rainfall.
In general, the South, West (Bentota, Colombo, Galle, Negombo) as well as upcountry (Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Ella) receive light to heavy showers. Having said that, if you embrace the warm rain, the regions are green, teeming with water, and the locals are happy! It really is a special experience, but it will rain!
East coast (Trincomalee, Aru Gma bay, Pasikudah, Kalludah), on the other hand during the low season, receive very light shower making no difficulties for holiday lovers.
3. FEWER TRAVELLERS IN HOTELS AND SITES
Another reward for your choice to travel during the off-season is the freedom of the sights and attractions. These places have hordes of the crowd during the peak season and make you contend with other travellers. Even though there are fewer visitors during this period, all the sights and activities are operating as usual.
4. BETTER EXPOSURE TO LOCAL CULTURE
Fewer foreigners mean more opportunities to interact with the local people and their culture. Sri Lanka is a country with one of the oldest civilizations in the world. Try to understand the way the local community think and act. They are also a very helpful and friendly community and love sharing their experiences with you.
5. BEAUTIFUL SCENERY
April and may are considered to be the most beautiful months of the year. Most of the trees and plants are shining with tender leaves, flowers and fruits. Most seasonal fruits are producing their fruits during this period. April is the festival month of Sri Lanka and the whole country is filled with the festival spirit. Local customs, traditions, foods, sports and sweetmeats appear in April when the Sinhalese New Year is celebrated.
6. ACCOMMODATION DURING LOW SEASON
Below is a rough calculation of expenses with three budget categories for 2 persons. Sri Lanka has a well-developed tourism infrastructure with ample accommodation facilities for any type of budget. According to our experience, the majority of travellers in Sri Lanka choose either 4 star or 3-star accommodation facilities during the holiday.
THE GUIDE TO ACCOMMODATION DURING THE LOW SEASON IN SRI LANKA
1. Luxury. 5-star Hotels
One of the very popular categories of accommodations on the island. Almost every 5-star hotel is coming under tourist hotels and mainly catering to the foreign clientele. 5-hotels are spreads over the entire island, however, a large number of them are concentrated in the western province, especially along the coast. Many 5-star hotels are located in the north-central province of Sri Lanka, near Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle, where travellers encounter most of Sri Lanka’s popular cultural and historical places. Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle is a very popular destination among travellers and most Sri Lanka trips include a visit to the cultural triangle.
The southern province of Sri Lanka, which is primarily a beach holiday destination, also has been able to attract many 5-star hotels. Most of the 5-star hotels on the west coast are relatively new and they were within the last decade. Big players in the hospitality industry such as Shangri La, Anantara, Hilton have set up their branches on the shores of southern Sri Lanka.
Undoubtedly Colombo is the city with the largest number of 5-star hotels on the island. There is a high demand for accommodation in Colombo, this is mainly due to the Colobmo international airport and the harbour. Most travellers spend their first night in Colobmo or near the airport after landing on the island. Most trips organized by Sri Lanka tour operators such as Seerendipity starts in Colombo and Colobmo city tour is an essential part of most Sri Lanka tour packages.
Accommodation facilities can be found in many parts of Colombo, however, most of them are concentrated to Colombo 1 or the so-called “pettah” due to the proximity to the Colombo beach, shopping areas, recreations facilities, conference centres and high-rank government and private offices.
5-star hotels are expensive yet provide the best and luxurious facilities and amenities for their clients. The price of a 5-star hotel may range from US$ 150 – US$ 300 for standard rooms per night. However, the cost for the room may further increase due to the supplements such as “sea view”, “city view”, “sweat room”, “family room” etc. According to our calculation, the average cost per person based in a 5-star hotel will be around US$ 200 per night in a double/twin shared room with breakfast and dinner.
2. Comfort. 4-star Hotels
This is another accommodation type that has a very wide distribution across the island. The 4-star hotels are not as expensive as 5-star properties yet provide very comfortable and safe accommodation to travellers. Most 4-star hotels are also catering to foreign travellers. Therefore, most of them are located in the areas that foreign travellers are attracted to such as beach resorts, cultural triangle, Sri Lana hill country etc.
In all major cities such as Colombo, Kandy, Sigiriya accommodation facilities available at all comfort level. In most places, 4-star accommodation cost around US$ 100 per night in a double/twin shared a room with breakfast. Dining in an outside restaurant with an international menu would cost around US$ 20 P.P per day. The other expenses such as transport, guiding, entrance ticket etc cost around US$ 50 P.P. Therefore according to this rough calculation, 1 day budget for a comfortable stay in a 4-star hotel is around US$ 135 P.P.
3. Budget. 3-star Hotels
After 4-star accommodation facilities, this is the most demanding category of accommodation among the travellers, who visit Sri Lanka. Therefore 3-star accommodation facilities can be found in all major places, where tourists occur. This type of accommodation with a daily breakfast cost around US$ 70 p/p in a shared double/twin room. In order to have a good meal in a local restaurant, it cost around US$ 10 a day P.P (lunch and dinner). And with all extra spending, 1-day budgets will be around US$ 100 P.P.
4. Economic. Guesthouse, B&B, 2-star hotels
For travellers, who are looking for budget holidays, can find good clean accommodation with good security in Guesthouse type of places. Dormitories, homestays are also handy options for budget travellers. Rent homes and rooms are also available in many parts of the island, mostly in beach areas, where travellers stay for a much longer period of time.
Most of these places are family-run businesses and tourists will get a more homely feeling. It offers a very local hospitable welcome and approach. This type of accommodation cost around US$ 45 P.P and it includes daily breakfast, private rooms, private bathrooms, fan or air-conditioning. Eating in a small tea house cost around US$ 5 P.P per meal. Total expenses for a day with this type of accommodation will be around US$ 75 P.P.
The above calculation shows you that a holiday in Sri Lanka will not rip off your wallet. It can be US$ 75 P.P or US$ 135 P.P depending on your affordability.
TIPS FOR TRAVELLING DURING OFF-SEASON MONTHS
- May to June is a warm period. It is advisable to avoid Sri Lanka holidays unless you plan your trip to the east coast and upcountry. If you are looking forward to a memorable beach stay and still wish to explore south and west coast beaches this is not the time for you. If your dates are not flexible and you don’t mind the frequent rain, fear not for we will plan your trip with excellent air-conditioned hotels and modes of travel. As we said, off-season rates are great!
- July to September have heavy rainfall over most parts of Sri Lanka except the east and north coast. This period is still considered off-season months for travel in Sri Lanka and you also enjoy fabulous discounts. Bentota on the west coast and Galle on the south as well as Nuwara Eliya, upcountry receive a lot of rain during these months. However, we believe it is a great time to tour the east.
- Across Sri Lanka, you will enjoy excellent hotel deals. You can expect between 30% to 50% discount on all categories of hotels. Sri Lanka offers an amazing collection of boutique villas, hotels, palace and affordable accommodation options.
- Sri Lanka has an abundance of festivals, and a lot of festivals are celebrated from April to August. These festivals offer a variety in diversity, such as harvest and religious festivals like Vesak festival, Esala ceremony, Navratri (nine days festival to celebrate every form of the mother goddess)
WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE SEEREDNIPITY FOR YOUR LOW SEASON TOUR IN SRI LANKA
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