Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka in February

February weather & where to go

February has to be one of the top months for travel in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is a year round destination; however February does give you excellent chances of fantastic weather and great wildlife sightings at the one time.  

Starting with wildlife, February is similar to January in that the wildlife parks in the east are dry. Wilpattu is excellent for wildlife and birding at this time of year, as is Udawalawe. Yala National Park is wonderful for leopards at this time of year as they like to bask in the bright sun.

The southwest is hot, sticking to around 30 °C in the daytime. This is perfect for some beach time, especially around Weligama, Tangalle, Mirissa, Bentota and Negombo where you may be able to spot whales, or you can relax on sand-strewn beaches. 

This is perfect for combining with the wildlife parks of the east.


The tea plantations and beautiful Horton Plains will be cooler than the beaches, at about 20°C, but are stunning at this time of year. Morning and evenings will be cold, sometimes dropping to 5°C, so warm clothing is a must if you are heading here. There may be crunchy frost under foot and clinging to the twisted trees as you head out in the mornings as well.

Cities, such as Colombo, Galle and Kandy are nice at this time. You can expect a bit of rain, but not enough to deter even the most sensitive of traveller, as it often prevents the cities from feeling humid. Same can be said of the cultural triangle.

As mentioned, we love Sri Lanka in February for the wildlife, cultural and beach options. 

It is Sri Lanka’s National Day in february which is celebrated throughout the country, with dances and parades.

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