Sri Lanka in November

There are no guarantees for sun in November, but none against it either. You can still explore the national parks, and areas such as Galle.

November weather & where to go

November weather & where to go

In November the north-east monsoon usually continues through, with most of Sri Lanka seeing some rain and wind. This monsoon is generally heavier than the monsoon earlier in the year, however it is unpredictable and changes year on year, with nice weather breaking through at times and cyclones at others.

Some beach time is possible. The southern and western coasts generally see less rain than the rest of the country in November, and towards the end of the month, there is usually a significant improvement in the weather throughout. You could get some wonderful sunny days on the beach, but if you're looking for guaranteed sun, this is not the time to go. Heading to areas such as Galle where there is more than a beach to explore is a good idea.

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Deepavali may be on in November or October, also known as the festival of lights. It is a fabulous time to experience the cultural side of Sri Lanka, especially in the northern parts of the country, however it does coincide potentially with heavy rainfall.

November is, in general, one of the wettest months to travel to Sri Lanka. There is potential for rain and high winds at any time, but it is still possible to travel if you wish. Despite not being at their peak, Galle, Bentota, Colombo and Tangalle can be wonderful at this time, as can Uda Walawe for migrating birds, and the beautiful (but chilly) Horton Plains National Park.

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