• Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

October weather & where to go

October marks the arrival of the north-east monsoon, this is know to be heavier than the south-west monsoon earlier in the year and often brings with it heavy rain and strong winds. This monsoon can affect the whole country or it can not appear at all, resulting in quite unpredictable weather for the coming months.
Based on worst case scenario, expect rain in Tea Country and darkening skies around the east coast as the rain comes in. If you are looking for some beach time after your wildlife safari its tricky to call the best ones between the east, west and south coasts. We’d often still favour the east, but a lot is about luck at this time of year. Swimming in many of the beaches is not recommended with choppy waters. 

It's not the best month for guaranteed sun anywhere, however it can often be dry further north, towards the Cultural Triangle.


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Birding, Sri Lanka

Speaking of culture, Deepavali, also known as Diwali or the festival of lights, is usually celebrated in October or November and is mainly celebrated by the Tamil community which are mainly in the north, but do scatter throughout the rest of the island as well.

Uda Walawe is good for migrating birds in October, and wilpattu is still lovely for wildlife as well.
In summary, October is not the best time to go to Sri Lanka, with the start of the monsoon, there can be rains, winds and cyclones nationwide, and the weather is unpredictable. Remembering Sri Lanka’s status as a ‘year-round’ destination, it is not impossible to travel to Sri Lanka at this time, and you can often gain good deals when it comes to pricing of your itinerary. You may get lucky and have nice weather throughout your safari, or you could get rain everyday. If you are one of those people who remain undeterred by bad weather, then you could travel at this time, however it is not recommended to get the best out of your time in Sri Lanka. 


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