Sri LankaVisiting Sri Lanka in March
March is a great month to visit Sri Lanka as the skies are generally clear and the days warm. Temperatures along the southern and western coasts continue to rise, pushing averages of the mid-30°C’s, which means it can get rather hot and dry. You can expect some rainfall towards the latter part of the month.
The rains on the east coast begin to reduce in March, however it can still be rather wet. The skies here begin to clear only in April. Temperatures in the Cultural Triangle, which is situated in the center of the island, can go up to the mid-30°C’s. Rainfall in this region is generally at a minimum during this time. The weather in Kandy and in the highlands begins to get warmer during March, with little rainfall.
Things to do
Visits to the country’s wildlife parks in Yala and Udawalawe are ideal at this time of year. Dry conditions mean more animals come out of dense jungle in search of water, increasing your chance of sightings. Camping is a fun activity, especially if you are travelling with family. March is also a great time to head to Mirissa for whale watching.
Beach activities such as swimming, sunbathing, snorkelling and diving can be enjoyed on the southern and southwestern coasts of the island. Conditions for kitesurfing are favourable in Kalpitiya at this time. Keep in mind that it can get rather hot along the coast. Keep yourself hydrated, wear a hat and sunglasses.
Head to the Cultural Triangle to visit heritage sites from Sri Lanka’s colourful and intriguing history. Drive up to the central highlands to experience cool weather and embark on treks through rainforests and parks. You can enjoy great Sri Lankan cuisine and relaxing Ayurvedic massages and treatments all year round.
Where to go
You can visit wildlife parks such as Yala, Udawalawe and Wilpattu during this period. Head to the coastal towns of Galle, Colombo, Bentota, Weligama, Mirissa and Negombo if you want to soak up the sun. Activities such as snorkelling, diving and surfing can be enjoyed along the southern and southwestern coasts at this time of year.
Visit Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Kandy for exiting history and heritage tours, and head to Horton Plains, Moon Plains, Kanneliya or Sinharaja for hikes and treks.