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It is legitimate to claim that Sri Lanka is a year-round holiday destination. Unlike many other Asian destinations, you just have to know which side of the island to focus on in any given month, and you are good to go.

Sri Lanka has two different monsoon seasons: the Yala monsoon and the Maha monsoon. The rainy season brought by the Yala monsoon winds lasts from May to July and affects the south-western half of the country. The Maha monsoon wind brings rains to the north-eastern half from October to January

The weather in the north and eastern coastal regions of the country is influenced by the north-eastern monsoon, which brings wind and rain between October and January, and dryer weather between May and September.

During October and the first half of November, there is also an inter-monsoonal period, when rain and thunderstorms can occur across the island which clears up as December nears.

Therefore Sri Lanka is a year-round destination because half of it is always in season. Furthermore, the monsoon rains are not strictly defined and even when the rain is heavy, they usually last only a few hours at a time which leaves the rest of the day to be hot and sunny.

Few places in the world can offer travelers such an extraordinary mixture of striking landscapes, unspoiled beaches, charming cultural heritage and unique experiences within such a dense location. Sri Lanka is an ideal destination for a lot of activities like surfing, whale & dolphin watching, wildlife and unique cultural festivals.

  • China

    This an impressed experience in Sri Lanka. They offered me a good service for picking me up at the airport, supply some necessary PPE for my safety and excellent hotel with delicious food

    Mr. Chen Chaoqiang CHINA

    March 2021

  • India

    Excellent stay. Will like to be here with my family & friends.   Neat & clean beach and beautiful scenic beauty.  Staff is polite, respectable & helpful. God bless them!
    Helanka, a well-managed and organized establishment.  With good wishes

    Mrs. Jaishree Singh Tomar INDIA

    May 2021

  • China

    Information provided, follow up, transport and guide was excellent,  Thank you

    Mr. Fei Han China

    May 2021

  • United Kingdom

    It was a wonderful experience, great place, nice weather, good hotels. A trip very well organized with the van driver adding warmth to our vacation.

    Mr. Rakesh Kumar, INDIA

    November 2019

  • United Kingdom

    Thanks very much for all the help on this trip. We had a great time. Thanks again.

    Mr. & Mrs. Abhijeet Naik, INDIA

    October 2019

  • United Kingdom

    The hassle-free arrangement allowed my husband & I to enjoy a leisurely and private holiday in Sri Lanka. Our driver was punctual, polite and drives well. He is also knowledgeable of the places. We were pleasantly surprised by the packed lunch that was arranged for our train ride to Nuwara Eliya. Thank you!

    Mrs. Pamela Chay, SINGAPORE

    September 2019

  • United Kingdom

    Our Chauffeur Guide was excellent and very knowledgeable to guide us through this beautiful country. I will definitely recommend Helanka Vacations to family and friends.

    Mr. Romano Roshan, INDIA

    September 2019

  • United Kingdom

    We loved traveling around Sri Lanka with an excellent driver/ guide.

    Mr. Ranjan & Hazel De Silva

    July 2019

  • United Kingdom

    Every day was fantastic. Excellent driver + guide.

    Thank you for all the follow ups also during the trip.

    Ms. Aideen Mccarthy

    April 2019

  • United Kingdom

    Prasanna was a brilliant guide and was so thoughtful.

    He made our trip very special and one we will never forget.

    Ms. Jessica Fursden

    March 2019

  • Switzerland

    We had an excellent trip. Our holiday was fantastic. Sri Lanka is a great country. Our driver was so friendly. He looks very good too us.

    Mr. Peter Stulz

    November 2018

  • India

    Very well organized. Our team guide prasanna was very helpful and informative. We had a very good time!

    Mr. Narendra Kumar Thusu, INDIA

    November 2018

  • India

    Best Price & Most Professional and prompt responses on email.

    Mr. Tammy Moult, SOUTH AFRICA

    February 2018

  • India

    Mr.Prasanna our guide was very good, informative and helpful.

    Mr. Sanjay Rodrigues & Family, INDIA

    July 2018

  • Austrailia

    Very safe and professional driving. Always on time and helpful.
    Thank you Niranjan! Very comfortable and professional.
    Greate communication and informative

    Ms.Megann Tubb and Jasmin Rattary, AUSTRAILIA

    August 2018

  • India

    Very good experince. We were very well looked after.

    Ms. Amitha Behal, INDIA

    November 2018

  • India

    Best Price & Most Professional and prompt responses on email.

    Mr. Tammy Moult, SOUTH AFRICA

    February 2018

  • England

    I recently finished a 15-day trip that was initially self-designed, but then was tweaked following consultation with Lehan and the team at Helanka. Driver Niranjan who was booked for me was excellent. Would recommend these guys again

    Mr. Parras Majithia, ENGLAND.

    January 2018

  • Surfing

    Surfing

    Arugam Bay on the remote East Coast is one of the world’s 10 best surf points. The Arugam Bay surfing season or the South east surfing season runs from July / August.

    The small bays and beaches of the south coast, especially between Hikkaduwa and Mirrisa, are also popular for surfers from November to April. Hikkaduwa, less than half an hour north of Galle, is the most famous surf destination on the west coast. The south and west coast is best between December and March. West coast beaches like Kabalana, Midigama, Weligama, Mirissa, Matara, Arugam Bay, Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa

  • Whale and dolphin watching

    Whales

    Whales

    Dondra Point of down south in Sri Lanka is the main seaport popular for Whale Watching in Sri Lanka during December to April. Out of these months December, January and April are the peak months of sightings. There are 95% chances of spotting Sperm Whales and great chances of spotting Blue Whales during these months, as their migration path is just off Dondra Point.

    Whales -

    • Sperm Whale
    • Spinner Whale
    • Blue Whale

    Locations -

    • Hikkaduwa
    • Galle
    • Unawatuna
    • Weligama
    • Mirissa
    • Tangalle
    • Dondra Point

    Dolphins

    Season of Dolphin Watching is from November to March

    Locations –

    • Kalpitiya
    • Negombo
    • Mirissa
    • Trincomalee
    • Weligama
    • Pasikudah

  • Chaina

    Thanks for all the arrangements it was fantastic stay, all the places planned where beautiful and pleasant.
    Have a nice year ahead and be in touch .

    Ranjana Namboodiri, INDIA.

    January 2016

  • The Gathering

    Gathering

    Sri Lanka is home to some 7,000 wild Asian elephants. In Minneriya National Park which is situated in north-central Sri Lanka, hundreds of elephants travel each year to the shores of the Minneriya reservoir which was built 1,700 years ago.

    The Gathering happens from July to November with its peak in August and September. The wild elephants of the Minneriya National Park migrate during drought.

  • Kandy Perahara

    Kandy Perahara

    Kandy perahara goes on for a week throughout Kandy area –the hill capital of the country, in the days around the full moon poya day of the month of July Month.

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