23 May 2009
The climate and weather patterns are changing globally and it is true for Sri Lanka as well. Still we can identify distinct rainy periods according to the region.
Usually February and March are dry months. The famous Sri Pada (Adam's Peak) climbing period falls during this time because of the dryer and better weather.
April is the month of thunder and lightning. During this period we experience quite a lot of rain mainly during the evening.
May and June is the typical monsoon season in Sri Lanka. There will be heavy rain from the South Western Monsoon Winds. Travelling in the wet lands in the Western part and the hill country will be more difficult during this period. So this is not the best period for hiking unless you like to be in the middle of a jungle during torrential rain.
After the monsoons, the month of August would be dry and latter part of monsoon may bring heavy rain in September.
Usually October is a good month for travelling. North Eastern monsoon starts in November, which brings rain mostly for Eastern and Northern face of the hill country.
December would be generally chilly and windy.