Sri Lanka is a country rich in both cultural and natural heritage, having over eight World Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO. When in Sri Lanka, you are sure to find yourself immersed in the unique and beautiful culture and heritage of legendary temples, colonial fortresses, pristine beaches, and abundant wildlife.
Sri Lanka is a small country, the distance between two places is also less, with a lesser amount of traffic to reach your destination, thus, making the most of your time. However, to enjoy the best time in the country, visit Sri Lanka in March where the country comes alive with its vibrant colours and pleasant weather, and lots of variety of activities that you can explore on your journey.
Weather in Sri Lanka in March
Sri Lanka is a tiny island country but has varied climatic conditions throughout the year. There are two short monsoons which affect both sides of the country at different times of the year, which means you can enjoy the tropical climate at almost any time during the year!
However, Sri Lanka in March is one of the best times to visit the country as the weather is pleasant throughout the month, and there is less chance of rains during the month to make the most of your trip.
The average temperatures in March range from 23 Degree Celsius to 35 Degree Celsius with an average temperature of 29 Degree Celsius, making it one of the most popular months to be visited by tourists. The peak season for tourists is from December to March, so make sure that you book in advance to get the best deal on hotel and sightseeing packages.
Things to do in March
1) Surf to your heart's desire on the ocean waves
Surfing in Sri Lanka in March is one of the best things that you can do it in this tropical country. Instead, Sri Lanka is also known as- the beginner surfer's paradise. Although many expert surfers are also found riding the ocean waves in the country.
Explore the south and southwest coast of the country which offers the ideal setting for surfing with almost zero rainfall. Hikkaduwa is one of the favourite spots on the south coast for surfing. The wave size is also plenty, which is mostly overhead with a very little chance for an off day. The crowd is also not that much of a problem, since it is less crowded in March, especially towards the end weeks.
2) Explore the underwaters- Go scuba diving!
Sri Lanka has the advantage of being an island nation which comes with a lot of options for scuba diving. Embark on an adventure of vibrant beauty, colourful coral reefs and sea creatures of the deep waters. In Sri Lanka, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to scuba diving, and March is one of the best months to enjoy this thrilling experience.
3) Soak in the aroma and the taste of the tea
Sri Lanka is a land which boasts of its natural beauty through its tropical sandy beaches and lush green tree plantations. Sri Lanka is one of the biggest tea producers in the world with a stunning hillside. One of the best places to sip tea is in Nuwara Eliya and Kandy.
With the lush green nature and the smell of fresh air, Sri Lanka in March is one of the best places to sip some authentic tea and get mesmerized in the aroma of the tea leaves. You can visit an old plantation, drink tea and enjoy baked goods, ushering you with one of the most luxurious experiences that you will cherish forever.
4) Uncover the explorer in you- Go trekking!
If you are someone who loves to explore the outdoors and enjoy going for a hike in a while, head out to Sri Lanka. March is one of the best months to go trekking because of its ideal weather conditions. You walk through the jungles, cross the river plains and tea estates to climb up the mountains for an adrenaline-pumping adventure.
Some of the best places to head out for a hike include Horton Plains National Park or Adam's Peak. Hiking to Adam's Peak also does not require any expert skill, but it will just be like a heavy workout. It is one of the most sacred sites, and legend says that it was the first place where Adam stepped foot on earth.
5) Get amazed by the wildlife
The country offers a great variety of national parks from Yala National Park in the south to the Wilpattu National Park in the north. Witness the animals in their natural habitat by planning a wildlife safari tour. You will not be able to witness the spectacle of flora and fauna in their natural habitat but also embark on a magical adventure through the bumpy paths.
6) Relax on the beach
A visit to Sri Lanka's magnificent beaches is a must-do. The southern coast offers some of the best beaches in March in Sri Lanka for one to pamper themselves, relax, take a cooling dip in the ocean or sip some refreshing cocktails by the beach. Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, and Kosgoda are some famous beaches, but you can still find secluded beaches all along Sri Lanka's coast.
Best places to visit in March
Bentota is an exotic beach town which will leave you wanting more. The city has white sandy beaches and coconut trees, making it the perfect place to soothe your mind and soul. Here, you will find some of the best beaches to visit, especially in March. You will also find a sea turtle hatchery which takes extraordinary efforts to preserve the sea turtles along with the rare Albino species. Apart from its relaxing beaches, the town also boasts of its rich cultural heritage in the form of temples and Buddhist places and fortresses to add that old world charm!
Kandy, popularly known as the cultural capital of Sri Lanka, is also declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The city is rich in wildlife, and you will find tropical rainforests which envelop the town. You will also find many eateries and markets to experience the local culture of Sri Lanka. With an average temperature of 26 Celsius Kandy is one of the ideal places to visit in March in Sri Lanka.
Colombo will make your eyes glisten with the glam of the commercial as well as the financial capital of Sri Lanka. Colombo was under the rule of Dutch, Portuguese, and British, which makes it a unique blend of the different cultures which can be seen in every corner of the city. You can enjoy shopping, beach hopping, heritage walks, and museum visits.
The colonial city of Galle offers you picturesque views which will leave you awestruck. Dutch era houses dot the streets of the town, along with World Heritage Sites, to gain a lifetime of memories.
Festivals in Sri Lanka in March
1) Maha Shivaratri Festival of Shiva
The festival takes place throughout the country and is the celebration of Hindu God Shiva. The devotees fast and take a filtration bath at dawn. They also participate in meditation rituals where they chant the mantra 'Om Namah Shivaya'. The statue is later bathed in milk and honey and covered in red vermillion to represent the purification of the soul.
2) Medin Poya
Medin Poya is the festival which is celebrated when Gautama Buddha visited his father after he became the Enlightened One. Returning after many days, Buddha was able to preach Dhamma to the king who later attained Sothapanna a few days before he died.
The day is as a National Holiday in Sri Lanka where many devotees flock to the temples with flowers to meditate and listen to the teachings of Dhamma. The festival is sure to fill you with peace and warmth.
So go ahead and add Sri Lanka to your list of places to visit on the next trip, and do plan out the trip in March in Sri Lanka to make the most of your experience.