ClimateColombo and low-lying coastal regions have an average temperature of 80°F (27°C), while higher altitude regions, such as Kandy, are a cooler 68°F (20°C). Sri Lanka has distinct wet and dry seasons in different parts of the country: May to August sees the arrival of monsoon rains in the southwest, which has the highest average rainfall of 157 inches (4000mm) a year. The Maha monsoon runs from October to January, bringing rain to the north and east, which have an average of 1000mm (39 inches) of rainfall annually.
Calendar of EventsListen to talks or attend workshops with world famous authors at Galle Literary Festival (www.galleliteraryfestival.com) in January. During June's full moon, pilgrims dressed in white celebrate the Buddhist festival of Poson by ascending Mount Mihintale. The following month of July sees thousands of drummers thump out a rhythm as decorated elephants are led through Kandy to mark Esala Perahera over 10 days of religious activities.