Colombo, Sri Lanka: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Colombo, Sri Lanka? If you're planning to go to Colombo, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Colombo, Sri Lanka

Based on the climate and weather in Colombo, the best time to go is February. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Colombo, Sri Lanka by month

January

January here can be very hot. Temperatures average in the 80s F (low 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Shorts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunscreen lotion

February

February in Colombo is extremely hot. Temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Umbrella
  • Shorts
  • Rain boots
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear

March

If you vacation in Colombo during March, you are likely to find that it can be sweltering. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses
  • Sunglasses
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Sandals
  • Umbrella
  • Shorts
  • Rain boots
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining

April

April in this region can be very hot and somewhat stormy. Temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Skirts
  • Rain boots
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Dresses

May

Traveling to Colombo in May, you will notice that it can be very hot. Daytime temperatures are in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain boots
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Shorts
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Dresses

June

If you are traveling to Colombo in June, you will notice that it can be very hot. Daytime temperatures are in the 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts

July

July here is pretty consistently hot. Temperatures average in the 80s F (high 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Dresses
  • Shorts
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Sunglasses

August

August is extremely warm. Temperatures average in the 80s F (high 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts

September

If you vacation in Colombo during September, you are likely to find that it is hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 70 and 80% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts
  • Dresses
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Sandals

October

October in Colombo is pretty consistently hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 80s F (high 20s C), although night temperatures can dip into the 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Rain boots
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Shorts
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Sunglasses
  • Skirts
  • Rain coat
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Umbrella

November

If you visit Colombo during November, you are likely to find that it is extremely warm. Temperatures tend to hover around the 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

Humidity is generally around 70 during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Shorts
  • Rain boots
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Sunglasses
  • Dresses
  • Skirts

December

If you go to Colombo in December, you will notice that it is constantly hot. Daytime temperatures are in the 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Skirts
  • Rain boots
  • Short sleeve shirts

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Colombo, Sri Lanka

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Colombo, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types D and G
  • A SIM card that works in Colombo
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • If you plan to visit a mosque, pack clothing that covers the knees and shoulders
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • Appropriate museum wear

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