Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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

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Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

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

Important essentials for Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

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

IMPORTANT COVID-19 ESSENTIALS

Other health necessities


  • Emergency water purifier

    Some rural areas may have potentially unsafe tap water, so it's useful to bring an emergency water purifier like this one.


  • Travel first aid kit

    This one is a great choice.


  • Emergency rapid COVID-19 test

    U.S. residents can get them free here. Otherwise, you can buy them here.


  • Emergency motion sickness relief

Don't forget these

Activities for Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Polonnaruwa.

If you go to a temple, such as Shiva Dewalaya Temple, wear:

If you plan go to a monastery, like Kiri Vihara, take the following:

Castle hopping? For The Royal Palace, take:

We also recommend these top tours in and around Polonnaruwa.

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

Already know when you're traveling?

January

If you are traveling to Polonnaruwa in January, you will notice that it is hot. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

February

February in this region is extremely warm. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day.

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March

March in Polonnaruwa is constantly hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) to 80s F (low 30s C), although night temperatures can dip into the 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

April

If you visit Polonnaruwa during April, you will probably see that it is constantly hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 80s F (high 20s C). Humidity is generally between 70 and 80% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

May

If you go to Polonnaruwa in May, you will notice that it can be sweltering. Daytime temperatures are in the low 90s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

June

June here is extremely hot. Temperatures average in the low 90s F (low 30s C) during the day.

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July

If you go to Polonnaruwa in July, you will notice that it can be sweltering. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (low 30s C).

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August

If you go to Polonnaruwa in August, you will notice that it is constantly hot. Daytime temperatures are in the low 90s F (low 30s C).

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September

If you vacation in Polonnaruwa during September, you may find that it is consistently hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 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 around 70 during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

October

If you vacation in Polonnaruwa during October, you are likely to find that it is constantly hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the 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 70 and 80% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

November

November in Polonnaruwa is extremely warm. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C), although night temperatures can dip into the 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

December

Traveling to Polonnaruwa in December, you will notice that it is hot. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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