If you plan to spend your October vacation in Sri Lanka, you’ll need to plan it carefully because October and November are the months of the north-east monsoon’s arrival. This particular monsoon season is the trickiest because it’s unpredictable. However, it’s actually a good thing as you might get lucky and it won’t hit any of the best parts of the country at all. And even if it does come, you will be able to enjoy your time in Sri Lanka if you visit the following places in October.
Diwali: Festival of Lights
During the months of October and November, the Tamil Hindus of Sri Lanka celebrate Diwali (Deepavali), better known to Westerners as the Festival of Lights. The bulk of the festivities takes place in Colombo, but, as Geetha Mohan says to India Today, all Hindu communities in the country have celebrations of their own. So, a traveler can enjoy a wide range of experiences from modern city festival to authentic rural celebrations.
The festival happens even in spite of the rain, so you’ll be able to enjoy a show of firecrackers in some form no matter the weather. This is one of the most celebrated festivals in the region and definitely one of the most amazing experiences you can enjoy when traveling to Sri Lanka. This is a celebration filled with happiness and laughter, so be sure to plan your trip so you can arrive to the country in time to witness it.
Yala National Park
There are many national parks in Sri Lanka where you can admire the glory of the country’s nature. All of them are amazing and all of them are worth a visit if you can manage it. However, as says Samadhi, who is an experienced guide and helps design T2 Travels Sri Lanka packages, Yala National Park is the best place to visit for diversity. And she also stresses how October is one of the best times to see it because there won’t be any crowds to spoil your exploration of the fantastic wildlife sanctuary.
During this season, Yala is, probably, the only park you should visit because the weather should be quite good there. The off-season prices will also make accommodation and entertainment more affordable around this tourist “hotspot”.
If you are coming to Sri Lanka for the beaches, the best place in October is Arugam Bay, writes a backpacker Job for Enjoy Berlin. Here the risk of rain ruining your beach time is the lowest. Also, you get to enjoy one of the best surfing spots in the country.
This is a fantastic place for relaxation and digital detox. You can spend the whole vacation just lying on beautiful beaches, swimming in crystal-clear waters, and enjoying delicious local foods. The people around you will be just as relaxed, which makes for a great time all around.
Tea Estates of Uva
Uva is a remote part of Sri Lanka, where the majority of local tea comes from. And October just happens to be one of the best times to visit it and enjoy all this beauty and wealth of aromas and tea flavors.
There are many gorgeous tea estates you can visit and even stay at. Come here to learn about the journey one of the world’s most favorite drinks takes. Tea plantations are a sight to behold, and you definitely should try as many versions of the magic drink as you can manage. Each will be special and you’ll go back home with a suitcase full of some of the best teas on the planet.
All in all, Sri Lanka in October is quieter due to having fewer tourists, but all the more charming because of it. You still have the chance to have fun at the beaches, but also get more opportunities to explore the country without crowds.