Picture balmy evenings, colourful festival parades and exciting wildlife encounters and you’ve got a perfect image of what Sri Lanka February holidays are all about. As one of the top months to travel to the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, there is plenty to do, see and experience. Dance in the streets in Kandy and Colombo surrounded by swirling fabrics in rainbow hues and even a sacred elephant or two, as Sri Lankans celebrate their Independence Day and Navam Perahera. Temperatures flirt with the 30s and days are long, making for the ultimate climate for exploring. Head to Wilpattu National Park for a fusion
of Cultural Triangle heritage and a genuine sense of wilderness as you head out on hikes and keep your eyes peeled for the spotted coat of a Sri Lankan Leopard or a fuzzy eared sloth bear. Of course, you couldn’t have a Sri Lanka February holiday without reclining on the beach for at least a few days. Enjoy the caster sugar sand beaches of the south and west coasts as you sit back under a swaying palm and watch the evening sun turn everything a glorious shade of gold.
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Combining the bucket-list-topping sights of the Cultural Triangle with Sri Lanka’s wonderful wildlife is exactly what Wilpattu National Park does best. Despite this animal sanctuary being nestled comfortably in the dry zone, the flora is emerald green and verdant for most of the year, especially in February and the period after the rainy season when its creatures are at their best. Look out for lone leopards hiding in the thick undergrowth, Asian elephants trundling along looking for their next spot to wallow and fluffy eared Sri Lankan Sloth Bears who you may spot munching on berries high up in a tree.
This historic town is the ultimate place to spend time in on one of our Sri Lanka February holidays. Little rain and balmy temperatures make for perfect conditions for exploring ancient walls and winding alleyways. Even enjoy the Galle Literary Festival which takes place at the beginning of February and hosts everything from writing workshops and panel discussions to cooking classes and theatre workshops.