The wind season in Sri Lanka!
If you are a wind seeker, then you are in the right place. Sri Lanka welcomes you with open arms to kite almost all the year round. We are not kidding; Sri Lanka actually holds the best wind in Asia from May to October and from December to March, what in reality means 9-10 months of breathtaking wind a year. Yeah, what you heard; the wind only stops to rest a little 4 months a year. Sri Lanka plays in the champions league when it comes to wind statistics and kite seasons. In the meantime, we have created this guide, to show you the very best kitesurfing and wind seasons in Sri Lanka
The Ultimate Guide About Kitesurfing Seasons in Sri Lanka
Among the top kitesurfing spots in the world, Sri Lanka is the country where kitesurfing is growing the fastest. Sri Lanka has recently become a top kitesurfing destination due to the excellent wind conditions, where everyone can learn and progress at any level.
If you are planning to kite in Sri Lanka, you are probably wondering what is the main kitesurfing season and when is the best time to kite here.
Before going deep into this topic, let me tell you that this amazing island offers constant wind during nine months of the year, with two defined seasons being Summer and Winter. That means that Sri Lanka is ranked as the number 1 windiest kite destination in Asia.
And here is the question: Why Sri Lanka is so windy? Well, if you take a look into the Sri Lanka’s strategic location, you can imagine how the hot winds that come from the middle East strike into the Sri Lankan western coast in summer.
That makes the western coast a very friendly destination to kite from May to October. On the other hand, in winter the winds come from Southeast Asia (northeast) but what really makes it possible for us to kite at this time are the thermal winds. And ultimately, that´s the reason why in summer we have very strong winds and in winter we have lighter winds but steadier
So, now that you have understood how the wind defines the Sri Lankan kite seasons and what kind of winds we have to kite, let´s see without further ado what are the main seasons for kitesurfing in Sri Lanka
What are the main kitesurfing seasons in Sri Lanka?
* Summer Season – May to October
From May to October it is usually windy every day, 24 hours. The average wind speed is around 18-25 knots, with a South-westerly wind direction and the kite size average is 9-10 metres.
* Winter Season – December to March
From December to March it is usually windy every day during the afternoon. As we have remarked before, during these months, the wind is lighter and the speed average is around 14-18 knots, coming from the North-east. If you come to kite during the Winter Season, it is best you bring bigger kites, 12-14 metres.
The main and most famous kite spot in Sri Lanka is the lagoon located in Kalpitiya, on a North-west peninsula just 3 hours drive north of Negombo airport.
Would you like more information about the kite seasons in Sri Lanka? Well, below I detail the monthly weather conditions we usually experience over a typical year and hope you find this of interest.
When is the best time to kitesurf in Sri Lanka?
List of the best seasons to kite in Sri Lanka divided by months:
* DECEMBER – December is the start month of the Winter Season. The wind normally starts to increase during the middle to end of December, from 20th-25th onwards. During these days the wind is quite unpredictable due to it being the beginning of a new season and some days you can expect rain. However, once the wind starts to remain constant, the rain subsides. For sure, we have always celebrated Christmas and New year with unforgettable kite sessions
* JANUARY – January is one of the best months for kitesurfing in Sri Lanka as it is usually windy every day, from around 11a.m. until 5pm. The wind is about 16-20 knots, blowing from a North-easterly direction and it is very steady, especially in Kalpitiya lagoon.
* FEBRUARY – February is another great kitesurfing month in Sri Lanka. If you arrive at the beginning of February you will have more chances of good wind than at the end of February. Like in January, it is windy almost every day in the afternoon. Although the wind is lighter than in Summer Season, the wind sometimes picks up to 20-25 knots.
* MARCH – March is an unpredictable month. If you wish to kitesurf during the month of March, in Sri Lanka, it is best you organise your kite trip at the very beginning of the month. Depending on the year, it can be windy up to the middle of March, but this is never guaranteed.
* APRIL – Sorry, April is not a good month for kitesurfing in Sri Lanka. The wind completely stops in April and it is time to wait for the next season.
* MAY – May is a very unpredictable month too. Sometimes the wind picks up at the beginning of May, sometimes it picks up at the end of May. What is for sure, is that when there is no wind, be ready for the extreme hot weather and huge rains! However, if you are lucky to be in Sri Lanka once the wind picks up, you can enjoy winds of up to 30-35 knots.
* JUNE – June is a great month to come windsurfing in Sri Lanka as it is windy almost 24hrs, from 18-30 knots and with a North-westerly wind direction, it is advisable you take a 9-10 metres kite.
* JULY – July is also a good month for kitesurfing in Sri Lanka with a wind average of 25 knots, normally every day. If you plan a kitesurfing trip to Sri Lanka, take into consideration the dates of the full moon, as full moon effects the wind for up to 4-6 days. The wind could completely stop! Although this does not happen always. Just something you might like to take into consideration.
* AUGUST – Like in January, Kalpitiya lagoon is quite busy in August. There is normally very good wind in Sri Lanka, so if you plan a kite trip during this month, you will get good wind. Happy days!
* SEPTEMBER – Like in May, unfortunately we cannot predict how the weather is going to be. If you wish to organise your kitesurfing holiday in Sri Lanka during September, it is best you choose dates at the beginning of this month, as the wind is very unpredictable nearing the end of September. We sometimes experience very little, or no wind at all at the beginning of September, so it is best you bring different size kites. The wind can go from 14 to 30 knots.
* OCTOBER – October is not the best month for kitesurfing in Kalpitiya, however, if you are lucky, you can get good wind at the beginning of the month. Forget to kite at the end of October, as the wind directions start to change and the heavy rain starts to fall! If you still wish to kite anyway in October, bring big kites just in case the wind drops to 14 knots.
* NOVEMBER – November is not a good month for kitesurfing in Sri Lanka. It rains almost every day and there is no wind at all!
What ultimately defines the 2 wind seasons in sri lanka? The Sri Lankan monsoons: an explanation to the kite seasons
As we have seen, contrary to what happens in other kitesurfing destinations, in Sri Lanka we are lucky to have 2 kite seasons instead of one. But what is it that marks the beginning and the end of every kitesurfing season? What happens between the two windy seasons? To answer these questions, we find an explanation in the monsoons.
The first inter-monsoon Season occurs in March – April and the second inter-monsoon Season is in October-November. That´s why if you are planning a kite trip to Sri Lanka, better you avoid these months if you don´t wanna ride an umbrella instead of a kite.
It´s true that when the first monsoon is delayed, we have good wind to kite until mid-March but it is not as consistent as in January or Febrary. On the other hand, when the monsoon is late in october, we have a quite good wind until the rain comes and ruins everything
In short, if you are a kitesurfing lover and used to kite in any condition, Sri Lanka offers you on a silver platter the most ideal conditions for kitesurfing, except in APRIL and NOVEMBER. You can mark this 2 months in your BLACK LIST when it comes about kitesurfing in sri lanka.
Downwinds and kite trips in high season
Come on, let’s get adventurous together! Come to Margarita Village and join our safe downwind trips. You are going to love it!
We organise many downwind adventures from the most idyllic kitesurfing spots, which we would love to share with you. Riding along the white coastline, having the sun on your back and feeling the force of the wind with your bar. YEAAAH! Here we go!
If you are into downwind riding, we will organise a downwind trip for a group of approximately 6 people, with two kite instructors and one safety boat driving along with us for safety. You will be able to ride along the coast of Puttalam District and end up at the Wilpattu National Park! Sightseeing Sri Lanka from the water? …
Can it get any better? The downwind adventures depend on the season and on the wind conditions. Normally, within the kitesurfing seasons, Summer, May until October and Winter, December until March, downwind trips are for practicing your skills only. You only have to let us know that you are keen to do this. We will check the conditions, do the work and prepare it for you. You just need to come along and enjoy the ride!
OFF WIND SEASON: What to do?
Oh my GOD! Just locked down in Sr Lanka without wind? No worries, we have such good news for you. Even in off kiting season Sri Lanka is a pearl when we talk about having the best and most unique holidays ever 🙂
Now, we have understood the kitesurfing season in Sri Lanka. Further, let us delve into
other reasons why you should tender us a visit:
1. Endless beaches and coastlines
Sri Lanka is perhaps the best kitesurfing destination in all of Asia (sorry Mauritius). The
obvious reason is the sheer volume of area that exists for surfers to be mind-blown. Sri
Lanka is home to some of the best flatwater kitesurfing destinations. With consistent winds
nearly 9 months off the year, it’s no less than a paradise for surfers.
2. Beautiful surroundings
It’s not just the picture-perfect beaches that Sri Lanka is known for. From the serene
landscapes to the picturesque mountains, the natural beauty of Sri Lanka is unrivalled. You
can tread through some of the exotic surroundings in Sri Lanka to further soothe your eyes.
3. Culture and Food
The diversity in Sri Lankan culture and food habits will leave you awestruck. Sitting by the
coastlines, you can cherish the spicy yet tasty food. The tropical climate goes well with the
coconut dishes and the surreal fishes — Sri Lankan staple foods.
Furthermore, your tastebuds are sure to rejoice as you cruise through this culinary
Take a look into our guide about the top activities you can do in Kalpitiya!