Sri Lanka in July is not bad at all because…

35 °C / 29 °C (Jul. avg. temp.)

Low season

   What to do:See the largest gathering of Asian elephants in the world

  • The best thing to do in July is to head to Minneriya to see the world famous event known as “The Gathering”. This event sees hundreds and hundreds of elephants gather around the Minneriya Tank. It is thought to be the largest gathering of Asian elephants in the world.
  • If you’re looking for beaches then be sure to look to the east coast. Boundless sunshine beats down on these beautiful beaches – perfect for soaking up some rays. There will also be whales off the coast of Trincomalee.
  • Other options for travellers in July include checking out Sri Lanka’s incredible Cultural Triangle or seeking out animals in the national parks. Yala, Uda Walawe and Minneriya are all great choices.

   Weather:Final downpours from the monsoon

The southwest will be experiencing the final downpours from the monsoon but it will be lighter than before.

   Where to go:Go to the North, East and West

Some key places: Trincomalee (beach), Arugam Bay (beach), Kuchchaveli, Passekudah (beach), Nilaveli.

   Where to avoid?The southwest

The southwest will be experiencing the final downpours from the monsoon but it will be lighter than before. Nevertheless it is better to avoid the southwest in July. Galle and Negombo are also better avoided at this time.

   Wildlife:See the largest gathering of Asian elephants in the world

See the largest gathering of Asian elephants in the world in Minneriya

The best thing to do in July is to head to Minneriya to see the world famous event known as “The Gathering”. This event sees hundreds and hundreds of elephants gather around the Minneriya Tank. It is thought to be the largest gathering of Asian elephants in the world.

Other options for travellers in July include checking out Sri Lanka’s incredible Cultural Triangle or seeking out animals in the national parks. Yala, Uda Walawe and Minneriya are all great choices.

   Hiking:Poor conditions for hiking. Don't climb Adam's Peak.

All main sites in the highlands are hit by rain and best avoided (cold, rainy and windy; horrible hiking conditions). Adam’s Peak will be less popular as pilgrimage season tails off but the weather won’t be ideal for hiking and the view may be obscured by mist.

   Festivals & Events:The Kataragama Festival

Kataragama festival that takes place in July in Sri Lanka

The Kataragama Festival is an exciting and colourful but auspicious event that takes place in Kataragama in the South (not too far away from Yala National Park). The festival is part of the Esala Perahera celebrations and involves fire-walking, dancing, parades and more.

Tell us what you think about Sri Lanka in July

I’d love to hear your experience of Sri Lanka in July in the comment area below! 🙂
Have any questions about travelling in July, don’t hesitate to ask me!

JJ

Joanna, world traveller and Sri Lanka specialist

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