Sri Lanka in August is not bad at all because…

34 °C (Aug. avg. temp.)

Mid Season

  Weather:Mostly sunny and reasonably rain free

August tends to be a sandwich month between monsoons that offers nationwide good weather.

   What to do:August travellers have their pick of beaches

  • With the weather being sunny and reasonably rain free right round the circumference of the island, August travellers have their pick of beaches. Arugam Bay is also great for surfing around this time but it can get a little crowded.
  • Another popular destination at this time of the year is the Cultural Triangle with its warm weather and very little rain.

   Where to go:Make Your Way to the Coast

Anywhere on Sri Lanka’s coastline. Galle, Mirissa, Arugam Bay, Trincomalee, Tangalle, Bentota, Negombo.

   Where to avoid?Hilly areas

It can get cold at night in the hilly areas though so be prepared for that. There might also be the odd shower on the south and west coast beaches – not enough to avoid the area though.

   Wildlife:“The Gathering” - the largest gathering of Asian elephants in the world

As with July, one of the most amazing things to do in August is witness “The Gathering” – the largest gathering of Asian elephants in the world. Yet, this is not the only thing worth seeing in Minneriya National Park and the others. Leopards, wild buffalo, sambar deer and monkeys are just some of the animals you might spot there in August.

   Hiking:Great time for Hiking

August is a great time for hiking up Sigiriya Rock or its neighbour Pidurangala Rock.

   Festivals & Events:Kandy Esala Perahera - Oldest and Grandest Buddhist festival in Sri Lanka

Kandy Esala Perahera – The Festival of The Tooth
August (or sometimes July) witnesses the stunning costumes and colourful parades of Kandy Esala Perahera. This festival, also know as the Festival of the Tooth, celebrates the Sacred Tooth Relic, which is held in a temple in Kandy.

Tell us what you think about Sri Lanka in August

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


Joanna, world traveller and Sri Lanka specialist

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