34 °C (Aug. avg. temp.)
– Mid Season
August tends to be a sandwich month between monsoons that offers nationwide good weather.
Anywhere on Sri Lanka’s coastline. Galle, Mirissa, Arugam Bay, Trincomalee, Tangalle, Bentota, Negombo.
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.
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.
August is a great time for hiking up Sigiriya Rock or its neighbour Pidurangala Rock.
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.
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