34 °C / 29 °C (Jun. avg. temp.)
– Low season
With the monsoon still affecting the south and west coast, popular beach places such as Bentota, Mirissa and Hikkaduwa should be avoided. Galle, Tea Country and Colombo are also not great in June.
Some key places: Trincomalee (beach), Arugam Bay (beach), Kandy, Passekudah.
June has monsoon season in full swing along the south and west coasts so the main beach destinations are generally out of action. The highlands are also hit by rain and best avoided. With the monsoon still affecting the south and west coast, popular beach places such as Bentota, Mirissa and Hikkaduwa should be avoided. Galle, Tea Country and Colombo are also not great in June.
Fortunately, wildlife spotting is a year round activity so if you do decide to travel in June you will find animals in abundance. For more wildlife spotting opportunities head over to Minneriya, Wasgamuwa or Gal Oya for excellent chances of seeing elephants and sloth bears. Yala and Uda Walawe are also great for spotting exotic and endemic animals in June. You can also spot whales in Trincomalee in June.
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.
Poson Poya is the second most important Poya, after Vesak, which takes place in May. This day honours the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka and is celebrated by mass trips to the ruins of Anuradhapura.
I’d love to hear your experience of Sri Lanka in June in the comment area below! 🙂
Have any questions about travelling in May, don’t hesitate to ask me!
Joanna, world traveller and Sri Lanka specialist