Weather in Sri Lanka in August

The weather in Sri Lanka in August is relatively hot, with temperatures rising to 30°C in the southern region, similar to that of July. Being a tropical country, Sri Lanka experiences relatively consistent temperatures throughout the year. The perfect time to visit the South and West coast of the country is from November to May, during the dry season. March to September on the other hand is the ideal time to hit the North east coast of the island. The ‘Yala monsoon’ winds bring rainfall to the southern region of the country between April/ May to October. So, if you intend on travelling to Sri Lanka in August, you’d rather head to the northeast coast of this gorgeous island. Here’s a breakdown of the weather in the different regions, across the country, in August.

east coast beaches of sri lnaka Unwinding by the serene beach of Uppuveli. The perfect weather to bask in the sun while reading your favourite novel.

The south and south-west coast of Sri Lanka 

The Southern and Western coasts of the country receives rainfall in the months between April/ May to September. However, from June to August, there are only light, short lived showers, primarily in the evenings. It is a good time to explore beaches like Bentota, Weligama, Mirissa, along this coast. Reason being, they receive enough sunlight with intermittent spells of rainfall, while still avoiding large tourist crowds. Luxury travellers looking to simply unwind can take advantage of the off season rates, great discounts and make the most of their holiday. Water sports and other activities along the coast are usually shut for tourists in August, in which case, going to the northeast coast is a better option. 

beach resorts in sri lanka The ultimate luxury experience at the beach resort Cape Weligama.

The Northeast coast of Sri Lanka in August

This region receives plenty of sunshine in the month of August, making it a great time to explore. It is a good time to visit the national parks here. In August and September, Minneriya National Park is a site worth experiencing, as herds of elephants come together for “The gathering”. (link) You can enjoy the beaches of Trincomalee, Batticaloa, and Arugam bay which cater to all kinds of travellers. Whether you’re looking to indulge in adventure water sports like surfing and diving or simply enjoy some downtime by the beach. 

When it come to things to do in Sri Lanka in August, surfing at Arugam Bay definitely tops our list. You’re guaranteed to ride the best waves in the months of July, August and September. 

surfing in sri lanka Ideal time of the year for surfers looking to ride some of the best waves at Arugam Bay, the surfer’s paradise.

The Hill Country and Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka

The weather in the hill country of Sri Lanka is rather pleasant.  Hiking in Nuwara Eliya, Hatton and other parts of this region, amidst the lush green landscapes makes for a breathtaking experience. Temperatures in August are low and rainfall is moderate. Given the uncertain weather pattern, it is advisable to avoid steep trekking trails in case of rainfall. 

The Cultural triangle – Kandy, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, is known for its rich history, ancient ruins and religious monuments. The most famous sight being the Sigiriya Rock fortress. The dry season here, runs from mid February to September. The weather in Sri Lanka in August is a good time to explore this region without having to worry about rainfall. On the downside, temperatures rise to about 30°C during the day. For an enjoyable experience, it is best to start your day early and rest post noon, in order to avoid the overhead sun.

monsoons in sri lanka Overcast skies on an early morning in August in Nuwara Eliya.


Visiting the National Parks of Sri Lanka In August

If you are looking to explore Sri Lanka’s exotic and rare variety of wildlife species, August is a great time to do so. Every year ‘The Gathering’ takes place during this month, at Minneriya National Park. A period during which hundreds of wild elephants gather near a reservoir for water as it is the dry season. It is said to be the largest gathering of wild asian elephants in the world. It is also a great time for spotting Leopards at Yala National Park. You can even visit the Udawalawe National Park in the Northeast region of the country. Don’t forget to read up on the best National parks to visit in Sri Lanka given the number of choices you’re spoilt with. 

Yala national Park With the highest density of leopards in the world, Yala National Park is the best shot you have at spotting a leopard in the wild.

To sum it up

The weather in Sri Lanka in August makes it a great time to visit Sri Lanka. Even though the south and south west coast receive rainfall, the rest of the country can be explored in all its glory. You can find enough sunshine on the East and North-east coast of the country. Besides that, it is also a good time to spot the vast variety of wildlife that the island has to offer. It is the ideal time to head head off the beaten path and explore the less touristy regions of the island.

Besides the weather, make sure you’re well-versed with all the essential information. From understanding the currency to accounting for the cost of travel. For a hassle free trip without having to account for so many different variables, simply get in touch with us. We’ll help Plan your ideal holiday to Sri Lanka while making sure you get the most out of it. 

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