Sri LankaVisiting Sri Lanka in July


Sri Lanka’s east coast experiences dry and warm weather during the month of July, with temperatures in the region averaging 29-30°C. On the other hand, the southern and western coast experiences regular showers at short intervals.

Moving further inland, the Cultural Triangle becomes very hot and humid, and temperatures easily soar to more than 30°C. The weather in the hill-country is pleasant, but it can get rather cold during the evening.

Things to do

There are plenty of things to do in Sri Lanka in July; the primary activity being water sports. Take your entire family to the east coast to participate in some exhilarating surfing action. Maybe even go on a diving and snorkelling excursion as well. The Pigeon Island National Park near Trincomalee is ideal for this.

Additionally, this is a great tome to explore the Cultural Triangle since the weather is perfect. The ancient cities of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura contain much of the rich history and heritage that Sri Lanka is famous for. Go ahead and check out the ruins of the many stupas and palaces in the area. The Minneriya National Park, located in close proximity, is perfect for a wildlife safari. The Udawalawe National Park and Kaudulla National Park are also worth visiting, as the safaris here will allow you to enjoy the diverse flora and fauna of the island.

The hill-country in the central region of the island is ideal for both outdoor activity and relaxing. Hiking along the nature trails of the mountains during this season can be a bit dangerous due to wet weather, however, certain parts of the Hunnasgiriya and the Knuckles Mountain Range are safe for such activity. Make sure you bring some layers when visiting this region, since it is colder than usual.

Where to go

Cities along the eastern coast such as Trincomalee, Arugam Bay, Passikudah, Batticaloa, and Kalkudah are rather popular for water sports. From scuba diving to boat rides, there are many water-related activities you can enjoy here.

Do not forget the Cultural Triangle, as the ancient cities of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura are perfect to visit during this time. Do try and make the effort to visit the other places in the region as well, such as Ritigala, Dambulla, and Mihintale. They have some wonderful historic sites that should not be missed.

Nature beckons to be explored in the national parks. Udawalawe, Kaudulla, and Minneriya National Parks are idyllic locations to catch a glimpse of the island’s unique biodiversity.