Sri Lanka in August

Leopard tracking is great in August, and you can go and try camping in the park itself. The elephant gathering is still happening, so it is a great time to see them too.

August weather & where to go

August weather & where to go

August is an inter-monsoon month, so you can expect the odd short shower but the weather is generally wonderful all round. Across the whole of Sri Lanka, the weather is nice and hot, sticking to an average of about 29°C, not dissimilar to July.

When it comes to wildlife, leopard tracking in Yala National Park is wonderful at this time, and with such beautiful weather it is a great excuse to try camping out in the national park. 

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The beaches on the east continue to be hot and dry, sublime for some post-safari relaxation. And the beaches on the south west are also good, despite the odd shower here and there. This means that Galle is a great place to visit, as is the capital of Colombo. For beaches, the options are pretty much endless, with sun spread throughout Trincomalee, Bentota, Weligama, Mirissa, Tangalle and more.

The Cultural Triangle is seeing minimal rainfall and nice, high temperatures of early 30°C’s, as is the city of Kandy. The hilly areas of Tea Country and Horton Plains remain chillier than the rest of the country, and the nights are cooler still.

A great event in August is the Festival of the August Moon in Kandy, part of the longer Esala Perahera celebrations that run through July and August.

In summary, August is a fabulous time to travel. A unique chance to witness the incredible elephant gathering in Minneriya combined with the stunning Esala Perahera in Kandy and bright sunny beaches to end on. 

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