Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka in July

July weather & where to go

July is the first month of inter-monsoon season and the weather begins to pick up again, becoming much drier. Being the natural world, the exact date of the monsoon end can’t be predicted, so to be cautious you can travel a bit later in the month, ensuring you avoid any tail end rains. Of recent years, the monsoon has been running a little later than previously, but these are just short, intermittent showers anyway.
 
At this time, the east coast is dry and the beaches sunny. The south west will be subject to the odd shower, but nothing to write home about, especially when you consider the average temperature across the whole islands is a perfect 29°C.

For those with a passion for big cats, now is a fantastic times to track Asiatic leopards in Yala National Park, where you can also see elephants, sloth bears and much more.

In July you should definitely consider a trip to Minneriya National Park. The dry weather in the cultural triangle leads to minimal water in the park, meaning the wildlife gathers around the water holes. A wonderful example of this is the elephant gathering which starts in July and sees hundreds of elephants around the Minneriya Tank. This unique phenomenon starts in July, with more and more elephants joining the spectacle over the coming months as Sri Lanka continues to dry out.

Areas such as Galle, Mirissa, Tangalle and Negombo are not at their peak now, but can still be visited and often will have wonderful weather, interspaced with a bit of rain although sea levels can be higher than usual and you may not be abbe able to swim.

The Hindu festival of Vel can be in July or August, honouring the War God, Skhanda in Colombo.

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