Although Sri Lanka is a true year-round destination, with alternating monsoon seasons and consistently warm weather, there is something magical about Sri Lanka summer holidays. A monsoon tends to hit the southwest between May and the end of August and mainly affects the west coast and the south of the country, including Yala, Galle and Hill Country. Instead, at this time of year head north east to explore beautiful elephant-frequented beaches, culture filled cities and vast wilderness brimming with wildlife. Although you might experience similar weather to a drizzly UK day in April, Hill Country
is a must when on your summer holiday in Sri Lanka. The rolling hillsides blanketed with emerald tea plants make for the ultimate backdrop for a cosy cuppa, and Nuwara Eliya’s quaint Little England and its England-esque houses is a great place to explore. Tour the Cultural Triangle and venture to places such as Sigiriya Rock and Dambulla cave temple complex or head to the east coast for some sun and snorkelling.
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The Cultural Triangle is a great place to start on one of our Sri Lanka summer holidays. The tourist hotspots of Sigiriya rock and Dambulla caves will be much quieter at this time of year than in peak season. Clamber up the side of the ancient fort-topped rock of Sigiriya for views out over the expansive national park, before heading to Dambulla to wander between Buddha statues in the largest, best preserved temple complex in Sri Lanka. For a nature kick, Gal Oya National Park is one of the country’s most secluded wildlife paradises and is home to one of the most beautiful lake and evergreen forest landscapes in Sri Lanka. Head out on a boat safari through skeleton limbs of petrified trees, keeping your eyes peeled for the snorkel-like trunks of the majestic swimming elephants that make the park even more spectacular. While you are here, head out on a private tour of a local village where you can meet the leader of the Yeda tribe and learn about their everyday life and customs. Sri Lanka summer holidays wouldn’t be complete without a few days spent on a caster-sugar sand beach fringed with tropical forest and overlooking gently crashing waves. Venture to the east coast then head out on a boat trip to see if you can spot dolphins and whales, or simply pack your snorkel and set out for a day diving around reefs.