Escape monsoon season in Sri Lanka

Escape monsoon season in Sri Lanka

Escape monsoon season in Sri Lanka

June is traditionally the start of monsoon season for Asia, which means many parts of the continent are difficult to travel around unless you bring along a raincoat or umbrella – or a boat, for that matter.

The summer months mean fewer tourists, cheaper prices, and a much greener natural environment, but flooding, mosquito-borne disease and that familiar damp feeling will take away from the overall experience. So where can you go in June, July and August if you can only travel during those months? Try Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka's eastern coast - such as this beach in Trincomalee - is refreshingly dry compared with other areas in the country during the southwest monsoons which begin in June.

Sri Lanka’s eastern coast – such as this beach in Trincomalee – is refreshingly dry compared with other areas in the country during the southwest monsoons which begin in June.

The country’s climate is unique for a relatively smaller country – while its west coast experiences the annual deluge of rainfall in summer months, the southeastern coast stands in stark contrast with a relatively bright and dry climate. While Colombo and Galle are subject to the southwest monsoon as it is called, the southeastern areas which include many parts of Sri Lanka’s famed Cultural Triangle are easily explored without fear of rainfall. Not to mention, the beaches!

And did we say fewer tourists? That’s right. It’s low tourist season for Sri Lanka, meaning visitors will find it pleasantly uncrowded, even at the more well-travelled areas of the country. Moreover, Sri Lanka’s east coast is not nearly as developed as the west coast, but that can be a good thing. It retains a more authentic and local feel that may have gone missing from the more heavy tourist areas.

The Temple of the Sacred Tooth in Kandy is one of the many highlights of the Cultural Triangle that you can see during Sri Lanka's low tourist season in June, July and August.

The Temple of the Sacred Tooth in Kandy is one of the many highlights of the Cultural Triangle that you can see during Sri Lanka’s low tourist season in June, July and August.

Many will even tell you it’s also the best time of year for exploring the very rich wildlife and the cultural triangle – which takes up the centre of the island and includes cultural and historical jewels such as Anuradhapura, the stunning medieval city of Polonnaruwa, the Lion Rock at Sigiriya, the Dambulla Caves and Kandy, the last capital of the ancient kings on the island.

One can also visit the fascinatingly diverse Trincomalee which will also will also shine in the sun on Sri Lanka’s southeastern coast – and offers numerous opportunities for culture hunters, swimmers, divers, and even suntanners in one of Asia’s oldest and most interesting cities.

The mountains of Sri Lanka may seem imposing, but they're fantastic for exploring even when the southwestern areas of the country are taken over by the southwest monsoon season.

The mountains of Sri Lanka may seem imposing, but they’re fantastic for exploring even when the southwestern areas of the country are taken over by the southwest monsoon season.

In short, Asia is not off-limits in June or July just because of the monsoon season. If you have time already set aside and you want to see some extraordinarily rich nature and wildlife, take part in amazing cultural treks and kick back on a beach, then Sri Lanka’s southwestern coast – and its Cultural Triangle – is your best bet.

But be sure to go before October, as that’s when the country’s real monsoon season sets in and covers the entire country for a couple of months!

See Nezasa’s Sri Lanka itineraries here.

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