Sri Lanka in June For Culture, Beaches and Wildlife!
Sri Lanka in June witnesses the southwest (Yala) monsoon, affecting merely the southwestern regions of the country. The rest of the country, especially the northeast parts, experience fairly great weather; indeed, the month of June is an excellent time to visit Sri Lanka.
While the thought of touring a country which receives two monsoons might seem daunting, it is certainly not so when you know the best places to visit in Sri Lanka at your chosen time of travel. Here’s some info on things to do and sights to see in Sri Lanka in June.
Things To Do in Sri Lanka in June
1. Water Sports
Since the northeastern coast of Sri Lanka is relatively dry in June, it is a superb time for water sports. The beaches at Pasikuda, Trincomalee and Arugam Bay are renowned for offering a multitude of water sports—surfing, scuba diving, whale watching and snorkelling, to name a few. Arugam Bay, in particular, is known as a surfer’s paradise for its numerous surf points; it also has a vibrant nightlife. Spot blue whales, sperm whales and dolphins at Trincomalee, which is undoubtedly the best place for whale watching on the east coast.
2. Frequent Elephant Sightings
Elephant sightings are relatively numerous in Sri Lanka in June, which is one of the main draws of the country’s several national parks. Minneriya, Yala and Udawalawe National Parks are home to hordes of Sri Lankan elephants, the largest among the Asian elephant. One can also watch baby elephants being fed at the Elephant Transit Home, adjacent to Udawalawe National Park. Combine a one-of-a-kind boat safari with a chance to see elephants swimming across a reservoir at the scenic Gal Oya National Park.
3. Visit the Cultural Triangle
A visit to the famed Cultural Triangle is a must if you plan to tour Sri Lanka in June, The ancient cities and towns of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla and Mihintale experience warm and sunny weather, which enables tourists to languidly stroll amongst the fascinating ruins and visit the Buddhist temples. Also, one can catch glimpses of the religious ceremonies of Poson Poya at Anuradhapura and Mihintale; Anuradhapura is home to several famous stupas, and Mihintale is considered to be the birthplace of Buddhism in the country.
Festivals in Sri Lanka in June
Two major festivals are celebrated in Sri Lanka in June—Eid al-Fitr by the Muslims, and Poson Paya, a Buddhist festival. Poson Poya marks an immensely crucial occasion for Buddhism in Sri Lanka—the advent of Buddhism to the country by Mahinda, a Buddhist monk and the son of the Indian emperor Ashoka. As the most sacred Poya (full moon day) of the year, festivities are in full swing at all corners of the country, but Anuradhapura and Mihintale receive the highest number of pilgrims.
Sri Lanka in June—Off-Season
June is the off-season due to the southwest monsoons occurring at this time. However, tourists can still enjoy the rest of the attractions at Sri Lanka in June, with a bonus of comparatively lower prices for hotels and travel.