Looking for Sri Lanka itinerary for June? Sri Lanka is blessed with warm, sunny weather almost 365 days a year, and June is no exception to head to the tropical beaches, the misty mountains or the Cultural Triangle. If you’re heading to Sri Lanka for 7 days in June, here are some interesting places to be in June.
1. Kandy (Must Visit Location in Sri Lanka in June)
Noted as the holiest city in the hills of the island, Kandy is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a number of breathtaking buildings and protected areas that are worth a visit. Sri Dalada Maligawa is the most sacred temple on the island as it is believed to hold the tooth relic of the Buddha within its chambers. The temple is located on the same grounds as the Royal Palace, home to the last king of Sri Lanka. It was said that the sacred tooth relic could only be looked after by he who was fit to rule the country, and no one else. Over the royal palace premises, a forest looms over in the centre of the city, home to monkeys, birds and other animals. Once you’re inside the forest, there is but a trace of the city beneath you!
2. Nuwara Eliya
Mist shrouded mountains blanketed in green acres of forest and tea plantations means you’ll be in the heart of Sri Lanka’s hill country. Nuwara Eliya is a land lost in time, and was often referred to as Little England for its similar characteristics during the colonial era. As you stroll through the city, you’ll find cottages and bungalows that resemble an old English countryside. In Nuwara Eliya in June, there are many things to do from scenic walks around Lake Gregory to hikes through Horton Plains as you search for World’s End!
Away from the mountains, head over to Dambulla. Historically rich and just a moment’s drive away from Sigiriya, the city is most famed for the Dambulla Cave Temples, which holds a number of Buddhist figurines and artefacts within its caves. The domineering Golden Statue of Lord Buddha sits, watching over the town.
One of the first capitals of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura is a religious, historic town. As you stroll through this ancient city, you’ll find a number of stupas, shrines and temples that each have a special significance in the history of Buddhism in the island. It was believed that the Sri Maha Bodi, the holiest tree on the island was brought as a sapling from the Sri Maha Bodi in India, the very tree where Lord Buddha was believed to have attained enlightenment. Here you’ll find crowds of worshippers and believers praying and meditating in June.
Another capital of ancient Sri Lanka, Polonnaruwa is also believed to be a holy city on the island. Dazzled with ancient shrines, palaces, man-made water tanks and historical buildings, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is packed with history and rich legends of kings and fallen kingdoms.
Said to have the largest density of wild leopards, Yala is a nature lover’s and a wildlife enthusiast’s dream getaway! Make sure to stop at Yala National Park in June for an exciting safari through rugged terrain as you search for the park’s most elusive inhabitants, from leopards and sloth bears to elephants and crocodiles! You’ll also seen plenty of birds, both migratory and endemic, reptiles and other animals.
If you’re looking to head to the beach for some time under the sun, Pasikudah beach is the best place to be in June. Wade into the shallow waters and simply relax in the gentle waters – the bay is known to be quite shallow! Pasikudah is located on the eastern coast of the island and is most popular between the months of June – August.
The historic town of Galle, located on the south coast of Sri Lanka is definitely one of the most favoured places for locals and tourists to visit in Sri Lanka in June when they’re in the country. A perfect mix of history and modernity, the town resembles the country’s past and present. Stroll through the ancient ramparts of the Galle Fort, initially built by the Portuguese during their occupation of the island, or dine on the narrow cobble stoned pathways after exploring through the museums and historic buildings within the fort.
Interested in a day of adrenaline pumping water sports? Head down to Bentota for some fun and partake in a variety of water sports from jet skiing and banana rides to water skiing and river cruises through thick mangroves. There are a range of things to do in Bentota, as the town is bordered between a murky river and the azure ocean!