With those extremely diverse landscapes, picturesque beaches and tropical forests, Sri Lanka is hard to resist, but what makes this country interesting is its weather. Since it is a year-round destination, with two monsoon seasons: Yala and Maha, there is always a lot of doubt about its weather patterns. Sri Lanka’s weather continues to surprise tourists with its unpredictability. However, one thing is for sure, no matter what time of the year you visit Sri Lanka, you will be mesmerized by the beauty of this small island nation.
population: 20.5 million | capital: Colombo currency: Sri Lankan Rupee Language: Sinhala, Tamil Religion: Buddhism
Must Experiences in Sri Lanka in May
1. Monsoon season in Sri Lanka
Since the monsoon affects tourists’ ability to travel across Sri Lanka, it is considered an important feature of the country. Ruled by two monsoons: Yala and Maha, Sri Lanka experiences heavy rainfall and winds. While Yala affects Colombo, Galle and the Hill Country between May and August, Maha brings rain to Arugam Bay and Trincomalee beaches between October and January.
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2. Things to do and things you can’t do in Sri Lanka in May
May is one of the best months for sightseeing in Yala National Park. If you are looking for places to visit in Sri Lanka in May, you must include the national park. This is the best time to see the wild animals that come to the lagoon to drink the water. Some surfing spots in the affected areas, such as Arugam Bay and Trincomalee beaches, will be closed or have limited vendors providing services, but you will definitely be able to find beautiful places to stay and eat at reasonable prices (depending on does) place).
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3. Transport and accommodation in Sri Lanka in May
Generally, people visiting Sri Lanka prefer to drive a rented vehicle, but during monsoon buses and tuk-tuks operate unless their routes are affected by floods. Since the month of May is low season in rain-affected parts of Sri Lanka, you can find incredibly beautiful and luxurious stays at affordable rates. Generally, rates drop by 20-25% during the monsoon season.
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4. What to pack for your trip to Sri Lanka in May
Traveling to Sri Lanka in May can be a bit tricky and packing clothes can be hectic. Since you know that Sri Lankan weather is unpredictable, you have to come prepared. You must carry a light rain jacket for traveling to monsoon affected areas. Also, if you are planning a trip to highlands where it can be cold in the evenings and nights, carry a piece of warm clothing with you. The coastal areas of Sri Lanka can be humid, so carry some light clothes.
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FAQs about Sri Lanka in May
Is May a good time to visit Sri Lanka?
Yes, May is a good time to visit Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is a place worth visiting throughout the year. However, if you are planning a trip to Sri Lanka in May, you should plan your itinerary carefully. Explore northwestern areas like Kandy, Colombo and Galle in May.
What is the weather like in Sri Lanka in May?
If you are visiting the south-western regions in Sri Lanka, you will be greeted by monsoon rains. However, north-western areas such as Colombo, Galle and Kandy remain dry and pleasant in May.
When is the rainy season in Sri Lanka?
Sri Lanka has two distinct monsoon seasons. The monsoon period in the south and west of Sri Lanka continues from May to December. The rainy season in the north and east of Sri Lanka lasts from October and January.
Which side of Sri Lanka is best to visit in May?
If you are visiting Sri Lanka in May, then Colombo, Galle and Kandy are your best choices to visit. Start your Sri Lankan holiday from Colombo and then travel to other places. Galle is a UNESCO World Heritage city with many historical sites. If you love surfing then Arugam Bay is another good place to visit in May.
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