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With those insanely 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’s always a lot of skepticism about its weather pattern. Sri Lankan weather keeps surprising tourists with its unpredictability. However, one thing’s certain, no matter what time of the year you visit Sri Lanka, you’ll be smitten by the beauty of this tiny island nation.

Population: 20.5 million | Capital: Colombo | Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee | Language: Sinhalese, Tamil Religion: Buddhism

Must-Have Experience In Sri Lanka In May

1. Monsoon season in Sri Lanka

elephants in rain

Since monsoon affects the ability of tourists to travel across Sri Lanka, it is considered an important feature of the country. Governed by two monsoons: Yala and Maha, Sri Lanka experiences heavy rainfall and winds. While Yala affects the Colombo, Galle, and Hill Country between May to August, Maha brings rains to Arugam Bay and Trincomalee beaches between October to January.

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2. Things to do in Sri Lanka in May and things you can’t

a waterfall in Sri Lanka during rain

May is one of the best months to go sightseeing in Yala National Park. If you’re looking for places to visit in Sri Lanka in may, you must include the national park. This is the best time to spot wild animals who come out to the lagoons to drink water. Some of the surfing spots in affected areas, such as Arugam Bay and Trincomalee beaches will be closed or have limited vendors to offer the services, but you’ll certainly be able to find beautiful places to stay and eat at reasonable prices (depends on the location).

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3. Transport and accomodation in Sri Lanka in May

tuk tuk in sri lanka during rain

Generally, people traveling to Sri Lanka prefer to drive a rented vehicle, but buses and tuk-tuks do run during monsoon unless their route is affected by flash floods. Since the month of May is low-season in the rain-affected parts of Sri Lanka, you can get incredibly beautiful and luxurious stays at cheaper rates. Generally, the rates drop down to 20-25% during monsoon season.

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4. What to pack for your Sri Lanka trip in May

two people standing by a waterfall wearing yellow raincoats

Sri Lanka travel in May can be a bit tricky and packing clothes can be hectic. Since you know the weather of Sri Lanka is unpredictable, you have to come prepared. You must carry a lightweight rain jacket for traveling to monsoon-affected areas. Also, carry a warm piece of clothing if you are planning a trip to upland areas, which can get cold in the evening and night. The coastal areas of Sri Lanka get humid, so carry some light fabrics too.

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Frequently Asked Questions 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 an all round the year destination. However, if you are planning to travel to Sri Lanka in May, then you should prepare your itinerary carefully. Explore north western regions in may like Kandy, Colombo, and Galle.

How is the weather in Sri Lanka in May?

If you are visiting southwestern regions in Sri lanka, then you will be greeted with monsoon showers. However, northwestern regions like COlombo, Galle, and Kandy remain dry and pleasant in May.

When is the rainy season in Sri Lanka?

There are two different monsoon seasons in Sri Lanka. In south and west of Sri Lanka, the monsoon period continues from May to December. The rainy season in north and east of Sri Lanka is from October and January.

Which side of Sri Lanka is the best to explore in May?

If you are visiting Sri Lanka in May, then Colombo, Galle, and Kandy are your best picks to explore. Start your Sri Lankan vacation from Colombo and then travel to other places. Galle is a UNESCO World heritage city with numerous historic spots. Arugam Bay is another good place to visit in May if you like surfing.

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