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Sri Lanka in May
Written by Aiswarya Giridharan on June 13, 2023 Share on

Sri Lanka in May 2024 – Guide to A Perfect Sri Lanka Trip

Sri Lanka is that happy tear standing undissolved and strong, occupying the heart of the Indian Ocean. This place is an absolute delight of cultural heritage and tradition, attracting tourists from all corners of the world. The majestic mountains, salty seas, greener gardens and traditional temples wouldn’t make you regret for choosing Sri Lanka. You will have something to love in Sri Lanka – be it loving the nature or admiring the serenity in temples. The places would compliment your mood and create a beautiful time-frame called memory. Read through to understand more!


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Weather in Sri Lanka in May

The weather in Sri Lanka in May is mix of slight showers in south-west region and drier north-east regions. The southern and western parts will be experiencing rain due to southwest monsoon. However, the northern and eastern weathers will be welcoming you. Places where the scorching sun shooed you away will open arms this season and you will be able to do activities which you will not be able to do in summer. With right amount of love in the weather, both family trips and romantic dates will end up being amazing in Lanka. Sri Lanka in May weather would happen to be a perfect partner for you to enjoy Sri Lanka.

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Best Places to Visit in Sri Lanka during the month of May

1. Colombo

Since Colombo experiences rainfall this month, doing some indoor visits would be ideal.

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Sri Lanka Cricket Museum

The months of April-May is when the IPL fever starts becoming contagious. Visiting this place in May could be the ideal justification you could do being a cricket lover. Located in Colombo, this place entirely takes you through Sri Lankan cricket history.

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National Museum of Colombo

With almost 150 year old, this museum is growing in history and popularity. Biggest in the country, this museum homes amazing architecture and wonderful collections of the ancient Kandyan rulers. Visit this place on your trip to Sri Lanka in May to get to glance through some history.

Gangaramaya Temple

The Gangaramaya Temple is one of the most adored temples in Sri Lanka. This 100+ year old temple still gives the same kind of awe to every person entering this temple. The doors, ceilings, walls, pillars and whole of the temple reflects the architecture style of Sri Lanka.

Gangaramaya Temple
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2. Sigiria

Planning to visit this place in Summer makes it difficult to do rock climbing under scorching sun. Visiting Sigiria in May would be a near to perfect idea. Sigiria is designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sigiria rock is 200 metres tall and has its own historical importance dating back to the 5th century AD. This rock has 1200 steps and needs a solid 2.5 hours to climb, get down and enjoy everything about the rock. Your sweat breaks can never get boring as it is filled with amazing paintings and panoramic views. There are over 10 places to visit near Sigiria including the Royal botanical garden, Sigeria museum, Minneriya National park, Dambulla cave. Or you can sit back and enjoy the exotic spas offered at Sigiria.

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3. Nuwara Eliya

Rightly called the ‘little England’, this place has it all from beautiful climate to lush green gardens. A train ride from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya is known to imbibe serenity and peace and is a must do in Sri Lanka in May. Just like how we would have seen in the movies, this train ride happens in a place surrounded by unscalable green mountains with the engine steaming thick cloud like smoke carrying coaches of awe-struck people along.

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Nuwara Eliya
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Lake Gregory

This lake came into existence during the British period in India under the governance of Sir William Gregory in 1873. This 150 year old reservoir is sure to give you the feeling of fancy British picnic days. Paddled boating is the most preferred activity here. Scenic nature would add more beauty to your photos. We are here to customize your Sri lanka honeymoon packages and make your journey a memorable one.

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Pedro Tea Estate 

Air is filled with the flavour of Chai here. This place just looks like the Matcha frosting topped over coffee flavoured cake arranged in a dedicated bakery. The square pieces of tea plantations just make the place tea contagious. Take along a piece of Pedro Tea estate home to bring back this memory every time you drink this tea.

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Pedro Tea Estate
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Seetha Amman Kovil

Though you are not a great fan of visiting temples, you should visit this temple for it mythological importance. Sri Lanka being the location of Ramayana, knowing about the cultural importance of this place and getting to know pieces if Ramayana would help you understand the rich tradition Sri Lanka being bound to.

4. Kosgoda turtle hatchery 

Sri Lanka houses almost many endangered species and Turtle is one of them. Along the western coast, many Turtle hatcheries are present and they take care the turtles with utmost care. Loggerhead turtles are one of the species that is take separate care of. Visiting Bentota beach and visiting this place on your way back would be a great idea.

Kosgoda turtle hatchery
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1. How is the weather in Sri Lanka in May?

If you are visiting the southern and western parts of Sri Lanka, you will be greeted with rain showers. The northwestern regions can be visited such as Colombo, Kandy, Jaffna and Nuwara Eliya which remain dry and pleasant.

2. Is May a good time to visit Sri Lanka?

Although Sri Lanka is a year round destination, May is definitely the Best time to visit Sri Lanka. But make sure to include to your Sri Lanka itinerary the northwestern regions of Colombo, Kandy, and Nuwara Eliya.

3. Which are the best places to visit in Sri Lanka in May?

You can start your Sri Lanka holiday at Colombo and visit Sri Lanka Cricket Museum, National Museum of Colombo, Gangaramaya temple. If you are travelling to Sri Lanka in the beginning of May, you can climb Adam’s Peak as well before the season ends. You can then head to Nuwara Eliya and explore the Pedro Tea Estate and Lake Gregory and lastly end your stay at Kandy.

4. Which are the best beaches to visit in Sri Lanka in May?

Hikkaduwa Beach, Unawatuna Beach, Bentota Beach in Colombo are some good beaches to visit on your Sri Lanka trip in May.

Which season is good for Sri Lanka?

The peak season in Sri Lanka is from December to April.

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With questions like ‘Is may a good time to visit Sri Lanka’ popping in, the answer you straight away be a big YES. Activities that found reasons like ‘cannot be performed in Summer’ finds a solution this season. Since Sri Lanka has signed Air bubble agreement with India, visiting Sri Lanka in May this year would be ideal. Visit Pickyourtrail website to get some amazing Sri Lanka tour packages recommendation or customise your own itinerary. Let us celebrate travel together!

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