The north and the east are dry and sunny, avoiding the monsoon rain and winds. The Cultural Triangle and Kandy are still lovely at this time of year as well.
For those who want to explore more of Sri Lanka’s cultural side, the Poson festival, which commemorates the arrival of Indian monk, Arahat Mahinda, in 3rd Century BC, and introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka take place in May. The main celebrations are held in Anuradhapura and Mihintale. Lines of people dressed in white, all devotees to Buddha, climb to the top of Mihintale hill, firstly to the temple and then to the dagobas (dome shaped memorials). It’s a wonderful spectacle and very unique celebration.
The hill country is chilly, especially in the evenings and mornings, so warm clothing is a must if you plan on visiting areas such as Tea Country. When it comes to wildlife, Yala National Park is excellent for leopard tracking, as well as spotting elephants and sloth bears. Uda Walawe and Minneriya are also great for wildlife at this time of year.
Sticking to the east, north and centre, you can have a wonderful trip to Sri Lanka that combines wildlife, beach time and some of Sri Lanka’s intriguing culture.