Sri Lanka in May

This marks the start of the low season to Sri Lanka, but it can be a good time to travel if you have a passion for wildlife and the natural world.

May weather & where to go

May weather & where to go

May sees the start of a monsoon season, making this the beginning low season for Sri Lanka. This monsoon brings rains to the south and west coasts as well as the hill country.

May is a good month to go track leopards and elephants in Yala National Park as the weather continues to improve and provide them with more sunshine to bathe in. 

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When it comes to the beach, the east coast is good with Trincomalee being a great option. For lots of sunshine, we’d recommend you stick to the east coast or the north coast. In the south west, and especially the south-western peak, swimming in the sea is often not recommended at this time.
The cultural triangle is still experiencing minimal rainfall and a hot average temperature of about 35°C, similar to Kandy which is also great to visit at this time of year. There is also Vesak this month, celebrating the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha.

Over all, May is not the best time to go to Sri Lanka if you want to traverse the whole island, however we can ensure you are in the right place to see the best of this stunning country at this time. 

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