Planning your vacation in Sri Lanka in May? Sri Lanka, the enchanting island in the Indian Ocean, country of the lush jungles, stunning beaches, and ancient cities. A place which everyone must visit at least once during their life.
If you plan your trip to Sri Lanka in May, we would like to present to you five places you must visit during your stay.
Top Places To Visit in Sri Lanka In May 2021
With the southwestern monsoon gaining strength, the afternoon showers become a regular occurrence.
But that shouldn’t deter you from visiting this charming Bentota town. While the swimming and diving seasons are ended there is a lot of other things to do.
For those inclined toward wildlife and eco-tourism, there are Madu River safaris. The flora and fauna which thrive in these mangroves, including more than 100 species of birds, will positively stun you.
And a visit to Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project will be a pleasure for every admirer of these magnificent creatures.
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A town best known for the 17th-century fort is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka. With the buildings built in Portuguese and Dutch styles of colonial-era, it exudes the charm of the Old World.
Galle Fort Clocktower, National Maritime Archeology Museum, the Lighthouse, are must-see places.
While the Old Dutch Hospital is today converted into a shopping and dining district where you can find many restaurants and boutiques offering a respite from the day’s heat and many interesting local souvenirs.
If you are more interested in beach activities, there is a nearby Unawatuna beach. And if the weather serves you, you can have a diving trip around the shipwreck Even if you are interested in the beach but not activities, nearby and hidden among the trees is the Jungle Beach.
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Kandy, the last imperial capital of Sinhalese kingdoms, is located on a plateau in central Sri Lanka among the green hills which host many tea plantations.
It is home to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, which is a part of the royal palace complex and home of the tooth relic of Gautama Buddha.
Just next to the Temple is situated the Kandy Lake, a man-made lake constructed in 1807. Another historical monument one should visit in the vicinity of Kandy is the Lankathilaka Vihara temple.
Dating from the 14th century AD it is one of the best-preserved examples of religious architecture of this period in Sri Lanka.
Kandy is also the starting point of one of the most scenic train rides in the world, the Kandy to Ella.
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Ella, a town whose name literally means “water fall”, is located at an elevation of 1,041 meters above sea level and surrounded by green hills covered by cloud forests and tea plantations.
The hills are home to many waterfalls, of which the most famous is the Ravana Falls, behind it is the fabled Ravana cave in which legendary king Ravana of the Indian epic Ramayana has hidden the princess Sita.
Ella is very popular among tea aficionados for many tea plantations where some of the best tea in the world is produced. And it’s peaceful and cool climate offers a respite from the often oppressive heat of the Sri Lankan lowlands.
Ella is also a very popular destination among trekking enthusiasts. Little Adam’s Peak and Ella’s Rock are the two most popular attractions.
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The city on the northeastern shores of Sri Lanka is a very popular spot for whale watching in March and April.
During the month of May, it becomes a hotspot of dolphins. You can expect to see pods that don’t number in dozens of individuals but in hundreds.
It is also an excellent snorkeling spot, especially Pigeon Island which is rich in the corals and marine wildlife. Trincomalee is home to one of the five Hindu temples dedicated to the god Shiva, the Koneswaram Temple.
Also known as the Temple of the Thousand Pillars, it is a place of Hindu worship since the late 3rd century BC. It is a representative example of classical-medieval Hindu temple architecture, restored to the current state in the 1950s.
Another attraction of Trincomalee is Fort Frederick. Built in the 17th century AD, today is used by the Sri Lankan military but is open for tourists.
The many trees which grow in the Fort’s area provide a sanctuary from the heat to many Sri Lankan axis deer which can be seen during the day.
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