Sri Lanka In January: Best 7 Places To Visit in 2021

Planning to visit Sri Lanka in January? Sri Lanka boasts a unique climate across the country unlike the other tour destinations.

So how is weather in Sri Lanka in January? You may plan your Sri Lanka tour despite of any weather condition since, you still have options to switch your outings to north – east or west – south in the country according to the weather condition.

Summer and the rainfall are the two weather conditions hit the country and you may worry about the Sri Lanka climate in January because of rainfall when planning your Sri Lanka itinerary.

Accordingly, if you are planning to visit Sri Lanka in January, the West, South and the Central part of the country is an ideal option to visit since they are unlikely to get caught from the rainfall season.

Let’s have a look at some best places in Sri Lanka in January. Here is a Sri Lanka itinerary in January idea.

7 Best Places To Visit in Sri Lanka in January 2021



Being the commercial capital of the country, the stylish Colombo city encompasses an array of commercial buildings, residencies, eateries, hotels, shopping malls, parks, shrines, Buddhist and Hindu temples and many more attractions.

Specifically speaking, the Galle face green, Colombo Lotus Tower, National Museum of Colombo, Vihara Mahadevi Park, Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, Shri Ponnambalam Vanesar Kovil , Beira Lake, Independence Square, Dutch Hospital, Old Parliament building, World trade Centre and the old Galle buck light house are some of the prominent places to visit.

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It just takes two-hour drive from Colombo to Galle which is situated in the southwest coast of Sri Lanka.

Gallefort was governed by Portuguese and Dutch in 17th century and The Galle Lighthouse, stone sea walls, wood carvings and the Galle National museum reveals the story of this ancient governance.

The sea side resort towns in Galle suburbs such as Bentota , Hikkaduwa, Beruwela, Unawatuna, Tangalle, Ahungalle are some of the best surfing sites.

Hikkaduwa is also prominent for the colorful coral reefs, marine turtles and other marine species.

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You may be curious to pay a visit to this largest rock formation in Sri Lanka situated in the central part of the country called “Sigiriya Rock Fortress” built by the ancient king called “Kasyapa” over thousand years ago.

The entrance to this fortress showcases two giant lion paws hence Sigiriya is also known as the “Lion Rock”.

This rock is rising to 660 feet from the base to top. Sigiriya is the heart of the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka and one of the world heritages sites by UNESCO. So this is one of best things to do in Sri Lanka in January.



This large town is loacted in the central part of the country and renown for the cave temple complex which is also considered to be one of the world heritage sites by UNESCO.

These golden rock temples contains 153 stutues of Lord Buddha and painting , artwork and murals of revealing the ancient stories of Lord Buddha.

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Adam’s Peak

Adams Peak

The Adam peak is the most visited pilgrimage site in Sri Lanka with a natural landmark in the suburbs of Hatton. Adam’s Peak is strongly believed to be the Sacred foot print of Lord Buddha and the pilgrimage season starts from December till May.

The trekking would be much exhausting since you have approximately 5500 steps to climb from the Dalhousie Village. Trekking this sacred peak is a challenge taken up by the Sri Lankans as well as the tourists.

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Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya

This is the perfect place to get chilled after your summer destinations which no one wants to miss when visits Sri Lanka. The temperature at 15-degree Celsius average in January.

This highland is surrounded by puffy clouds, green hills and the tea bushes add further elegance to the landscape.

Lake Gregory, Victoria Park, Pedro Tea Factory, Horton Plains national Park, World’s end, Strawberry garden ,Hakgala botanical garden are some attractions in Nuwara Eliya.

Heading from 40km away from Nuwara Eliya, you may also admire the beauty of Devon falls, St. Clair falls in Hatton from Mlesna Tea Casle.



Moving another two- and half-hour drive from Nuwara Eliya, you will find the largest city in the central part of the country called Kandy which is renowned for the temple of sacred tooth relic the “Dalada Maligawa”.

The Royal botanical garden situated in the suburbs of this town has thousands of species of plants, orchids and palm trees. The largest river in the country called “Mahaweli River,” The national Herbarium and few other attractions in this ancient city.

The journey can be still extended up to another 38km distance to Knuckles mountain range for those who loves hiking and to get little adventurous.

These are the best 7 places to visit Sri Lanka in January and now you know what to do in Sri Lanka in January.

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