Sri Lanka weather & when to go: January

January overview

January is a great month to travel in Sri Lanka, with the beaches along the southern and western coasts all experiencing plenty of sunshine and minimal rainfall throughout the month, although rainfall is expected further to the north and east, especially in coastal regions. Expect average temperatures around 30 °C.

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Annual overview

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January's weather in detail

To the east, the north-eastern monsoon should be starting to wind down, meaning that the National Parks of Yala and Wilpattu will also be hot and dry, making January a good month for wildlife sightings as the animals gather around water holes. 

The central regions of Kandy, the hills of Tea Country, and to a lesser extent the Cultural Triangle, are likely to be receiving a little rainfall in January. Whilst the usual warm weather is expected in the Cultural Triangle, temperatures in the Tea Country, especially around Nuwara Eliya, remain cooler due to the higher altitude (avg temp: 20 °C). Cooler temperatures and minimal rainfall make January a good month for climbing Adam's Peak.

 Where's the sun and sand?

Galle, Bentota, Negombo, Weligama, Mirissa, Tangalle, Kalpitiya

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Key Festivals & Religious Ceremonies


The full moon day of January marks the first visit of the Buddha to Sri Lanka. Celebrated with a procession of well-decorated elephants, dancers, and drummers over three nights in Kelaniya (10 kms from Colombo).

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