January weather & where to go
This is a great time to travel, and not just to start your new year off with a bang. Expect temperatures of around 30 °C along the southern and western coast, alongside lots of sunshine. Rainfall at this time is pretty minimal, so plenty of beach relaxation is in order. Top spots for city and beach in the south west for January include Galle, Colombo, Tangalle, Bentota and Weligama. These are great places to start or end your wildlife safari, and the wildlife parks are also excellent at this time.
Yala National Park and Wilpattu National Park drying up post monsoon and will be fairly hot. We’d recommend avoiding the first week or so of January, just to ensure you miss the tail end of the north-eastern monsoon and can focus on tracking leopards, elephants and other amazing wildlife.
Uda Walawe is excellent at this time for bird watching as they follow their migratory routes, and Horton Plains is amazing, a stunning area of undulating plains, and home to lots of fauna, as well as the spectacularly dramatic, plunging World’s End.