Which are the best places to visit in winter in Sri Lanka?

Rich in beaches, cultural spots and wildlife, Sri Lanka is one of the most beautiful and amazing places to visit on Earth. Although a small size country, Sri Lanka has one of the most varied biodiversity in the world.

A really good thing about Sri Lanka, besides the fact that there are so many interesting things to do and places to see, is that Sri Lanka is an all-year-round destination.

Yala National Park Sri Lanka Elephants best places to visit in winter in Sri Lanka
Yala National Park Sri Lanka Elephants best places to visit in winter
Which are the best places to visit in winter in Sri Lanka?

When I said winter don’t you think about snow, extreme temperatures and ice.
Winter months in Sri Lanka are December, January and February. In this period of the year, the average temperature in Sri Lanka is between 22 to 30 degrees Celsius and the precipitation level is between 82 to 165 mm.

Nuwara Eliya Ella Sri Lanka 9 Arch Bridge
Nuwara Eliya Ella 9 Arch Bridge

The best part of Sri Lanka to visit in winter is the south part, the hillside and the cultural triangle.

Here is a top with the best place to see during winter in Sri Lanka!

Yala National Park

Yala National Park is one of the best places to visit during winter. Inside the park, there are many wild creatures representative for local wildlife: monkeys, elephants, buffalo, leopards, crocodiles and many species of birds.

Yala National Park Sri Lanka Elephants
Yala National Park Sri Lanka Elephants

The park is ideal for wild safaris. The access in the park is possible just with authorised jeeps. There are 2 game drives per day, one in the morning and another one in the afternoon. A game drive lasts for about 3 hours and is a good opportunity to observe local wildlife.

Yala National Park Elephant Sri Lanka
Yala National Park Elephant Sri Lanka

The entrance fee in the park for adults is about 15 USD per person and for a child is about 8 USD per person.

Book your overnight stay at Laya Safari hotel, because it is close to being park entrance, has beautiful rooms and tasty food. Wake up at 4 a.m. and try the morning safari. The animals are more active early in the morning than in the afternoon!

Don’t forget to have your camera with you because you will have lots of opportunities to take beautiful shots.

Sri Lanka Safari Photo Camera Objective Photo gear
Sri Lanka Safari Photo Camera Objective Photo gear
Nuwara Eliya

Other best places to visit in winter in Sri Lanka are Nuwara Eliya and its surroundings. Nuwara Eliya is located in Sri Lanka hillside region nested between tea plantations

Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka best places to visit in winter in Sri Lanka
Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka best places to visit in winter

 

Don’t miss the opportunity and visit a tea factory! It is the best place to go and see with your own eyes the tea making process. You will see the whole process from leaf harvesting to the finished product. You will be shocked by the amount of work necessary to process the leaves and obtain the final product.

Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka Tea Fields Tea factory
Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka Tea Fields Tea factory

Nuwara Eliya is the right place to take the train up in the mountains between tea plantations; it is one of the most emblematic and awesome train rides in the world. Because this train ride is so famous and epic, the train tickets are sold very quickly, so book in advance if you want to be sure you get a seat.

Sri Lanka Ella Nine Arch Bridge Nuwara Eliya
Sri Lanka Ella Nine Arch Bridge Nuwara Eliya

Because there are so many beautiful things to do in the area, book at least 3 night in a hotel from the hillside area. The perfect and most beautiful accommodation is somewhere in the middle of nature from where you can admire the landscape.

Ella Sri Lanka Railway
Ella Sri Lanka Railway
98 Acres Resort and Spa was named as one of the most beautiful mountain resort in the world a few years ago and it is indeed incredible! The view from the rooms, the location, the facilities, everything is absolutely incredible! You have a beautiful view over Little Adam’s Peak and a huge tea plantation. Very nice resort!

Kandy

Kandy is one of the best places to visit in winter in Sri Lanka. This is an important tourist destination famous for its temples and spiritual charm.

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Hulu River Waterfall, Royal Botanical Garden, Kandy Lake are the most important things to be seen in the Kandy area.

Temple of tooth Temple of the sacred Tooth Relic Kandy
Temple of tooth Temple of the sacred Tooth Relic Kandy

Here, in Kandy, we saw a traditional show with national dances and all sort of traditions. It was a good opportunity to get in touch with the local culture.

Kandy traditional fire show local culture
Kandy traditional fire show local culture

After getting in touch with local traditions at the evening show from Kandy, book a night at Ozo Kandy and after a good night, sleep continues your journey throw Kandy area. Ozo hotel has nice rooms with a view over the Kandy city and the mountains from the area. A tasty breakfast is served each morning with traditional and international specialities. Ozo hotel offers the best ratio of quality price from the area.

Mirissa surf, one of the best places to visit in winter in Sri Lanka

Mirissa is a small town located in the south part of the island with beautiful beaches and incredible waves, ideal for surf.

Mirissa Surf on Mirissa Beach Sri Lanka
Mirissa Surf on Mirissa Beach Sri Lanka

This beach resort is famous for its nice hotels, vibrant nightlife and fancy cafes.
Mirissa beach is one of the best places for sunset and sunrise from the south coast of Sri Lanka, offering amazing views over the ocean and the coast.

Mirissa Beach Sri Lanka beautiful beach
Mirissa Beach Sri Lanka beautiful beach

Wow! There are so many things to do and places to visit even if you visit Sri Lanka in winter! It is very easy to understand why Sri Lanka is an all-year destination!

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