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Escape to Sri Lanka this Christmas!

Updated: Jun 17, 2023

Whether you’re planning a festive getaway with the whole family or are searching for a romantic or group Christmas adventure, Sri Lanka in December and January is an ideal holiday destination. Our handpicked adventures and local tour guides in your private chauffeured vehicle will ensure you dodge the crowds and discover the real gems of this extraordinary island country. With a warm tropical climate and an abundance of fun things to do, whatever your age or interests, Sri Lanka in December and January is an ideal holiday destination. The great Sri Lanka weather in December and January provides excellent conditions for classic Sri Lankan experiences, culture, history, adventure, food, beaches, wildlife or wellness, as well as Christmas celebrations at many hotels.

December and January in Sri Lanka is a hugely popular time to visit, with plenty of amazing things to see and do during this time of year. Sri Lanka is also an excellent place to spend the festive period. Christmas celebrations in Sri Lanka are a real once in a lifetime experience for the whole family.

Adam’s Peak Pilgrimage

Located in the tea plantations of the island’s famous hill country, Adam’s Peak is one of the most iconic natural landmarks in Sri Lanka. Climbing Adam’s Peak is one of the best things to do in December as this is when the pilgrimage season begins. Pilgrims from across the country gather to undertake this 5-hour trek by night, mostly made up of rocky steps, in order to achieve a breath-taking view of the sunrise in the early hours of the morning at the summit. A very holy site, the top of Adam’s Peak is home to the Buddha’s footprint, or Lord Shiva’s, depending on your religion; and this is where pilgrims pay their respect at the end of the climb.


Sri Lanka in December is lush and green, making it an excellent time to explore both the countryside and its wildlife. Travelling across the country, with your chauffeur guide or train ride is a great way to take in the stunning natural landscapes. Experience a safari in Wilpattu National Park to see leopards, sloth bears, elephants, spotted deer, barking deer, jackals, sambhur, barking deer, mouse deer wild pig, water buffalo, and mugger crocodiles, plus time along the way to relax and unwind.


The southern beaches are perfect for families in December since the waves are small and the shore is calm. There is very little rain, and the beach bumming can get no better. Have a cold beer or king coconut by the shore while the kids run from the little foaming waves that hit the soft sands. The small waves are perfect for learning to surf this time of year.

Sri Lanka is a country of huge variety. Whether you’re looking to visit the main attractions of the country or after something more unique, Sri Lanka in December and January is sure to deliver the weather and wonder to suit any holiday preference. December is also a great time to get involved with local Sri Lankan traditions and celebrations, which is one of the best ways to discover this authentic and fascinating country and culture.

Sri Lanka Escapes Itineraries are the best of the diverse regions of the "Pearl of the Indian Ocean". Like discovering the ancient cities in the cultural triangle, summiting Lion Rock in Sigiriya, majestic views from Adams Peak and the Nine Arch Bridge, exploring Galle Fort and the ancient city ruins at the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. The best is also a hands-on cooking class in a local Sri Lankan home, traditional cultural shows, spice gardens, elegant high tea, sunrise yoga, baby elephant orphanage, and your feet in the sand on the beautiful beaches and hiking between tea plantations and villages in Nuwara Eliya. In fact, we think the best is doing all that and more in our Discover the Best of Sri Lanka Itineraries.


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