Average January Temperature: 30°C high; 24°C low
Travel Time From UK: 10 hours
Time difference: GMT +5.5 hours
For a relatively small island, Sri Lanka has it all – Buddhist temples, ancient cities, colonial tea plantations, lush rainforest, cool hill stations, miles of palm-fringed beaches and incredible wildlife. Add to this the delicious food, the friendliest of people and gorgeous hotels, and there really is something to suit every budget. In January and February, make a beeline for the south coast for balmy temperatures and the best chance of all-day sunshine. A week or ten-day trip is best spent driving – or using the historic railway network – around Galle, Mirissa, Unawatuna and Weligama. Make time for a couple of nights in Yala National Park, too.