It’s your honeymoon but you don’t have to stick to the tried and tested "romantic" destinations for newlyweds. Home to a gorgeous coastline, ancient cities and lush countryside, Sri Lanka has some terrific locations for honeymooners looking for a combination of simple relaxation, eco tourism and adrenaline thrills.
Best beach spots for honeymooners
Even if you expect a special honeymoon, you probably still like to spend a couple of days lazing on the beaches or staying in a beachside resort with your spouse. There certainly are some amazing ones here in Sri Lanka.
1. Bentota (West Coast)
With a string of boutique hotels and resorts lined on the superb golden sands, Bentota is a perfect beach destination for the newlyweds seeking for a bit of pampering. There are also a plethora of activities to indulge in like snorkeling, sailing, diving, canoeing.
Bentota’s beachside boutique resorts are perfect for honeymooning.
Where to stay: Just steps away from the shore, the Saman Villas has beachside villas to offer privacy and romance for honeymooners. The Vivanta by Taj, another luxury 5 star hotel in the region, stands out for its attention to details. Rooms have either ocean view or garden view.
2. Trincomalee (East Coast)
Trincomalee on the east coast is all pristine white beaches and turquoise ocean. The beaches (Uppuveli and Nilaveli) are ideal for a quiet hand-in-hand stroll with your beloved one. Another big draw is the blue whale and dolphin watching from April to September, when the weather is pleasant and these lovely creatures are easily sighted on a boat trip.
It's hard not to feel light-hearted when Trincomalee's turquoise ocean pops into your eyes.
Enjoy the quiet beach of Trincomalee with your sweetie...
Where to stay: The 5-star Uga Jungle Beach Resort in Trincomalee offers jungle, beach, swimming pool and some of the best Sri Lankan cuisine. Remember to ask for a room with lagoon view.
Best hideaways for honeymooners
If you've ever imagined your honeymoon as a secluded escape, venture off into Sri Lanka’s central Hill Country, a world away from the rest of Sri Lanka.
3. Nuwara Eliya
Exuding a European and colonial feel, Nuwara Eliya is hailed as ''Little England''. Walking into the rolling green tea plantations will make you feel like more intimate to each other. Playing golf, hiking, visiting waterfalls are also great options.
Nuwara Eliya. It is actually more beautiful in real life.
Where to stay: The Grand Hotel located in downtown of Nuwara Eliya is a 5-star colonial-style hotel with a history of more than 120 years. If you wish to be surrounded by tea plantations, the hilltop Heritance Tea Factory is highly recommended.
Best cultural spots for honeymooners
Sometimes getting yourself immersed into local culture will leave you with the most memorable experience from your whole trip.
Kandy located in the hills of central Sri Lanka is a great place for couples who love to get a feel for the authentic Sri Lankan culture. As the last royal capital of Sri Lanka, it’s steeped in history and tradition. You can visit the Temple of Tooth Relic that houses the relic of Buddha’s sacred tooth or take a stroll in the historic Royal Botanical Garden to admire at the beautiful flora and fauna. In the early evening, enjoy a vivid and traditional Cultural Dance (Kandyan Dance) performed at the YMCA auditorium. Go in July or August and you may be able to experience the country's grandest Buddhist festival Kandy Esala Perahera.
The Temple of Tooth Relic in Kandy.
Little England - Kandy
Where to stay: Hotel Earls Regency and Amaya Hills are the best hotels in Kandy. The former is a garden-style resort built on a hillside, where you can listen to the sound of spring. The latter is located on a mountain top, with panoramic views of the countryside.
The ancient city of Galle oozes a European charm with a dramatic tropical setting. Couples can spend one or two romantic days to explore its crumbling Dutch-colonial buildings, streets imbued with history, and tropical beaches. The historic Fort area is crammed with good restaurants, fragrant spice shops and museums housing ancient books, jewelries and porcelains.
The Fort area is not bad for taking wedding photos as well as walking with your partner.
Couples taking photos in Galle
Where to stay: Designed by famed architect Geoffrey Bawa, Jet Wing Lighthouse is one of the best hotels in Galle with ocean views.
Best honeymoon spots for great outdoors and safaris
If you and your sweetie are the adventurous types, Sri Lanka has lots of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries to caputure your wild hearts. And Yala National Park is the most outstanding one.
6. Yala National Park
Yala National Park boasts the highest concentration of leopards in the world and a stunning eco system consisting of forests, grasslands, wetlands and sandy beaches. Go for a jeep safari to spot leopards, elephants, Macaque monkeys, spotted deers, crocodiles, monitor lizards, sloth bear, wild boars and so on. After a thrilling jeep ride, take a walk on the stunning beach inside the park.
Yala National Park provides isolation, romance and adventure for couples.
Visitors on the beach in Yala National Park
Where to stay: Staying in the Jetwing Yala located inside the Yala National Park allows you to have an intimate encounter with wildlife and enjoy sunshine and beach. You can also choose to stay at Cinnamon Wild, which is another 5-star hotel located in the park.
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