6 Romantic Sri Lanka Honeymoon Ideas
Sri Lanka honeymoon ideas are plentiful and the island is becoming one of the most sought after honeymoon destinations in Asia. The country is a serious competitor for the neighbouring Maldives.
Marco Polo described Sri Lanka as one of the finest islands in the world. He chose his words well given the fusion of tradition and heartfelt hospitality. Sri Lanka has it all. From white powdered beaches, jungle hideaways to the central highlands. Sri Lanka offers diverse possibilities for newlyweds to start their lives together.
Here are the six best ideas for a Sri Lanka honeymoon:
Beach Honeymoon Sri Lanka:
Living in an urban jungle you probably just want to relax and watch the world pass by. Or perhaps you and your loved one are water-sports fanatics? Then the beach is absolutely the right place for a Sri Lanka honeymoon! Sri Lankan coasts offer lots of stunning and often completely undeveloped beaches. Negombo – or Little Rome – is a great place to start or finish your romantic trip with lots of exclusive small resorts and boutique hotels in addition to the short proximity to the airport.
The lovely city of Galle also offers great beaches and lots of fantastic historical places such as Galle Fort, All Saints Church and dozens of colonial style buildings. Arugam Bay on the east coast invites honeymooners with seemingly endless beaches, perfect for sun-basking and water sports.
Hill Hideaway Sri Lanka:
Imagine sitting on top of a hill while overlooking dramatic mountain ranges, sipping a world-class cup of tea and cuddling your loved one – welcome to Sri Lanka’s incredible jungle-clad highlands! Start your trip in Colombo with one of the world’s most scenic train rides to Kandy, the former royal capital in central Sri Lanka.
A number of small resorts and exclusive hotels can be found on the hills surrounding the city, offering superb views over the countryside and the town itself. Explore the picturesque nature on your Sri Lanka honeymoon with an abundance of tumbling waterfalls and excellent walks (perfect for romantic photos). In addition you can find Sri Lanka’s world renowned tea plantations nearby where you get to know how tea is grown, processed and sold. Other beautiful areas within the highlands are Nuwara Eliya to the south of Kandy and the ‘Cultural Triangle’ to the north.
Wildlife Adventure Sri Lanka:
Beaches and highlands in Sri Lanka are “great ” but if you are looking for a more unique way to celebrate your honeymoon in Sri Lanka then choose a wildlife adventure! The island boasts 22 phenomenal national parks with UNESCO-protected wildlife and rainforests. It’s here where you have the chance to encounter Sri Lankan elephants, a sub species of the Asian elephant, various monkey species like langurs or lorises and even leopards in their natural habitat. There are several lodges and cottages across the parks of which most are constructed from natural materials and specialised in environmentally responsible tourism – truly a distinctive honeymoon accommodation in Sri Lanka.
Colonial Style Sri Lanka:
Sri Lanka has a number of places with well-preserved colonial buildings which will take you back in time. The best spots for living in a colonial style hotel are Galle (e.g. Templeberg Villa), Kandy and ‘Little England’ in Nuwara Eliya. All three places are historically significant to Sri Lanka and feature lots of exciting cultural landmarks, antique shops and a great selection of restaurants.
Traditional Sri Lankan Style:
What could be more authentic than experiencing Sri Lankan culture by staying at a traditional homestay or guesthouse? Granted, it’s definitely a very unique way to celebrate your honeymoon, but how many couples actually do it? With a traditional Sri Lankan homestay you can learn about the culture, how to cook mouthwatering Sri Lankan dishes (take the recipes home, a great way to celebrate your upcoming wedding days and you’ll always remember your honeymoon by cooking delicious dishes) and get a glimpse in to typical Sri Lankan life.
These types of accommodation are mostly run by families – Sri Lankans are known to be among the world’s most hospitable people.
The best of all – A Round Trip Sri Lanka:
Why not combine all of the above to one mega round trip? All these different places just waiting for you and your better half to get explored! You’ll start your trip in Colombo which deserves a day to explore (alternatively at the end of your trip). From here you can choose which places you want to explore first; taking the train to the central highlands and further on to the beaches on the east side? Or a trip to Galle in the south? The choice is yours, rest assured Sri Lanka will be the best choice for your honeymoon!