12 Honeymoon Places in Sri Lanka That Will Sweep You Off Your Feet
A question for you newly weds – Is your immediate quest to zero in on a destination that makes those special days of your honeymoon truly memorable on? If so, Sri Lanka cannot be overlooked. A honeymoon in Sri Lanka, much like its spices, has so many flavours by way of culture, natural beauty and warm beautiful people, making it is quite hard to resist.
So, here are some amazing honeymoon destinations in Sri Lanka to get you thinking on how you want your intimate days to pan out.
A Romantic Beach Honeymoon In Sri Lanka
Whether you decide to wed in the first half of the year or the second, the beach honeymoon getaways in Sri Lanka are aplenty. The West coast is fantastic between November and April and the East coast is alluring from May to October.
Bentota is a perfect beach destination for newlyweds! This is where the river Bentota Ganga and the sea merge into an exotic lagoon, a beautiful union – perfect for an intimate time. Here it is just impossible to resist the breathtakingly beautiful palm fringed beaches and the much needed privacy guarantees a romantic escapade.
What’s special for honeymooners? Privacy in the lap of nature and for those who are the adventure lovers, there are a plethora of activities to indulge in with your partner be it snorkeling, sailing, diving or canoeing.
Best time: November to April
One of the most romantic honeymoon places in Sri Lanka, dubbed as a tropical paradise, this crescent shaped secluded beach affords the tranquillity newlyweds often seek. Just sip from a chilled king coconut and gaze out at the spectacular sunrise and sunset from the soft sands of the beach.
Special for honeymooners: Enjoy some amazing whale and dolphin watching while you are at Mirissa. Surprise your love with a romantic date on the beach with no one around!
Best time: November to April
On the fringes of the Yala jungle, Tangalle is a unique proposition for the lovebirds. On the west of Tangalle are exotic hotels and villas, tucked away in idyllic coves and bays. On the east, there are beautiful mangrove lined lagoons and smooth sandy beaches. And, mind you, the blue of the sea is sure to make you feel like proposing to your beloved all over again! It is amongst the best places for honeymoon in Sri Lanka.
Special for honeymooners: Go explore the national parks which are very close OR experience giant turtles coming ashore at night on the beaches of Rekawa and Kahandamodara to lay eggs!!
Best Time: November to April
Looking for a relatively quieter beach destination in Sri Lanka? Trincomalee fits the bill. One of the most striking sights here would be to see deer roaming the streets unmindful of the curious stares of visitors. The beaches (Uppuveli and Nilaveli) are ideal for a quiet hand-in-hand walk along the sea or if you like, just to laze around and sun bathe.
Special for honeymooners: Visit the pigeon island- white sandy beach, rock pigeon breeding ground and even shark sightings. You could also visit the hot springs of Kanniya.
Best time: May to October
Hideaway Honeymoon Destinations in Sri Lanka
5. Ella, Bandarawela
Now for some serene intimate getaway. Ella, a lovely Sri Lankan mountain village, is a place where the freshly hitched can just be. Be sure to travel by train to this pretty place. Around you there are acres of tea plantations, cloud covers and jungle canopies. Nestle yourselves cosily into this pristine settings.
Special for honeymooners: Gaze at the Ella Rock through the Ella Gap. Walk hand in hand through the tea plantations to Little Adam’s Peak for some mesmerizing views.
Best Time: All the year round, April being the best time
6. Nuwara Eliya
“Little England” of Sri Lanka, this lovely city is up in the Hill Country. Staying here will give the newlyweds a feel of the colonial culture with lush green slopes, red brick houses and country house-like clubs. With many romantic views to offer, it is amongst the best honeymoon destinations in Sri Lanka for a romance filled start.
Special for honeymooners: Treks, hikes, visits to waterfalls like Lover’s Leap Fall, Laksapana Falls, Rawana falls. Tea estate and factory visits are a must-do.
Best time: December to April
Sri Lankan Honeymoon Destinations for Nature Lover’s
7. Yala National Park
For those couples who love nature and are wild at heart, welcome to the land of the leopard. Yala boasts of the highest leopard density in the world. Literally “spot” them everywhere. For adventurous wild romance, Yala is amongst the most offbeat and best honeymoon places in Sri Lanka.
Special for honeymooners: Stay at Yala and experience the jungle night life. Go for safari rides, beach walks or simply take in the verdant beauty. This place is sure to add charm to your new beginnings.
Best time: February to July
Sometimes one desires best of both worlds- to be in the lap of mother nature as well as ultimate intimacy. Habarana packs in both these with aplomb. It’s a great place for jungle safari (Minneriya National Park) and is amongst the perfect places to visit in Sri Lanka for honeymoon.
Special for Honeymooners: Aside of the safari , newlyweds can choose to explore a village in a bullock cart or go kayaking on the Habarana Lake. If you are upto it you could go up in a hot air balloon over the Minneriya National Park and sweep the jungle with your eyes.
Best time: May to October
9. Sinharaja Forest Reserve
For the ardent nature lover duos, it can’t get better than this. Sinharaja Rain Forest, a World Heritage Site for its biodiversity, is one of the best places for honeymoon in Sri Lanka for environmentalists at heart.
Special for Honeymooners: Go jungle walking to absorb the splendid natural surroundings Or indulge in bird watching –from aquatic to migratory to indigenous exotic species. In for an extreme jungle adventure, you could even opt for a camping experience.
Best time: January to early April and August-September.
10. Central Highlands: Horton Plains and World’s End
Perched on the Central Highland Plateau are Horton Plains and World’s End where a most exhilarating experience awaits you. Peering over the edge of the plateau into a valley and tea estates almost 884m down below is once in a lifetime experience. There are a multitude of streams that traverse the grassland and unique flora and fauna abound – this is an idyllic honeymoon getaway in the island country.
Special for honeymooners: Admire the diverse species of birds, animals and flowers in the Horton Plains National Park, Hike to the mountains around the park or camp on the plains.
Best time: March to May
Places For A Traditional Sri Lankan Honeymoon
There are those who love to get immersed in the culture of a place and savour its flavours to the fullest. For these honeymoon travellers, there can be no better place than Kandy. The last royal capital of Sri Lanka, Kandy houses the Tooth Relic of the Buddha. It’s a place steeped in tradition as can be evident if you visit during the Kandy festival in the months of July and August.
Special for Honeymooners: Visit the Temple of the Tooth. One of the best experiences would be getting up close and personal with elephants at the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Watch traditional Kandyan dancing at the Kandyan Cultural Centre.
Best Time: December to April
All you newlyweds who love some mystique, head for Anuradhapura, the sacred city. The city now lies in ruins, which by themselves are majestic. It is the seat of Sri Lankan heritage and there is much to sample here. Take your pick from the sacred Bodhi tree, eight major palaces, monasteries and monuments.