So you're planning to tie the knot with your significant other. After all wedding preparations have been made, then comes the preparation for the honeymoon. Although you could travel to a destination within your home country, it doesn’t beat the thrill of flying abroad and visiting new places with your beloved spouse, and if you're looking for a country with captivating scenery, peaceful and romantic surroundings, friendly and sociable people, and new places to explore. Then Sri Lanka is a country that you must have in your list!
This little island has so much to offer for a halal traveller, whether you want a honeymoon getting sun-kissed at the beach, or a honeymoon among the cold and quiet mountains, or even an urban honeymoon, anything is possible in Sri Lanka, or if you're a fan of all of them, you could mash it up all together and have a combo honeymoon!
Whatever your preference is, your trip to Sri Lanka will grant you an exciting range of amazing hotels to choose from, a variety of different tastebud-tingling dishes (if you are big on spice and chilies, the Sri Lankan cuisine is going to be something that you'd love!!), various locations for you to sightsee with your loved one, and rich and unforgettable experiences that'll leave you coming back for more!
So here are some of the best honeymoon destinations in Sri Lanka along with prime locations for the happy couple to visit, and also the best hotels in the area that I recommend during your romantic getaway at Sunny Sri Lanka!
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The country’s commercial capital is the ideal location for an urban honeymoon. The city can offer you all the luxuries you need to spend your honeymoon in the most classy way. Colombo is the city which has a variety of different hotels and shopping destinations to choose from. Some of the best things to do in Colombo are:
Shopping at prime locations such as: Majestic city, Odel departmental store – Townhall and Crescat Boulevard and Liberty Plaza. Enjoy romantic and peaceful walks at Viharamahadevi park (formerly Victoria park) or enjoy the beautiful 3D road paintings at Diyata Uyana. Dine in some of the best and classy restaurants in Sri Lanka. Experience different concerts and events that take place throughout the city.
The best hotels in Colombo with state of the art facilities that I recommend to spend your honeymoon in Colombo are Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo, The Hilton Colombo, The Kingsbury Hotel, Hotel Galadari, Shangri La Hotel
Majestic city: 0112508673, 0112588827, 0112588829
Odel: 077 0128128
Liberty Plaza: +94 11 2 575935
Diyata Uyana: 076 659 5304
Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo: +94 112 491 000
The Hilton Colombo: +94-11-249-2492
The Kingsbury Hotel: +94 112 421 221
Hotel Galadari: (+94) 11-2544 544
Shangri La Hotel: (94) 11 788 8288
This is my favorite location in Sri Lanka, and I believe Nuwara Eliya's natural sights are the epitome of Sri Lanka's natural beauty. If you head to this beautiful hilly city of Sri Lanka which is four hours away from Colombo you would be astonished as to how the entire surrounding and climate would change during that short period of time. You'd be dazzled by the green mountains, colorful flowers and lush vegetation that surrounds Nuwara Eliya. This is an ideal location if you want a quiet and calm honeymoon where you can simply relax and unwind.
Here are some suggestions of things to do to engage you and your significant other on a beautiful adventure in Nuwara Eliya.
Go on a long 6 hour hike at the Hortain Plains National Park and Reserve and witness the ever famous "World’s End" which is a 4000 ft. drop off a cliff, and also witness the variety of flora and fauna that surrounds the park. Even though you are signing up for a bit of strain on your legs, to be with nature out in the open is definitely something you must not miss out on.
Admire the beauty of a number of waterfalls including the Devon falls, St. Clair's falls and the Lovers' Leap waterfall
Treat yourself to a yummy strawberry treat and witness how this amazing fruit is grown at a number of Strawberry gardens around Nuwara Eliya.
Are you a fan of all things dairy ? Then surely the New Zealand farm is a location that you must visit. You'll be able to see how dairy is produced and also have a taste of the most delicious fresh milk and cheese in Sri Lanka.
Witness how beautiful flowers can be at the Hakgala Botanical Gardens. The garden has one whole area dedicated for roses. How romantic, right?
Enjoy a peaceful walk and go on a boat ride at the Gregory lake park situated in the heart of the beautiful hill city.
Apart from these magnificent locations, here is a list of suggestions of the best hotels that will make your stay at Nuwara Eliya a very comfortable one.
Hortain Plains National Park and Reserve: 0523 539 042
New Zealand Farm: +94 77 000 0000
Hakgala Botanical Gardens: 0522 222 182
Gregory Lake Park: +94 77 604 3599
Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya: +94 (0) 52 2222881-7
The Heritance Tea Factory: +94 52 5555000
Amaya Langdale: +94 114 767 888
Araliya Green Hills: +94 522 224150 - 59
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Down South in Galle, Bentota and Mirissa, if you are looking for a honeymoon with the sun and sea these locations are just for you. I included all three locations because they're situated in close proximity, and they each have their own unique adventures to offer .
All three locations are situated in the south coast of the island and is home to a variety of beautiful beaches that will give you the perfect sunny and sandy honeymoon that you always wished for. If you and your darling loved ones are crazy about water sports such as surfing, snorkeling, jet skiing, banana tube riding, skiing and river safaris, the south coast of Sri Lanka awaits you!
Swimming, sunbathing and all beachy activities at some of the most breathtaking beaches of Sri Lanka (the most famous beaches in the area include the Jungle beach and the Unawatuna beach)
A stroll in the magnificent Galle fort, one of the iconic monuments dating back to the 16th Century
Catch a glimpse of the history of Sri Lanka at the National Museum of Galle
The best hotels in the area that I would recommend for your stay are:
Galle fort: +94 (0) 91 223 2568/9
National Museum of Galle: 0912 232 051
The Jetwing Lighthouse: +94114709400
The Galle Fort Hotel: +94 76 665 8080 / +94 91 223 2870 / +94 91 224 5780
Amari Galle: +94 91 203 0500
The Fortress Galle: +94 914 389 400
Kandy is yet another city in the hilly part of Sri Lanka. The city is a perfect fusion of urban luxury and peaceful tranquility. If Kandy is your honeymoon destination, you'll be able to witness the culture of Sri Lanka at its most vibrant, the beauty of nature, and take part in one-of-a-kind experiences.
Take a Romantic walk through the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya that's home to the biggest collection of gorgeous plants and flowers of Sri Lanka.
Have a shopping extravaganza at the Kandy City Centre.
Visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic which is a magnificent monument of that reflects Sri Lankan history .
Have a blissful boat ride along the Kandy lake.
Kandy is home to an abundance of hotels unique in their own way, but here are the four most top notch hotels that you should definitely try out!
Royal Botanical Gardens: 0812 388 088
Kandy City Centre: +94 812 202 844 / 8
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage: +94 35 22 66116
Amaya Hills Kandy: +94 114 767 888/800
Cinnamon Citadel Kandy: +94 (0) 81 223 4365/6
The Earl's Regency Hotel by Aitken Spence: +94 (0)81 2422122
Santani Resorts and Spa: (+94) 11 255 9755 (Reservations) / (+94) 81 222 8000 (Resort)
Trincomalee is a location along the eastern coast of the Island and is home to a number of untouched beaches with crystal-clear blue waters. It is a far more rural escape than Galle and has a less urban landscape. So if you are looking for wonderful beaches, this is the honeymoon location for you!
Some of the highlights of this magnificent area is the Fort Fredrick and the gorgeous Marble beach of Trincomalee.
With regards to choosing the perfect hotel with a beautiful and romantic atmosphere, here are some recommendations:
Trinco Blue by Cinnamon: (+94) 2 6222 1611 / (+94) 2 6222 2307
Amaranthe Bay Resort and Spa: +94 26 20 50 200
The Anathama Hotel: (+94) 26 205 0250