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The Great Sri Lankan Honeymoon: 10 Best Places To Visit


A small country located at the southern tip of India has become the talk of the town in recent years for all the good reasons. Sri Lanka is one of the most touristy places to travel in 2020 and a Sri Lankan honeymoon guarantees a romantic journey of culture and adventure in one compact destination. Embedded in the vast Indian Ocean like a pearl, Sri Lanka is a great getaway for honeymooners. It’s a small country that makes it one of the cheapest honeymoon destinations in Asia and lovebirds can experience the diversity of this country in less than a week. Warm and welcoming people, ages-old tradition and gastronomy, mesmerizing beaches, and a plethora of natural beauty. There’s so much to see and experience in Sri Lanka. Be in diving in the Indian ocean, hiking through the jungles, or a romantic stroll on a beach, there’s something for every kind of couples. Here are some great ideas for a Sri Lanka honeymoon.

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For the lovers of the Romantic Beaches

1. Bentota

The Great Sri Lankan Honeymoon: 10 Best Places To Visit-2 Bentota has the finest sun-kissed sand stretches on the west coast of Sri Lanka, lined with strings of lavish resorts with amazing spas. It is a perfect beach destination for Honeymooners. Near the beach are the calm waters of the Bentota lagoon, where the Bentota Ganga River and the sea merges. The lagoon is great for kayaking and jet-skiing, and romantic boat rides into the mangroves and tangled waterways. Nestled on the southern end of the beach are the chic boutique hotels that offer perfect seclusion and privacy for your romantic escapade. Shoesonloose’s Bentota in Budget Holiday Package is great for a romantic getaway.

2. Hikkaduwa

The Great Sri Lankan Honeymoon: 10 Best Places To Visit-3 Hikkaduwa is a beach resort town known for its strong surf, sandy beaches, and luxurious resorts. The beach is dotted with fancy restaurants and bars for a perfect evening. The adventures couples can also indulge in surf lessons as the medium and low waves are perfect for beginners without any underwater threats. Lying just north to Galle, adding Hikkaduwa to your Shoesonloose Sri Lanka Honeymoon itinerary makes perfect sense.

3. Mirissa

The Great Sri Lankan Honeymoon: 10 Best Places To Visit-4 The golden sands of the Mirissa beach are lined with palm trees, making the beach secluded to affords the tranquillity newlyweds often seek. Located on the south coast of Sri Lanka, the clear waters of Mirissa are ideal for swimming as well as surfing but the town is famous for a totally different reason. The place is known as the Whale Capital of Sri Lanka and tourists can often spot the whales close to the shorelines. Locals also provide boat tours for whale spotting. Beach bars in the Mirissa village take turns hosting the nightly party and small fireworks display and a trip to this beautiful beach town adds fun to your honeymoon.

4. Unawatuna

The Great Sri Lankan Honeymoon: 10 Best Places To Visit-5 Unawatuna is considered as the best beach destination in Sri Lanka and is a part of almost every traveler’s itinerary. The cozy beaches are perfect for strolling around and if you’re lucky you may spot whales in the calm waters. The Unawatuna is comparatively tranquil than its counterparts making it perfect for honeymooners. The narrow road of Unawatuna town is lined with small shops selling moonstone jewelry, cafes, guesthouses, and eateries.

Romantic retreats for couples seeking seclusion

4. Nuwara Eliya

The Great Sri Lankan Honeymoon: 10 Best Places To Visit-6 Rolling hills and pretty tea gardens welcome you to Nuwara Eliya. The place is often referred to as ‘Little England’, for its beautiful highlands and colonial villages resembling to the British countryside. It’s one of the best hideaways in Sri Lanka for the lovebirds. Located in the center of Sri Lanka, Nuwara Eliya offer couples the much-needed privacy and seclusion. Its colonial-era bungalows and Tudor-style hotels surrounded by highly scenic hills and beautiful countryside are perfect for a honeymoon. Trekking and hiking amidst the tea gardens is a must and you’ll also find some waterfalls in the vicinity as well including Lovers Leap Fall, Laksapana Falls, and Rawana falls.

5. Ella

The Great Sri Lankan Honeymoon: 10 Best Places To Visit-7 Ella is perfect for a leisurely holiday and best for honeymooners who want to relax together in the laps of nature. Ella is a serene intimate hideaway in Sri Lankan hill with the country’s some of the best guesthouses. A scenic journey to this hill town via train is a must. You’ll be surrounded by tea plantation, jungle canopies, and waterfalls. While you’re there don’t be too laid-back, explore the countryside tea gardens, waterfalls, temples and amazing viewpoints such as the Ella Gap from where you can stare at the subtle glow of the Great Basses lighthouse on Sri Lanka’s south coast on a clear night.

Honeymoon amidst the natural beauty of Sri Lanka

6. Yala National Park

The Great Sri Lankan Honeymoon: 10 Best Places To Visit-8 The South-Asian island of Sri Lanka is home to tonnes of wildlife including leopards, peacocks, crocodiles, elephants, sambars, chital, and rare black-necked storks, which you can spot on safari. Yala National Park, the second-largest national park in Sri Lanka and boosts the highest leopard density in the world. For couples who love nature, a visit to Yala National Park is a must where encountering wildlife is certain in a landscape filled with rainforests, grasslands, wetlands, and sandy beaches.

7. Habarana

Habarana often serves as a base for Sigiriya but for couples on their honeymoon it’s a great hideout amidst nature. Couples can spend time together in this small town, go for kayaking in the Habarana lake and go for an excursion to the Sigiriya fortress or the Minneriya National Park. If you are up for it you can go for a hot air balloon ride over the Minneriya National Park and sweep the jungle with your eyes.

For a culturally and traditionally bustling Honeymoon

8. Kandy

The Great Sri Lankan Honeymoon: 10 Best Places To Visit-9 Kandy is one of the best destinations in Sri Lanka to indulge in Sri Lankan heritage and enjoy the authentic vibes. Located in the heart of the country, Kandy country’s most significant cultural and religious centers. It’s is home to Sri Lanka’s most holy relic, a tooth of Buddha and many other top attractions. The place is surrounded by mountains and in the center lies the scenic Kandy Lake. The pretty destination makes a great place for a romantic honeymoon in Sri Lanka.

9. Galle

The historic city of Galle is a Unesco World Heritage Site, filled with Dutch colonial buildings, ancient mosques and churches, grand mansions, and museums. Galle is perfect for couples who want to wander its rambling streets lined with cute cafes & stylish boutiques, explore the historic sites like the Dutch Reformed Church, built in 1640, and the Galle Fort which is a walled fortress surrounded on three sides by the ocean.

10. Colombo

The Great Sri Lankan Honeymoon: 10 Best Places To Visit-10 The port city of Colombo, the capital of the country is an amalgamation of the modern era and its colonial history. The colonial history of Sri Lanka can be seen in its architecture. The Portuguese, the Dutch, and the British architecture is beautifully blended with the modern high-rises. The city is bustling with activities for honeymooners and also have plenty of luxurious resorts for a comfortable stay. From trying the authentic Sri Lankan Cuisine to visiting popular attractions including Galle Face Green, the Viharamahadevi Park, National Museum, Twin World Trade Center towers and many more, there’s a lot to do in Colombo.

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