Luxury hotels, beautiful locations, unforgettable experiences, what more could you possibly want.
Sri Lanka Specialist
16 Nov 2018
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So the big day is over (many congratulations), now for the honeymoon. But where to go? If you are after stunning locations, exciting activities, sunny beaches and relaxing spas, Sri Lanka is the best place for you. Whatever it is that you want to do, we are sure that Sri Lanka will be a perfect honeymoon destination.
Wilderness, Luxury and Romance
When you think of accommodation in the remote, wilder areas of Sri Lanka, what you imagine may not be the epitome of romance. You may think of very basic camps with no hot water, non flush toilets and small, cramped bedrooms. However, this is not the case. Sri Lanka is teeming with luxury hotels and lodges, including the country's more remote areas, that are all beautifully decorated, with features such as swimming pools and private verandas with staff on hand to provide excellent service. Examples include Wild Coast Tented Lodge, Gal Oya Lodge and Ceylon Tea Trails.
Pools with a view
Many hotels in Sri Lanka contain plunge or infinity pools, designed and positioned to make the guests feel like they are immersed in the surrounding landscape. This is a perfect and a romantic way to cool off after a busy day in sunny Sri Lanka, all the while being surrounded by beautiful, calming scenery. Some hotel suggestions include Cape Weligama and Living Heritage Koslanda.
Go on Safari
Safaris are not just reserved for Africa. Sri Lanka is home to abundant wildlife, such as elephants, leopards and sloth bears. Immersing yourself in nature by visiting one of the country's several National Parks and Reserves is a wonderful part of any honeymoon.
If you want to see Sri Lanka's beautiful leopard, then Yala and Wilpattu are the best National Parks to go to. Yala is the most popular National Park in the country, and can therefore get very busy during tourist season, but it does however have the highest leopard density in the entire world, making chances of spotting this big cat extremely high. Wilpattu also has quite a large population of leopards, but, unlike Yala, is not visited by many tourists, which will provide a more genuine feeling of being in the wilderness.
Minneriya is an excellent National Park to go to in order to spot elephants. The best time to go is from the month of July to October when there may be up to 300 elephants coming to the park's waterholes to drink. This spectacular event is called 'The Gathering' and is the world's biggest congregation of Asian elephants.
A trip to spot these gentle ocean giants is a fantastic addition to any honeymoon. The waters around Sri Lanka are home to five species of whale, including Blue Whales and Orcas. One of the best ways of seeing these animals is by catamaran, with the option of spending a night on-board one of these vessels and spend the following morning viewing whales while eating breakfast. The best place to go whale watching is a small town on Sri Lanka's south coast called Mirissa, while the best time to go is between November to April/May, as during the monsoon months, the waters around the island are quite rough and not suitable for spotting whales.
Hit the beach!
A small island in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka has a huge amount of brilliant beaches to visit. You can choose whether to relax on the sand and work on your tan, or take part in fun and exciting watersports. On the west coast, you are within reach of the most affluent areas of Sri Lanka, such as Negombo and Hikkaduwa, and have hundreds of hotels to choose from. The south coast is the best place to go, with beautiful beaches, temples, fisherman on stilts and colonial era towns.
Go on a spa retreat!
Sri Lanka's luxurious spas will offer you the perfect opportunity to relax, with a range of treatments and therapies. There are many resorts and spas in Sri Lanka, such as Aliya Resort and Spa, located in the cultural triangle. This property offers a range of specialist treatments, as well as day excursions to see Sri Lanka's wild elephants or hiking up Sigiriya.