Honeymoon Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s idyllic combination of culture, beaches and nature makes for a perfect luxury honeymoon destination; think crumbling ancient cities, seemingly endless coastline and wild, untamed jungle.

To only do a fly and flop here would be to somewhat miss the point of Sri Lanka; it's all about getting back to nature and exploring this tiny gem of a country's ethereal beauty, steeped in Kipling-esque romance and mystery.

The Cultural Triangle and tea plantations in Sri Lanka's heartland are home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites and give a fascinating glimpse into the rich cultural heritage. Afternoon tea on one of the plantations, complete with cucumber sandwiches and a selection of teas (or a G&T if you're feeling the need) is colonial bliss.

Sri Lanka's national parks are home to some of the planet's most magnificent wildlife and would-be David Attenboroughs will revel in the opportunity of seeing leopard, elephant and bears in the wild. The jungle safari camps are also second to none, with a small army of staff on hand to ensure your experience is a magical one.

Speaking of accommodation, the selection of small, intimate boutique hotels throughout Sri Lanka is perfect for honeymooners. Picture watching the sun set, drink in hand, as you lounge in your private pool listening to the birds sing in the surrounding forest. Heaven. The tropical jungle of the heartland gives way to a rugged coastline in the south with palm-fringed beaches and turquoise seas; perfect for some serious relaxation to finish off your Sri Lankan honeymoon.

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Take advantage of our Honeymoon Gift List service! The service allows your loved ones to contribute to your Sri Lanka honeymoon by giving money towards the overall cost of your honeymoon.

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Original Highlight

Wandering around the ramparts of the fortified town of Galle and ending up at either the Amangalla or the Lighthouse for a stiff G&T with a view….

Rosie, Original Traveller

Where to go

Cultural Triangle & Tea Plantations

Cultural Triangle & Tea Plantations

The heartland of Sri Lanka contains several World Heritage listed sites, and because they are close together, these can easily be combined in one superb cultural tour.

Galle & the Southern Beaches

Galle & the Southern Beaches

Stay in a luxury hotel in Galle Fort and combine the city's culture with some of the best beach destinations in the world.

Yala, Wilpattu & Gal Oya National Parks

Yala, Wilpattu & Gal Oya National Parks

Sri Lanka's national parks are yet another attraction in a wonderful country.

Where to stay

The pool at Amanwella, luxury hotel in Sri Lanka

Amanwella

Situated in a mature coconut grove above a tropical beach on the southern tip of the country's Indian Ocean coastline, this is coastal luxury at its most chic.

Lounge at Amangalla, luxury hotel in Sri Lanka

Amangalla

Step back in time to the site of the famous 19th century New Oriental Hotel and allow yourself to be pampered by exquisite Aman hospitality and style.

Exterior at Kahanda Kanda, luxury hotel in Sri Lanka

Kahanda Kanda

On the cultured south coast of Sri Lanka, the exclusive Kahanda Kanda retreat features private villas scattered across a working tea estate.

The Last House

The Last House

Last House is an elegant villa situated on the beautiful southern coastline near Tangalle with a lagoon on one side and a beach on the other.

The Fortress

The Fortress

The Fortress is a boutique resort on one of the south coast's most expansive sandy beaches, Koggala Beach. Only 10 miles from the historic city of Galle the building design and interior furnishings successfully blend traditional Dutch, Portuguese and Sri Lankan architecture with contemporary design.

Ocean at Apa Villa Thalpe, luxury hotel in Sri Lanka

Apa Villa Thalpe

Just five miles from the UNESCO fortress port of Galle, Apa Thalpe is located right on the beach.

The Frangipani

The Frangipani

The Frangipani started life as the home of a 19th century sea-captain, and overlooks the island’s historic harbour, Admiralty Bay.

The pool at Why House, luxury hotel Sri Lanka

Why House

Why Why House? Because this is one of the most relaxing places to stay in all of Sri Lanka, under a mile from renowned Thalpe beach and just a few minutes’ rickshaw ride from the lovely UNESCO city of Galle.

Cape Weligama

Cape Weligama

Cape Weligama is the newest member of Sri Lanka’s southern coast’s portfolio of luxury resorts. The property sits in 12 –acres of finely manicured grounds peering over a cliff top into the Indian Ocean.

Kandy House

Kandy House

The ancestral home of one of Kandy's most influential aristocratic families, built in 1804, retains the atmosphere of a private country house, while its colonial influence, providing seclusion and serenity in its countryside setting only a short distance from Kandy.

The Pool at Tea Trail Bungalows, luxury hotel in Sri Lanka

Ceylon Tea Trail Bungalows

Summerville has the air of a country cottage, Castlereagh has an eclectic style, and they sit opposite each other on the shores of the Castlereagh lake.

Kandalama, luxury hotel in Sri Lanka

Kandalama

The hotel is only a short drive - or cycle - from the Dambulla cave temples and Sigiriya lion rock. The ruined cities of Anuradhapura, and Polonnaruwa and the Minneriya wildlife sanctuary are also within an easy drive.

Ulagalla

Ulagalla

This peaceful retreat near to many of the best sites in the cultural triangle is surrounded by acres of woodland. The ruins of ancient capital Anuradhapura are very close by so this is the perfect base for exploring this fine archaeological site.

Vil Uyana, luxury hotel in Sri Lanka

Vil Uyana

A hotel built in - and above - a man-made nature reserve, and within view of the spectacular rock fortress of Sigiriya.

Outdoor dining at Leopard Safaris Wilpattu Camp, luxury camp in Sri Lanka

Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris Wilpattu Camp

The lakeside location of the Leopard Safaris camp, just a stones throw from Wilpattu National Park, was chosen with isolation in mind, so that guests can fully appreciate the beautiful wilderness and wildlife in this, Sri Lanka’s largest park.

Tent at Leopard Safari Yala Camp, luxury camp in Sri Lanka

Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris Yala Camp

Leopard Safaris camp sits is blissful isolation in the buffer zone at Yala (read: as close as you can get), bordering the elephant fence. The camp is set up under the shade of a canopy of trees, and is the perfect base from which to explore Yala.

We have been blown away by our first holiday with Original Travel in every sense and will be back in touch very soon to start organising our next trip!

Jo

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