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Sri Lanka Honeymoon: Your Complete Guide

Sri Lanka is the ultimate romantic honeymoon destination - here's where to stay, what to see and when to go

Voted Lonely Planet’s best country to visit in the world for 2019, Sri Lanka is having its much-deserved moment in the spotlight.


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Famous for its tea plantations, elephant sanctuaries, temple ruins and Instagram-worthy train journeys, it’s a heady mix of colonial and cosmopolitan, wild and ever-developing. At the moment it’s still affordable and uncrowded, a perfect honeymoon spot to discover something new.

Where to Go in Sri Lanka

Almost all Sri Lankan honeymoons will start in the capital Colombo, a fast-paced city filled with culture and unmissable markets. The west coast is home to most beach resorts, but head inland for the verdant hill country and Sri Lanka’s highest town of Nuwara Eliya. The ‘Cultural Triangle’ just north of Kandy is home to the extraordinary rock city of Sigiriya. North of Colombo is the Wilpattu Nationla Park, home to leopards, elephants and sloths.

On the opposite coast are whale-watching destination Trincomalee and its nearby beaches of Nilaveli and Uppuveli in the northeast and the up-and-coming beach towns of Passikudah and Batticaloa on the east coast.


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When to Go to Sri Lanka

The two halves of Sri Lanka are the mirror opposites of each other when it comes to weather. When it’s monsoon season in the east, it’s sunny and dry on the west coast and vice versa. This is due to it being hit by two separate monsoons, and means you need to know which part of the island you’re planning to go to.

If you want to go to the west or south, the best times are December to March. If you’re planning to go to the north or east, choose from April to September. During October and November, you can get rainstorms almost anywhere on the island due to unsettled weather before the east coast monsoon hits.


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What to See in Sri Lanka

Take a train ride over the Nine Arch Bridge to Ella, a village in the middle of the immaculate tea plantations of hill country. A short train ride away are the stunning Diyaluma Falls  and Lipton’s Seat. Head on to the sacred mountain of Adam’s Peak, where you can set off in the middle of the night to reach the top for the most breathtaking sunset you’ll see.

For unspoilt paradise beaches, head to Sri-Lanka’s south coast. Chase the surf and soft sands from Hikkaduwa Beach round to Galle’s Unawatuna Beach, Tangalle Beach and ending in Arugam Bay.

For elephant spotting, there’s no better spot than Udawalawe National Park where you’re virtually guaranteed to see these majestic creatures up close. Nearby Yala National Park is another top spot, where patient visitors might be able to catch leopards too.

Where to Stay in Sri Lanka

Ceylon Tea Trails

Elegant bungalows sit among this sprawling tea estate. Like stepping back in time, there are decadent high teas, lawn croquet, daily pre-dinner cocktails and butler service. All three pools at Ceylon Tea Trails are fed from mountain springs for one of the most refreshing dips you’ll experience.

Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa

Down on Sri-Lanka’s south coast, where you’ll find some of the best surfing, is the beautiful Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort . Featuring the country’s only resort golf course, plus an adults-only sunset pool, Ayurvedic spa, and in easy reach of the best national parks for wildlife-spotting, this is a truly romantic and exciting honeymoon hotel choice.

Jungle Beach by Uga Escapes

Castaway-style thatched villas and a near-deserted beach will make you feel like you’ve stumbled on the best-kept secret in Sri Lanka at Jungle Beach. If that wasn’t romantic enough, staff will happily set you up a private lantern-lit beach picnic under the stars.

Cape Weligama

Twelve acres of manicured lawns sit on a promontory 40 metres above the Indian Ocean with 39 secluded residences and an infinity pool that seems to blend into the crystal sea. Sunsets at Cape Weligama are unforgettable.

Kahanda Kanda

Just 10 individually-decorated suites make up this boutique, couples-orientated hotel. Tea bushes as far as the eye can see stretch down to Koggala Lake. Kahanda Kanda feels like a complete escape, but beaches are just 15 minutes away and Galle 30 minutes away.

Paradise Road Tintagel Colombo

Whether you’re just flying into Colombo or making it a part of your stay, this fashionable, boutique hotel is in easy reach of the capital’s best art galleries, shops and museums. The chic Paradise Road hotel is Instagram-heaven, as is the food in their restaurant, considered some of the best in Sri Lanka.

How to Get to Sri Lanka

You can fly direct to Sri Lanka in 10.5 hours, although most flights will have a stopover, taking your flight time to around 14 hours. Most flights arrive into Bandaranaike International airport, just 22 miles from Colombo. You can hire a car, book a taxi or grab an Uber when you arrive.

Entry Requirements

You’ll need to buy a visa online ahead of your arrival if you’re staying for less than 30 days. You can get a visa on arrival but it may delay your trip and it’s easy to get one beforehand.

Make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date and you’ll need a yellow fever vaccine certificate if you’re arriving from – or in transit for more than 12 hours through – a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission.