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A Sri Lankan Romance: Wedding Adventures in Paradise

Start your married life right with this fabulous, magical adventure for you and your fiance and tie the knot right in the middle of it. Begin your journey of love with a pre-wedding safari in a leopard-spotted national park, followed by a trip into the beautiful highlands of central Sri Lanka. Relax amidst the stunning scenery of the tea estates before heading to your oceanfront retreat. Declare your love on golden sands under the Sri Lankan sun before continuing your travels up to historic Kandy and into the countryside for elephant-back riding and a honeymoon city break in Colombo.

Highlights
  • Plunge into nature with a safari drive through beautiful Yala National Park.
  • Marvel at the tea plantations in Sri Lanka’s lush green highlands.
  • Say ‘I do’ on a stunning tropical beach.
  • Discover the modern culture of Colombo city.
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1

Touch down at Bandaranaike International Airport to be greeted by your guide and driver who will whisk you off to Bentota beach where you’ll check in to your comfortable hotel. Here, enjoy a delicious dinner before bedding down for a good night’s sleep.

Day 2
Yala

After breakfast, begin your adventure with a drive to the vast and sprawling Yala National Park. This beautiful nature reserve is home to rare wildlife, including indigenous birds and leopards. Spend the day on a safari drive discovering exotic flora and fauna, then check in to your hotel in the national park for a night within nature.

Day 3

After breakfast in Yala, embark upon your journey into the highlands. Your destination today is the picturesque town of Nuwara Eliya, nicknamed ‘little England’ for its colonial influences. Allow yourself to be enchanted by the pretty country cottages and relax for the night up in the cool climate of the rolling tea plantations.

Day 4

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before heading out on a tea trail. Famous for its tea exporting industry since the early 19th century, Sri Lanka’s highlands are a neverending patchwork of lush green tea terraces. After a day spent exploring the estates and factories and drinking in the scenery, relax back at your hotel for the night.

Day 5

Say goodbye to the highlands as you head back to the beach after a delicious breakfast. Back at Bentota, spend your last afternoon as fiances on the golden sands and relax before the big day.

Day 6
Bentota - wedding

Awake to the sounds of the sea and to the knowledge that today is the day you’ve been waiting for. Spend an unforgettable day declaring your vows and tying the knot with your loved one in stunning surroundings, on a beach of soft sand with the ocean as a backdrop.

Day 7

Embark upon the first day of the rest of your lives together with a journey into the mountains to discover the ancient capital of Kandy. Explore this historic town, a stronghold for the Sinhala kings of yesteryear; visit the temple of the tooth relic and take a stroll round the gorgeous botanical gardens. Relax for the evening in the comfort of your Kandy hotel.

Day 8
Habarana

From Kandy, continue your romantic adventure with a trip to Sigiriya, the ancient fortress of Sri Lanka’s 5th century kings.Take in the wondrous carvings, statues and paintings, and marvel at all the history around you before heading to Habarana in the afternoon. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity awaits here, with a ride at a stately pace on the back of an elephant. Spend the night at Habarana after your exciting day.

Day 9

Enjoy breakfast before starting the leisurely journey to modern-day capital Colombo through Sri Lanka’s beautiful scenery. Check in to your comfortable hotel and enjoy a guided city tour by night. From the newly built skyscrapers to the bargains in the back-alley bazaars, there are surprises around every corner.

Day 10
Departure

Start the day with breakfast at your hotel before waving goodbye to Sri Lanka and flying off into the sunset together - ‘Just married’.

 

Suggested Accommodations

Location
Accommodation
BENTOTA
Bentota Beach Hotel

Bentota Beach Hotel

The highly acclaimed Benota Beach Hotel is one of the oldest and well-honored resorts in Sri Lanka. Set on a white sandy beach, the 5-star hotel has superb views of the glistening Indian Ocean. There are 133 spacious and extravagant suites, which are fitted with luxury bedding and accented with vibrant decor. All rooms have private balconies, a minibar, a safe and cable TV. The hotel will not disappoint guests with its world-class restaurants, swimming pools, fitness activities, hospitality and service. Azmaara Spa’s professional therapists offer customized massages and treatments.
 
 
YALA NATIONAL PARK
Accommodation in Yala National Park

Accommodation in Yala National Park

As there is a lack of suitable accommodation in or near the park, Remote Lands visitors usually stay in Tangalle and visit Yala on a day trip.
 
 
NUWARA ELIYA
Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel

The former residence of Sir Edward Barnes, Governor of Sri Lanka from 1830 to 1850, the Grand Hotel is a Tudor-style mansion set amidst boxwood and fir trees overlooking the calm waters of Lake Gregory. Hunting and fishing trophies decorate the walls, infusing the property with the tranquility of times past. The hotel has 156 elegantly furnished rooms including three presidential suites and three deluxe suites that overlook the property's magnificent, award-winning gardens filled with beautifully laid out flower beds. Rooms in the new golf wing overlook the golf course and present a soothing view of the rolling greens, and junior suites are equipped with fireplaces and well-appointed bathrooms. The main restaurant, Barnes Hall, is located on the ground floor of the hotel and overlooks the gardens, and offers a wide choice in both Western and Eastern cuisines. There is also a coffee shop, an Indian restaurant, supper club and three bars on the grounds. Other amenities include three lounges, a small shopping arcade, fitness center and sauna, spa, wood-paneled bar and billiard room with three tables. There is no Internet access at the hotel.
 
 
KANDY
Earl's Regency Hotel, Kandy House

Earl's Regency Hotel

Located in the centre of Kandy, just a short drive from the railway station and the famous Temple of the Tooth, Earl's Regency Hotel is a luxurious property with splendid views of the mountains around Kandy. All its rooms are air-conditioned and come with a minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities and a TV with satellite channels. Free WiFi is available in the public areas. The hotel also has a 24-hour coffee shop, as well as the sumptuous Far Pavilions restaurant, which offers local and international cuisine. The spa has massage rooms, a sauna and steam room, and there are also tennis and badminton courts.
 

Kandy House

This historic dwelling was once the ancestral home of a Kandyan family and was restored to its former splendor in 2005 by Channa Daswatte, Geoffrey Bawa’s protege. The two-story main house is surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens, which have avocado, jackwood, papaya, Sri Lankan orange and Kithul trees - the perfect setting for afternoon tea complete with Kandy House’s desserts made with treacle from Kithul blossoms. Each of the nine guest rooms is furnished with stunning Dutch antique furniture, many with a four-poster bed. The modern en-suite bathrooms provide a washed concrete-style double vanity area and shower area, and a stately Victorian bath. The Verandah rooms - Peacock Royal and Red Spot Duke - are the hotel’s most spacious rooms which open onto a wide wrap-around verandah, dotted with cane chaises lounges, reading chairs and antiques. Although there is no Internet connection and cell phone service is patchy, guests will find plenty to do here with yoga classes, Ayurvedic treatments and hikes through Kandy’s flora and fauna. The restaurant serves Western and Sri Lankan fare, all prepared with seasonal produce fresh from the Kandy market, and homemade cakes and cookies are available at teatime.
 
 
COLOMBO
Tintagel

Tintagel

The dramatic and sultry Tintagel property is located in central Colombo, close to Colombo Town Hall, National Art Gallery and Sinhalese Sports Club. The hotel was previously home to three of Sri Lanka’s political leaders, making it an important structure of national heritage. This unique and intimate hotel boasts ten high-ceilinged suites with timber floors, lavishly decorated with a unique blend of color, texture and atmosphere. The spacious bathrooms feature rain showers, bathtubs and large vanities. All rooms include complimentary WiFi, LCD TV screens with DVD/CD players, a minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities and Egyptian cotton bedding. Selected suites come with a private courtyard or a balcony. There are a range of dining facilities including an alfresco restaurant, a chic indoor restaurant offering international cuisine, a private dining room and a bar with black leather lounges and bronze tables. Other facilities and services of the hotel include a spa with optional in-room service, swimming pool, gym, steam room, library and courtyard.

 
 
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