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Romance & Adventure: A Wedding in Idyllic Sri Lanka

A destination wedding is an opportunity to create magic, and what better place to say ‘I do’ than in the beautiful, magical country of Sri Lanka. On this 10-day, all-encompassing tour, relax in the lead up to your big day with time spent relaxing at the beach, exploring beautiful ancient ruins and spotting exotic wildlife on an incredible elephant ride. Enjoy your wedding day with the stunning backdrop of historic Kandy before embarking on your romantic honeymoon, visiting lush green highlands and exploring colonial tea estates. Finally, round off your trip with a city tour of the glistening capital of Colombo.

Highlights
  • Hit the beach at Trincomalee for oceanside romance
  • Climb the impressive rock fortress of Sigiriya
  • Tie the knot in the ancient city of Kandy
  • Explore the tea terraces of Sri Lanka’s highlands
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1

As you land at Bandaranaike International Airport, you’ll be greeted by your guide and escorted to a private car to be transported through Sri Lanka’s beautiful scenery to Kandy. After checking into your hotel, spend the afternoon exploring the historic city, from its fabulous bazaars to its sacred sites.

Day 2

After breakfast, head eastwards to the coastal town of Trincomalee. Take a tour around the naval and air force bases of one of Sri Lanka’s most important seaports and explore the ancient Tamil temple of Koneswaram. In the evening, retire to your comfortable seaside hotel.

Day 3

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel before you hit the beach for a day of oceanic exploits. Trincomalee’s beaches offer a smorgasbord of activities including fishing and whale watching, while the conditions are also ideal for scuba diving and surfing. Relax back at your hotel in the evening.

Day 4

After breakfast, bid farewell to the coast as you head towards Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka’s capital between the 11th and 13th centuries. Here, explore the country’s well-preserved history at the Royal Palace and within the relic houses, with their beautiful carved Buddhas. In the afternoon, it’s time to visit the abundant wildlife inhabiting Minneriya National Park. Look out for elephants, wild boar, jackals and countless species of birds and butterflies, then spend a comfortable night in Dambulla.

Day 5

After breakfast, take a drive to the rock fortress of Sigiriya. Climb the steps to the Lion Gate and marvel at the view, then explore the stunning ancient ruins, from the glistening water gardens to the crumbling beauty of the frescoes. In the afternoon, take a once-in-a-lifetime journey on a couple’s elephant ride, before you head back to Kandy.

Day 6
Kandy - wedding day

Wake up refreshed and excited, ready to cherish the best day of your life. Today you’ll say your vows in the gorgeous surroundings of the ancient city of Kandy. Enjoy an unforgettable ceremony and spend the night at your elegant hotel, ready to take on the next chapter of your adventure as newlyweds.

Day 7
Nuwara Eliya

Enjoy breakfast on your first morning as a married couple before you head deep into the highlands to the pretty town of Nuwara Eliya. Known as the 'Little England' of Sri Lanka, the town is heavily influenced by colonial architecture, and your cozy, romantic hotel is no exception.

Day 8

After a hearty breakfast at your hotel, take a tour of Nuwara Eliya’s tea factories and estates. Tea exportation has been a famous and important industry in Sri Lanka since the 19th century and, as you gaze at the rolling green tea terraces, it’s easy to see why.

Day 9

Enjoy your final breakfast in the highlands and get ready for the big city as you transfer to modern-day capital, Colombo. Marvel at the cultures vying for precedence as sparkling skyscrapers stand next to colonial buildings and among traditional temples. You can shop for designer goods in gleaming malls or pick up treasures in the bazaar. Then, check into your hotel for the final night of your romantic honeymoon.

Day 10
Departure

Today, say goodbye to Sri Lanka as your driver escorts you to the airport for your departing onward flight, memories of your wedding and honeymoon-of-a-lifetime forever ingrained in your mind.

 

Suggested Accommodations

Location
Accommodation
KANDY
Kandy House

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.
 
 
TRINCOMALEE
Nilaveli Beach

Nilaveli Beach


From the cozy Nilaveli Beach property, guests can gaze out to the pristine white sands and azure waters stretching far into the distance. Those looking for a blissful tropical heaven, far away from the cares of everyday life are guaranteed a slice of undisturbed paradise at this hotel. The hotel offers water sports, an outdoor pool, a secluded garden and beach and easy access to the vibrant city's must-see destinations. The well-appointed, light and airy rooms feature hardwood furnishings, a mini bar, DVD/CD player, air conditioning, fans and toiletries. The in-house restaurant serves a variety of local Indian and Western Halal dishes. a private barbeques on the beach can also be arranged.


 
 
DAMBULLA
Heritance Kandalama

Heritance Kandalama

Designed by famed Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, the unique Heritance Kandalama hotel is set into a cliff face among dense tropical forests, flanked by the Dambulla rock temple and Sigiriya Rock Fortress. The hotel’s buildings were planned to blend seamlessly with the surrounding environment and are covered with hanging vines and flowering plants. Each of the 152 rooms faces either Kandalama Lake or the forest – even the bathrooms were planned to showcase the view – and is decorated in an elegantly simple contemporary style. The Kandalama is the first Green Globe 21-certified hotel in Asia, and the first hotel in the world to be awarded the prestigious LEED Green Building certification. There are three restaurants to choose from, including the Kanchana Café, which has won multiple awards. Among The Kandalama’s amenities are a pool, business center and fitness center, while the world-renowned Six Senses Spa has a location here that offers Asian, Swedish, aromatherapy and Ayurvedic massage.

 
 
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.
 
 
COLOMBO
Galle Face Hotel

Galle Face Hotel

The Galle Face Hotel is located in the heart of Colombo, overlooking the Galle Face Green and the Indian Ocean. The hotel has 150 rooms and suites and is separated into two parts, the Regency wing, which is contemporary, and the Classic wing, which is the older part of the hotel. Each has a variety of rooms and suites with views of the Ocean or of Galle Face Green. There are three restaurants at the hotel to choose from: The Sea Spray Restaurant serving fresh seafood dishes, Verandah Restaurant with Sri Lankan and Western cuisine and The 1864 Restaurant with a large selection of gourmet dishes. The facilities at the Galle Face include a business center, newly opened fitness center with state-of-the-art weight training and cardiovascular machines and a salt-water swimming pool with views of the ocean. There is also a spa for massage and beauty treatments. The hotel is approximately a 45-minute drive from Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB).
 
 
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