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Natural Beauties and Historic Wonders: a Sri Lankan honeymoon

What better way to celebrate your most romantic holiday than in gorgeous Sri Lanka, the jewel of the Indian Ocean? Take this once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon covering the very best sights and experiences the country has to offer. Visit elephants at their sanctuary in Pinnawala and take a ride on one of these majestic creatures through the countryside, then explore the ancient ruins of Sigiriya and discover the history of the Sinhalese kings at Kandy. Tour the tea estates at Nuwara Eliya and go on safari in Yala National Park, before whale watching in the waters off beautiful Mirissa Beach. Finally, walk the colonial ramparts at Galle to round off your magical, memorable journey.  

Highlights
  • Climb to the top of Lion Rock at the ruined fortress of Sigiriya
  • Discover the treasures of ancient Kandy
  • Drive through the natural wilds of Yala National Park, spotting leopards along the way
  • Enjoy sightings of majestic whales and glistening dolphins off the coast of Mirissa
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1
Riverston

Touch down in Sri Lanka and hop in your private car, bound for the first adventure of your trip. Spend the day getting to know the inhabitants of the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, and join the fun at feeding and bath time. Afterward, head to your comfortable hotel in Dambulla and enjoy a sunset dinner before getting a good night’s sleep.

Day 2

After breakfast at your hotel, it’s time to explore the incredible rock fortress of Sigiriya. Climb the steps to the top of ‘Lion Rock’ and marvel at stunning views of the ancient ruins, including water gardens and painted frescoes. In the afternoon, enjoy a romantic elephant-back ride through gorgeous natural scenery before heading back to Dambulla for a relaxing, luxurious spa treatment for two, complete with a champagne toast.

Day 3
Nuwara Eliya

Enjoy a hearty breakfast at your hotel before checking out and heading to a spice garden in Matale, where you’ll see how Sri Lanka’s famous spices are grown and processed. This afternoon, it’s on to the historic capital of Kandy, a World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka’s highland heart. Take a drive around the lake, explore the gem market and marvel at ancient treasures including a temple housing a sacred tooth relic. Relax in the evening with dinner at your stylish hotel.

Day 4

After breakfast, take a stroll through the delightful Peradeniya Botanical Garden, taking in perfectly manicured lawns, giant fig trees and a colorful orchid house. In the afternoon, climb aboard a train bound for the highlands, enjoying sweeping scenery from the observation carriage. Alighting in the pretty town of Nuwara Eliya, check into your romantic hotel and relax for the evening.

Day 5

After breakfast in paradise, head out into tea country to tour the factories and estates that produce some of the world’s most exquisite and famous tea. In the afternoon, take a tour around the town of Nuwara Eliya, discovering its delightful colonial architecture set against rolling mountain scenery. Enjoy dinner and a relaxing night back at your hillside hotel.

Day 6

Indulge in a leisurely breakfast before you say goodbye to the mountains, ready to plunge into yet more beautiful scenery. Take the picturesque drive to Yala National Park where you’ll check in to your safari hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure, exploring your incredible surroundings or relaxing in nature.

Day 7

Wake up bright and early to head out into the park and meet its wild inhabitants. Your early-morning safari will showcase the flora and fauna of Yala National Park, including elephants, buffalo, bears and leopards, as well as many rare birds and plants. Return to the hotel for a late breakfast and then begin your journey to the coast. Once at beachside Bentota, check in at your oceanfront hotel and relax in seaside luxury.

Day 8

It’s another early morning, this time in search of aquatic creatures. Take a drive to the beautiful beach at Mirissa where you’ll hop aboard a boat and set sail to spot some of the whales and dolphins populating the waters of the Indian Ocean. After breakfast, it’s back to Bentota for a relaxing day on the beach and the option to indulge with a luxurious spa treatment at your hotel.

Day 9

Enjoy a beachside breakfast before taking a boat cruise inland from Bentota to Balapitiya on the Madu River. Visit river islands and a cinnamon plantation to get a glimpse of rural Sri Lankan life. After lunch, explore the 17th century city of Galle, discovering its Dutch fort and colonial architecture. Finally, make your way north to the modern capital of Colombo, where you’ll check in to a luxury hotel for one final night.

Day 10
Departure

This morning, after a delicious breakfast at your Colombo hotel, your driver will take you to the airport in time to check in for your onward flight home or to your next exciting destination.

 

Suggested Accommodations

Location
Accommodation
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.

 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
BENTOTA
Bentota Beach Hotel, Vivanta by Taj

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.
 

Vivanta by Taj

Vivanta by Taj provides the prime spot to soak in the spirit of Sri Lanka. Located along one of the best beaches on the South West coast of Sri Lanka, Vivanta by Taj has 162 modern rooms overlooking the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. The hotel’s design combines elements of traditional and colonial architecture. Rooms are fitted with all modern conveniences to secure guests' utmost comfort. Spend your days gazing out to sea from the infinity pool, dining on fresh seafood or local delights and sipping cocktails from the pool’s sunken bar as the sun sets. The resort boasts a range of indulgent guest suites, restaurants, bars and a fitness center. Escape to the Jiva Spa, offering Indian rejuvenation therapies ranging from Indian aromatherapy massages, time-honored Indian treatments, body scrubs and wraps.
 
 
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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