If you are dreaming about a romantic, pristine honeymoon, Sri Lanka is waiting for you with your desired intimacy, gorgeous beaches, refreshing turquoise waters, exotic scenery, and a multitude of luxury resorts that promise to pamper you during your whole stay.
To help you plan your memorable honeymoon in Sri Lanka, we’ve gathered some useful information available below. So, continue reading and find out why Sri Lanka is perfect for your honeymoon, the best time to visit, as well as a few tips about what to visit and where to stay.
Why is Sri Lanka a Great Destination for Your Honeymoon?
The natural beauty of Sri Lanka, combined with its mild weather and the lack of tourist crowds, making it the perfect destination for romance. The big number of amazing hotels and resorts, exciting activities, and places to visit, as well as lavish Ayurvedic spas, also enhance the honeymooners’ experience.
Whether you prefer more animated places or you like secluded area, its spectacular tropical beach, make Sri Lanka a great destination for couples who love relaxing, sunbathing while listening to the waves, and admiring the landscapes.
Sri Lanka awaits all nature lovers with sensational national parks, and all history enthusiasts with amazing attractions like the historic city of Galle, a beautiful Unesco World Heritage Site.
Best time for a honeymoon in Sri Lanka
Thanks to its tropical climate, which brings occasional showers, mild sea breeze, and overall uniform weather conditions throughout the year, Sri Lanka is a fantastic destination no matter when you want to plan your honeymoon.
Since there are two monsoons in Sri Lanka, the best time to visit depends on where on the island you want to go. If, for instance, you’re planning to stay on the west or south coasts, or explore the hill country, the best time to go is between December and March. In case the east coast and the north are on your mind, maybe you should plan the trip from April or even May until September.
Best destinations for honeymooners in Sri Lanka
Colombo, the executive and judicial capital of Sri Lanka and a principal port of the Indian Ocean, is a must-visit during your honeymoon in Sri Lanka. The major cosmopolitan city boasts an incredible multicultural influence that perfectly merges history with modern times. Explore the beautifully arranged street together, without missing Pettah, the oldest district in Colombo, and indulge in the Sri Lankan flavors at one of the many welcoming eateries.
Your colorful romance in Colombo can only be enhanced by the accommodation you choose. The Wallawwa, for instance, is a fantastic choice for couples looking for an upscale hotel with lush tropical landscaping that offers luxury facilities.
If you want to experience sleeping in a Colonial-style mansion dating from the 19th-century, Residence by Uga Escapes is your answer. And, in case you and your loved one prefer a more spiritual honeymoon in Colombo,
Anantara Kalutara Resort, located at the mouth of the Kalu Ganga river, is waiting for couples with romantic beachfront views, outdoor pools, yoga classes, and meditation sessions.
Located on the beautiful Sri Lankan Southwest coast, Gale is a historical oasis. The city is known for the fortified old city, Galle Fort, which was founded in the 16th century, by the Portuguese colonists. The stone sea walls were expanded by the Dutch, and the gorgeous, car-free streets and alleys have spectacular architecture, with Portuguese, Dutch, and British influences.
There is nothing more romantic to do in Galle than wandering the streets hand in hand, admiring the city’s notable buildings like the 18th-century Dutch Reformed Church, exploring the quirky shops, and visiting the heritage museums.
To enhance your romantic stay in Galle, consider spending your nights in its top hotels. Amangalla, for example, promises to take you closer to history, being located within the walls of Galle Fort, in an elegant 17th-century Colonial-style building. In addition to its unrivaled location, the lavish hotel welcomes honeymooners with great offers, special activities, and romantic accommodations.
If you are looking for an upscale hotel close to the Indian Ocean, Fort Bazaar is waiting for you with the chance to spend your honeymoon in a 17th-century fort. Among the enchanting experiences waiting for you at Fort Bazar you can count gorgeous rooms with beautiful city or fort views, tasty Asian or Arabic-fusion cuisine, and a very relaxing spa.
Cape Weligama – Relais & Chateaux is another great option in Galle. Overlooking the Indian Ocean, this upscale resort is waiting for you with a fabulous beachfront location, gorgeous villas, lush gardens, and infinity pools, as well as restaurants, spas, and even a dive center.
Located at an average altitude of more than 3,000 meters, Shangri-La is a dream location, surrounded by mountains, lakes, and grassland. Home to one of Yunnan’s most important monasteries, Shangri-La is also an intimate and spiritual town, divided into a larger modern side and its old quarter. Explore this mesmerizing town and, to have the complete experience, opt for a few nights in a romantic hotel.
Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa is waiting for honeymooners with lavish rooms, outdoor pools, an 18-hole golf course, a relaxing Ayurvedic spa, and many other surprises.
Yala National Park
For nature lovers who want to have a memorable honeymoon in Sri Lanka,
Yala National Park, an enormous area of grassland, forests, and lagoons bordering the Indian Ocean, is the perfect location. The Yala National Park honeymoon promises you an encounter with great wildlife and the chance to see elephants, crocodiles, leopards, and hundreds of fascinating bird species, as well as spiritual moments at Sithulpawwa, an ancient Buddhist monastery, and the Buddhist ruins in Magul Maha Viharaya.
You can spend your romantic nights at Chena Huts by Uga Escapes, where you will be pampered with amazing culinary experiences, spa treatments, and many surprises. If a bespoke tented safari sounds better, Leopard Trails Yala Camp can be your home during your honeymoon in Sri Lanka. Choose between air-conditioned luxury tents and Classic mobile tents, and get ready for a unique and adventurous experience.
Enclosed by mountains covered in biodiverse rainforest, and filled with never-ending tea plantations, Kandy is the perfect destination for couples in search of timeless romance.
The large Sri Lankan city is also surrounded by beautiful Buddhist sites, and The Kandy House Hotel, set in a Colonial mansion, built-in 1804, is welcoming honeymooners with luxurious facilities in the middle of tropical gardens. Aarunya Nature Resort is another good accommodation option in Kandy, especially if you are looking forward to staying in private villas, located in the middle of tea, fruit, and spice plantations.
If you dream about a green honeymoon, Hatton is your destination. Hillside filled with emerald tea, cascading waterfalls, and colonial sear bungalows, are some of the things that are going to amaze your eyes when visiting Hatton.
To have the unforgettable honeymoon you deserve, stay at The Argyle, a luxurious hotel, located in the middle of the tea plantation, that promises you relaxation, rejuvenation, and complete peace of mind.
Located on one of Sri Lanka’s largest bays, an area protected from the ocean by an enclosing reef, Tangalle is a very important fishing port in the region. The relaxing feeling of the town, together with its un-crowded beaches and laid-back locals, makes Tangalle an ideal location for a quiet, intimate honeymoon.
Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort, set on the tranquil shores of the Indian Ocean, in a coconut tree-covered outcrop, and it is waiting for you with luxurious facilities and great activities, for you and your loved one. And if you want to spend memorable moments enjoying a lavish Ayurvedic spa, Amanwella resort is a great option.
Additional Helpful Information
Sri Lanka is a beautiful, exotic destination with a spectacular culture, amazing people, natural wonders, and romantic vibes. Though it has a violent history, Sri Lanka is largely safe to travel and filled with very friendly people.
Except for travelers from the Maldives, Seychelles, and Singapore, all visitors, regardless of their citizenship, need visas to enter Sri Lanka.
The easiest way to secure your visa is through an online application process. You are required to pay a fee, and then you can print out your visa to be stamped by immigration, on your arrival in Sri Lanka. Alternatively, you can purchase your visa on arrival, but the process might longer than expected.
He is an expert travel advisor and enthusiast. He has traveled extensively in the USA, Central American, South America and Europe. He has visited every Sandals Resort and is one of a select few Diamond Elite members of the Sandals Chairman’s Royal Club.
Dan graduated from Johnson & Wales University with an associate degree in Culinary Arts. Later he graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a focus on people and culture.