Sri Lanka is a combination of the serene, the exotic and the beautiful, setting it up to be an ideal honeymoon destination. With sun-glazed beaches, mountains that touch the clouds, lovely tea plantations, monuments displaying unparalleled craftsmanship, and sparkling waterfalls, the island nation of Sri Lanka is an absolute delight. Various Buddhist temples, monasteries, and stupas spread throughout the country signify the cultural and traditional values of the place. From deep sea diving in its clear waters to trekking in its lush green forests, Sri Lanka offers a plethora of activities for your first holiday together as a married couple.
Dambulla Cave Temple & Sigiriya Fortress
About 160m above the road, in South Dambulla, sits the magnificent Dambulla Cave Temple. Offering superb views of the countryside, it consists of 5 caves with 150 remarkable statues and paintings of Buddha. While subsequent rulers over centuries have added to the contents of these caves, their earliest statues and paintings are nearly 2000 years old.
Merely 20 km from the Dambulla Cave Temple lies the stately Sigiriya Fortress. If you and your partner have an adventurous side, then you will love this exhausting yet exhilarating trek. You will find ancient bathing grounds, a lot of ascending steps, interesting wall paintings, and picturesque views of the Sri Lankan skyline along the way.
startURtrip Tip: Wear comfortable shoes so that the rough trek does not result in sore feet.
Scuba Diving in Unawatuna
From spending lazy afternoons on its beaches to indulging in various water activities, Sri Lanka’s coastal town of Unawatuna makes for a great honeymoon escapade. The landscape of Unawatuna is dotted with coconut palms, quaint restaurants, and handicraft shops. The marine life of its clear waters is a brilliant spectacle, making scuba diving a must-do activity when here. The certified diving instructors of the Unawatuna Dive Centre promise to help and guide you through the activity.
startURtrip Tip: Check beforehand whether or not the diving centers are open during the season of your visit.
Dolphin watching is even more fun than it sounds and Kalpitiya is the best place for this activity in Sri Lanka. The seas off Kalpitiya Peninsula are home to thousands of Spinner dolphins, the area where they are mainly found is known as the ‘Dolphin Line’. The sight of these innocent creatures swimming and diving alongside your boat makes for an unforgettable experience. The synchronization of the dolphins is so outstanding that for a while you are bound to forget the rest of the world.
startURtrip Tip: Do not forget to go Kite Surfing when in Kalpitiya.
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Surrounded by the Indian Ocean on all sides, Sri Lanka has some great water bodies. An hour’s drive from Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, lies the perfect beach getaway of Negombo. There is no better way to spend your honeymoon than swimming in its calm waters, especially so in the warmth of the late afternoon sun. If you want to go to a relatively isolated beach, head off to Merissa, in Matara, Southern Province. With the sky displaying various shades of orange and purple, the sunsets of Merissa Beach are as romantic as it gets.
startURtrip Tip: When in Negombo, take a ride on one of the catamarans, commonly seen parked alongside the beach.
Go on a Hot Air Balloon Ride
Romantic as well as adventurous, a hot air balloon ride makes for a great activity. It allows you to have a bird’s eye view of Sri Lanka’s stunning landscapes in the lovely company of your better half. To be far away from the chaos of the world, with gorgeous views as far as the eyes can see, is magical in all its capacity.
startURtrip Tip: Go in the early hours for better light and pleasant weather.
Beautiful Resort Stays
Taprobane Island in Sri Lanka, a private island property with a 360-degree view of the land and the sea, is the best option for couples on a honeymoon. The lovely villa consists of 5 bedrooms, spacious living areas, tropical gardens, and a wonderful pool. Jetwing Lighthouse in Galle and Cape Weligama in Weligama are other great options. Catering to your every need, they ensure that you have a laidback time.
startURtrip Tip: Indulge in a couple’s spa at your resort for some ultimate relaxation.
So, set off to Sri Lanka to give your marriage the perfect start amidst sandy beaches, lush greens, and turquoise waters.