Escape The Crowds, Visit These Undiscovered Places In Sri Lanka Instead
There is no doubt that Sri Lanka is the ideal destination for a romantic getaway. The island has everything you’d want from a fabulous holiday; pristine beaches, verdant hills, thick jungles, a rich history and amazing food! Since it is so amazing, it tends to attract a lot of tourists, but don’t worry this doesn’t mean your intimate holiday gets ruined! Here are a few places you can visit that are sure to be away from the crowds.
Situated on the south coast of Sri Lanka, Kalutara is the perfect place for a couple who wants to get away from the more crowded southern beaches. The town offers a mix of a typical beach holiday with a hint of history and culture since it is home to a few ancient Buddhist temples. For an interesting experience, trek through a lush coastal forest to get to the Fa Hien Cave, a prehistoric cave where the celebrated travelling Buddhist monk, Fa Hien, is said to have stayed.
Tangalle is the ideal place for a quiet beach getaway. Wedged between two maritime hubs (Matara and Hambantota), Tangalle is a secret oasis in between the two. The beaches here are like the hallmark Sri Lankan beaches- a palm-fringed golden beach with waves lapping against it. However, Tangalle is slightly different from the others as large rock boulders are dotted around the beaches which form coves of sorts and makes it feel as though you and your partner have your own private beach. One fun excursion you can do is visit the Rekawa Turtle Hatchery; the island is home to five out of the seven species of sea turtles, so you can see them and learn about the conservation efforts here.
Another place you should add to your Sri Lankan itinerary is, Chilaw. A small town on the west coast of the island, Chilaw has pristine golden beaches, a murky lagoon, and interesting historical/religious monuments like the Munneswaram Temple, which is an ancient Hindu temple and one of the five ancient temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. While there is nothing more romantic than watching the sunset from a beautiful beach, you and your partner should go on a sunset boat safari along the Chilaw Lagoon.
North of Chilaw, you’ll find the town of Kalpitiya. The town has some unique geographical features; it consists of 14 islands nestled between the Indian Ocean and the Kalpitiya Lagoon and it is home to the largest coral reef in Sri Lanka. If you and your partner are interested in water sports, then you should definitely visit Kalpitiya as it has a whole host of water sports on offer, but it is the country’s premier location for windsurfing and the season for it runs from May – September. Also, between November/December and March/April, Kalpitiya is the best place for whale watching on the west coast.
Knuckles Mountain Range
Knuckles Mountain Range is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which consists of 34 mountains. Knuckles is definitely worth it, as not many people visit and you could go on a four-hour trek without seeing a single person! You and your partner can revel in the beauty of the large grey rocky peaks that have been overrun by dense cloud forests which often get concealed by the drifting clouds. However, please keep in mind that due to its size it is recommended you trek with a guide as it is easy to get lost.