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Honeymoon spots in Sri Lanka

If you’re on the hunt for the ideal island paradise honeymoon, we’ve got you covered. There are many romantic spots in Sri Lanka that would be the perfect setting for your honeymoon, from urban to coastal.

Here are a few you could consider.

1. Galle

Southwest of Sri Lanka’s coast is where you will find the city of Galle. The city is well- connected and is adjacent to some of Sri Lanka’s best beaches, whether it’s for whale watching, snorkelling, surfing or kite sailing. The star attraction in Galle is the Galle Fort, which was initially built by the Portuguese in 1588 and then fortified by the Dutch in the following century. The boutiques that line the Fort upon entry from the main entrance have many wonderful souvenirs for sale. The nearby Unawatuna beach is famous for both its beauty and its beginner-friendly waves. Restaurants dot the shore to make sure you don’t have to stray too far to grab a bite to eat or a refreshing drink.

2. Pasikuda

Along the East Coast, in Batticaloa, sits Pasikuda, a fishing village bordering one of the most gentle beaches in Sri Lanka. The enclosed bay is great for swimming and exploring the corals below the surface. Due to mining, a lot of the living corals were lost, but conservation efforts are now in place and the reef is slowly but carefully being brought back to life. The Batticaloa town also has many sights worth seeing. One being the 28- metre-high Batticaloa Lighthouse. While you’re there, drop by the Bridge Market, where small-scale vendors bring their wares and lay them out, from vegetables and fruits to seafood, and even fabrics.

3. Trincomalee

If adventure is what you seek, Trincomalee is a brilliant choice. Located along Sri Lanka’s northeastern coast, Trincomalee facilitates all sorts of water-based adventure. During the season from May to October, the sea is calmer and has good visibility, making it the ideal time to go whale watching or diving. It’s also a prime location for surfing, with Arugam Bay being the central surf spot in Sri Lanka, especially among the more experienced surfers. The ancient structures in Trincomalee are historically significant and are worth paying a visit. Many of Sri Lanka’s protected monuments are situated in Trincomalee, such as Fort Fredrick, built by the Portuguese circa 1624 CE, and the Girihandu Seya, an ancient Buddhist temple. The temple’s stupa is believed to contain hair relics that belonged to Lord Buddha.

4. Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya is the coolest region in the country, quite literally. If you’re looking for mild, cool weather, Nuwara Eliya is the ideal location for your honeymoon. The misty plains that rise and fall in and around the region are extremely beautiful. Adding to this picturesque view are the numerous tea estates that dot the hill country. One of the key attractions in the area are the Horton Plains, where there is an abundance of flora and fauna to be found. Hiking is quite popular here, with the routes and the climb being relatively easy. Located in Horton Plains is the famous World’s End, a 4,000 foot drop. Scary as it sounds, it’s an awe-inducing sight as long as you get there early. It tends to get quite misty and there’s extremely low visibility. Nuwara Eliya also has a great many picturesque waterfalls, such as St. Clair's Falls and Bakers Falls, which aren’t to be missed.

5. Kandy

The second largest city in Sri Lanka, Kandy is already quite popular amongst locals and tourists alike. Kandy has seen kings rise and fall in succession, but the remnants of these ancient kingdoms remain there today. The Sri Dalada Maligawa is a temple in Kandy which is home to the Sacred Tooth Relic, believed to have belonged to Lord Buddha. The Temple also houses a museum with many ancient exhibits on display. About 2 km from the Temple is the Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha statue. Standing at an astonishing 88ft, the statue is one of the largest in Sri Lanka. The staircase leading to the top of the statue is worth climbing as once at the top, you receive one of the most breath-taking views of the city. About 5km from Kandy towards Peradeniya is where you’ll find the Royal Botanical Gardens, which hosts an impressive range of endemic flora. The orchid collection is a must-see, and so is the Memorial Garden. A picnic at the Royal Botanical Gardens surrounded by tropical birds, monkeys, and more would be a nice way to wrap up your visit.