Perfect Places To Visit On Your Honeymoon
Sri Lanka is a tropical paradise; with golden beaches, warm blue waters, year-round summer, a myriad of wildlife, and rich history, it is easy to see why the island has become the ‘it’ spot to visit. The whole island is incredibly beautiful, in turn making it incredibly romantic, so here’s a list of places around the island which are just perfect for honeymooners.
Located in the heart of the Cultural Triangle, Anuradhapura was the first kingdom of ancient Sri Lanka, and where Buddhism was first introduced. Anuradhapura is a great place to visit for those who are interested in history and culture. While you’re there you must visit Ruwanwelisaya, Sri Lanka’s most magnificent Buddhist temple, and Sri Maha Bodhi, a temple dedicated to the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, a sapling of the original Bodhi tree under which the Buddha attained Enlightenment.
Another one of Sri Lanka’s ancient capital cities, Polonnaruwa was once at the centre of politics and culture. Compared to Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa seems to have been more regal, and today you will find places of worship and monuments of royalty. One of the most romantic ways to experience Polonnaruwa is by cycling through the ancient city and watching the sunset over the fabled Samudra Parakrama tank.
Definitely one of the most picturesque places on the island, Nuwara Eliya is situated in the hill country and is best known for its tea. Unlike the rest of the country, since Nuwara Eliya is elevated, it is slightly cooler and misty, making it a wonderful place to go for hikes and long walks. As soon as you enter this town, you are hit with an overwhelming sense of cosiness; small old-English style cottages are nestled between the tall green hills covered in tea plants.
Ella has recently become a very popular place to visit in Sri Lanka and it is perfect for the more outdoorsy couples. Similar to Nuwara Eliya, Ella is another town found in the hills of Sri Lanka and you and your partner can go on many hikes here. One popular attraction is Little Adam’s Peak; the hike only takes about 45 minutes to get to the top and it gives some incredible views for very little effort, as because at the top you overlook a vast valley surrounded by green mountains. Another thing you can do is visit the Nine Arches Bridge for the quintessential Ella Instagram shot.
Trinco, as it is more affectionately known, is situated on the northeast coast of the island and it has some of the best beaches in the country. The sea here is much calmer here than the southern coast, but when you’re here you must definitely visit Pigeon Island National Park, one of the two marine national parks in Sri Lanka. Snorkelling here is like entering another world; the colourful coral attracts a whole host of fish, as well as sea turtles, reef sharks and manta rays, all contrasted with the blue ocean– to say it’s incredibly beautiful would be an understatement.
Found on the south of the island, Tangalle is one of the lesser-known southern beaches. This is the perfect place for couples who want a more intimate beach experience away from the crowd. The beaches in Tangalle differ from the rest of the south coast and this is because of its many coves and bays. A perfect day in Tangalle consists of lazing by the beach, enjoying the sunshine and exploring the different coves. If you want to take a break from the beach, you can visit the Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, which is a beautiful ancient temple complex.
Just an hour away from Tangalle, Mirissa is ideal for couples who want to experience more than just a lazy beach holiday. Mirissa is best known for being the country’s premier whale watching location; on your safari, you will most likely see pods of spinner dolphins, sperm whales, and if you’re lucky maybe even a blue whale. Another great activity would be snorkelling by Parrot Rock which is a small rocky outcrop just off the beach. This islet is surrounded by rocks which are now overrun by corals which attract many colourful fish.
Bentota is another town on the south coast of the island, but it is unique to the other southern towns! Bentota has one of the most wonderful golden beaches and some amazing waves– the picture postcard for Sri Lankan beaches, and emerald waters of the Bentota River. Apart from lazing by the beach, you can also take your pick from a variety of water sports- from water skiing to windsurfing- but one of the most special activities you and your partner could do is going on a river safari through thick mangroves where you will definitely spot a crocodile or two!