Things to do in Sri Lanka for your Honeymoon
Choosing the perfect place to match different vacation-personalities can be a tough call to make in general, but this is especially the case when choosing a honeymoon destination that caters to the individual preferences of a newly-married couple. From the adventurous traveller who wants to cover as many landmarks as they can fit into their diary, to the relaxed tourist who just wants to sit back and soak up the culture of the locals, Sri Lanka is a haven for every type of holiday-goer there is. So here are four romantic things that you can do in Sri Lanka with your partner during your honeymoon!
Visit a Tea Estate
Sri Lanka’s most famous export is its tea, and the culture of tea-drinking is deeply ingrained within its people. From the mist-covered hills of Kandy to lush greenery of Nuwara Eliya, you won’t want to miss a tour through some of the country’s beautiful tea estates.
In addition to being a key factor of Sri Lankan identity, walking through the tea estates is pretty relaxing. In the daytime, you’ll find workers skilfully pinching leaves from tea plants and placing them in their baskets, but for your honeymoon, aim to visit a tea factory around 5 PM; after your guided tour of the tea-making process, you can wander through the calming green trails while the sun sets over the horizon, creating an amazingly romantic atmosphere for you and your partner to enjoy.
Cycle through an Ancient City
What could be more romantic than exploring the beautiful old ruins of an ancient kingdom with your partner? The ruins of Polonnaruwa are a must-see for any visitor to Sri Lanka, and both of you are bound to enjoy discovering all that it has to offer.
Walking through this extensive UNESCO World Heritage site sounds too tiring? Don’t worry! Polonnaruwa’s ruins are spread over an area that is much more compact than at Anuradhapura, and you can travel between these ruins by car. If you would like more romantic photos of your journey, however, just rent a bicycle! There are plenty of places nearby where you can rent a bike to travel through the ancient city. Set aside at least four hours of your day to cycle through these ruins at a leisurely pace – you won’t regret it!
Relax on the Beach
As an island, Sri Lanka has plenty of stunning beaches to choose from, especially on its south coast. If both you and your partner prefer the idea of relaxing under the sun to the pleasant sound of waves crashing onto the shore, Sri Lanka’s beaches are one of the best places to be.
With snorkelling tours, surfing lessons and fresh seafood served straight from the ocean to your plate, the beach is an ideal honeymoon destination for couples looking to get away from it all. You don’t even have to limit yourself to any one single shore! The south coast features beaches, each with its own unique atmosphere, that are only a ten-minute drive away from each other. Hop from the beaches at Unawatuna to Koggala to Mirissa, and hit up everything in between – or just pick your favourite, sit back, and enjoy!
Take a Safari through a National Park
Sri Lanka is one of 34 biodiversity hotspots in the world, and its wildlife is something that you definitely won’t want to miss. From leopards to monkeys, sloth bears to elephants, try and book a safari at one of the many national parks in the country. You can easily book a private safari jeep for you and your partner, allowing you to share in the awesome wonder of Sri Lanka’s wildlife together. Head to Yala National Park if the two of you want to see leopards – or maybe go to Minneriya National Park during the dry season to catch the gathering, which is when more than 300 Sri Lankan elephants gather together at the park’s manmade tank. Either way, your honeymoon is going to be all the more amazing for catching sight of these amazing animals.