A Sri Lankan honeymoon guarantees an epic journey because nowhere else in the world can you experience such a wide array of cultures and experiences in one compact destination. Everywhere you go leads to discovery: ancient temples in the Cultural Triangle, artist havens in Kandy, tea plantations in Ceylon, palm-lined beaches in Tangalle, colonial-era buildings in Galle, leopards on safari in Yala National Park, and metropolitan grandeur in Colombo.

Sri Lanka is once again booming. Couples can spend anywhere from 10 days to two weeks exploring all this island nation has to offer. No matter how much time you have, it’s easy to pick and choose your perfect honeymoon using this overview as a starting point. Waking up in your room’s airy four-poster bed, surrounded by perfectly manicured tropical gardens, will immediately get you in a peaceful Sri Lankan state of mind—as will the breakfast and dip in a gorgeous outdoor pool.

A Sri Lankan honeymoon wouldn’t be complete without a stay on one of its southern beaches. Sri Lanka is fringed with stunning white and golden sands, swaying palm trees and every sort of accommodation you could ask for, whether you want a beach shack or glamorous hotel. The developed south coast and west coast of the island – where resorts such as Beruwala and Ahungala are found – is rich with choices for honeymooners. With high levels of service and facilities, you could choose to never leave your resort area, but it is also possible to do day trip excursions to places such as Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage or the charming fort city of Galle. Over on the east coast, you’ll find serene sands and watersports at places such as Arugam Bay and Trincomalee. The southwest is a better choice post-Christmas, while the east coast is basking in sunshine in the summer months.

Kandy, nestling amongst green hills in the centre of the country, is the traditional choice for Sri Lankan couples on honeymoon. At first glance, its appeal lies more in its historic and cultural attractions – it was the seat of the last king of Sri Lanka and is home to the country’s most venerated relic – the Buddha’s tooth, housed at the holy Temple of the Tooth. But this city is possessed of a dreamy quality too – walk around the central lake or into the verdant hills to fully appreciate its idyllic setting.

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