Sunset Sojourn - a 14-day trip
You’ve said “I do” – now it’s time to head off on your exciting and romantic honeymoon around Sri Lanka. After arriving at the airport, you’ll be greeted and whisked off to your hotel, Jetwing Sea in Negombo. Lap up the beachside location or treat yourselves in the decadent rooftop spa. Tomorrow you’re heading into the heart of Sri Lanka, so crack open a bottle of bubbles and enjoy some downtime before the adventure truly begins.
For now, you’ll bid the beach farewell and head into the city of Kandy. On the way, you’ll visit the Royal Botanical Garden of Peradeniya. Created in 1821, the gardens were built to test and acclimatize new plants and were strictly for Kandyan royalty only. Today, they are open for everybody to enjoy so grab your loved one and wander the palm-lined avenue, marvel at the fine collection of orchids and check out the mighty 40m high Burma bamboo. For an even more leisurely experience, hire a golf cart to explore the gardens. Afterward, you’ll check into Mountbatten Bungalow, a charming Victorian-style chalet perched on the hills near Kandy. Pour a glass of wine and snuggle up by the fire with your new husband or wife and soak up the countryside views together.
Activity and Adventure
After breakfast, you'll travel by Sri Lanka's iconic blue train along traditional tracks and through tea plantations, hills, and forests. It's a fantastic way to admire the Hill Country. You'll disembark in Nuwara Eliya, the highest town in Sri Lanka, built to look like a typical English village complete with brick facades and a post office. You'll enjoy lunch at the iconic Hill Club, a traditional gentleman's club first established by British coffee planters in 1876. From here it's on to Ella, a little mountain town with big views. On a clear night, you can see all the way to the Great Basses lighthouse. After checking into your fabulous hotel, 98 Acres Hotel - a unique village of houses on stilts, perched on the side of a forested hill, spend the evening unwinding at the town's collection of restaurants, cafes, and bars.
Get a good night’s rest, as the next morning, you'll be up bright and early to climb Little Adam's Peak, a mountain 1141m above sea level. Throughout the morning you'll walk past scenic tea plantations and lush countryside before arriving at the summit with its panoramic views across the south of Sri Lanka. Now that's a spot for a honeymoon selfie! Later in the afternoon, it's on to Nine Arch Bridge. One of the best-preserved examples of colonial-era construction in Sri Lanka, it regularly enjoys comparisons to Glenfinnan Viaduct in Scotland of Harry Potter fame.
Gal Oya National Park
Fancy spotting some swimming elephants? Well, today is your day, as you're off to Gal Oya National Park. One of Sri Lanka's lesser-known parks, Gal Oya is also renowned for langurs, macaques, wild boar, water buffalo, leopards, sloth bears and three types of deer. During your time here, you will stay at Gal Oya Lodge, a boutique eco-lodge with the native Vedda Tribe as neighbors. On your first evening, head out on a boat safari on Senanayake Samudra, Sri Lanka’s largest reservoir. Look out for the iconic elephants swimming from island to island in search of food.
The next day is an all-day safari. You’ll be driven around the lush forest of the national park in search of the eminent wildlife. When hunger strikes, tuck into your romantic picnic for two in the middle of the national park.
Leave the dense forest behind and head to Sri Lanka's east coast in search of the beach. For three days, Maalu Maalu Resort & Spa in Pasikuda will be home. Upon arrival, you'll both enjoy a complimentary massage to help you unwind into beachside living.
Here, it’s all about the romance with a side of thrills. During your stay, you will enjoy a romantic candlelit seafood dinner on the beach. You’ll take a sunset cruise on a sailing yacht to admire the pristine coastline and jump off for a refreshing swim. You might also like to arrange scuba diving, snorkeling, jet skiing or windsurfing if you want to dial-up the adventure. Alternatively, explore the surrounding villages or take a trip to the city of Batticaloa.
Activity and Adventure
After several days of relaxing on the beach, it's back into the heart of Sri Lanka – Sigiriya. You'll check into the Aliya Resort, where you'll both enjoy a complimentary massage to prepare you for the next big adventure. The following day you'll head out to climb Lion's Rock, an ancient rock fortress atop a sheer rock. Go as early as possible to beat the heat and enjoy fewer crowds. It's a tough climb, but along the way, you'll be rewarded with landscaped water gardens and intricate carvings. At the top you can explore the ancient ruins, thought to have been the center of the kingdom of Kassapa. And the views from the top will make your jaw drop.
In the afternoon you'll explore a lake by 'pirogue', a traditional flat-bottomed canoe. Glide through forests, looking out for wildlife and feast on a romantic picnic lunch on board. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to spend as you like. You could arrange a visit to Ritigala Mountain, the ancient capital of Polonnaruwa or Dambulla Cave Temple. In the evening you'll enjoy a final secluded romantic dinner by the impressive infinity pool.
On Day 14 it's time to say goodbye to Sri Lanka and head to the airport to fly home, taking your honeymoon memories with you.