Sri Lanka Honeymoons
With newlyweds wandering far afield these days to find a suitably glorious but uncrowded post-nuptial paradise, it's a relief to find one this accessible that offers so much variety; a honeymoon in Sri Lanka is amongst the most versatile on our books.
On the coast, you'll find a mainly undeveloped beach paradise, the perfect place to lounge, relax and recover from the months of - dare we say it - manic event-organisation that preceded your wedding day.
When the novelty of your unblemished, tourist-free tropical beach has worn off, you can wander easily inland to explore the lush interior; the island's 22 national parks contain UNESCO-protected rainforest, some of the most remarkable ancient engineering you'll ever see, and some of the largest Buddhist temples ever built.
For animal lovers, there's an abundant leopard population, Asian elephants, langurs and lorises, amongst a huge list of species, with a range of wildlife and adventure experiences available. Sri Lanka honeymoon highlights include leopard safaris, elephant sanctuary visits, and private luxury camping close to the National Parks.
More permanent accommodation can be found in charming Colonial boutique hotels, tucked away both in coastal towns like beautiful fortified Galle, and the jungle-clad, mountainous interior; the city of Kandy is known for its intriguing antique shops, a great selection of restaurants, and excellent walks in the nearby hills and picturesque tea estates.
August is a great time to travel. The weather will be at its best on the remote beaches of the East Coast at this time of year. You will also be able to witness the spectacle that is the ‘Elephant Gathering’ – with up to 350 elephants in Minneriya National Park, and also the colourful Esala Perahera festival in Kandy.
Where to start
You'll land at Colombo, a city which perhaps deserves a day or twos attention at either end of any trip to Sri Lanka, with a choice of destinations thereafter. The island sits astride the boundary between two monsoon systems, so there's always sunshine somewhere here.
Depending when you visit, you might choose to first head south or east to relax on a tropical beach, or go inland straight away, to explore the lovely green tea country, the elephant-filled National Parks, and the ‘Cultural Triangle’, where you'll find many of Sri Lanka's ancient and astonishing cultural landmarks, including Sigiriya rock fortress, the ancient cities of Anuradhapura, Kandy and Polonnarawa, and the Dambulla cave temples.