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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 numerous 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, meanwhile, is known for its intriguing antique shops, a great selection of restaurants, and excellent walks in the nearby hills and picturesque tea estates. 

 

Why choose Sri Lanka?

  • Year round sunshine is expected (but not promised!) on the beaches, due to there being different weather patterns on the east coast compared to the beaches of south and west Sri Lanka. 
  • The arrival of a limited but reliable (and very scenic in places) domestic flight service in recent years has meant that some of the previously unavoidable long car journeys are now a distant memory.
  • Due to many years of civil war, development in large areas of the country was put on hold until the late the early 2000s. This means that many of the eastern and northern beaches are far less developed than elsewhere in the country and much of Asia.
  • You'll land at Colombo, a city which perhaps deserves a day or two of 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.

Creating your perfect honeymoon?

Discuss your plans with one of our Sri Lanka experts.

Our Destination Specialists travel extensively throughout Asia, and every honeymoon they create is tailored to unique requirements. They're on hand to assist you at any stage of the planning.

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From beds beneath the stars at a luxury safari camp to a helicopter ride over the spectacular Sigiriya rock fortress, we can arrange every detail to make your Sri Lanka honeymoon unique...

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Capital: Colombo
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Flight time from UK: 10.45 hrs
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Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee
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Citizens of all foreign nationals (excluding Singapore & the Maldives) require an Electronic Travel Authority to visit Sri Lanka read more

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Sri Lanka combines well with Thailand, the Maldives, Singapore & Dubai

Summer honeymoon

Always a popular months for honeymooners, August is a great time to travel to Sri Lanka. The weather will be at its best on the lesser developed beaches of the east coast and you will also be able to witness the spectacle that is the ‘Elephant Gathering’ when up to 350 elephants congregating in Minneriya National Park, close to the ruins in the Cultural Triangle region.

And then there's the Maldives...

Whilst Sri Lanka is hardly short of beautiful beach resorts of its own, why not consider a stop in the Maldives to add that extra touch of sparkle to your honeymoon? These idyllic tropical islands are an easy beach bolt-on to your rewarding touring itinerary in Sri Lanka, and they tick all the boxes for the ultimate luxurious start (or finish) to your honeymoon. Think secluded villas, couples' spa treatments, candlelit dinners, romantic sunset cruises… what better way to start married life?

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Wildlife safari

Sri Lanka is teeming with diverse wildlife, including elephants, leopards, crocodiles and all manner of exotic birds. It has a number of excellent National Parks protecting thousands of miles of habitat, and although safaris in Sri Lanka might not be quite as high end as an African safari lodge experience, they're much better value for money!

Wildlife in Sri Lanka is easily accessible and can be spotted all year round, with each National Park offering a slightly different experience. To maximise the thrill, camp in a luxury safari tent on the park's perimeter, where you can relax around a camp fire with a gourmet dinner, and get up early to be first inside the park next morning. The Mahoora camps offer a silver service tented safari experience that's ideal for a Sri Lanka honeymoon, or if you prefer a more solid construction try the Gal Oya eco lodge.

Bride’s day

Adding a sprinkle of surprise to your honeymoon?

If you're a groom (or bride - it works just as well both ways!) wanting to add an unexpected treat or adventure to the honeymoon, our 'Bride's Day' approach is the answer. Whether it's some surprise pampering, an unexpected day of adventure, or a unique VIP experience for your loved one, our honeymoon specialists will be happy to take care of it - in strict confidence, of course.

It doesn't matter whether you have something specific or quirky in mind, or you need some ideas from someone who's been there before you - just get in touch, let us know what you're thinking, and we'll make sure that your surprise is personal, perfect... and secret!

Upgrades &

the full VIP service

As you would expect, many of our preferred hotels offer special honeymoon packages, extras and in some instances discounts.

You don't have to book directly with the hotels to get these benefits and all savings will be passed directly on to you.

What are the benefits of a Selective Asia honeymoon?

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Our honeymoon planning service is free.

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We can tailor honeymoons to suit every budget, with a range of 2-5* intimate properties.

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Every property and experience is regularly inspected by us – we won’t recommend anywhere or anything that we wouldn’t love to stay in or do on our own honeymoon.

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All our honeymoon experts have travelled extensively in Asia, have many years of experience of planning tailor-made holidays and honeymoons and they've all said 'I do'!

Gift List

We are delighted to offer a wedding gift list service for couples who'd like to ask friends and family to contribute towards the cost of this very special holiday. In order to keep things as simple as possible for you, Selective Asia will provide you with stylish gift cards to send out with your wedding invitations, explaining how contributions can be made. Read about our gift list service here...