When planning your Sri Lanka honeymoon itinerary, keep in mind the wide variety of landscapes, activities and tourist attractions that this Paradise Island has to offer. From beaches to lush greenery, wildlife, isolation, intimacy, culture, heritage, adventure, and more, Sri Lanka has got you covered.
The best time to visit Sri Lanka for honeymoon depends on what location you prefer from our palette of destinations. The West coast peaks from November to April while the East coast peaks from May to October. The hill country is most visited from December to May while places like Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa are all-year-round destinations. As you can see, Sri Lanka is an overall year-round holiday destination. Visit at any time of the year and Blue Lanka Tours can offer you plenty of options to create an interesting honeymoon itinerary.
- Bentota: An Idealistic Beach Destination
This is where Bentota River and the sea merge to create a beautiful lagoon – perfect for intimacy and romantic destinations. The palm-fringed beaches at Bentota are another gorgeous sight, with several luxury hotels providing the much-needed privacy for a romantic escape. In the midst of isolation, for those couples who want to enjoy some activities, Bentota offers exciting water sports such as jet-skiing, banana boat rides, snorkeling, diving, and canoeing.
- Mirissa: Tropical Bliss
Mirissa is a crescent-shaped secluded beach, offering the tranquility that newlyweds are looking for, hence making it one of the best honeymoon destinations in Sri Lanka. Spend your days on the soft sands of the beach, enjoying spectacular sunsets while sipping on a chilled king coconut. Whale and dolphin watching is an activity that couples will enjoy while in Mirissa. What’s more, you could surprise your loved one with a romantic dinner on the beach with absolutely no one around!
- Tangalle: Relaxing Bays
Tangalle is located on the fringes of the Yala jungle, making it a unique landscape for lovebirds. While on one side Tangalle has exclusive honeymoon hotels tucked away in calm coves and bays, the other side boasts beautiful lagoons lined with mangroves alongside the sandy Tangalle beach. Yala, Bundala and Udawalawe National Parks are very close by, and so is the Rekawa Turtle Hatchery.
- Trincomalee: Quiet Beach on the East Coast
Trincomalee fits the description for a Sri Lanka honeymoon itinerary with quieter beaches. Uppuveli and Nilaveli beaches are a must-visit for a quiet hand-in-hand walk on the shores or if you want to just laze around and sunbathe. Also, deer roaming the streets are an interestingly striking sight in Trincomalee.
- Ella: Peaceful and Intimate Getaway
Moving on to this lovely Sri Lankan mountain village, Ella is just the place where freshly hitched honeymoon couples want to be. Travel by train to Ella for gorgeous scenery of tea plantations, cloud covers and jungle canopies and then nestle into your cozy accommodation with stunning views from your room. Scenic and peaceful nature trails such as Little Adams Peak and Ella Rock where couples can walk hand-in-hand makes Ella more appealing as a honeymoon destination. Nine Arches Bridge and Ravana Falls are a couple of attractions to be covered when in Ella. 98 Acres Resort and Spa is an idyllic honeymoon hotel in Ella that couples must stay at!
- Nuwara Eliya: Greenery at its Best
Also known as Little England, Nuwara Eliya is where honeymooners will enjoy romantic views such as lush green slopes, colonial culture, red brick houses, clubs like country-houses, cascading waterfalls and an abundance of tea estates. Gregory’s Lake, Laksapana Falls, St. Claire’s Falls, and tea factories are places that couples can visit to explore Nuwara Eliya.
- Yala National Park: Enjoy the Wild
Amidst the wild, Yala offers premium options for accommodation such as Wild Coast Tented Lodge and Chena Huts, most suited for honeymoons in Sri Lanka. In addition to such luxury and natural surroundings, opt for game drives at the Yala National Park to spot leopards, sloth bears, elephants, water buffalo, crocodiles and more animals of the wild. If you are planning a Sri Lanka honeymoon anywhere between February to July, do include Yala in your honeymoon itinerary.
- Habarana: Nature’s Lap
Couples looking for the best of both worlds – nature and intimacy, Habarana is the place to be. Explore the village in a bullock cart, go kayaking on the Habarana Lake, go on a jungle safari at the Minneriya National Park, enjoy a hot air balloon ride or simply relax with your partner amidst natural surroundings in the comfort of your room. May to October would be the preferred time to visit Habarana, so keep that in mind when planning your honeymoon in Sri Lanka.
- Sinharaja Forest Reserve: Passionate Nature Enthusiasts
Those who are passionate about nature, it most certainly cannot get any better than the Sinharaja Rain Forest. Globally known for its biodiversity, it is one of the best destinations for a honeymoon in Sri Lanka for couples that are environmentalists at heart. Because it is a rain forest, the best time to avoid the rain and enjoy nature is from January to April and August to September. Romantic jungle walks, bird watching, and camping are on the plate for couples visiting Sinharaja.
- Central Highlands: An Unmatchable Experience.
The Horton Plains National Park is perched on the Central Highlands Plateau and offers an exhilarating experience to honeymooners. Couples can admire birds, animals, and flowers while on the trail until they reach the World’s End point. Their breath will then be taken away by the stunning views that peers over the edge of a plateau. This once in a lifetime experience makes the central highlands an idyllic honeymoon place in Sri Lanka.
- Kandy: Cultural Indulgence
Kandy is for couples who like to absorb themselves in the culture of a place to learn about it in the best possible way. Explore the last royal capital of Sri Lanka including the Tooth Relic of Buddha, the Kandy Lake, and the evening Kandyan dances. In July and August is when the Kandy Festival takes place, which is when the traditional talents of Kandyans are taken to the streets – a procession worth watching! Close to Kandy is the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage that offers a chance to get up-close-and-personal with elephants at their eating and bathing timings.
- Anuradhapura: Historical Honeymoon
Anuradhapura, once the sacred city, now lies in ruins, which are still truly majestic by themselves. Sri Lankan heritage and its rich history are seen when you visit places like the Sri Maha Bodhi (the oldest living tree), monuments such as Ruwanwelisaya and intricate rock carvings like those at the Isurumuniya Vihara.
- Polonnaruwa: Mystical Paradise
Popularly known for its UNESCO world heritage sites and ancient ruins, Polonnaruwa has plenty of space for romantic strolls that newlywed couples can enjoy on their Sri Lanka honeymoon. Walk around freely and explore historical sites such as The Royal Palace, Kiri Vihara, and The Sacred Quadrangle, enjoying this vacation at your own pace.
- Negombo: Warm Hospitality, Tranquil Surroundings
The sandy beaches, refreshing blue waters abundance of luxury hotels, and the proximity to the Bandaranaike International Airport inevitably put Negombo into the list of most Sri Lanka honeymoon itineraries. Visit the fish market, take a boat trip or catamaran ride, visit the old Dutch Fort, or engage in some exciting water sports during your stay in Negombo.
- Pigeon Island: A Paradise for Nature Lovers
Located off the east coast of Trincomalee, this island is captured by pigeons and greenery. Couples can head on out to the Pigeon Island National Park to relax and indulge in the beauty of nature and do some snorkelling to explore the beautiful coral reefs in the area.
- Sigiriya: Bird’s Eye Views
The Lion’s Rock in Sigiriya is a popular tourist destination and a must-visit for couples visiting Sri Lanka on a honeymoon. Legendary King Kashyapa once built a royal palace at the top of this rock. Today, you can see ruins of this palace, beautiful frescoes engraved inside the rock and also a jaw-dropping scenery at the top of the rock; the perfect bird’s eye view for couples to freely sit hand-in-hand and absorb for as long as they like.
- Kandalama: A Charming Retreat
Looking for a Sri Lanka honeymoon destination that is less crowded and gives you maximum privacy? The small village of Kandalama is where you should be. Heritance Kandalama is a five-star hotel that you can stay at to experience the best of Mother Nature in quiet surroundings. Couples can try an adventurous hot air balloon ride that takes off from the hotel itself and admire picturesque views from the sky.