The Perfect Summer Honeymoon in Sri Lanka
15 days from £3,850 per person
Sri Lanka's cultural charms and natural beauty make her the perfect destination for an exotic Asian honeymoon. For a relatively small island, Sri Lanka has an extraordinary range of attractions: temples and forts, world-class wildlife safaris, emerald tea plantations, beautiful palm-fringed beaches and some of the best boutique hotels in the world. For couples who are planning a summer wedding, we have put together what we think would make the ideal summer honeymoon following the best seasonal weather. The south coast of Sri Lanka (where Galle is located) has monsoons during summer, but the less visited east coast of the island is at its sun-drenched best at this time of year.
Get your honeymoon off to a relaxing start at the Wallawwa, a chic little property just 15 minutes from the airport. From here travel to Sri Lanka’s renowned Tea Country – in the solitude of Ceylon tea land, you can enjoy private walking tours through tea plantations to watch women pluck tea leaf by leaf and learn how it is harvested, dried, and aged. Bed down at Tea Trails’ utterly spoiling Norwood, a colonial bungalow built for British tea estate managers in the days of the Raj. The service and attention to detail here is truly exquisite; enjoy cream teas by the log fire, dips in the swimming pool and indulgent spa treatments.
Travel on to the “forgotten” hill station of Hatton and take the stunning train journey to Bandarawela to spend one night in the cool Central Highlands before heading to Gal Oya National Park. This secluded wildlife paradise has some of the most beautiful lake and evergreen forest landscapes in Sri Lanka, but due to its location in the middle-eastern part of the island it has remained almost entirely undeveloped. Stay in one of the eight spacious lodges at the Gal Oya Lodge. We highly recommend going on boat safaris where you can spot elephants swimming from island to island!
Next is it time for you to hit the beach: Jungle Beach is a fun stylish resort with cabins built into the forest canopies. Take day trips to the old Dutch fort town of Trincomalee, which has a wide expanse of white sandy beach scattered with colourful fishing boats and the ideal spot for dolphin and whale watching excursions. Finally, head back inland to Ulagalla Resort, which is Sri Lanka’s best eco-luxury resort and a deeply romantic and pampering place to end your honeymoon. From here you can enjoy Sri Lanka’s most fascinating cultural treasures, including Sigiriya Rock, Anuradhapura, Mihintale, Ritigala and Dambulla.
15 days from £3,850 per person
- Day 1 - In Transit
Fly from London Heathrow to Colombo.
- Day 2 - The Wallawwa - Negombo
Transfer to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner at the Wallawwa is included in the price.
- Day 3 - Norwood - Bogawantalawa Valley
Drive to Tea Trails. Nature walk tour around the tea plantations.
- Day 4 - Norwood - Bogawantalawa Valley
Tea Factory Tour. Spend the afternoon at leisure.
- Day 5 - Thotalagala - Haputale
Morning drive to Thotalagala. Sunset champagne tea on Lipton's Seat.
- Day 6 - Gal Oya Lodge - Gal Oya National Park
Drive to Gal Oya National Park. Afternoon boat safari.
- Day 7 - Gal Oya Lodge - Gal Oya National Park
Gal Oya safari/trek and private picnic lunch at the waterfalls.
- Day 8 - Jungle Beach - Kuchchaveli
Drive to Trincomalee. Spend the afternoon at Leisure.
- Day 9 - Jungle Beach - Kuchchaveli
In the morning take a tour of Trincomalee Fort. Spend the afternoon at leisure.
- Day 10 - Jungle Beach - Kuchchaveli
Day at leisure.
- Day 11 - Ulagalla Resort - Anuradhapura
Drive to Anuradhapura. On route visit Sigiriya and climb the famous rock fortress.
- Day 12 - Ulagalla Resort - Anuradhapura
Sightseeing around the ancient city of Anuradhapura, Mihintale & Ritigala.
- Day 13 - Ulagalla Resort - Anuradhapura
After breakfast take a cooking class, In the afternoon go on a bike tour of the local area, both with Ampersand’s compliments.
- Day 14 - Tintagel - Colombo
Transfer to Colombo, on route visit Dambulla cave temples. Spend the afternoon sightseeing/shopping. With Ampersand’s compliments, enjoy dinner and a bottle of wine at the Gallery Café, our favourite restaurant in Colombo!
- Day 15 - In Transit
Transfer to the airport. Fly from Colombo to London Heathrow.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
- Leslie Siben, India
- Susan Ford, India
- Jaime Benitez, South India
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
- Mr David Wallace, North India
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka