So far during Honeymoon Week 2017 we've covered Mauritius, Bali, The Maldives and South Africa, and we've one more special destination for you this week. Each day we've filled you in on some of the most beautiful destinations in the world, and today it's the turn of beautiful Sri Lanka! We talked to Travel Counsellor Emer McDermott to get all the must-know, must-do, and must-see info you'll need before booking your big trip!
Why do people love South Africa as a honeymoon destination?
A honeymoon in Sri Lanka is an extraordinary experience. Located off the southern tip of India, the island is one of the Indian Ocean’s best kept secrets.
Couples who choose to book a Sri Lanka honeymoon get to experience something a little different and unique to the norm. Sri Lanka has gorgeous and unspoiled beaches, but it also boasts a diverse culture, exotic wildlife and crumbling ancient ruins.
What is there to do/see there?
• Take a trip to the city of Kandy to see the spectacular traditional singers and Kandyan dancers wearing vibrant headdresses, dancing to native percussions.
• Uda Walewe National Park is a fantastic option for animal lovers, with elephants and buffalo roaming freely through the massive plains. Even wandering through the park is an incredible experience, and is a worthwhile addition to your Sri Lanka honeymoon.
• Visit a working tea plantation in Nuwara Eliya, enjoy a Sri Lankan cuppa and then gear up for a hike along the renowned “World’s End” walking trek. Prepare for breath-taking views and cascading waterfalls like you’ve never seen before.
• One Indian Ocean Island not enough? Why not take in the Maldives too, at just a 40 minute flight away?
When is the best time to go?
Dec-Mar: This is the best time for a Sri Lanka honeymoon on the west coast, but the dynamic weather of the island means the climate varies a lot. Along the coast Sri Lanka enjoys an average temperature of 30°C. Further inland, the scenic mountainous terrain lends to cooler temperatures of about 19°C.
Apr-Sep: This is when the weather would usually be more suitable on the east coast. Temperatures stay warm throughout the year, however.
The Thai Pongal festival, which celebrates the renewal of life and prosperity, takes place in January every year. Sri Lanka transforms into a rainbow of colours, dancing and singing – it’s well worth seeing.
What sort of budget is required?
A honeymoon on Sri Lanka's South Coast costs from €5000 per couple.
This is a relaxed trip with minimal travelling, including a taste of Sri Lankan culture as well as time on the beach. Stay within the Dutch colonial fort at Galle, walking the narrow cobbled streets lined with boutiques, museums and cafes. Driving along to the beachside town of Bentota, you will be able to relax on one of Sri Lanka’s rose-gold beaches. Simply relax at your hotel or spend time visiting a local turtle sanctuary or village market
• Stay within the Dutch fort at Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
• Explore the various boutiques within the fort walls.
• Take time out to relax on the beautiful southwest coast.
• Visit architect Geoffrey Bawa's Brief Garden
Could you give us an idea of a honeymooner itinerary in Sri Lanka?
Day 1 International outbound flight
International outbound flight
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Colombo.
Day 2 Colombo - Galle
On arrival you're met by your private chauffeur-guide and transferred down to the south coast to Galle. Once here, you have time to settle into your hotel and enjoy some time at leisure depending on your flight time. If you have some time today, we would recommend taking a gentle stroll around the local area as Galle is an excellent city to explore on foot.
Day 3 Galle
Today undertake a private city tour of Galle with your chauffeur guide. Galle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to a beautiful Dutch fort, with quaint streets and pretty walkways. The fort area is the largest remaining fortress of its kind in Asia.
Day 4 Galle
Today is free for you to independently explore Galle and the surrounding areas. If you would be interested to explore Galle by bicycle, there are many different routes for you to explore. Have a chat with your specialist who would be more than happy to advise you.
Day 5 Galle - Bentota
This morning drive back along the coast with your chauffeur guide to the sleepy town of Bentota and the beautiful crescent shaped beaches. If you wish to stop along the way, your chauffeur guide will be more than happy to do so. In the afternoon your chauffeur-guide can take you to the lovely Brief Garden which is just outside of Bentota. Previously the home of the landscape architect Bevis Bawa, the gardens make for an interesting afternoon excursion.
Days 6-8 Bentota
Enjoy a day at leisure today in Bentota. We would recommend going to visit a nearby turtle hatchery where a local project is helping to release baby turtles back into the ocean.
Day 9 International return flight
Today you're met by your chauffeur-guide and transferred to the airport. The drive time does vary depending on traffic, however your chauffeur-guide will make sure you arrive at the airport in plenty of time for your onwards flight. Your return flight will arrive the same day.
For more information or to book your big trip to Sri Lanka, get in touch with Travel Counsellor Emer McDermott by email on [email protected] or by calling 098-29622.