Honeymoon in the Pearl of the Indian Ocean and the Maldives

Trip description

If you have just got married, or are about to say 'I do' - congratulations! Come and explore Sri Lanka, the ideal destination for a romantic trip, a dream destination for a honeymoon. These few days in Sri Lanka will take you to some of the world's most beautiful cultural sites: the Sigiriya Rock, the Golden Temple of Dambulla, the historic town of Kandy.... be sure that your honeymoon will be unique: romantic, adventurous or unusual. We will be delighted to help you with your romantic getaway! Second love at first sight maybe..... Before the Maldives.....


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13 days

From : €2,720*


Services included: 

  • Hotels  
  • Transportation in a private air-conditioned vehicle (car) with English-speaking driver 
  • Parking fees, petrol and tolls as well as accommodation and meals for the driver 
  • Hotels in double rooms 
  • Entrance fees for: 
  • Tuktuk safari to Haputale and visit to the Lipton seat with picknick
  • Minneriya safari
  • One bottle of water per day
  • Sim card to contact your driver (RECHARGEABLE)
  • Maldives wedding ceremony on the beach
  • All inclusive package in Maldives
  • Visa and PCR
  • All Taxes

Services not included:

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance (cancellation and/or repatriation insurance must be taken out before departure)
  • Visits not mentioned in the "included services 

Day 1: Colombo International Airport - Negombo Waikal

Day 2: Negombo - Dambulla - Habarana

Day 3: Habarana - Polonnaruwa - Minneriya - Habarana

Day 4: Habarana - Sigiriya - Matale - Kandy

Day 5: Around Kandy

Day 6: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Haputale

Day 7: Around Haputale - Tea Plantation Safari

Day 8: Haputale - Unawatuna

Day 9: Relax

Day 10: Unawatuna - Colombo International Airport

Day 11: A wedding in Paradise

Day 12: A wedding in Paradise

Day 13: Your honeymoon ends here

Day 1 : Colombo International Airport - Negombo Waikal

Dambulla Cave Temple ©Sri Lanka Tourism

You are welcomed by your driver on arrival in Colombo at 9.20am. You have arrived in tropical territory, with Negombo as your first stop, a beautiful seaside resort nicknamed "Little Rome" because of its many churches. Close to the airport, Negombo is ideal for resting after a long flight.

Depending on the time of arrival, we suggest a walk along the Dutch Channel, which is misnamed because it existed two centuries before the Dutch colonisation. This is a great way to start the day... an encounter with nature... to be done to enjoy the beautiful sunset.

Note: You will be required to stay the first 2 nights in Waikkal at this resort due to the new guidelines for welcoming international tourists and the implementation of a PCR test upon arrival. 

 Dinner on your own and overnight

Day 2 : Negombo - Dambulla - Habarana

Polonnaruwa Ancient Ruins ©Sri Lanka Tourism

 In the morning, we advise you to discover early the city of Negombo and the fish market. Very popular and authentic, it takes place every morning on the sandy lagoon of Negombo. At dawn, the boats come ashore with their catch. The activity is in full swing between 6am and 10.30am: sorting the fish, cutting and salting, auctioning and negotiating... A spectacle that is as amazing as it is instructive.

 Then, you take the road for the cultural triangle. On the way, discover the lush landscapes of Sri Lanka, made of rice fields, coconut plantations and mountains. On the way, we suggest a visit to the Golden Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  This monastery with five sanctuaries is a high place of pilgrimage. It is one of the largest and best preserved cave temple complexes in Sri Lanka. It houses over 150 statues and paintings from the Kandy school. Enjoy the beautiful view of the surrounding area.

 You could end the day with a relaxing massage at the Athreya Ayurveda Ashram! 

Dinner and overnight stay

Day 3 : Habarana - Polonnaruwa - Minneriya - Habarana

Dambulla Cave Temple ©Sri Lanka Tourism

In the morning, we propose a visit to Polonnaruwa, an ancient city which was the royal capital of Sri Lanka during the 11th and 12th centuries, and extends over some 10 km2. You can visit by bike the ruins of palaces, temples, but especially Kalu Gal Vihara, a set of 4 Buddha statues carved in granite. The archaeological museum is also worth a visit.

Then, around 3pm, go for a jeep safari in Minneriya National Park, famous for its elephant population of around 400, and other wildlife such as crocodiles, buffaloes, deer, monitor lizards, cormorants, pelicans and a multitude of birds. The park is also interesting for its landscapes, with swamps, lakes and mountains on the horizon. (Included)

Later on, if you wish, you can climb Pidurangala Hill, right next to the archaeologically important Lion Rock. A walk in the middle of nature, which will allow you to enjoy a magnificent point of view once at the top, notably on the rock of Sigiriya, and the park of Minneriya further on. At the top you will see the ruins of a monastery, Buddha statues, caves etc. A beautiful and uncrowded walk.

Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4 : Habarana - Sigiriya - Matale - Kandy

Temple of Tooth relic ©Suranga Abey from Flickr

To avoid the crowds, we recommend an early morning visit to Sigiriya's Lion Rock, which towers 200 metres above the village. Your guide will show you the different parts of the site, from the gardens to the natural caves, from the frescoes of the Demoiselles to the ruins of Kasyapa's palace at the top. This site owes its reputation to the megalomaniac king who built his residence here in the 10th century. It is the most visited site in Sri Lanka and is listed by UNESCO.

On the way, you will have the opportunity to stop at Matale, to visit a spice garden. This visit is an opportunity to discover the virtues of the country's plants, fruits and spices and learn more about their culinary uses and medicinal properties. You will see, among others, cinnamon, pepper, nutmeg, clove and cocoa trees. 

Then you continue your journey to Kandy.

Dinner and overnight stay

Day 5 : Around Kandy

Sri Lanka by Train ©Людмила Соколова from Flickr

 Kandy is, because of its character and history, a must-see. The former capital of the Sinhalese kings, it is surrounded by green hills and dominated by a lake. You can discover the city centre on foot, starting with a visit to the Temple of the Tooth, an important Buddhist pilgrimage site, and walk around the lake (about 4km).

At 5pm, come and discover the Sri Lankan culture by attending a performance of traditional Kandyan dances! Dating back to the Kandyan kings, these ritual and religious dances, with their splendid colourful costumes, are still an integral part of the island's cultural richness and are well worth a visit. 

You could end the day with a massage session at your hotel's spa.

 Dinner and overnight stay.    

Day 6 : Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Haputale

Tamil pickers collecting tea leaves on plantation ©Eats & Retreats from Flickr

You are now on your way to Nuwara Eliya (2h3o drive). On the way, stop to admire the Ramboda waterfalls, one of the most beautiful in Sri Lanka.  Arrive in Nuwara Eliya, the highest town in Sri Lanka and full of British influenced charm. It is reputed to be the country's vegetable garden. Arrival at Nuwara Eliya, the highest town in Sri Lanka. A former British colony, the city has a certain charm that is quite original on the Asian continent. Many of the buildings bear witness to a typically British architectural style. A masterpiece is the elegant post office. In the city centre you will also find Victoria Park. The park was named to mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Victoria's reign.

Board a train from Nanu Oya to Haputale (seating subject to availability, approx. 2.5 hours by train). The most beautiful scenery in Asia, made up of endless tea plantations, will pass before your eyes. Your driver will be waiting for you at the train station, and you will continue on to your hotel in Haputale, a small mountain village that is still not very touristy and offers magnificent views of the valley below. (Included)

  Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 7 : Around Haputale - Tea Plantation Safari

Unawatuna beach ©Keith Franczak from Flickr

In the morning, your trekking guide will welcome you and explain the course of your trekking day. Several routes are possible depending on your level and your desire. You could climb Ella Rock, or rather get lost in the countryside of Bandarawela, to cross villages, vegetable gardens and rice fields. Haputale also offers beautiful treks through the tea fields. Depending on the itinerary, you can take a dip in a waterfall, walk through eucalyptus forests and visit a tea factory to learn more about the process of making this national beverage. You will visit Sir Lipton's factory in Haputale and meet the tea pickers.  Picnic lunch. Afterwards, if you feel like it, you can take a cooking class with culinary guide Fathima at her home in the mountainous countryside and start preparing lunch with her. Sri Lankan cuisine will no longer hold any secrets for you!  (visit by tuk tuk in the plantations included) 

Dinner and overnight stay.    

Day 8 : Haputale - Unawatuna

Tuk Tuk Ride ©Alexander Czapka from Flickr

In the morning, we recommend climbing Little Adams Peak. It's an easy 2-hour hike along the tea fields. Afterwards, you will go to the famous Nine Arch Bridge where you may see a train passing by.

Then you leave the tea country scenery to discover the coastline, considered the most beautiful in the country, you will discover hidden beauties along the way.

Take a break to explore Matara and discover the Dondra Lighthouse, one of the highest in Asia. The lighthouse is still in active use. It helps guide ships along the Indian Ocean. You will also be able to see the fishermen on the Ahangama pole. 

Enjoy a fresh fish dinner on the beach in the evening!

 Dinner and overnight stay

Day 9 : Relax

Maldives ©Khushboo Purohit from Flickr

A variety of excursions are possible in the area, such as a whale watching cruise or a visit to the beaches of Rekawa, where Sri Lanka's giant tortoises lay their eggs. You could also discover the town of Galle with its fort, built in the 17th century by the Dutch, but also its lighthouse and its ramparts.

You could take a short boat trip through the mangroves of the Madu Ganga River. This is one of the last mangrove forests in Sri Lanka. Madu Ganga has a unique Amazonian forest-like charm, a small wildlife paradise. A stop at Cinnamon Island is almost obligatory, where we are told how cinnamon is made! 

Several farms aim to protect the turtles that come to breed on the beaches of Sri Lanka. Possibility to discover their action, to see how they save the eggs intended for the sale on local markets, to place them in an enclosure until their hatching. After a short stay in a tank, the babies are released in the dark. Depending on the time of the visit, there is the possibility to watch the babies being released on the beach.

Dinner and overnight stay

Day 10 : Unawatuna - Colombo International Airport

Maldives Beach Wedding ©CrownTours Maldives from Flickr

Early in the morning, you fly to Male in the Maldives. You are welcomed by our representative and taken to your hotel by speed boat. Your honeymoon continues on a heavenly atoll. 

The Maldives archipelago is considered by all to be a scuba diving paradise. Take advantage of this day to discover the sea bed (to be booked directly on arrival at your hotel) 

All inclusive service in the Maldives

Day 11 : A wedding in Paradise

Maldives Beach Wedding Setup ©Dhaainkanbaa Maldives from Flickr

It's the big day!!!

Soft white beaches, azure skies, and the endless turquoise ocean sparkle under the sun... One cannot imagine a more romantic setting to celebrate a wedding!

Before the ceremony, the couple is invited to relax during a session at the Spa, a true Maldivian institution, combining body treatments and massages with essential oils.

The traditional Maldivian ceremony takes place on a sandy beach, decorated for the occasion, accompanied by an orchestra of traditional percussionists. The Bodu Beru drums announce the arrival of the bride, while the groom waits with the master of ceremonies. The bride makes her entrance and walks towards her future husband along a path adorned with flowers and palm trees. 

All inclusive service

Day 12 : A wedding in Paradise

Kuramathi Island Resort ©Get into Maldives Travels from Flickr

While swimming, take advantage of the exceptional marine fauna which promises a magical show. Calm lagoons with warm translucent waters, multicoloured fish, heavenly beaches and coral reefs.

Or take advantage of diving or snorkeling which are, of course, the island's must-do activities!

Or else, you can rest on the pontoons in the sun or in the shade: be careful, it's strong here! index 50 to take in your suitcase....

Day 13 : Your honeymoon ends here

Maldives Beaches ©Combo Holidays from Flickr

All good things must come to an end ....  You will be taken to Male airport by speed boat. 

We hope that you will leave with a lot of memories!

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