Romantic Escapes

Create lasting memories as you embark on luxury honeymoon holidays in Sri Lanka. Explore the celebrated attractions on the island with your loved one and weave the enchantment of this paradise island into your very own story of love and romance.

dayLocation/RoutedurationOvernight
Day 01Airport to Colombo One night in ColomboThe Residence
Day 02Colombo to Nuwara EliyaTwo nights in Nuwara EliyaTea Factory Hotel
Day 03Nuwara EliyaLast night in Nuwara EliyaThe Tea Factory Hotel
Day 04Nuwara Eliya to YalaTwo nights in YalaCinnamon Wild
Day 05YalaLast night in YalaCinnamon Wild
Day 06 Day 07 Yala to GalleTwo nights in GalleGalle Fort Hotel
Day 08Departure
Wildlife sanctuaries

Sri Lanka is an island that is teeming with flora and fauna with a large number of endemic species. This island will truly delight nature lovers. There are currently 61 sanctuaries which include Maduganga, Wilpattu North, Yala, Minneriya, Udawatta Kele and Rummassala.

Tea Highlands

A visitor to the idyllic Hill Country of Sri Lanka will be greeted by vistas of sloping green tea plantations and misty mountains. Tea production which was introduced to the island by James Taylor in 1867, has grown into a giant industry, creating one of the main sources of foreign income for the country.

Cycling Tours around Galle

Enjoy guided cycling tours in the district of Galle. Hop on a mountain bike and cycle along the 12 km Paddy Trail from Wijaya Beach. Over the next 1.5 hours, ride past picturesque paddy fields and enjoy a relaxing break at a quaint open-air eatery. Up for a challenge? Choose the 30 km Paddy and Lake Trail, which lasts two to three hours. It extends past the paddy fields, towards the gorgeous waters of Koggala Lake.

For a more indulgent experience, pick the 18 km Kahanda Kanda Ride. Partake in lunch or cocktails as well as have a swim at the Kahanda Kanda boutique hotel. Tours start early in the mornings or late afternoon. A tuk-tuk escort will follow with drinks and your belongings.

Tea Plantation and Train Journey

Hop aboard a vintage steam train in Kandy, and enjoy a picturesque ride into the heart of Sri Lanka’s charming hill country. The winding railway tracks chart a scenic course through the rolling hillsides of Kandy and Nuwara Eliya. Unwind in your air conditioned compartment, as you take in the majesty of the verdant landscape unfolding before your eyes.

Observe the shades of emerald that blanket the horizon, brimming with precious tea crops that are the nation’s pride. Envision the splendour of the island’s colonial heyday, as you tuck into a delicious four-course lunch accompanied by sparkling silverware and fine china. This journey is best begun in the late morning hours and lasts four to five hours.

Galle Fort Walk

Discover the cultural and architectural legacy of Galle, inherited from the Portuguese and Dutch colonialists from centuries past. Familiarise yourself with its streets, as your experienced tour guide narrates intricately woven folktales, that have been passed down through generations. Observe the local practice of stilt fishing and pay a visit to highlights such as the iconic Galle Fort.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is the last European-built fortress still standing in southern Asia. Watch with bated breath as daring cliff divers spring themselves off the citadel’s walls and plummet into the waves below. The tour lasts two hours and starts early morning or in the afternoon.

Tea Experience at Ceylon Tea Trails

Observe the century-old tea manufacturing process at Ceylon Tea Trails. Meet up with your guide at 09:00am and set off into the estate. Walk in the footsteps of the tea planters of Ceylon’s heyday, as they traversed the leafy inclines in search of ideal pastures for tea cultivation. Understand the challenges involved in the skilled art of tea plucking and learn the secret behind the aromatic black tea blend; only two tender leaves and the bud, are harvested from each plant, by hand.

Study the traditional English machinery used at the Norwood Tea Factory, which dates back to colonial times.

As your 2.5 hours draw to an end, sit back and sample fragrant brews from the factory’s many grades of tea.

Safari

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Day 01
AIRPORT TO COLOMBO
Colombox
Colombo is the commercial hub of the island connecting several parts of the country, such as the north, south, east and hill country by a fine system of roads and railways. The heady mixture of Asian anarchy, colonial charm and modern progress defines its impressive character. Towering skyscrapers, retail stores, parks, restaurants and bars coupled with sacred shrines of the major faiths and religions can be found in this vibrant city.
Overnight at The Residence in Colombo

Ayubowan!!! Welcome to our Island Nation!

On arrival at the Colombo Airport you will be met by your chauffeur-guide and transferred to your hotel in Colombo for an afternoon at leisure, or if you arrive early in the day, you could explore Colombo.

Day 02
COLOMBO TO NUWARA ELIYA
Nuwara Eliyax
Perched high up in the hills, Nuwara Eliya sits like a sentinel overlooking tea country on all sides. Piduruthalagala, Sri Lanka's tallest peak is only a short while away. A replica of English country towns with their lush greenery and a profusion of gorgeous flora, Nuwara Eliya is touted as "Little England" with its Victorian houses, a golf course, Lake Gregory, a racecourse and Hakkgala Gardens. The average temperature is around 15.9C.
Overnight at the Tea Factory Hotel Nuwara Eliya

After a leisurely breakfast, set off on a beautiful scenic drive to Nuwara Eliya, surrounded by lush green plantations at an elevation of 6,000 feet above sea level.

Stop at Kitulgala for a cup of Ceylon tea and look out for the St Clair and Devon waterfalls whilst you drink in the beautiful views and feel the crisp cool air. You are bound to enjoy your stay for the next two nights at the Tea Factory – yes, a tea factory converted into a luxury hotel. (approx. five hours).

Day 03
NUWARA ELIYA
Horton Plains National Parkx
Elevated approximately 2000m and located between the quiet towns of Haputale and Nuwara Eliya, the Horton Plains National Park is home to a plethora of wildlife. Some of the commonly sighted animals include sambar deer, purple-faced, or bear-faced monkey, dramatically coloured lizards and birds. A visit to World’s End is a definite must.
Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, including a wonderful afternoon tea out on the lawn.
Overnight at The Tea Factory

Set out to enjoy a lovely picnic breakfast at Horton Plains with an early departure from your hotel, to enjoy one of Sri Lanka’s best nature reserves, characterized by its montane forests, grasslands and rolling hills. (approx. two hours drive).

Day
NUWARA ELIYA TO YALA
Yala National Parkx
Spanning an area of 1260 square kilometre, Yala National Park is one of the more popular parks on the island, as it’s teeming with wildlife, from the majestic leopards to herds of gentle Asian elephants. The park is also home to a diverse range of other mammals such as sloth bears, deer, birds and reptiles.
Overnight at the Cinnamon Wild

After breakfast, continue to Yala National Park, Sri Lanka’s most visited park for a jeep safari. (approx. four hours drive) Check-in to the Cinnamon Wild set in beautiful surroundings adjoining the park. Brace yourself; if you are lucky enough, you may spot a leopard, sloth bear or crocodiles, wild boar and deer living in perfect harmony with the hotel.

Day 05
YALA

This morning head out to the Bundala National Park on another jeep safari with an experienced naturalist. (approx. one hour) The early morning safari is your best opportunity for bird watching and spotting wildlife that venture out before retreating and taking shelter from the soaring temperatures during the day.

Spend two relaxed days at leisure in this beautiful historical city. Explore the Galle Fort and pamper yourself with a spa treatment!

Overnight at the Cinnamon Wild

Day 06 Day 07
YALA TO GALLE
Galle (UNESCO World Heritage Site)x
The port city of Galle has flourished from its origins into Sri Lanka's fifth main and popular city. At the heart of the city lies the Dutch Fort. Dutch administrators and those in their service lived within the Fort protected by its city walls and the ramparts by the sea. Its massive archway entrance gives it a medieval air and appears magically time warped, with its red tiled colonial period villas and open verandas facing the cobblestone streets.
Overnight at the Galle Fort Hotel

After breakfast you will transfer to Galle. (approx. four hours)

Spend two relaxed days at leisure in this beautiful historical city. Explore the Galle Fort and pamper yourself with a spa treatment! A fitting end to a memorable holiday!

Day 08
DEPARTURE

Depending on your time of departure you will be transferred to the airport for your departure.
Safe journey!

Add-on

  • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  • Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
  • Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
  • Kandyan Cultural Performance
  • Visit a Fishing Village
  • Jeep Safari
  • Galle Fort Tour

Cost:  Transportation: private air-conditioned vehicle.

Cost per person starting fromValueSignature
Sharing a double room$955$1100

The above rate is nett and based on two guests.

Supplement for Entrance fees:

Entrance Fees & MiscellaneousCost per person
Gangarama Temple $3.00
Colombo Museum $5.00
Hiriwaduna Village Experience with lunch $18.00
Sigiriya Rock Fortress $30.00
Hurulu Eco Park Safari $42.00
Ancient ruins in Polonnaruwa $30.00
Cycling in Polonnaruwa $35.00
Dambulla Cave Temple $17.00
Lunch at the Batik Artist’s Factory $40.00
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic $10.00
Kandyan Cultural Performance $8.00
Sunset Cruise - Private $375.00
Whale watching $45.00
Lunch at the Ministry of Crab A la-carte only
High Tea at Galle Face hotel $14.00

What to pack

  • Socks – as footwear must be removed when visiting places of worship. You could be walking on heated paving, gravel or cement. Also, shoulders and knees should be covered.
  • Footwear – choose comfy shoes - sneakers, sandals or similar.
  • Shawl – to cover your shoulders or dress up!
  • A sweater or light jacket if you plan to visit the Hill Country.
  • Sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses, travel umbrella or lightweight raincoat.

Cancellation & payment policy:

  • 100% cancellation
  • 50% payment upon tour confirmation
  • Balance payment prior to arrival

Notes:

  • The quote is subject to room availability and price fluctuations prior to booking.
  • The quote is based on settlement by cash. If the settlement is by credit card, a bank service fee of 2 – 2.5% applies.
  • All drive times are approximate and subject to road conditions.
  • Alcohol is not served on “poya days” (full moon) and other days prohibited by the government.
  • The standard check-in time is 02:00pm at hotels.
  • The standard check-out time is 11:00am from hotels.
  • Gratuity: tour guides & drivers are tipped at the end of the tour.
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