Sunset Sojourn - 14 day trip

14 days from £2,145pp

If you want a honeymoon that’s got it all, this could be the one. After a relaxing start on the beach in Negombo, you’ll delve into the vibrant city of Kandy for a big dose of culture. You’ll ride Sri Lanka’s iconic blue train and dine at the famous Hill Club, before climbing Little Adam's Peak and seeing Sri Lanka’s answer to the Harry Potter Bridge.

Then it’s on to a lesser-known national park, Gal Oya, renowned for the swimming elephants. Look out for leopards and langurs too. Enjoy all the trappings of a beachy honeymoon in Pasikuda (think blissfully romantic massages, candlelit dinners and sunset cruises), then finish your extravaganza of a honeymoon in Sigiriya where you’ll trek up Lion’s Rock and take a ride in a traditional canoe known as a ‘pirogue’.

 

 

Highlights

  • Relax on the beach in Negombo

  • See the cultural city of Kandy

  • Explore the Royal Botanical Garden of Peradeniya

  • Ride Sri Lanka’s iconic blue train

  • Hike up Little Adam’s Peak and enjoy sweeping views from the top

  • Spot swimming elephants at Gal Oya National Park

  • Take a sunset cruise and tuck into a candlelit seafood dinner on the beach at Pasikuda

  • Discover ancient ruins and climb Lion’s Rock

Itinerary

This exciting trip to Sri Lanka includes international flights, a private car and driver, excursions, accommodation, breakfasts and some lunches and dinners.

From the first conversation until you arrive home from your holiday, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has traveled extensively in the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your trip. All of our trips are entirely bespoke and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.

Day

Location

Type

1-2

Negombo

Beach

You’ve said “I do” – now it’s time to head off on your exciting and romantic honeymoon around Sri Lanka. After arriving at the airport, you’ll be greeted and whisked off to your hotel, Jetwing Sea in Negombo. Lap up the beachside location or treat yourselves in the decadent rooftop spa. Tomorrow you’re heading into the heart of Sri Lanka, so crack open a bottle of bubbles and enjoy some downtime before the adventure truly begins.

 

3

Kandy

General Tour

For now, you’ll bid the beach farewell and head into the city of Kandy. On the way, you’ll visit the Royal Botanical Garden of Peradeniya. Created in 1821, the gardens were built to test and acclimatise new plants and were strictly for Kandyan royalty only. Today, they are open for everybody to enjoy so grab your loved one and wander the palm-lined avenue, marvel at the fine collection of orchids and check out the mighty 40m high Burma bamboo. For an even more leisurely experience, hire a golf cart to explore the gardens. Afterwards, you’ll check into Mountbatten Bungalow, a charming Victorian-style chalet perched on the hills near Kandy. Pour a glass of wine and snuggle up by the fire with your new husband or wife and soak up the countryside views together.

4-5

Ella

Activity and Adventure

After breakfast, you'll travel by Sri Lanka's iconic blue train along traditional tracks and through tea plantations, hills and forests. It's a fantastic way to admire the Hill Country. You'll disembark in Nuwara Eliya, the highest town in Sri Lanka, built to look like a typical English village complete with brick facades and a post office. You'll enjoy lunch at the iconic Hill Club, a traditional gentleman's club first established by British coffee planters in 1876. From here it's on to Ella, a little mountain town with big views. On a clear night, you can see all the way to the Great Basses lighthouse. After checking into your fabulous hotel, 98 Acres Hotel - a unique village of houses on stilts, perched on the side of a forested hill, spend the evening unwinding at the town's collection of restaurants, cafes and bars.

Get a good night’s rest, as the next morning you'll be up bright and early to climb Little Adam's Peak, a mountain 1141m above sea level. Throughout the morning you'll walk past scenic tea plantations and lush countryside before arriving at the summit with its panoramic views across the south of Sri Lanka. Now that's a spot for a honeymoon selfie! Later in the afternoon it's on to Nine Arch Bridge. One of the best-preserved examples of colonial-era construction in Sri Lanka, it regularly enjoys comparisons to Glenfinnan Viaduct in Scotland of Harry Potter fame.

6-7

Gal Oya National Park

Wildlife

Fancy spotting some swimming elephants? Well today is your day, as you're off to Gal Oya National Park. One of Sri Lanka's lesser-known parks, Gal Oya is also renowned for langurs, macaques, wild boar, water buffalo, leopards, sloth bears and three types of deer. During your time here, you will stay at Gal Oya Lodge, a boutique eco-lodge with the native Vedda Tribe as neighbours. On your first evening, head out on a boat safari on Senanayake Samudra, Sri Lanka’s largest reservoir. Look out for the iconic elephants swimming from island to island in search of food.

The next day is an all-day safari. You’ll be driven around the lush forest of the national park in search of the eminent wildlife. When hunger strikes, tuck into your romantic picnic for two in the middle of the national park.

8-11

Pasikuda

Beach

Leave the dense forest behind and head to Sri Lanka's east coast in search of the beach. For three days, Maalu Maalu Resort & Spa in Pasikuda will be home. Upon arrival you'll both enjoy a complimentary massage to help you unwind into beachside living.

Here, it’s all about the romance with a side of thrills. During your stay you will enjoy a romantic candlelit seafood dinner on the beach. You’ll take a sunset cruise on a sailing yacht to admire the pristine coastline and jump off for a refreshing swim. You might also like to arrange scuba diving, snorkelling, jet skiing or windsurfing if you want to dial-up the adventure. Alternatively, explore the surrounding villages or take a trip to the city of Batticaloa.

12-14

Sigiriya

Activity and Adventure

After several days of relaxing on the beach, it's back into the heart of Sri Lanka – Sigiriya. You'll check into the Aliya Resort, where you'll both enjoy a complimentary massage to prepare you for the next big adventure. The following day you'll head out to climb Lion's Rock, an ancient rock fortress atop a sheer rock. Go as early as possible to beat the heat and enjoy fewer crowds. It's a tough climb, but along the way you'll be rewarded with landscaped water gardens and intricate carvings. At the top you can explore the ancient ruins, thought to have been the centre of the kingdom of Kassapa. And the views from the top will make your jaw drop.

In the afternoon you'll explore a lake by 'pirogue', a traditional flat-bottomed canoe. Glide through forests, looking out for wildlife and feast on a romantic picnic lunch on board. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to spend as you like. You could arrange a visit to Ritigala Mountain, the ancient capital of Polonnaruwa or Dambulla Cave Temple. In the evening you'll enjoy a final secluded romantic dinner by the impressive infinity pool.

On Day 14 it's time to say goodbye to Sri Lanka and head to the airport to fly home, taking your honeymoon memories with you.

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