From blissful beaches to magnificent mountain-top temples, elephant-covered savannahs to endless green hills, our honeymoon guide to Sri Lanka…
Once labelled ‘the finest island in all the world’ by explorer Marco Polo, Sri Lanka boasts both breathtaking beauty and cultural heritage. The travel experts at Rickshaw Travel have put together this honeymoon guide on where to go, what to do and perhaps most importantly, where to eat!
With wondrous national parks, exotic rainforests and shimmering oceans, Sri Lanka is home to a wealth of wildlife. There are 5,800 Asian elephants roaming freely in national parks like Minneriya, Kaudulla, Wilpattu, Yala and Udawalawa. In addition to these iconic gentle giants, Sri Lanka has the largest concentration of leopards in the world, visit Wilpattu National Park to catch a glimpse of the elusive big cat.
Delve deeper into the heart of the island by visiting its lowland rainforests to see a swarm of rare amphibians alongside primates like the rare red slender Loris and the Purple-faced Langur. Be sure to lift your eyes to the skies to see an array of exotic birdlife, including species unique to the island, the Sri Lanka Junglefowl and Crimson-fronted Barbet.
And if that’s not enough, the gleaming oceans surrounding Mirissa and Kalpitiya are frequently visited by some of the most spectacular marine mammals: blue whales, sperm whales and dolphins!
If you long for deserted stretches of golden paradise or adrenaline-fuelled water-sports in turquoise waters, Sri Lanka can make your dreams come true. With its prime island location, there is an abundance of magnificent coastlines just waiting to be explored.
For beach lovers , take a quick trip to the small beach town of Negombo to enjoy castaway style coasts and if you are searching for the ocean, the crystal clear calm waters of Trincomalee’s palm-fringed beaches are ideal for swimming.
But for the most immersive beach experience of all, spend your nights living the life of Riley in a delightful wooden cabana on the paradise coastline of Tangalle, where you can enjoy spectacular views of the sparkling Indian ocean.
With a captivating and at times turbulent history, Sri Lanka is a country of unique and diverse culture. The country’s cuisine and music has been monumentally influenced by Southern India, and Sri Lanka’s colonial history is evidenced in such recreational activities as tea drinking and cricket.
Sri Lanka currently has one of the oldest living Buddhist traditions in the world, with about 70% of the islanders practicing Theravada Buddhism and over 15,000 monks devoting their lives to serving and preaching the Buddha’s teachings. The influence and respect to Buddha can be seen in the form of numerous ancient temples and statues, some of which are amazingly carved into the mountainside.
Food and Drink
Varied cuisine is one of the many benefits of a varied culture, and Sri Lanka has great food by the plateful. For breakfast or a midday snack try the Sri Lankan Hopper, which is a thin, crepe-like batter infused with coconut milk and spices that is then formed into a bowl shape to hold fried eggs. This versatile dish is not one to miss!
For something more gourmet, try the ‘Ministry of Crab’, recently voted one of Asia’s top 50 restaurants for its servings of sweet, succulent and spicy Sri Lankan crab. Opened by two former cricket players and situated in a beautiful long-standing Dutch hospital in the city of Colombo, if you fancy a treat then this is the place to eat!
And after a heavy meal? Indulge in a cup of (arguably) the best tea in the world! Ceylon Tea is both delicate and aromatic, first produced in 1867 by British-born James Taylor on his tea estate of Loolecondera on the hilly outskirts of Kandy. It is now one of Sri Lanka’s top exports and over 25 different grades are produced across the island.
For further information on Rickshaw Travel’s Sri Lanka holidays, visit rickshawtravel.co.uk