Destination Sri Lanka - Weddings and honeymoon!
Why Sri Lanka?
Described as one of the most exotic and beautiful islands in the world! This unforgettable destination is the perfect location to seal your love.
We offer you the ultimate in luxury in a private villa, a romantic wedding, a cultural wedding, an off the beaten track adventure, or a combination of the above (marriage being the art of compromise after all!), you are spoiled for choice!!!
Your personal wedding planner will take you through all the arrangements based on your choice of ceremony – Beach, Garden, Cultural (traditional Sri Lankan style), Celebrant or Christian.
Select from one of Sri Lanka’s many gorgeous propositions
Sri Lanka is fortunate to be able to offer some of the most unique, small and intimately characterful hotels, with a Sri Lankan feel to them. These properties offer a complete package, along with quality service that is personalised for the couple, family and friends, should you choose to bring them.
Rest assured, our warm hospitable people, would ensure you with an experience that will last you a lifetime.
Ideally, you should consider extending your trip to include a dream honeymoon, as this island has so much diversity to offer, in terms of location, our unique culture; miles of palm fringed beaches & mystical ancient cities.
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.
A dynamic capital that can vie with many a city around the world, it has evolved to be the commercial hub of the island connecting with several towns linked by a fine system of roads and railways connecting both the North, the South, the East and the hill country. A new expressway, one of many coming up, connects the international airport at Katunayake, with the capital - a 20 minute drive avoiding the busy sprawling towns on the old route. Crowded streets and peak hour traffic are the results of a long and formless urban straggle overflowing from Colombo.
Nevertheless, the city’s impressive commercial and cultural life grows apace and a heady mixture of Asian anarchy, colonial charm and modern progress defines its character. Showily opulent and shiny office blocks rub shoulders with tumbledown local cafes and shops while serene Buddhist shrines and colonial churches stand cheek-by--jowl with ornate, colourful Hindu temples - all evidence of a rich mix of races and religions, that has blossomed into this cosmopolitan city.
A rebuilt and revitalized Pettah, the more colonial styled Fort area, the renovated Dutch Hospital, the Independence Square, the Nelum Pokuna theatre hall, the Victoria Park, now ablaze with lights are all elegant architectural landmarks, that the city can justly be proud of. Not always the bustling metropolis today with its crowded bazars and tuk-tuks weaving among the kamikaze traffic of a vibrant city, Colombo developed from small beginnings as a garden city with its tranquil suburbs, when it took precedence over the ancient Kotte Kingdom. The Beira Lake in Colombo and a network of canals around the city extending to Negombo, is yet another unused Dutch legacy.
With the construction of a new harbour, Colombo builds itself as one of the vital entrepots of Asia, acquiring the sobriquet the ' Charing Cross of the East ' thanks to its location at the crossroads of Indian Ocean trade.
British legacy has undeniably come to stay in Sri Lanka. While the Sri Lankan Parliament modeled on the British system - located today in Kotte, stands like a memorial, a cross between the old and the new.
Overnight at The Residence in Colombo
This morning your tour begins with a visit to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, the world’s largest troupe of captive elephants. Followed by a visit to the Dambulla Rock Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Continue on to your hotel in Dambulla – the stunning Kalundewa Retreat (approx. 4 hours drive)
is more or less at the heart of the cultural triangle and stands at an important junction of the Colombo -Trincomalee and Kandy - Anuradhapura roads; a convenient base for exploring the area. A sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries, this cave monastery, the most impressive and one of the largest in South Asia, consists of five magical, dimly lit grottos crammed with 157 statues and decorated with some of the finest murals in the country in a sq. area of 2000m, offering a picture-perfect snap shot of Sinhalese Buddhist art at its finest, now declared a world heritage site.
King Nissanka Malla who ruled in the 12th century was responsible for the gold plating of 73 of its statues of the Buddha thus giving it its nomenclature “The Golden Rock Temple”.
Its spectacular setting on a massive rock surrounded by the plains of Kurunegala, the Sigiriya "Rock Fortress" and the mountain of Ritigala is awe inspiring.
Evening at leisure and overnight at the Kalundewa Retreat in Dambulla
It is an early start this morning to beat the crowds and the heat with a visit to Sigiriya. Sensible shoes are a must.
shortest lived but the most extraordinary of all Sri Lanka’s medieval capitals, declared a world heritage site, this ancient ruin was once the Capital of Kind Kasapa1. A lover of beauty, he ruled Sigiriya for 18 years, transforming the surroundings of his historical palace into a thing of beauty. Only 19 of the original 500 immortal frescoes, representing celestial maidens remain today. Its extensive network of beautifully laid out gardens; reservoirs and other structures including its unique plumbing system stand witness to the grandeur of its architecture, during its day.It can be a hard 200m climb to the top, but once there, the view is magnificent.
This afternoon there is an optional sightseeing tour of Polonnaruwa, the 12th century Sinhalese Capital and UNESCO World Heritage site.
Evening at leisure with a romantic candlelit dinner. Overnight at the Kalundewa Retreat in Dambulla
After breakfast you will continue your tour to Kandy, stopping en route to visit the Minneriya National Park for a morning jeep safari. Its beautiful landscape of open country with its plethora of birdlife, and great herds of elephants is guaranteed to thrill.
Continue on to Kandy (approx. 2 ½ hours drive)! Explore the cities highlights for a couple of hours, before you check-in to The Stone House. Built in the 1940’s, this colonial mansion tastefully converted into a boutique hotel, is in a quiet and completely private location within the city of Kandy.
is the Hill Capital of Sri Lanka, locally referred to as “Nuwara” meaning The Great City, the most scenic ancient city in the country and the only city that borders a natural reserve – the Udawatte Kele famous for its avifauna.
Sri Dalada Maligawa as its known locally or The Temple of the Tooth is one of the most sacred & famous Buddhist sites, not just in Sri Lanka but also in the religion worldwide. The spectacular 17th century temple took nearly a hundred years to construct from 1687 to 1782 and houses the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. Rituals are performed daily at 04:30, 10:30 and 6:30 p.m. The sacred square and old city centre within the temple complex contain the four shrines of the Gods Vishnu, Natha, Kataragama and the Goddess Pattini and many historical buildings and museums.
The temple is host to one of Asia’s most celebrated festivals, The "Esala" procession, held during the month of July/August around the Full Moon. The casket of the tooth relic is paraded through the streets on the back of a tusked elephant in a grand procession followed by several traditional dancers, drummers and torch bearers accompanied by over a hundred beautifully costumed elephants.
Nestled in the highlands, not only does its rich historical significance make “Nuwara” a popular tourist destination, but also the many shops displaying precious and semi-precious stones, skillfully crafted jewelry, handicrafts, colorful batiks and silks, and local food add unforgettable flavor to this beautiful city.
Overnight at the Stone House in Kandy
See more of Kandy by spending this morning at the Royal Botanical Gardens, renowned for its vast collection of Sri Lanka’s native flora, its many other exotic species and assortment of orchids - one of the finest in the world.
This afternoon you will visit the famous Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, followed by a Kandyan cultural performance that will teach you more about the history and culture of Kandy and Sri Lanka as a whole.
Evening at leisure and overnight in Kandy
After breakfast continue on your journey towards the hill country and Nuwara Eliya, set in a stunning mountain valley some 1800 meters above sea level. The landscape here is of misty mornings and rolling green hills covered in tea plantations.
Tour its town and countryside.
Perched high up in the hills, nearly a mile above sea level, Nuwara Eliya at 1869 meters, sits like a sentinel overlooking tea country on all sides. Piduruthalagala, Sri Lanka's tallest peak is only a short way away.
A replica of English country towns with their lush greenery and profusion of gorgeous flora, Nuwara Eliya is touted as "Little England" with its Victorian houses, a colourful park, golf coarse, Lake Gregory, a racecourse and Hakkgala Gardens. A number of hotels including colonial structures like the Hill Club and the Grand Hotel which lives up to its name to this day, a uniquely converted tea factory hotel, with amazing attention to detail built among tea gardens only hours away from the town, and several holiday homes make this a popular holiday resort.
The climate is cool throughout the year with an annual average temperature of a chilly 15.9C and nearly 2,000 mm of rain, alternated by days of bright sunshine. The British established Nuwra Eliya in the 19th Century, to cater to the Europeans settled in Sri Lanka, to whom it came to be home away from home if only for short spells. However it grew to be Sri Lanka's foremost holiday resort with the town coming alive in April. A weeklong calendar of events, including horse and motor races, are its biggest attraction. Holidaymakers in droves converge on Nuwara Eliya in season. Hindu pilgrims from around the world visit the Hanuman and Seetha Amman Temples based on the Ramayana epic of Rama & Seetha.
Overnight at the Tea Factory Hotel Nuwara Eliya
Head back to the coastal town of Negombo for a relaxed day before your departure (approx. 3 hours drive). You may choose to explore Negombo town or indulge in a spa treatment, a fitting end to your honeymoon.
Overnight at The Wallawwa Hotel in Negombo
Depending on your time of departure you will be transferred to the airport for your departure.