Sri Lanka, a tear-shaped island a stone's throw away from India, is a very tempting option if you are thinking of going on a honeymoon. Budget friendly, warm and inviting, this country is easily accessible from across India. With its enchanting beaches, mountain trails and a dose of history, Sri Lanka will be a great place to kindle your romance.
1) Romantic beaches
Go snorkeling or sailing at Bentota or watch the whales and dolphins at Mirissa or spend a lazy time together just relaxing at Tangalle, options are aplenty in Sri Lanka. The beach around Trincomalee is a heaven for those who do not want to be troubled by the crowds.
2) Go on a train journey
The best way to take in the scenic beauty of the island, they say is by traveling across it. The ride from Colombo to Badulla snakes its way through the misty cloud-kissed peaks and tea plantations. The ride from Colombo to Galle adjacent to the coast will keep you entertained.
3) A slice of England
Nuwara Eliya or the City of Light with its Tudor style architecture and red pillar postboxes transports you to a different era altogether. This ancient city has links to the epic Ramayana too. Sita Eliya, close to the city, they say is the garden where king Ravana kept Sita a prisoner. You can visit Sita Amman temple or wander along the streets of the town. And watch the waterfalls.
Sri Lanka has two national parks - Yala and Udawalawe. Go on one of the safaris these parks offer, it will be an unforgettable experience. If you are planning a bit of adventure - you can go hiking, mountaineering, surfing, and trekking in this island nation.
5) The food
Rice is the staple diet, and in Sri Lanka it comes loaded with coconut curries. The menu will invariably include hoppers, string hoppers, Lamprais - a Dutch-influenced meal, and pittu. Food baked in plantain leaves is a must try here. The proximity to the sea makes it a paradise for those who love seafood. But that does not mean that a vegetarian will have to go hungry. Wood apple, a fruit that is as big as a dehusked coconut is a must try too.
Reaching Sri Lanka
You can apply for a visa online. Flights are available from all major airports in India