15 Best Romantic Places to Visit in Sri Lanka for Couples

15 Romantic Places in Sri Lanka That Will Leave You Wonderstruck

 Last Updated: 10 Jan, 2020 By

A question to all the couples, are you looking for the popular romantic destinations in the world that can make your holidays a memorable one? If yes, Sri Lanka cannot be overlooked. From lazing around the beaches to learning about the history of Sri Lanka, from taking a walk into the wild to get your adrenaline rush pumping, Sri Lanka has so much to offer that you will never get enough of this place. So here I bring to you some of the best romantic getaways to get you wondering on how you want your holidays to turn out. The blog will cover you with what are the best things that you can do when visiting these destinations. So let’s get started.

For Beach Lovers

1. Mirissa: For the Exciting Dolphin and Whale Watching

Mirissa- For the Exciting Dolphin and Whale Watching

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Dubbed as a tropical paradise, Mirissa on the southern coast is secluded beach destination in Sri Lanka, perfect for couples. Be at Mirissa to sit with your partner, sip a coconut and gaze into the mesmerising water from sunrise to sunset. With palm trees lining the outskirts, the romantic spot also provides much-needed privacy to the honeymooners. In addition to this, Mirissa has a number of accommodation options comprising both luxury as well as a budget beach resorts that you can choose from.

Best things to do: On being here, couples can indulge in a number of fun activities including:

  • Dolphin and Whale watching
  • Water Sports like surfing and snorkelling and a boat safari

2. Bentota: To Play With the Sea Turtles and Tortoise

Bentota- To Play With the Sea Turtles and Tortoise

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A popular romantic getaway, Bentota is one of the most beautiful destinations for couples as well as those planning a honeymoon trip in Sri Lanka. With calm weather, the lagoon and the serene beauty, Bentota will let you spend quality time with your partner. On being here, it would be next to impossible to sit amidst the breathtaking scenery that guarantees a romantic escapade to cherish for a lifetime. In addition to this, you can even witness and play with sea turtles and tortoise by heading to the Kosgoda Turtle hatchery located at a distance of 10 km from Bentota. In a nutshell, the tourist destination is surely one of the must-visit places to visit in Sri Lanka for couples.

Best things to do:

  • Water sports like surfing and scuba diving
  • Play with sea turtles and tortoise

3. Trincomalee: For a Memorable Walk With Your Partner on the Stunning Beaches

Trincomalee- For a Memorable Walk With Your Partner on the Stunning Beaches

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A petite port city on the northeast coast of Sri Lanka, Trincomalee is yet another romantic location which is home to two stunning beaches- Uppuveli and Nilaveli. Both the beaches are perfect for a quiet hand-in-hand walk with your partner or simply laze around and sunbathe. If you happen to visit here between March and August, you will get an opportunity to enjoy whale watching. Besides, you can even explore the charm of the city that reveals plenty of history and an interesting melange of people.

Best things to do:

  • Whale watching
  • Visit Sri Pathrakali Amman Kovil (Hindu Temple)
  • Visit Fort Frederick
  • Snorkel at Pigeon Island

4. Kalpitiya: To Witness Marine Creature Amidst Breathtaking Scenic Beauty

Kalpitiya- To Witness Marine Creature Amidst Breathtaking Scenic Beauty

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Comprising 14 islands, Kalpitiya is slowly evolving as the future of Sri Lanka tourism. This hidden gem in the country will introduce to its breathtaking waterfront body. The beaches here are truly bestowed with scenic beauty that is no less than a feast for the eyes. In addition to this, Kalpitiya is a marine sanctuary with Spinner dolphins and a rare species of Sperm Whale being the main attraction of Kalpitiya. So, whether you are looking for a memorable sunbathe on sandy shores or dipping in the water for fun-filled activities, Kalpitiya is a go-to place for your romantic trip in Sri Lanka.

Best things to do:

  • Dolphin and Whale Watching
  • Boat and canoe rides

For Nature Lovers

5. Nuwara Eliya: To Get a Taste of the Colonial Era Amidst Lush Greenery

Nuwara Eliya- To Get a Taste of the Colonial Era Amidst Lush Greenery

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Often referred to as ‘Little England’ Nuwara Eliya is one of the best locations for the couples. The lovely city up in the hills of the country does have a vague colonial culture with lush green slopes and red-brick bungalows. Nuwara Eliya with its romantic views to offer will let you visit points of interest including waterfalls, tea estate and more. Also, if you happen to be here do not miss out on staying at the Grand Hotel built in 1891 for an altogether unique experience. For those planning honeymoon holidays in Sri Lanka, Nuwara Eliya should be considered.

Best things to do:

  • A visit to Lovers Leap Fall and Lakshapana Falls
  • Tea Tour at Pedro Tea Estate
  • Boat ride at Gregory Lake
  • Shopping at Bale Bazaar
  • A visit to the Moon Plains
  • Witness a variety of flowers and plants at Hakgala Botanical Garden

6. Ella: To Enjoy Walking Amidst Tea Gardens and Jungle Canopies

Ella- To Enjoy Walking Amidst Tea Gardens and Jungle Canopies

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If you and your partner are not a beach person and looking to spend your holidays amidst the greens then Ella is a romantic destination in Sri Lanka for the nature lovers. A short hike in and around Ella will introduce to the acres of tea plantations, jungle canopies and other tourist attractions. A lovely mountain village, Ella will let you indulge in some exciting activities. Of all, the most beautiful is the train ride from Nuwara Eliya to Ella that will make you fall in love with the pristine surroundings. So be here to nestle yourself comfortably into the tranquil settings.

Best things to do:

  • Hike up to the Little Adams Peak and Ella Rock
  • A visit to the tea plantations
  • A visit to Nine Arch Bridge
  • A fresh shower at Ravana Fall

For Cultural and Heritage Tour

7. Anuradhapura: To Explore the Archaeological Wonders of the City

Anuradhapura- To Explore the Archaeological Wonders of the City

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For couples looking for places where they can get immersed in the culture and heritage of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is a place to be. The ruins of the city are one of the most evocative sights that leaves one wonderstruck. The entire city boasts a rich collection of architectural and archaeological wonders which includes the crumbling temples and ancient pools, massive dagobas (brick stupas) built during Anuradhapura’s thousand years of rule over the country. Today, some of the sites remain in use as the holy shrines that you can visit during your trip to Anuradhapura.

Must-Visit Tourist Attractions:

  • Abhayagiri Dagoba
  • Ruvanvelisaya Dagoba
  • Jetavanarama Dagoba
  • Anuradhapura Archaeological Museum

8. Kandy: To Attain Blessings at the Beautiful Temples

Kandy- To Attain Blessings at the Beautiful Temples

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When it is about exploring the culture of Sri Lanka and savouring its flavours to the fullest, there can be no better place than Kandy. On visiting the tourism destination, you will come across beautiful temples like the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Gadaladeniya Temple and Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha statue. The place is steeped in tradition which can be clearly witnessed when visiting during the Kandy festival between July and August. Besides, there are many other top things to do in this one of the most popular tourist destinations in Southern Asia that will give you an altogether different experience.

Best things to do:

  • Attain blessings by visiting the temples
  • Explore the Royal Botanical Gardens
  • Stroll around the Kandy Lake

9. Dambulla: To Experience the Spirituality Amidst the Natural Charm

Dambulla- To Experience the Spirituality Amidst the Natural Charm

The humble town of Dambulla is yet another best place to add in your Sri Lanka itinerary. The town is a treasure trove of historical monuments that are worth praising. Of all the attractions, Dambulla Cave Temple should be the first one on your list. It is one of the largest and beautiful temples in Sri Lanka with stunning sculptures and paintings all over. Besides this, there are other points of interest including a museum, a fortress, a national park and more. Also, for those who would love to indulge in a little adventure can enjoy the Hot Balloon Ride. In addition to this, the newlyweds looking for the best places, Dambulla can be added to the Sri Lanka honeymoon itinerary.

Must-Visit Tourist Attractions:

  • Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Sigiriya
  • Pidurangala Rock (hiking and climbing)
  • Popham’s Arboretum
  • Buddhist Museum & Museum of Wall Paintings
  • Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs
  • Kaludiya Pokuna

10. Galle: To Explore the Ancient Beauty of a Fortified City

Galle- To Explore the Ancient Beauty of a Fortified City

A fortified city built by the Portuguese, Galle is a true jewel when it comes to heritage tour in Sri Lanka. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Galle can be best explored on foot bringing you close to the Dutch-colonial buildings, grand mansions, museums, ancient temple, church and mosque. Not just this but as you will pass through the city, you will come across some of the quirky cafes and boutiques. In a nutshell, the city is undoubtedly one of the unmissable places in southern Sri Lanka.

Must-Visit Tourist Attractions:

  • Dutch Fort
  • Japanese Peace Pagoda
  • Meeran Mosque
  • Sudharmalaya Temple
  • Flag Rock
  • Dutch Reformed Church
  • National Museum of Galle
  • Marine Archaeological Museum

11. Polonnaruwa: To Relive the Bygone Era in the Middle of Heritage Ruins

Polonnaruwa- To Relive the Bygone Era in the Middle of Heritage Ruins

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An ancient city, Polonnaruwa is yet another best place to explore the cultural treasures of Sri Lanka. On being here, walk freely with your partner among the UNESCO heritage ruins, monuments and temples that will let you learn about the history of the place and wonder how it must have been in the bygone era. So, if you are in Sri Lanka and want to take the heritage tour, don’t miss out on Polonnaruwa.

Must-Visit Tourist Attractions:

  • The Royal Palace
  • The Shiva Devale 2
  • The Audience Hall
  • The Sacred Quadrangle
  • Kiri Vehera
  • The Pabalu Vehera
  • Gal Vihara

For Wildlife Lovers

12. Yala National Park: To Experience An Unmatched Jungle Nightlife

Yala National Park- To Experience An Unmatched Jungle Nightlife

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For couples who want to take a walk into the wild, Yala National Park is where one can make the most of their holidays. On being at one of the famous national parks in Sri Lanka, you will get an opportunity to witness different species of birds and animals. The most difficult sightings on your wildlife safari would be of crocodiles, elephants and leopards.

Best things to do:

  • Stay in luxury tented camps to experience jungle nightlife
  • An unmatched wildlife safari

13. Sinharaja Forest Reserve: To Witness the Incredible Biodiversity Amidst Pristine Surroundings

Sinharaja Forest Reserve- To Witness the Incredible Biodiversity Amidst Pristine Surroundings

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Yet another place for the wildlife lovers, Sinharaja Forest Reserve is known for virgin rainforests and vibrant biodiversity. On being here, couples can indulge in the jungle walking, enjoy birdwatching (aquatic, migratory and indigenous exotic species), witness the wild animals. Once done with it, you can spend some time embracing the serenity and tranquillity of this isolated area. A visit to Sinharaja Forest Reserve will offer you unforgettable memories of romantic holidays with the best of Sri Lanka’s flora and fauna.

Best things to do:

  • A memorable jungle walk
  • Enjoy birdwatching
  • Amazing camping experience

For Adventure Lovers

14. Midigama: To Get the Best Surfing Experience of a Lifetime

Midigama- To Get the Best Surfing Experience of a Lifetime

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For couples who want to experience the adrenaline rush can head to Midigama for the best ever surfing. The place boasts five consistent surf breaks within a short walking distance from each other. One thing that sets Midigama different from towns on the Southwest coast is that it doesn’t give a touristy or chaotic feel. So, if you are looking for a less crowded place for adventure, Midigama is a place to be.

Note: The best time to visit Midigama for surfing is between end of October and early April as the days are dry and sunny making it perfect for surfing with consistent swell and offshore winds.

15. Kirinda: To Explore the Underwater Treasure by Enjoying the Exhilarating Scuba Diving

Kirinda- To Explore the Underwater Treasure by Enjoying the Exhilarating Scuba Diving

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If scuba diving is what you want to experience, head to Kirinda on the Southeast coast of Sri Lanka. The pretty village of Kirinda is best known as a base for scuba diving where you can get the best experience at ‘Great Basses’ wreck and the ‘Great and Little Basses reefs (southeast of Kirinda). So, be here and get a unique experience of exploring the underwater treasure.

Note: The ideal time for Scuba Diving in Kirinda is between March and early April when the waters all around the destination are calm and serene enough to enjoy the exhilarating scuba diving experience.

With a perfect blend of nature and romance, Sri Lanka is one of the beautiful as well as budget-friendly honeymoon destinations in the world. Right from its scintillating beaches to ancient ruins, from exotic wildlife to thrilling adventure, Sri Lanka has it all. Book your romantic trip to Sri Lanka and leave everything to the country to make your trip a memorable celebration of love.

If you need any assistance in how to pick the best destination for a romantic trip to Sri Lanka, Tour My India is just a call away. Call us at +919212553175 oryou can also drop your queries at info@tourmyindia.com. We will provide you the ultimate Sri Lanka holiday itineraries where you can pick one that best suits your needs and preferences. Also, for those planning a honeymoon trip, we can help you with the best honeymoon package.

Feel free to ask any queries in the comment section below.

Published: 30 Oct, 2019By
Tags: Sri Lanka Tours

About the author

Swati Mishra

Born and brought up in Assam- ‘The Land of Tea Gardens’, Swati is a Travel Writer who yearns to travel around the whole world someday. Coming from one of lush-green and peaceful states of India, her love for nature and rain is beyond imagination. She is an observant and is keen to explore more about the things that comes her way which could be clearly seen in her write ups. Other than this, she is a foodie and can do anything for food that is made out of cheese especially- The Alfredo Penne Pasta!


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