Housing scintillating beaches, rich history, serene temples, and oodles of vibrancy, Sri Lanka is touted as one of the best tourist destinations. This country is a perfect blend of contrast & surprises and that is what travelers from all around the world are captivated by. Like many, Sarkar and his beloved wife also thought that visiting a destination which is full of greenery, wildlife, and tranquility would be a great way to enjoy their romantic escapade. With the help of perfect management of TravelTriangle team, they got the chance to enjoy their romantic trip to Sri Lanka to the fullest.
Having a face-paced life, my wife and I always look forward to spending some cozy time at a destination where we are far away from our daily routine. Being avid travelers, we look up to new destinations to explore what nature has for us. Sri Lanka was on the cards for the last three years and this time we finally took some time off and flew to this fantastic romantic destination.
Upon deciding the location, it was a piece of cake to finalize our travel organizer. We already had planned two smooth trips with TravelTriangle. So, it was pretty obvious to go with them the third time as well. Like earlier, this time also, the agents were very helpful and guided us throughout. Remembering about each and every fun-filled moment of our romantic trip to Sri Lanka, here I am jotting down the blissful time we had at this enchanting destination.
Details of our romantic trip to Sri Lanka
Trip Type: Romantic Trip
Cost: INR 56763.00
Duration: 9 Days
Inclusions: Breakfast, Airport Transfer, Cab, GST, Sightseeing, 20% Discount on Water Sports, Massage at Spice Garden, Tickets to Kandy Cultural Show
Exclusions: Lunch, Dinner, Airfare, Entry fee charges, Personal Expenses
Top 7 Moments From Our Romantic Trip To Sri Lanka
1. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and the Temple of Tooth Relic experience
Our marvelous journey started with Kandy where we first visited Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Home to several elephants, this place was filled with sheer cuteness and affection. There, we witnessed elephants moving freely in a herd with small babies tagging along with their parents. Watching elephants bathing in the river, and feeding baby elephants was such a therapeutic experience. We also visited the Temple of Tooth Relic where we gained insights into the history of the temple and how sacredly people embrace the culture.
2. Admiring the town of tea plantations: Nuwara Eliya
Next, we visited the picturesque tea estate on our way to Nuwara Eliya. We drove to this hill town through the vast stretches of tea plantations. At Ceylon Tea Museum, we saw ancient machines, visited the library and got to understand how tea plantation flourished this place. We also met and talked to local women who worked and lived on the estate. The art of tea making was something that intrigued us immensely. We also tasted some really unique kinds of tea and bought a few Ceylon tea packets.
3. Enjoying Jungle safari at Yala National Park
Known for its leopard sightings, Yala National Park was our next destination. We took a jeep safari through the park. Initially, we were a bit panicky but, when we spotted animals enjoying in their habitat, we were completely spellbound. Some of the elephants descended upon the site which created a jam but still, it was such a sight to behold. During a long 2:30-3:00 hours of safari, we were able to see deers, buffalos, wild pigs, colorful birds, and crocodiles. Fortunately, we encountered some leopards also (and there our safari reached perfection!). Also, visitors must bring binoculars, otherwise they will not be able to enjoy at this beautiful place.
4. Whale watching at Mirissa: A majestic experience!
Mirissa is considered as one of the prime beach destinations Sri Lanka. From beautiful beaches to amazing bars and restaurants, this place has got it all for making a trip all the more rejuvenating. Since the start, we were quite excited for whale watching which is the USP of this place. Quite early in the morning, we started our journey with loads of excitement. Voila! we were lucky enough to spot not one, but so many whales in one go. Watching whales coming up over the sea level was a completely thrilling experience. We also got to see flying fish, dolphins, jelly fish, and turtles.
5. Going beyond relaxation at Unawatuna
Out of several things to do in Unawatuna, visiting its beaches tops it all. We reached this beautiful location on day 6. This place is famous for its pristine beaches, trendy restaurants, various sightseeing options, and water activities. Here, we stayed at Joe’s Resort which is one of the best beach resorts in Sri Lanka. Be it the location, the amenities or the overall vibe, everything was an epitome of perfection at this resort. We really enjoyed our stay here and frankly, it was hard for us to leave this place and move to our next destination.
6. Visit to the turtle hatchery and the mask museum
Our day 7 was dedicated to some exclusive experiences. We first visited Turtle Hatchery at Galle where we witnessed 24 different species of turtles and also touched a few of them. It was quite interesting to learn how turtles are rescued and taken care of. What a wonderful job this organization is doing!
Now was the time to visit Ariyapala Masks Museum where entry was for free. There, we were given a brief tour by the guide who explained various masks and the stories behind them. We saw some masks which were over 200 years old. Overall, it was such a unique experience to know about the culture in depth. Unlike most of the museums, here, photography was allowed.
7. Face to face with the Wildlife at Dehiwala Zoological Garden
Out last stop was Dehiwala Zoological Garden in Colombo which is a shelter to a variety of animals and birds. There, we spent almost 4 hours watching the wide species of animals and reptiles including bears, leopards, puma, snakes, tigers, monkeys and alligators. It a small zoo but it didn’t seem like so when we started exploring it. Also, the zoo was well-maintained, clean and had perfect greenery. There were are some food stalls and restaurants to satiate hunger pangs in between the tiring walk. Also, it is worth mentioning that if one is on a family trip to Sri Lanka, then this place is a must-visit.
Eventually, our long 9 days romantic trip to Sri Lanka reached its end. Little did we realized how days passed by. From the first day at Kandy to the last day at Colombo, we could enjoy each and every moment of our romantic escapade. Just like we expected, we could witness soft-sand beaches, lowland jungles, mesmerizing hills, the blanket of tea estates, and rich culture of this beautiful tourist hot spot. Moreover, the cleanliness, fresh vibe and sheer warmth of the locals are the things that made this place worth visiting. Even now when we are back into our daily routines, a series of blissful flashbacks are throwing back to the enchanting getaway. Not only the location but also the perfect itinerary added great value to our overall experience. The agents were connected with us from the time we booked until the last day of our trip. We are really looking forward to our next trip with TravelTriangle.
This is how our customized Sri Lanka itinerary looked like
Day 1: Arrival at Colombo Airport and check-in at the hotel
Day 2: Visiting Visit Tea factory, Ramboda Falls and Hanuman Temple
Day 3: Visiting Ravana Falls and Caves, Nine Arch Bridge
Day 4: Enjoying Yala National Park Safari
Day 5: Visiting Turtle Hatchery and enjoying Whale watching at Marissa
Day 6: Enjoying watersports at Unawatuna
Day 7: Madu River Boat Safari and enjoying water sports
Day 8: Arrival in Colombo and visiting Colombo Zoological Gardens
Day 9: City tour, shopping, and departure
The land of rich culture, tea plantation and tropical beaches, Sri Lanka boasts everything tourists look for. Sarkar and his wife spent 9 eventful days at this wonderful location and created memories for a lifetime. If you are also looking for a romantic escapade, connect with TravelTriangle and get your own package customized.
Answering a few questions for you
A. Yes, for avid shoppers, Sri Lanka is a great destination to splurge like a king. A must buy is some packets of cinnamon powder from the cinnamon island. If you are visiting Sri Lanka, ensure you take some Ceylon tea back home. You can also buy gemstones and if there is no luggage constraint, do pick some masks for your walls.
A. Some of the best delicacies to try here are fish ambul thiyal, kottu, lamprais, hoppers, etc. We enjoyed the Sri Lankan fish curry, rice, and chicken curry. The Wambatu Moju (eggplant pickle) we were served with rice and curry was simply amazing. Also, being Indians, Sri Lankan cuisine was something that we really didn’t have to adjust with.
A. The quotation we received from Travel Triangle was quite aligned to our budget. However, we did find the local activities pocket pinching. Most of the sightseeing, water sports, and other activities are highly priced.
A. One should carry sufficient Lankan rupee. In many places, card payments are not accepted. So, carrying enough local currency is highly recommended.
A. The best time to visit the west and south coasts is from December to March and if you want to travel to the east coast, then April to September is a suitable time.
A. Some of the best beaches in Sri Lanka include Negombo Beach, Nilaveli Beach, Kalpitiya Beach, Bentota Beach, Tangalle Beach, and many more.