Living in the city of dreams that brims with thrill throughout the year, it often becomes difficult to enjoy its sweet side. So, both my girlfriend and I were looking for a place that had everything from blissful beaches to luxurious hotels and from ancient temples to adventurous activities. Unlike most people who would have preferred a place from the world’s famous five, we chose Sri Lanka. After giving a good thought on how is Sri Lanka for couples and researching a bit about it, we were sure that its Hindu & Buddhist temples, hiking experience to the top of Sigiriya Rock Fortress, and impeccable food scene were perfect for us! So, we head out on our romantic adventure where we explored the five major cities of the country, and believe us it gifted us the most refreshing break from our life in Mumbai!
Thanks to TravelTriangle who came to our rescue as a perfect trip planner and helped us plan our Sri Lanka romantic trip exactly like we had dreamt of! From customizing out itinerary with the right destinations to booking the best hotels for us, TravelTriangle and their agent Direct Link were our superheroes in disguise!
Our trip was of total six days and all the people in Sri Lanka were too warm and welcoming. Every little thing from shopping to dining had its own charm and our Sri Lanka trip felt like a perfect value for money experience.
Our Sri Lanka romantic trip package details
Trip Type: Romantic Trip To Sri Lanka
Cost: INR 41,000
Duration: 5 Nights 6 Days
No. of people: 2 Adults
Inclusions: Breakfast, Transfers, Accommodation, Sightseeing, Private Cab
Exclusions: Lunch, Dinner, Airfare, Personal Expenses
Travel Agent From TravelTriangle: Direct Link
Here’s the day-wise itinerary of our Sri Lanka trip
Day 1: Arrival in Kandy, hotel check-in, and exploring the city of Kandy
Day 2: Visit and hike to the Sigiriya Rock
Day 3: Drive to Nuwara Eliya, hotel check-in, and visit to Adam Agro Farm and other tea estates
Day 4: Visit Bentota, hotel check-in, and enjoy the Madu Ganga River Safari experience
Day 5: En route Colombo, hotel check-in, visit to the National Museum, Gangaramaya Temple, Marino Beach, and more
Day 6: Departure from Sri Lanka to Mumbai
Top things to do that will tell you how is Sri Lanka for Couples
1. Hiking to the top of Sigiriya Rock
Both my girlfriend and I have always been extremely fond of hiking. So, climbing up the 1,200 steps to reach the top of the Sigiriya Rock felt like a cakewalk, especially because this was our first hiking experience together. Also known as Lions Rock, the top of this place literally offers a breathtaking view and we were all in awe of it until we were there. Since this place is one of the most famous places to visit in Sri Lanka, it was obvious that it would be crowded. But to our surprise, it didn’t affect our romantically adventurous experience here!
2. Exploring the heart of Kandy
Since our trip kick-started with Kandy, we were both game for exploring it to the fullest. From its world-famous Royal Botanical Gardens to the charming Kandy Lake that was adorned with peace, we saw it all. We also went to attend the cultural dance and drum show which was quite intense & energetic, more perfect for couples who have an interest in art and culture.
3. River safari & romantic beach dinner in Bentota
Our Sri Lanka romantic trip gifted us with many first memories such as hiking and cruising through the mangroves. The Madu Ganga River Safari in Bentota is perfect all kinds of couples as it brings you not only closer to nature, but also to each other. After the thrilling safari experience, we went back to our hotel. Now since we knew that Bentota is known for its golden beaches and breathtaking views, we were quite enthralled for our beach dinner. It was a perfect romantic candlelight dinner exactly like the ones shown in movies, and nothing could have made our Sri Lanka trip more memorable!
4. Staying at a beach facing hotel with infinity pool in Colombo
One of the best things to do in Sri Lanka for couples is enjoying an ultra luxurious staycation in one of its many swanky hotels. The Marin Beach Hotel in Colombo seemed nothing less than a paradise and we couldn’t wait to spend quality time in its infinity pool. Witnessing the sunset together while having the locally brewed beer was an epic moment in itself. Not just this, but we also visited the National Museum, Gangaramaya Temple, and Beira Lake. All of these places reflected the true charm of Sri Lanka and the historical beauty that surrounds it. And irrespective of cliche a sightseeing tour like this may seem, we as a couple definitely had one hell of a time in the city of Colombo. So, imagine what it’ll be like for you!
5. Spending a day at the Elephant Orphanage
No amount of words can justify what we felt while visiting the Elephant Orphanage in Kandy. Perfect for animal lovers, this place offers the much-needed break from the stressful life in the cities. There are elephants of all ages and sizes walking around you. You can click pictures, bathe them, and just see them having fun or spending a usual day. Besides, there are also a lot of souvenir shops along the road from where you can buy beautiful elephant figurines.
Other key factors that make Sri Lanka for couples an ideal destination
Food In Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka has an endless amount of things to offer when it comes to food, both for vegetarians and non-vegetarians. The thing that I loved the most was that there was an entire ministry of crab. Apart from that, jackfruit, coconut, seafood, and an arsenal of spices are amongst the other famous local cuisines that we treated ourselves with. Kottu was my all time favorite. Referred to as Sri Lanka’s hamburger, it is actually like fried rice served with spicy curry sauce. So, hands down, the Sri Lankan food is nothing less than a perfect blend of lip-smacking and mouth-watering flavors that are perfect for all the couples who love to explore the things that they even put on their platter.
Shopping In Sri Lanka
I am pretty sure that there are tonnes of articles online that talk about the best places for shopping in Sri Lanka and what you must buy from there. And while there are high chances that we often ignore such pieces, it was only after visiting Sri Lanka that I realized that it’s a little paradise for Shopaholics, and even tourists who love taking back a small and sweet souvenir from every place they visit. We came across beautifully handcrafted jewelry, handwoven items, moonstone carvings, Buddha and elephant figurines, tea, and some Ayurvedic beauty products that are actually the best things to buy in Sri Lanka. All of this along with the other things are definitely a must-buy as they are offered at prices that you would happily pay!
How is Sri Lanka for couples?
Often perceived as a family holiday destination, Sri Lanka is nothing less than a paradise for the hopeless romantics out there. Both my girlfriend and I had an unforgettable time that we would surely cherish for lifelong. It is a land of many experiences that gifted us with our many firsts, and there wasn’t a single moment where we regretted planning a trip to Sri Lanka. So, for all those who have been busy contemplating whether they should plan a holiday here with their partner or not, I suggest you must!
Sri Lanka Travel Tips
- Focus on food. Sri Lankan cuisine is absolutely delicious, which is why you should definitely explore restaurants and order a variety of things from the menu.
- If you’ve got some extra Sri Lankan money, spend it on a luxury stay. Colombo has some gorgeous beachside hotels that offer amazing views.
- While you’re exploring Colombo, try and visit the famous rooftop bars and international restaurants. Believe me, you won’t regret.
- Try to plan your Sri Lanka romantic trip between December and May since that is the best time to visit Sri Lanka.
- Be careful with what you wear to the Buddhist temples. Make sure your shoulders and legs are covered.
- Do try Arrack, which is Sri Lanka’s local brew. It genuinely tastes like rum and is made of coconut blossoms.
If by any chance you have a Buddha tattoo on your body, make sure to keep it covered, especially when you’re visiting temples as it is considered as a huge disrespect.
Our experience with TravelTriangle
Our overall experience with TravelTriangle was very good. Everything was very meticulously planned and we had an absolutely hassle-free experience. Not for a moment did we feel that we had overspent or we were overcharged. Kudos to the entire team who helped us have this romantic adventure in Sri Lanka away from our speeding lives in Mumbai.
Common questions that you might have while planning a Sri Lanka romantic trip
Q. How much should I budget for Sri Lanka?
The budget for a trip to Sri Lanka completely depends on how you book it and from where you do. Also, on the kind of hotels and experiences you pick. Our 5 days trip cost us around INR 75,000 to 80,000 including our Sri Lanka tour package, airfare, entry fees at local attractions, and visa fee as well. While we spent around INR 16,000 per person on a return trip, you can book in advance from an airline offering a cheaper deal.
Q. How do you get around in Sri Lanka?
Since we had booked our package with TravelTriangle, we had a private car for all the 5 days which helped us to commute around the cities and was with us 24X7. Apart from this, you can hire a taxi, travel by bus or train, or use a tuk-tuk.
Q. What type of food do they eat in Sri Lanka?
The central feature or staple dish in Sri Lankan cuisine is boiled or steamed rice, served with a curry of fish, chicken or mutton, along with other curries made with vegetables, lentils or fruits. The dishes are accompanied by pickled fruits or vegetables, chutneys, and sambola.
Q. What should I wear in Sri Lanka?
Considering the heat, jeans are very popular, especially with younger people. Our advice though would be to pack lightweight cloths. Also, don’t forget your sunscreen, sunhat, and sunglasses. In Sri Lanka over 70% of the population is Buddhist, so if you are visiting any of the Buddhist temples, please ensure that your body, including your shoulders, is properly covered.
Enticed by their holiday experience? Convinced that Sri Lanka for couples is a perfect destination? Hold that thought and plan your romantic trip to Sri Lanka with TravelTriangle right away because you surely wouldn’t want to miss out on a chance to strengthen the bond with your significant other!