Sri Lanka is blessed with one of the most diverse arrays of romantic destinations – from Beaches, National Parks, picturesque train rides to historical landmarks and serene mountains. So if you’re planning a honeymoon or even a short couple’s getaway to this island nation, we promise this list will have you covered. Let’s get started then?

1. Galle Dutch Fort, Galle

This fortified town tucked in the southern province of Sri Lanka, is the perfect little romantic destination to visit with your loved one.

Built in 1663, this fort has a rich ancient history that is still betrayed in its quaint lanes and colonial buildings. Take a walk around the fort area that overlooks the Indian Ocean and explore the Dutch Church and the Galle Lighthouse nearby.

The Maritime Archaeology Museum inside the fort is another attraction you shouldn’t miss. The building that houses the museum was once a Dutch Warehouse.

The pretty lanes outside are lined with cozy cafes, heritage hotels and modern boutique hotels. The entire scene looks like it’s straight out of a bygone era and offers a beautiful day trail for couples.

The colonial buildings are still used for administrative purposes and the town has a whole community that still exists here peacefully, complete with schools, colleges, offices and homes.

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How to get there: Take one of the many buses going to Galle from Colombo.

2. Mirissa Beach

Sri Lanka has no shortage of beautiful beaches, being an island nation. So you might be wondering why this one in particular?

One of the reasons why Mirissa made the top of the list is because it has the perfect balance of touristy, secluded and romantic. The sunsets here, are some of the best you’ll ever spot in this country and beautifully complement the backdrop of palm trees and the ocean. Mirissa is also one of the best places to go for a whale watching tour on, so plan a trip here during sighting season.

The shore is lined with some really great restaurants perfect for candlelit dinners and the resort hotels near the beach make for a relaxing stay while on your trip.

Pro Tip: Do not miss out on visiting the Secret Beach that is a short walk away from Mirissa. This beach is perfect for snorkeling with the rich marine life that it harbors!

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How to get there: Board any South Bound bus from Colombo and get off at Mirissa.

3. Ella

Ella is a beautiful mountain village in the central province of Sri Lanka. Think of hill stations, but better! Ella is surrounded by large tea plantations, mountains and lush greenery. The cool weather here is a complete opposite to the soaring temperatures in the rest of the country which is why we recommend Ella for a romantic getaway.

The best part though is the journey to Ella. The train ride from Kandy to Ella is one of the most scenic ones in the world and people come from afar just to get a glimpse of the breathtaking country roads. We highly recommend taking the train from Kandy to Ella or back at least once to enjoy this beautiful experience with your sweetheart.

So visit the tea plantations, hike up Little Adam’s Peak or the Ella Rock for some spectacular views and spend some calm moments with your loved one.

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How to get there: Ella is a beautiful 4 hour train journey from Kandy. From Colombo, a taxi is the fastest and the most convenient option, but you can choose the 8 hour train journey as well.

4. Trincomalee

Trincomalee is located in the eastern province of Sri Lanka and is a relatively recent addition to the list of Tourist destinations for this country. Mainly because the city just only became accessible to tourists after 2009, post the end of a long, trying Civil War.

Trincomalee offers some of the best beaches and culturally enriched destinations in Sri Lanka. The Nilaveli and Marble Beaches, in particular, are alluring to look at with soft golden sand and turquoise blue water. These beaches are generally more secluded than the ones in the South, perfect for couples looking to spend some quality time together, away from tourist swarms. Don’t miss out on visiting the Pigeon Island nearby with its clear waters and rich marine life, accessible only by boats and famous for its snorkeling and diving sites.

This is another destination, famous for its whale watching boat tours so make sure you visit during the whale season in the East Coast. Trincomalee also has a lot to offer culturally what with its beautiful temples. We recommend checking out the Koneswaram and Chinabay Temples.

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How to get there: There are regular buses, trains and flights running from Colombo.

5. Sigiriya

Sigiriya is again, a culturally rich city situated in the central province of Sri Lanka and is famously known for the Lion’s Rock (also called Sigiriya Rock).

Legend has it that King Kashyapa built his royal palace on top of the Sigiriya Rock, along with a whole fortress complex with water fountains, canals and gardens, the ruins of which can still be found here. The entrance features a rock formation cut to large life-sized lion claws standing since 5th century BC. The climb up the rock is not too difficult owing to the comfortable stairs and the view from the top is spectacular!

Right opposite the Sigiriya Rock stands the Pidurangala Rock offering a mind-blowing view of the former from the top. It takes around 20 minutes to climb to the peak, so get your loved one and climb up to the top before sunset or before sunrise. The view is something that you’ll never forget!

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How to get there: One can take a bus from Colombo to Dambulla and then another bus to Sigiriya or a train to Habarana and then a cab to Sigiriya.

6. Kandalama

This small village is a short distance away from Sigiriya in the central province of Sri Lanka.

The reason it makes the list for top Romantic destinations in Sri Lanka is because of its hot air balloon site at Kandalama Lake! What says romance better than a hot air balloon ride with your bae, watching the sunset with champagne and spectacular views?

The Kandalama Hotel, a part of the Geoffrey Bawa Project is still one of his best creations owing to its minimal but contemporary construction on rocky terrain. What makes this hotel eye-catching is how the artist has blended the rock formations seamlessly into the interiors of the hotel instead of breaking it down. Stay here to meet this masterpiece and delve into some luxury with your loved one.

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How to get there: Take a tuk-tuk or a taxi from Sigiriya, only 12 km away.

7. Kandy

This city situated in central Sri Lanka is another popular destination for couples looking to explore the rich culture of Sri Lanka, complete with an amazing climate.

Surrounded by mountains, the weather here remains cool and pleasant throughout, making for a great trip. The biggest attraction here is the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic which is said to actually contain a sacred tooth of Buddha. Other attractions include the Kandy Lake, botanical gardens, the royal palace and the national museum.

This is a great city for couples looking to explore the cultural side of Sri Lanka and is a must visit on your trip!

Pro tip: The train ride from Kandy to Ella is one of the most picturesque ones, so we recommend taking this train route to or from Ella.

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How to get there: A bus ride from Colombo takes approximately 4hours to reach. If traveling from Ella, then take the train!

8. Yala National Park

Yala is Sri Lanka’s second largest and the most visited National Park, that too for good reason. This wildlife sanctuary has one of the most diverse communities of wildlife and fauna inside and is mainly known for the Sri Lankan elephants, leopards and aquatic birds.

Zone 5 in particular is not to be missed, owing to the wide landscape view it offers, of the wildlife unlike Zone 1 that is obstructed by bushes.

The national park also has a beautiful beach at the end of the park that is highly recommended for visiting with your loved one for a short stroll. Swimming is not allowed in the water because of the choppy waves but we won’t blame you for wanting to dip your toes in the crystal blueness.

Other national parks: Sri Lanka is blessed with diverse wildlife which is why it has dozens of great National Parks open to visitors. Some of the good ones are Udawalawe National Park, Minneriya National Park and the Horton’s Plains National Park

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How to get there: Taxis are always most convenient but you can also take a direct bus from Colombo going to Tangalle and get off at Yala on the way. The journey will take more than 7 hours one way.

9. Beira Lake, Colombo

This lake situated at the center of the capital city is a must visit for couples looking to spend some quality time together. It’s a famous bird watching spot and is a favorite among locals.

You can take your beloved on a sea boat ride here in the evening. There’s also the beautiful Seema Malakaya Buddhist temple built on 3 platforms/bridges jutting out of the Lake that you can visit to offer your prayers at and spend some peaceful time together.

The Lover’s Island on the other side of Beira Lake is another great attraction for couples. You need to walk through a beautiful suspended bridge to get to this island that is surrounded with lush greenery, quaint walkways and wooden benches. The bridge is even prettier once the sun sets and the lights roped around them come to life. This place makes for a great picnic date and a stroll with your partner and we promise you’ll walk away with some amazing memories!

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How to get there: Tuk-tuks and taxis are abundant in Colombo and can be taken from any part of the city.

10. Hikkaduwa

This beach resort town is located in the South West coast of Sri Lanka and is perfect for couples looking for a beach getaway with luxury splurges.

Apart from candle-lit dinners by the beautiful beach, you can also visit the Sea Turtle Hatchery and Rescue Centre in the city to see how you care for this endangered species. If you’re lucky, you might even get to let the babies into the ocean during the right season. Trust us; this sea-turtle hatchery is well worth a visit.

Very close to the city, also runs a railway line that you can walk on (when the track is clear) to get some beautiful shots. Please be careful to make sure the path is clear though.

Surfing and snorkeling are also favorite activities in Hikkaduwa and your trip would be incomplete without trying at least one of them.

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How to get there: A direct taxi is the most convenient and will take only 2 hours. One can also board a southbound bus (Galle, Tangalle) and get off at Hikkaduwa.

11. Diyaluma Waterfalls, Badulla

Nature works in mysterious ways and this waterfall proves just that. Located just an hour away from Ella, the Diyaluma Waterfall is the second largest waterfall in the country. You can hike up trails surrounded by long grass to reach different levels of the Waterfall.

Once you reach the first level, you’ll spot a number of natural pools that you can take a dip or swim in. Be ready to be stunned by the various picturesque pools made by the hand of nature. A little further down the trail is another level of the Waterfall with even clearer natural pools running right up to the edge of the falls. The view from this edge is breathtaking and thrilling, all at once.

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How to get there: You can easily get a tuk-tuk here from Ella

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