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Top Honeymoon Destinations in Sri Lanka, places that will enthral and amaze

The beautiful island nation of Sri Lanka has acquired a reputation as a popular honeymoon destination. From the hill country to the beaches and cultural attractions, romance is always in the air here.

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Colombo and its suburbs

The largest city in Sri Lanka, Colombo, offers many attractions as a honeymoon destination. This diverse and cosmopolitan metropolis has a host of features such as classy restaurants, many shopping opportunities and lively nightlife. Shopping options in Colombo include modern shopping complexes, stores selling handicrafts and of course Pettah – a bazaar-like area where you can buy anything ranging from electronics to stationery. You will also find many cultural attractions such as temples, kovils, mosques and churches. On your evenings you can stroll on Galle Face Green with your loved one and watch the sun set on the horizon.

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Kandy and the hill country

Kandy and the picturesque hill country of Sri Lanka are always a splendid place for romance. Kandy is nestled amongst three lofty mountain ranges and its location was chosen as a place that could easily be defended, being inaccessible to invaders. Kandy offers a host of attractions for visitors including the greatly venerated Temple of the Tooth and numerous other places of worship. Not to be missed is the renowned Peradeniya Botanical Gardens which features many unusual and exotic varieties of plants and trees. Visitors will also be enthralled by attractions such as the National Museum and the Ceylon Tea Museum.

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The Cultural Triangle

Sri Lanka's famed Cultural Triangle boasts a splendid selection of cultural and historical attractions that will capture the interest of couples honeymooning in Sri Lanka. The remarkable rock fortress at Sigiriya is an astounding sight which never fails to awe the visitor centuries after it was constructed. Meanwhile the ancient city of Anuradhapura which functioned as the capital of the Sinhalese kings for many centuries features sights such as huge stupas and many intriguing ruins. You will also find remarkable Buddhist architecture and artworks at Polonnaruwa, another ancient capital. Not to be missed are Dambulla's cave temples with their fascinating murals and sculptures.

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National Parks

Sri Lanka is renowned for its spectacular flora and fauna, and naturally the best places to admire them are the country's splendid national parks. The famed Yala National Park is a highlight for visitors, featuring a remarkable selection of wildlife including the majestic Sri Lankan Leopard. The park is in fact considered to be one of the best places on the globe to spot leopards. Wilpattu National Park is another well-known wildlife sanctuary in Sri Lanka. Other fine parks include the Udawalawe, Minneriya, Bundala and Horton Plains National Parks amongst others. On your stay in the island select one of the Sri Lanka spa hotels such as those of Anantaya Resorts & Spa Sri Lanka. An ideal place to come back to after your many adventures, they offer rejuvenating spa treatments for the travel weary couple.

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South Coast

The attractive South Coast of Sri Lanka offers a host of attractions for the couple on their honeymoon. Here you will find lovely beaches, stilt fishermen, colonial architecture and an array of cultural attractions such as Buddhist temples and shrines. A well-known town in the area is Galle, which was at one time the main port of the country. The magnificent Galle Fort will capture the interest of the visitor with its fortifications and remarkable colonial era buildings, including the well-known Dutch Reformed Church. Another visitor destination in the area is Mulgirigala where you will find a number of attractive cave temples. Not to be missed is the sacred town of Kataragama which is considered to rank amongst the country's most venerated localities.