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Johnny & Katie’s Final Sri Lanka Honeymoon

After a marriage in South Africa, Johnny (our CEO and co-founder) and Katie headed for Sri Lanka to spend their first few weeks as husband and spouse – and what a honeymoon it was.

They hiked and cycled their means across the Cultural Triangle, noticed elephants within the nationwide parks, drank extra tea than you would possibly assume potential, found hidden seashores on the South Coast, stayed in a few of the island’s most lovely boutique retreats, taste-tested a good few curries, and cruised the waters looking for whales and dolphins. And so they inform us that wasn’t even every part on provide!

Right here’s what they acquired as much as (except for making us resentful)…

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Johnny and Katie, ecstatic earlier than their hike up Sigiriya Rock

“We began our journey within the coronary heart of the Cultural Triangle, an ideal introduction to a rustic that’s filled with historical past, tradition and naturally, temples! Mountain climbing the Sigiriya Rock and biking round Anuradhapura had been our highlights, and every day we returned to Jetwing Vil Uyana and our double storey villa, a spicy cocktail checklist, 5 course dinners, and essentially the most heavenly spa remedies.”

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A riverside break mid-safari in Gal Oya Nationwide Park

Gal Oya Nationwide Park is barely off the overwhelmed monitor for many Sri Lankan journeys, however boy had been we glad we made the detour. We discovered elephants and delightful birds on sport drives, explored by boat, and picnicked by the Gal Oya River. Residence was Gal Oya Lodge, a country and completely charming assortment of cabins in the course of the jungle.”

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Blissful moments beside the pool on the Kandy Home

“Safely again from the bush, we headed straight for the pool at the Kandy Home, an completely beautiful restored manor home, 20 minutes from Kandy. Our favorite resort on the journey, it’s private, pleasant, the meals is scrumptious – and afternoon tea is served on the garden at 3pm on daily basis. Heaven.”

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Gazing throughout Castlereagh Lake from the tranquil Camellia Hills

“True Brits at coronary heart, our honeymoon want was to spend a while within the tea plantations and we took the prepare from Kandy to Hatton to remain at Camellia Hills and revel in (many) cups of the best Sri Lankan leaves. The views up right here had been phenomenal – and we managed to squeeze in a cooking course too!”

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A sundown swing earlier than drinks had been had on the Chena Huts seaside bar

“By no means to be discovered too distant from a safari, our subsequent cease was Yala Nationwide Park. Well-known for its leopards, we did certainly see one of many elusive cats, however our spotlight was staying at Chena Huts and driving alongside the sand to start out our sport drives, earlier than returning for drinks on the seaside bar and dinner underneath the celebrities.”

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Sea views from the pool, what extra may you ask for?

“Subsequent up was Galle and its spectacular previous fort. We made the many of the lovely southern shoreline and stayed on the Owl and the Pussycat, a unusual beachside retreat, heading to the Fort for historical past, stylish eating places and a spot of buying, but in addition shut sufficient to Mirissa for the unimaginable whale-watching.”

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Sundown cocktails to toast a memorable honeymoon at Amanwella

“Then, Tangalle beckoned with its blissful seashores and turquoise waters. We stayed on the Amanwella and had been spoiled rotten with beautiful cocktails, to-die-for meals (and a really particular honeymoon dinner), recent coconuts on the seaside, spa remedies, and the most important, palm-tree lined swimming pool we’ve ever seen.”

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The palm-fringed pool at Amanwella hits the spot

Wish to do the identical factor?

Newlyweds or not, Katie & Johnny’s journey is a implausible strategy to see the sights and sounds of Sri Lanka, the mango-shaped idyll simply off the south coast of India.

They took our Traditional Sri Lanka journey and added a couple of twists of their very own, just like the wild and great Gal Oya Nationwide Park and an prolonged time on the blissed-out seashores of Tangalle.

Or why not mix Sri Lanka with the Maldives? The 2 mix effortlessly, and also you’ll take pleasure in a spot of tradition and that well-known meals in Sri Lanka, in addition to loads of time on the sugar-sand seashores of the Maldives.

Our remaining tip? Give your self loads of time. There’s a lot to see and do, you’ll by no means wish to come house…



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