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Many destinations try to be all things to all people, but Sri Lanka is the real deal. City, coast, and central highlands rich in history and natural beauty make this island nation a favorite of honeymooners, who can blend a pampering stay at resorts like Amanwella and Amangalla with endless adventures.

A teardrop-shaped island off the southern tip of the Indian subcontinent, Sri Lanka is a remarkable multicultural nation famed as the home of Ceylon tea. A honeymoon rich in cultural experiences would certainly include a visit to a tea plantation in the Sri Lanka highlands as well as Anuradhapura, the country’s ancient capital and one of the longest-inhabited cities in the world. Sigiriya, another can’t-miss destination, is a remarkable mountaintop fortress dating to the 5th century.

Elephants and leopards roam freely in Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park, while Unawatuna Beach on the island’s south coast has been called one of the world’s best. Amanwella, a luxurious member of the Aman resorts family, is a favorite of honeymooners seeking the calm of an Indian Ocean beach resort, while nearby sister resort Amangalla is surrounded by the history and culture of the coastal town of Galle. Another south coast retreat, the Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort, will delight couples with Sri Lankan Ayurvedic spa treatments, Ceylon high tea service, and locally informed cooking classes.

>Written By: Bob Curley


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