Romance Off the Beaten Path

Romance Off the Beaten Path

A question for you adventurous couples – Is your quest to zero in on a destination that makes those special days of your time together truly memorable? If so, romance in Sri Lanka, much like its spices, has so many flavors by way of culture, natural beauty and warm people, making it quite hard to resist falling in love all over again off the beaten path…

What to Expect

8 Nights / 9 Days

This itinerary has been carefully designed to give you a taste of the exciting, endless possibilities and can be tailored to suit your exact preferences.

Day 1 : Route – Airport / Negombo

Drive time: Approx. 30Mins

Overnight: Jetwing Thalahena Villas – Bed & breakfast basis

Arrival at airport – Meet your English speaking chauffeur guide and transfer to Negombo.

Check-in at Jetwing Thalahena Villas, a romantic beachfront villa located in close proximity to the airport. Relax and rejuvenate in the abundant privacy with its warm and cozy comforts.

Spend the day at leisure. Enjoy a traditional Ayurvedic couple spa treatment. Alternatively, you can watch the sunset together over the Indian Ocean while sipping on a shared delicious cocktail at the small beach side pool and bar.

Day 2 : Route – Negombo to Ambewela

Drive time: Approx. 6 hours

Overnight: Jetwing Warwick Gardens – Bed & breakfast basis

Set off­ from the quaint coastal town of Negombo into the central highlands of Sri Lanka. Your journey will take you through scenic mountain ranges, waterfalls and lush tea plantations, making the journey even more romantic. Nuwaraeilya is the main town but you will stay in Ambewela which is perfect for its beauty and intimacy. The area is characterized by its misty and cool weather, winding roads, dairy farms, railways, forests and numerous colonial bungalows scattered around resembling a quaint old English countryside.

Spend the night by the fireside at Jetwing Warwick Gardens which is a charming colonial bungalow located amidst the picturesque landscapes. The bungalow only consists of five elegantly furnished rooms to ensure your privacy with your own private butler, taking you back to a bygone era.

Day 3 : Route – Ambewela to Horton Plains to Hakgala to Nuwara Eilya

Drive time: Approx. 3 hours drive

Highlights: Horton Plains, Blessings from temple, Nuwaraeilya town tour

Overnight: Jetwing Warwick Gardens – Bed & breakfast basis

 

Make an early start and visit Horton Plains National Park hand in hand. The park is a protected area in the central highlands rich in bio-diversity. The plains are also headwaters of three major rivers in Sri Lanka. View the romantic sunrise from the edge of World’s End as well as visit Baker’s Fall together. You will not forget smiling at each other whilst the spray of the waterfall rains down on you gently. Begin your trek before the clouds descend to see the vast mountains in distance. You will be delighted with the sunrise in its magical beauty. The cloud forests have endemic plants, animals, and gushing waterfalls, which all together make a paradise to walk along, helping each other and never letting go of one another’s hand.

Afterwards stop at Seeta Aman temple and obtain blessings and a protective thread from the priest. This colorful Hindu temple is said to mark the spot where Sita was held captive by the demon king Rawana, and where she prayed daily for loving husband, Rama, to come and rescue her. On the rock face across the stream are circular depressions said to be the footprints of Rawana’s elephant.

Later on explore the small town of Nuwara Eliya on foot or even on bicycles. With its cool air, magnificent waterfalls, and thriving tea culture, the enchanting allure of these hills has to be seen to believe. You will take winding roads through the gorgeously lush plantations past tea bushes trimmed by regular picking that look like green sculptures stretching up and down the misty hills as far as the eye can see. Enjoy your journey – this is the complete experience. With brick and stone-built houses, rose gardens and perfect lawns Nuwara Eliya in many ways resembles a ‘Small English village’. Learn to make your better half’s favorite blend of tea as well during the tea factory tour!

Return to your bungalow and spend your evening walking together in the well-kept gardens enjoying a delicious assortment of snacks complemented by a cup of freshly brewed tea or coffee.

Day 4 : Route – Nuwara Eilya to Ella to Wellawaya

Train time: approx. 3.5 hours

Drive time: approx. 1.5 hours

Highlights: Ella Little Adams Peak, Rawana Waterfalls, 9 Arc Bridge, Train ride

Overnight: Jetwing Kaduruketha – Bed & breakfast basis

 

After breakfast, board the scenic train and head to Ella admiring the romantic beauty of villages, waterfalls, forests, mountains and tea estates. This is one of the most romantic parts of your journey in this island. Meet colorful locals who might share their homemade goods and you can return the favor by purchasing some small snacks fro the vade and pineapple vendors who will board the train at various intervals.

Climb the Little Adams peak and visit the 9 Arc Bridge for a bonding hike which gives you a chance to experience the Sri Lankan countryside in a hike up to the summit of Little Adam’s Peak and on a cross country hike across to Demodara Railway Station. See the fairy tale views from the summit of Little Adams Peak, followed by the delightful sunrise or sunset.

Afterwards head over to Wellawaya, a small forgotten village surrounded by lofty mountain ranges, bountiful paddy fields and fresh water streams and waterfalls.

Jetwing Kaduruketha is a unique agro-luxury resort nestled amidst the Poonagala mountain range, paddy fields and natural forests offering the maximum simple romance and privacy. This small village is a perfect place to celebrate being together away from any other distractions by paying full attention to each other. Exuding rustic charm and elegance from the moment you arrive, the highlight of your stay will be the complimentary couples’ massage and spa treatment overlooking the dreamy surroundings of your own chalet. On arrival, enjoy a refreshing drink of beli-mal (a natural herb) with a piece of jaggery, a favorite of our guests.

Enjoy a private dinner upon the agricultural pastures, under the starlit sky over mountains and paddy fields that serve as a stunning natural backdrop to your meal.

Day 5: Wellawaya and around

Highlights: Harvesting of Paddy Fields, Village visit, Farmers Lunch, Handapanagala Cycling

Overnight: Jetwing Kaduruketha – Bed & breakfast basis

Wake up refreshed to the cooling breeze sweeping over the paddy‑fields and the cries of the resident peacocks outside your own private chalet. Enjoy an authentic Sri Lankan breakfast with pol roti (traditional flat bread made with fresh coconut and flour), milk rice accompanied by lunu miris (a spicy mix of onions and green chilies) together. If it’s the harvesting season you can take part in the activities with the villages and be rewarded with grateful smiles. What better way to celebrate being together than by helping local families with the harvesting or teaching a few English words to the children of the area?

Take a refreshing walk through a rural village across paddy fields and farming land. Enjoy a lunch at a farmer’s house along with tea and sweet meats to follow. Indulge in a hearty vegan lunch prepared the traditional way, including your choice of organic rice harvested from the resorts’ own paddy fields and an array of curries prepared with fresh produce from the organic garden. You can also learn to make few authentic Sri Lankan snacks from the farmers’ wife and delight your better half back home!

Enjoy an invigorating bicycle ride side by side in the late afternoon to the Handapanagala Tank, a water tank located near the resort. The Handapanagala Tank is well known for the gathering of elephants foraging for water and food and is an extremely calming activity off the beaten path.

Day 6 : Route – Wellawaya and around

Highlights: Diyaluma Falls Trek, Village Temple Blessing, Ella-Wela Waterfall Dip

Overnight: Jetwing Kaduruketha – Bed & breakfast basis

Experience an invigorating trek hand in hand to the waterfall head of Sri Lanka’s second highest waterfall Diyaluma Falls, standing at 220m. The trek will run across the grasslands of Poonagala. You have an opportunity to have a picnic near the natural rock pools among the dreamlike surroundings in serene privacy.

Just in the vicinity is the ancient Weligamvehera Temple, build by King Devnampiya Tissa in the 3rd century BC. Visit the temple and get blessed by the monk for a happy and healthy future together.

You also cannot forget to visit Ella-Wela waterfall which is small but utterly enchanting and probably one of the most romantic and private waterfalls in the island!
Return to the resort and relax enjoying a refreshing cocktail by the poolside. The gorgeously romantic pool at Jetwing Kaduruketha is inspired by an ancient pond believed to be used by Sugala Devi, Queen of the Ruhuna Kingdom (approx. 12th A.D). You will be able to take some beautiful photos together in the sunset and forever etch those memories.

Enjoy a private candle lit dinner by the pool for two, in a romantic dining experience that allows you to share in the indulgence of exquisite cuisines made with traditional methods.

Day 7 : Route – Wellawaya to Galle-Thalpe

Drive time: approx. 4 hours

Highlights: Rakawa Beach Turtle Hatchery, Tangalle and Weligama Beaches

Overnight: Era Beach – Bed & breakfast basis

After breakfast transfer to the beaches of Rekawa and Thalpe-Galle!

En route pass the Rekawa beach where you can see turtles hatching naturally. Observe how baby turtles proceed on to the ocean together as this will be such a rewarding and memorable experience.

With palm-lined beaches, turquoise waters and a good selection of guesthouses and restaurants, Unawatuna is very popular with couples. However the best area for privacy and serene beauty is Thalpe, which is very near all the great hidden beaches such as Hiriketiya, Dalawalla, Weligama, Rummassala and Mirissa!

Rest of the day at leisure by the beach sunbathing together in oblivion or exploring the grand Galle fort hand in hand!

Day 8 : Route – Galle-Thalpe and around

Highlights: Hiriketiya, Dalawalla and Rummasala Beaches, Whale Watching in Yacht, Galle

Overnight: Era Beach – Bed & breakfast basis

 

After breakfast explore the Hiriketiya, Dalawalla and Rummasala beaches.

Fringed by tropical forest and lapped by surging surf, this tiny horseshoe-shaped cove is fast becoming one of Sri Lanka’s coolest beaches. For now it’s still somewhat off the radar and draws an in-the-know crowd of independent travellers and ex-pats. Hiriketiya’s appeal is easy to understand: it’s tucked well away from the highway traffic that curses many southern Sri Lankan beaches and there are no looming hotels, only a handful of low-key guesthouses – for now.

The Rumassala Beach is rich in biodiversity and the reef acts as a protected sanctuary and serves as a major archaeological site. It is a well-known place for fishing and is also suitable for canoodling couples as it offers beauty, safety from waves and privacy.

Dubbed as a tropical paradise, Mirissa on the southern coast is secluded beach destination in Sri Lanka, perfect for couples. With palm trees lining the outskirts, the romantic spot also provides much-needed privacy to couples. You can hire a private yacht and sail away together into the sunrise in search of whales and dolphins.

Afterwards explore the delightful Galle fort; Galle is a jewel. A Unesco World Heritage Site, this historic city is a delight to explore on foot arm in arm, an endlessly exotic old trading port blessed with imposing Dutch-colonial buildings, ancient mosques and churches, grand mansions and museums. Wandering its rambling mysterious lanes you’ll pass stylish cafes, charming boutiques and impeccably restored restaurants owned by local and foreign artists, writers, photographers and designers where you can enjoy a romantic meal together in the sunset!

Day 9 : Route – Galle-Thalpe to Airport

Drive time: approx. 3 hours

After a leisurely day, head to the airport in time for your flight with pleasant memories together with many hopes and dreams about your future!

Where to Stay

Learn more about the luxurious properties available for your trip.

Jetwing Warwick Gardens lies 5782 feet above sea level. It is gifted with all natures’ boundaries and is cradled amidst green clad mountains enriched with tea estates that can be witnessed on the narrow and winding road up to the bungalow.

Exuding rustic charm, character and stylish simplicity, the unique eco-luxury resort Jetwing Kaduruketha is the latest link in Jetwing’s hospitality chain.

Era Beach

This outstanding place, offers pure relaxation and luxurious understated elegance and comfort.

Add-on Experiences

We have many activities to keep you busy during your stay. See our destination pages for more information.

Take a hot air balloon ride to Sigiriya and back.

Walk through the Ceylon tea plantations and learn more about the process of making Ceylon tea.

Whales and dolphins can be sighted while in the South Coast during the season.

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