Sri Lanka Off-The-Beaten-Track Honeymoon: Wellness & Wildlife

Seeking a long-haul summer trip? We’ve curated this adventure for curious travellers seeking an off-the-beaten-track experience to Sri Lanka’s lesser-explored lands.


📍 North Kandy > Gal Oya National Park > East Coast Sri Lanka > Cultural Triangle > Negombo




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Seeking a long-haul summer trip? We’ve curated this adventure for curious travellers seeking an off-the-beaten-track experience to Sri Lanka’s lesser-explored lands.


Why we love it

“With few long-haul options available in the UK's summer, this is the ultimate getaway for those craving an adventurous escape. We've handpicked hotels in the lesser-explored corners of Sri Lanka, to show off the country's remote beauty. Begin in the lush, undulating landscape of Kandy, where Santani offers a regrounding experience with days of trekking in the Knuckles and meditation workshops. Next is Gal Oya Lodge, nestled in the National Park wilderness, where elephants swim between lagoons and the Vedda's tribal leader will guide you through foraging. The trip's second half is a Robinson Crusoe-style escape on the virtually private Jungle Beach, followed by a deep dive into the Cultural Triangle with a private chauffeur guide. Add in a few of our curated experiences to turn the adventure up and down as you go, or simply kick back and soak in the views!”

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Trip includes

Excludes international flights

🎁 A nemo treat on arrival
🎗1% donation to Hello World
🎪 All accommodation
🐘 Top guides for your chosen activities
📲 Access to nemo app
🚗 All local transfers, ferries, flights
🦸‍♂️ Our post-booking concierge

When to go

Perfect weather to enjoy these areas of Sri Lanka

June-Aug

Still good weather, expect the odd shower

May, Sept

It's better to visit central and south of the island in these months

Oct-Apr

Pick and choose from our curated portfolio of hotels and experiences, designing your perfect itinerary.

Your trip includes seamless logistics throughout with the world's top drivers and guides. We customise your trip on a 1-1 basis until it's perfect for you.

We connect you to a personal Travel Expert who is on hand to make your trip truly perfect. They will be in touch within 24 hrs.

International flights are not included in the total cost, our Travel Experts can advise on the best routes and places to book.

Example itinerary

Our team have curated an amazing route for you to get inspired. Your trip will be fully bespoke - we can add, remove and tweak this to your heart's content.

North Kandy Gal Oya National Park East Coast Sri Lanka Cultural Triangle Negombo
 

On arrival, you will be met through immigration by our local representatives and introduced to your driver. It's then a scenic 3.5 hour drive to your beautiful first hotel. We can always add a night in Colombo at the beginning if your flight gets in late.

North Kandy

Home to the 'Temple of the Tooth', Kandy is a bustling city surrounded by misty hills in the center of the island. A convenient place to stop for a night or two, there are some great boutique hotel and local experiences to enjoy. We recommend sightseeing with your chauffeur guide (included) and sampling the local delicacies on a food tour.

Featured hotels

Santani

Featured hotels

Santani

Featured activities
Day Trip to Kandy Town
Kandy Food Trail
Full Day Trek in the Knuckles Mountain Range
Activities at Santani
 

Time to head to the wilds of Gal Oya National Park. You will be collected for the 3.5 hour journey, stopping off to enjoy a nice local lunch en route if you wish.

Gal Oya National Park

Remote, untouched wilderness with some fantastic scenery to explore. Here you can expect to see few other tourists as you go boating on the lake, walk through remote villages, and try to spot Elephants swimming between the islands. There's one place to stay here, Gal Oya Lodge, best included between the hills and South coast.

Featured hotels

Gal Oya Lodge

Featured hotels

Gal Oya Lodge

Featured activities
Boat Safari on the Lake
Jungle Drive and Walk
Jeep Safari and Picnic in the National Park
Discovery Walk with Chief Veddha
Sri Lankan Cookery Lesson
Lodge Activities
 

The beach is calling. Depending on the hotel you choose, you will be transferred 3-5 hours up to the East Coast and your relaxing beach hotel for the next few nights.

East Coast Sri Lanka

Seafood curries and white sandy beaches characterise this stretch of coastline. The perfect spot to end a trip or add whenever you want some relaxation, we've selected a range of hotels for you to choose from. It's best visited from May to September, and if included at the end of an itinerary we will include a domestic flight back to Colombo.

Featured hotels

Amaya Beach

Jungle Beach

Karpaha Sands

Trinco Blu by Cinnamon

Uga Bay

Featured hotels

Amaya Beach

Jungle Beach

Karpaha Sands

Trinco Blu by Cinnamon

Uga Bay

Featured activities
Snorkeling at Pigeon Island
Half Day Deep Sea Fishing, Trincomalee
Enjoy the beach
 

You will be collected this morning for the 2.5 hour drive into the cultural heart of Sri Lanka and your next hotel.

Cultural Triangle

As the name suggests, you will find many of the ancient cultural highlights of the island in this area, including Sigiriya Rock Fortress, the Dambulla Caves, and Anuradhapura. There are some excellent hotels to enjoy and all sorts of activities, from hiking to spotting elephants in national parks. If you are into your history and culture, it's not to be missed.

Featured hotels

Aliya Resort & Spa

Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana

Heritance Kandalama

Jetwing Vil Uyana

Ulagalla

Wild Grass Nature Resort

Featured hotels

Aliya Resort & Spa

Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana

Heritance Kandalama

Jetwing Vil Uyana

Ulagalla

Wild Grass Nature Resort

Featured activities
Visit to Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Dambulla Cave Temple
Half day to Polonnaruwa
Elephant Game Drive
Visit to local village with lunch
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Cycle through UNESCO Anuradhapura
Discover Ritigala Monastery
Polonnaruwa by bicycle
Pidurangala for picnic breakfast
 

Your final long drive takes you back towards Colombo, a journey of 3 hours. Make sure to grab any spices or last minute shopping en route!

Negombo

Although there are some good beaches and great hotels in the area, Negombo is often used as an entry or exit point due to its proximity to the airport. It's also a good option if you prefer to have a more leisurely start or end to your itinerary.

Featured hotels

Jetwing Beach

The Notary's House

The Wallawwa

Villa Hundira

Featured hotels

Jetwing Beach

The Notary's House

The Wallawwa

Villa Hundira

Featured activities
Day trip to Colombo
 

Time to head home. You will be transferred the short distance to the airport in good time for your international flight. Bye for now!

Sri Lanka Off-The-Beaten-Track Honeymoon: Wellness & Wildlife

£2,747

£2,747

Trip includes

Excludes international flights

🎁 A nemo treat on arrival
🎗1% donation to Hello World
🎪 All accommodation
🐘 Top guides for your chosen activities
📲 Access to nemo app
🚗 All local transfers, ferries, flights
🦸‍♂️ Our post-booking concierge

FAQs

Why should I book with nemo?


Our approach is incredibly traveller friendly and everything we do is to ensure planning and going on your dream trip is perfect (and easy) from start to finish. Expect 1-1 support from our Travel Experts, full transparency on pricing and exceptional concierge service post-booking.

When can I connect to a Travel Expert?


Now! Our Experts are on hand Monday to Friday. We offer unlimited and FREE advice from the moment you get in touch… we’re that confident the trip you plan on nemo will be perfect.

Why do nemo charge a 10% concierge fee?


Our 10% concierge fee is our way of being fully transparent with rates. We get commission from hotels, then we charge this fee to offer you the best value we can, whilst also ensuring we can provide an exceptional post-booking service. Expect 24/7 support, access to your personal app, nemo treats, and much more.

What are the deposit terms?


We charge a 20% non-refundable deposit, plus charge up front for flights we book. These terms are aligned with our partner hotels, activity and logistics partners in each destination.   If you need to change your trip, we will do everything we can to do so without a charge. Similarly with cancellation, whilst the deposit is non-refundable, we can often transfer this to a future trip.

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Transfers, activities, hotels and our special nemo treats along the way. International flights not included.