Join your loved one for a dreamy and exciting travel experience through some of the most scenic destinations in Sri Lanka. Read on to know about the train journey from Colombo to Nanu Oya which is regarded as one of the best scenic travel routes in the world.

An intercity train, the Udarata Menike, runs through the scenic Sri Lankan hill country
Chamal NUdarate Menike train on the Colombo-Badulla routeCC BY-SA 3.0

Getting train tickets

Sri Lankan trains have three classes categorised based on the level of comfort they provide. It is recommended that you should book either the first or the second since the third-class train compartments can be crowded. It is also recommended that you book your train tickets in advance.

What do you get to see?

Initially, you will be travelling past picturesque paddy fields and as you ascend the hill you will travel through wilderness and lush tea estates, you will also come across a number of tunnels, waterfalls, and rivers.

Things to remember

Keep in mind that safety should always be your number one priority, don’t stand near the compartment doors, enjoy the scenery from the comfort of your seats. Keep your belongings close to you always.

Attractions and accommodation options

When you get off at Nanu-Oya, located just a fifteen-minute drive away, lies Nuwara Eliya where you will be able to find plenty of accommodation options from cottages in Nuwara Eliya the likes of Cottage 42 and many others.

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Wondering where to tie the knot? Make the day extra special by throwing an exotic destination wedding on the tropical paradise that is Sri Lanka.

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Why Sri Lanka?

This little pearl in the Indian Ocean is ideal for destination weddings. It’s got lovely beaches, warm weather, picture-perfect settings and a rich heritage, as well as a warm and friendly people who love welcoming foreigners. All this contributes to make it quite a convenient and exotic locale to tie the knot in.

Quirky Touches

If you’re going to have a destination wedding, you might as well incorporate unique elements of the local culture in it. Many a wedding hotel in Sri Lanka including the likes of AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa among others, offer packages that include exciting local touches be it an elephant or tuk-tuk rides!

Indoors or Outdoors?

The answer to this one should be obvious. If you’re going through the trouble of flying out to the island to have your perfect wedding, what’s the point of having it indoors? This tropical island offers a wide range of picturesque settings that are sure to make your special day unforgettable (many of which are by the welcoming waters of the Indian Ocean).

Some of the Best Spots

Beachside weddings are the most popular type of destination wedding held on the island. There are plenty of scenic locales to choose from for this event. Seaside towns like Bentota, Hikkaduwa, Galle and Mirissa are some of the popular options you can look at. If you’d rather have your wedding near the airport for the convenience of any guests who’ll be travelling just for this purpose, you can also consider coastal towns like Negombo.

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Known for its idyllic beaches, Sri Lanka is the perfect place for a ceremony on the sand. Consider staying at resorts that give you a chance to enjoy a traditional ceremony as well.

Arranged according to your needs

A simple ceremony by the sea on the soft sandy beach will be a tranquil affair while the traditional weddings eagerly arranged by hotels, include drummers and dancers to escort the bride. Traditional rituals such as blessings and chanting’s according to Buddhist culture, flower arrangements, traditional décor and even setting up of a poruwa, which is a special decorative platform structure which the happy couple stands on for the exchange of vows.

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Sri Lanka wedding planners are very experienced

Other than for being a happy couple in love you may not have a clue about planning a beach wedding in Sri Lanka. This is the benefit of choosing Sri Lanka as your wedding destination. Many resorts similar to AVANI Kalutara Resort offer the services of very experienced wedding planners who on meeting and getting to know the couple expertly understand and offer a ceremony package that is perfect for their tastes and expectations. There are No Particular ‘Off Seasons’ for hosting a Wedding in Sri Lanka.

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The best honeymoon memories are on the island

Choosing the country for your wedding means you need not visit any other location for a dream honeymoon. You can experience a beach wedding and set off on a whirlwind adventure across the island for your honeymoon. The stunning scenery around the beaches and rustic fisher villages are quite romantic while cycle tours into the countryside and excursions to ancient coastal temples promise to add more than a touch of magic to your wedding.

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Encircled by the emerald waters of the Indian Ocean, it has a varied landscape that is the perfect complement to its rich cultural and historical heritage. Those planning to hold their wedding celebration on the island have a number of factors to consider.

Indoor setting

If you prefer to tie the knot amidst an elegant setting with a private banquet, you can choose an indoor wedding venue of one of the island’s hotels. Such setting will ensure optimum privacy for your event and all facilities will be available under one roof.

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Outdoor setting

This country is renowned for its enchanting beaches; hence it would be ideal for you to have a beach wedding in Sri Lanka. Choose a reputed resort such as AVANI Kalutara Resort to say “I do” against the backdrop of a breathtaking sunset. There are even more outdoor settings to choose from in the island, from mystic mountainous terrain to lush green forestcapes.

Catering

When planning your wedding celebration, catering options are also a factor to consider thoroughly before selecting a location. Most local hotels offer excellent catering services and hence even if you choose to hold your wedding in an outdoor setting, a beach hotel will make for the best choice.

Accommodation

For couples planning a honeymoon at a venue located in close proximity to the location of their wedding, a beachside destination is ideal. These resorts offer exclusive honeymoon packages featuring various benefits.

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Standing together hand in hand, feeling the soft sand between your toes and taking in the breathtaking sunset that colours the horizon in fiery hues; this is the magical setting that awaits those having beach weddings in Sri Lanka.

A wedding in Sri Lanka is arranged according to your needs

If you are looking for the perfect venue for your beach wedding in Sri Lanka, there’s a myriad of resorts located by the shore, the likes of AVANI Kalutara Resort. These offer guests a choice between planning a simple low key wedding by the sea or a lavish and traditional Sri Lankan style wedding.

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Sri Lanka wedding planners are very experienced

Other than for being a happy couple in love you may not have a clue about planning a beach wedding. This is the benefit of choosing Sri Lanka as your wedding destination. Many resorts offer the services of very experienced wedding planners who on meeting and getting to know the couple expertly understand and offer a ceremony package that is perfect for their tastes and expectations.

There are no ‘off seasons’

As a tropical destination, the country does not have any particular offseasons; the only anomaly is during the two monsoon seasons which are experienced at different points of the island.

The best honeymoon memories

Choosing the country for your wedding means you need not visit any other location for a dream honeymoon. The stunning scenery around the beaches and rustic fisher villages are quite romantic while cycle tours into the countryside and excursions to ancient coastal temples promise to add more than a touch of magic to your wedding.

Image Credit:  AVANI Kalutara Resort

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So the time has finally arrived; the time to plan your dream wedding! Looking for a celebration of love out of the ordinary? Then definitely consider a beach wedding in Sri Lanka

Choosing your beach

A beach is not merely a beach! Yes there is sand and yes it is bordered by a vast expanse of ocean, but beaches do defer in character and this is true in Sri Lanka. A South Coast beach will offer you sun-drenched shores in which to enjoy your wedding, while a West Coast beach offers spectacular sunsets framing an unforgettable backdrop.

Sun beds by the golden sandy Beach
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Selecting a Resort or Hotel

Many hotels or resorts by the sea along the shore offer beach weddings making them an ideal choice. Some properties also have elegant venues, perfect for receptions and galas. When it comes to South Coast hotels for such events AVANI Kalutara Resort is an ideal choice worth considering.

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Type of Ceremony

Beach weddings in Sri Lanka can be as simple or as elaborate as you want it. A simple ceremony on the sand with you and that special someone and a few close family and friends is one option.

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Planning Your After Party

After the ceremony, it is time to celebrate! If you are having an intimate exchange of vows by the ocean you can always plan a romantic candlelit dinner or dine on the beach under star-filled sky.

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Picture this; you and your partner stand barefoot along a soft sandy shore; your hands grasp each other as the cool ocean breeze swirls around you and a seemingly infinite carpet of azure stretches far into the distance. Sounds too good to be true? Not if you are planning a beach wedding in Sri Lanka!

Beach weddings

From lush gardens and serene beaches to luxury yachts and resorts to the banquet, Sri Lanka offers a selection of venues for weddings and receptions to set the stage for a one of a kind ceremony. But what could be more romantic than standing on a tropical white-sand beach, your toes in the warm sand, beautiful turquoise waves lapping at your ankles, surrounded by your closest friends and family as you promise your lives, your hearts, and your futures to each other?

Down south

There are many hotels in down south. Decide on a beach that is suitable for you. Whether you want a secluded spot or a lively type of beach atmosphere, there are many choices in this area like AVANI Kalutara Resort that guarantees a perfect beach wedding.

Bentota

Bentota is probably the most popular and most visited beach resort located on the Southern coast of Sri Lanka. Mind you Bentota can be quite crowded and enjoy a private wedding on the beach may be a bit of a problem. However, if you are comfortable with loads of smiling and curious locals the Bentota Beach is a lovely location.

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Gorgeous East Coast Wedding

The Eastern Coast of Sri Lanka is virtually unspoilt and one of the best locations to plan a beach wedding in Sri Lanka. Resorts such as Pasikudah are fast gaining popularity amongst the international community for its stunning backdrops, idyllic beaches and lazy ambience.

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Sri Lanka being a striking island in the Indian Ocean, with collection of long stretches of glorious sandy beaches framing the country, is the perfect destination for the tropical beach bound wedding of your dreams. Majority of the tourist hotels and beach resorts in the country such as AVANI Kalutara Resort provide wedding planning packages, which will assist you in all the arrangements and other organizations for you to host the perfect beach wedding in Sri Lanka, where all you’ll have to do, is simply show up!

However here are a few tips to consider when hosting the perfect beach wedding. As it is important to remember that keeping aside the picture perfect vision of you and the love of your life saying I do, surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Indian ocean and the backdrop of the majestic sunset; beach weddings can be messy.

The weather is also a major factor when hosting a beach wedding. In order to make sure half your decorations don’t wash away by the tide or your dress don’t get blown over your face during your celebration, check seasonal weather conditions with the professional wedding planners before scheduling your wedding. In Sri Lanka the tides will be stronger with harsher winds during the monsoon seasons, so try to avoid this unpredictable time to get married.

You will have to be prepared with high quality sound amplification devices as the waves can get pretty loud. This is something your wedding organisers will take care of, although make sure to check with them before hand to avoid any inconveniences.

Keeping the above factors in mind, run off to Sri Lanka with your better half to tie the knot beside the tranquil waters of the ocean.

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From lush gardens and serene beaches to luxury yachts and resorts to banquet, Sri Lanka offers a selection of venues for weddings and receptions to set the stage for a one of a kind ceremony. But what could be more romantic than standing on a tropical white-sand beach, your toes in the warm sand, beautiful turquoise waves lapping at your ankles, surrounded by your closest friends and family as you promise your lives, your hearts, and your futures to each other?

Sri Lanka has some of the best beaches for tropical beach weddings; there’s something so romantic about down south, especially Wadduwa that will make you want to take your vows against the stunning backdrop of crystal clear turquoise waters.

There are many hotels in down south. Decide on a beach that is suitable for you. Whether you want a secluded spot or a lively type of beach, there are many choices in this area like The Blue Water Wadduwa that guarantees a perfect beach wedding. With the Indian Ocean unfurling into the horizon, you’ll feel as though you have stepped into a magnificent painting when you set foot at the picturesque wedding venues. From grand affairs and intimate gatherings to barefoot nuptials on the beach, you’ll find great venue options to create your meaningful and memorable celebration.

Being outside, hand in hand, with the breeze blowing softly through your hair as you exchange vows, sounds dreamy right? Whether you just can’t get enough of expressing your love to one another or you want to top the memories of your wedding experience rekindle your vows in Sri Lanka and fall in love with each other again and again.
Be sure to check out the many things do in Wadduwa if you want a spell away from the sand, you’ll find enough distractions to keep you occupied here.

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Sri Lanka, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, is one of South Asia’s most fascinating and popular destinations. Boasting a rich 2600 year heritage and a vibrant culture, the tropical island of Sri Lanka is renowned for its stunning golden sandy beaches, breath-taking scenic beauty, world famous archeological & cultural attractions, and recreational attractions. For all your internal transport needs, including wedding cars in Sri Lanka, try out the services of Malkey Rent a Car.
Sri Lanka is an ideal destination for any couple that wishes to have their dream wedding in an exotic and tropical location. The exotic charm and beauty of Sri Lanka, couple with the island’s warm hospitality, makes it perfect for any romantic occasion, especially wedding. But what really makes Sri Lanka one of the best locations for a romantic wedding is that it offers so many different settings, each of which is special in its own way.
The topography of Sri Lanka is such that it offers different kind of experiences in different parts of the country. Sri Lanka’s coast is known for its amazing tropical conditions and stunning beaches. Thus, for those of you who wish to have a special beach wedding, the options are numerous. There are many beach resorts in Sri Lanka that offers customizable beach wedding packages, so that you can celebrate the wedding you’ve always dreamed of, fused with the exoticism of Sri Lankan rituals and customs. Night time beach weddings are all the more desirable, as the cool nighttime breeze and the starry sky is sure to make your special night all the more memorable. Or you could have your wedding in Sri Lanka’s famously beautiful and tranquil Hill Country. With gentle rolling mountains, luscious plantations, and rich with culture, the Hill Country offers some truly spectacular locations to make your wedding simply magical. You can couple your wedding with traditional Sri Lankan rituals, ceremonies and customs, such as drummers, dancers, oil lamps and ‘poruwa ceremonies’, so that your wedding is both romantic and exotic.

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