By Amy Oliver The venue is booked, the guests have replied and there’s only one more matter to attend to – the honeymoon.Sri Lanka is the best place for those seeking culture, so stay off the sun loungers, if you can, because Sri Lanka brims with history. The Ceylon tour in the south of the [...]

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Sri Lanka is best for ‘culture vulture’ honeymooners

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By Amy Oliver

The venue is booked, the guests have replied and there’s only one more matter to attend to – the honeymoon.Sri Lanka is the best place for those seeking culture, so stay off the sun loungers, if you can, because Sri Lanka brims with history. The Ceylon tour in the south of the country takes in the Pinnawela elephant orphanage between Columbo and Kandy and the superlative world heritage site of Sigiriya, an ancient rock fortress that will take your breath away in more ways than one.

Sri Pada in the distance, seen from a tea plantation

Also worth a visit is Sri Pada, or Adam’s Peak, situated in the Central Highlands, has been venerated as a sacred site for centuries.

A depression at its summit – said to resemble a huge footprint – has been identified variously by Buddhists as the Buddha’s mark, by Hindus as that of Shiva, and by Christians and Muslims as belonging to Adam.

In Kandy you’ll visit the temple which holds Buddha’s tooth before visiting a tea plantation and Nuwara Eliya in the heart of Hill Country. After, head back to Bentota beach for a well-earned rest.

Barcelona was named as the best for ‘foodies’ because of the Michelin-starred eateries and vineyards, while ‘party animals’ should head for the slot machines and poker tables of the Las Vegas strip.

For the ‘animal lovers’ there is a Galapagos Cruise around the islands made famous by Charles Darwin, some 600 miles off Ecuador. And finally, tucked agreeably between India and China, Bhutan is becoming increasingly popular with the honeymoon ‘big spenders’, probably for its dreamy, unspoiled scenery.

Daily Mail, London




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