Sri Lanka is home to ancient fortresses, quiet beaches and national parks where elephants roam free. We have explored the island to find the best places to get married and, with the option of flying to the Maldives for your honeymoon, Sri Lanka is one of our top destinations to tie the knot.

 

5* Uga Bay

Best for: just the two of you or a small group

On one of the most beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka, Uga Bay is a luxurious retreat set right in the middle of an enviable stretch of golden sand. Overlooking idyllic views of Passikudah Bay, this amazing location is great if you’re looking for a small ceremony with a simple wedding package. The hotel’s free basic package includes all the necessities to make your special day memorable, including a wedding co-ordinator, cake and a three-course gourmet dinner. To really push the boat out, opt for the resort’s full wedding package to indulge in a complimentary couple’s spa treatment, plus a delicious pre-wedding dinner in your very own private cabana. 

Uga Bay

5* Uga Jungle Beach

Best for: a wedding with natural charm

If you’re looking for a venue with a difference, this rustic-chic resort near Trincomalee will tick every box. Fringed by golden sands and lush jungle, Jungle Beach is an eco-friendly retreat which blends luxury with natural charm, making it feel like you’re staying in a luxurious tree house. Emanating a wonderful sense of privacy and seclusion, you can tailor your wedding day to be as understated or as lavish as you like. In front of up to 100 guests, get married on a secluded stretch of golden sand, exchanging vows in front of an exquisite ocean panorama. For your reception, celebrate in style at one of the beautiful outdoor areas, or stay put with a laid-back party on the beach. If you’re travelling as just the two of you, Jungle Cabins offer a romantic private hideaway, while the Jungle Cluster Villas, with their shared private pool, are perfect if you’re inviting guests.

Uga Jungle Beach

4* Trinco Blu by Cinnamon

Best for: a romantic beach ceremony

At this retro resort on Sri Lanka’s quiet east coast, romantic beachside weddings are a speciality. Overlooking pristine golden sands, the resort’s incredible natural surroundings provide the perfect backdrop to an exotic outdoor wedding. Though your ceremony will follow a traditional Hindu-style, with the help of a dedicated wedding co-ordinator you can personalise your wedding experience to suit you – for instance, you could add a touch of local culture, celebrating with traditional Sri Lankan drummers or conducting the ceremony on a decorated Poruwa. What we absolutely love here is the option of planning a sunrise beach ceremony. With the east coast renowned for its fantastic sunrises, you can make the most of this special opportunity and exchange vows just as the soft morning light begins to flood the beach.

Trinco Blu by Cinnamon

4* AVANI Kalutara Resort

Best for: families and large wedding parties

If you’re inviting all your friends and family, then this oceanfront resort is perfect for a larger wedding. Found at the point where the Kalu River meets the Indian Ocean, this stylish resort is a fantastic combination of contemporary architecture, modern facilities and spectacular natural backdrops. You can choose between exchanging your vows in a tropical beach setting, on an enchanting riverside deck, or on the peninsula, right at the point where the river meets the sea. If you’re looking for something a little more bespoke, then a range of exclusive resort wedding packages can tailor your special day, from traditional Sri Lankan drummers and a seven-course private wedding dinner, to an indulgent newlyweds’ Champagne breakfast in bed the morning after.

AVANI Kalutara Resort

5* The Fortress Resort & Spa

Best for: a group wedding

Stylish, luxurious and set right on the beach, this is the perfect setting for a dreamy wedding ceremony. With staff that have years of experience co-ordinating weddings, The Fortress Resort & Spa is an idyllic destination, suited to small, intimate gatherings and extravagant celebrations with larger guest lists. With several venues dotted around the resort, exchange vows at sunset on the beautiful beach, or opt for a romantic aisle walkway in the secluded resort gardens. Immerse yourself in a more cultural affair and include a procession of traditional drummers and dancers for a taste of a true island wedding. This chic resort is perfect for a honeymoon too, so upgrade to a luxurious Beach Splash Room to indulge in complimentary spa treatments and your own private indoor plunge pool.

The Fortress Resort & Spa

Inspired?


Our dedicated weddings team has been planning special ceremonies for over 30 years. Book an appointment at your local Kuoni store with one of our wedding experts abroad for you both; and plan all the little details with your Personal Travel Expert. Our weddings team are the experts when it comes to the legalities and intricacies of getting married in each destination, so we’ll make sure everything is perfect for your big day. For more inspiration, order our weddings abroad brochure.

This feature was published on 12 September 2018. The information within this feature is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of print.