There’s something definitely in the air as we step on to the month of February – could it be love? With Valentines’ Day just around the corner, you just might be wondering how to sweep your sweetheart right off their feet in a unique way. Dinner, date, movies – it’s all been done. Here’s some ideas to get you started which won’t drill a hole in your pocket, at the same time, will be a breath of fresh air to you and your sweetheart both. You can thank us later.
If you are not so keen on venturing too far away from Colombo, the Mount Lavinia beach gives you the ideal option of spending some quality time with your Valentine swaying in the ocean breeze. Take a cool dip in the ocean, soak up some sun or simply relax with a glass of wine and finely prepared seafood at one of the beach’s many restaurants. Make it an evening to remember.
Another option for those seeking to spend their Valentines’ Day within Colombo limits, Diyatha Uyana located at the banks of the Diyawanna is also a good solution for a day out. This scenic park consists of walking paths, shady nooks for you to sit and relax and also a number of eating options if you are feeling peckish. If you are feeling a little adventurous, you can opt for a boat ride or even take a paddle boat out into the river, just you and your sweetheart.
Considered as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Galle Fort is also one of the most romantic spots to spend a leisurely Valentines’ Day. This beautiful location consists of cobblestoned roads, beautiful alleyways of Dutch architecture and a wonderful old world charm ideal for a romantic stroll hand in hand at sunset. Dine at one of its many quaint restaurants or simply sit on the ramparts starring at the sea. This is a location that you will truly enhoy.
There’s something so soothing about the Gangaramaya Temple. Located beside the Beira Lake, the assembly hall in the middle of the scenic lake is particularly breathtaking and is truly a picture of peace with its rows of bronze Buddha statues meditating in silence. However, do keep in mind to dress modestly as this is a place of worship popular among Buddhists in Colombo environs.
While a stroll down the beach is always romantic, the Kosgoda beach is extra special. Turtle conversation is the main topic in the Kosgoda area where turtle eggs are hatched in the safe confines of sanctuaries to protect them from predators and release the hatchlings into the sea once they are ready to fend for themselves. Take your sweetheart down to one of these sanctuaries to see the tiny hatchlings and even participate in a session to release these young ones back to sea. It will be Valentines’ to remember.
This sprawling botanical garden located at Peradeniya is the pride and joy of the hill country. With its beautiful pathways lined with vibrant colors and verdant greenery, this place is one of the most romantic spots you can pick to spend a leisurely day together. Marvel at the scenic landscaping of the garden or get lost among the colorful flowers in full bloom. While the smell of the flowers will intoxicate you, the sights will leave you starry eyed in wonder.
Now that you may have showed your sweetheart the wonders above the waves, show him or her the breathtaking world below. Hikkaduwa is world famous for its underwater bio diversity and a spot of snorkeling here will unveil all those wonders for you and your loved one. Luscious sea life frolicking amongst the gleaming florescent corals and sea plants, colorful fish, giant sea turtles and manta rays – this is just a glimpse of what you can expect. Spruce up love with a bit of adventure this Valentines’ Day. Make it memorable for years to come.