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A romantic escape to paradise island

The tropical island Sri Lanka has always been a dream destination for me and that’s why I took part in the SriLankan Airlines Meet & Greet competition. I was hoping to win this amazing trip not only for me but also for my girlfriend who loves the sun and beaches. But I also had a special, secret agenda if I won. I was ready to ask for my girlfriend to marry me and Sri Lanka would be the perfect setting for this.

To my amazement, I won and the trip was everything and more that I imagined. We stayed in some of the most unusually beautiful hotels where the hospitality was excellent and we were made to feel very special. The Sri Lankan people are so warm and very friendly and they’re always smiling. For me and my girlfriend Sri Lanka was certainly the adventure of a lifetime. We saw real wild elephants in their natural habitat at the Yala National Park and sailed down a river on a houseboat. There was even more exciting experiences when we were flown on a SriLankan Airlines Air Taxi across the country to the East Coast. We saw so much of this beautiful land from above, including some of the cultural attractions like the Lion Rock, Sigiriya. In Passikudah, we had dinner on a yacht, out on the sea, which was the most romantic thing we have even done. The whole trip was exciting and relaxing. There is so much to do and see in Sri Lanka because of its history, natural beauty and beautiful beaches. I proposed to my girlfriend on the way back and she said yes. And that was really the perfect ending to a perfect holiday. Thank you SriLankan Airlines, for being so generous and taking such good care of us.

Yala Safari

As wildlife lovers, we were delighted by our trip to the Yala National Park. We were taken on a ‘Jeep Safar’ which is a half a day’s drive through wild, dense jungle that was so diverse and quite beautiful. We had fantastic sightings of elephants, deer, monkeys, wild boar and so many birds!

It was the first time we had ever been so close to a really wild elephant! My girlfriend Pavlina was very impressed and happy to see so many types of birds.

We spotted eagles, cormorants, kingfishers, a beautiful green bird called a bee eater and painted storks! There were too many to remember by name.

Air Taxi Ride

We were very excited about our trip to Passikudah on the east coast but what we didn’t expect was that we would be flown there by air taxi. It was a wonderful experience, faster and definitely more scenic. The view from the sky was breathtaking and we got to take in so much of this island’s beauty from cloud level.

We flew over forests, mountains, rice paddies, fruit orchards, rivers, lakes and waterfalls and even some of Sri Lanka’s cultural attractions which my girlfriend loved.

The air taxi service is available to all parts of the country which is great if you don’t want to spend hours travelling by road or train.

Bentota Yatra House Boat Ride

There’s nothing like a boat ride to calm your soul. That’s what it felt like when we were treated to a beautiful sailing experience on the Yathra by Jetwing Houseboat.

Although we didn’t stay the night on it, I can say it’s a great concept for those seeking quiet relaxation and privacy. The cabins were luxurious, beautiful and comfortable.

We sailed on the famous ‘Betota River’ which offered gorgeous views of the surrounding villages and islands. We had dinner on deck, under the stars which was very romantic.

Passikudah - Dinner on a Yacht

Passikudah was one of the most beautiful places we had ever been to. What made it even more special was the romantic dinner we had while sailing on a yacht.

The sea was gorgeous and calm and it was our first time on a real yacht. The food, the sea, the sunset, it was like a dream come true for both of us.

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