colombo , colombo
There are few places as beautiful, culturally varied and welcoming as the "Pearl of the Indian Ocean", better known as Sri Lanka. Spend 12 days enjoying the authentic tastes of this amazing island's cuisine, with a food tour that you won't be able to resist! Get your teeth into the food, culture and history of the country as you travel around exploring the array of tastes, along with most beautiful sights and exciting activities of the island. Stay in a range of hotels and guest houses and enjoy breakfast and dinner all included, along with three delicious lunches. You'll also take part in fabulous activities like safari, cooking demos and more. During your travels you will be accompanied by an experienced and passionate English-speaking guide.
Created for true travellers, ready for food adventures, this tour is an ideal way to experience traditional flavours, cooking styles and secrets of Sri Lanka. Come and fall in love!
• Taste a delicious seafood dish by the sea, feeling the breeze.
• Climb up the spectacular Sigiriya fortress.
• Enjoy a delicious meal at a farmer’s house after riding on a bullock cart and a boat ride along a scenic river.
• Witness the remarkable ancient city of Polonnaruwa
• Go on a safari to the Minneriya national park to explore the wild.
• Feel the serenity inside the sacred temple of the tooth and adore the amazing traditional dancing performance in Kandy
• Sample some Sri Lankan snacks such as delicious Koththu roti and crunchy Hoppers while walking on the busy Kandy streets.
• Take a train ride to chilly Ella in a route full of stunning landscapes to trek scenic Ella
• Visit a tea factory and taste a finest cup of tea in the middle of tea plantation
• Explore the taste of lake fish in a traditional Sri Lankan kitchen
• Learn the secrets of Sri Lankan southern cuisine in a fishermen’s house
• Feel the wind in your hair on the rampart of the Galle fort.
• Get close to the nature in boat ride in Madu river crowded with mangroves
Day 1. Arrival and drive to Negombo
Fill your lungs with salty air in Negombo watching the splashing waves after a long flight, accepting our warm welcome. Visit the local fish market walking through yards and yards long sheets patterned with drying fishes. Witness huge fishes while opening your month for ‘ooah’ with surprise and learning about the amazing fishing industry of the city.
Spend a tranquil evening enjoying a delectable seafood dish in a famous restaurant after admiring the colours of falling sun behind the Indian Ocean. Transfer to hotel to relax for the next day of your food tour.
Day 2. Drive to Sigiriya
The food tour will commence after having breakfast by the Negombo beach. Then you will be heading to next destination of the food tour, Sigiriya.
Ride on a bullock cart enjoying the rhythmic sway to the village and get on a catamaran and sail to the other side of the lake to reach our farm house while dipping your fingertips in the cold lake's water. At the Farmer’s house experience your first live cooking demonstration of traditional rice and curry,kurakkan roti,manioc and famous Coconut Sambol.
In the evening climb the long flight of steps in Sigiriya, an ancient fortress with scenic gardens, stunning landscapes and amazing fountains stretching your legs, and transfer to your hotel for the night.
Day3. Head to Polonnaruwa ancient city and safari to see the wild elephant
The food tour drives to Polonnaruwa to listen to some interesting tales of Sri Lankan history unfold. Walk among the giant stone pillars decorated with stunning caving, amazing ruins of the royal palace and sky high Dagabos.
Later in the day jump on a safari jeep to explore the wild and the spectacular wildlife of Minneriya national park where you’ll get the chance to catch glimpse of leopards, wild boars, deer, peacocks and foxes and to be a witness of the world’s largest elephant gathering. Enjoy some dishes from the unique dry zone cuisine of the island popular for homemade spice mixtures that can add a divine taste to any meal.
Day 4. Drive to Kandy and on the way Dambulla cave temple
Travel out to Dambulla cave temple complex saturated with warm colours and stunning Buddha statues while laughing at the funny actions of the monkeys you meet on the way to temple. On the way to Kandy, get down at a spice garden in Mathale where you’ll get introduce to enormous types of spices opening doors to sniff some cumin and cinnamon and taste some condemn and curry leaves.
Pay a visit to the sacred temple of the tooth where the left canine of the lord Buddha rests on a golden lotus after a city walk, tasting some popular local snacks like crunchy hoppers and mouth-watering Koththu. Have a closer look at the unique Sri Lankan traditions and the rituals admiring the frescoes and stunning stone and wood work of temple of the tooth.
Later in the evening enjoy a breath-taking cultural show, a stage full of traditional dancers and drummers along with thrilling fire actions. Return to the hotel for dinner and relax to get ready your stomach for the next food adventure of the food tour.
Day 5. Drive to Nuwara Eliya and on the way visit a tea factory
Here comes fifth day of the food tour and you are on your way to visit a tea factory dotted in the middle of a velvet green tea plantation. Look around factory greeted you with a tantalizing aroma of tea and learn about tea plantation and tea preparation. Taste a cup of Sri Lanka's finest tea, a refreshing experience gazing at a scenic view of the hill country.
Time for sightseen and soak up the atmosphere of chilly Nuwara Eliya with a walk to the city centre. Your time in Nuwara Eliya will culminate with an exciting visit to the colourful local market full of fresh vegetables and fruits grow in the area.
Day 6. Take train to Ella
wake up in the morning to take a train ride to Ella Village from Nanuoya . A Scenic route with misty mountains covered with tea plantations and effortlessly falling water streams from high mountains creating rainbows.
Dinner and overnight stay in Ella Village
Day 7. Go on Hike in Ella
Go on a hike to explore jaw-dropping views of Little Adam’s peak (Ella rock) and photo-worthy 9 arch railway bridge in the afternoon. A cup of Sri Lankan tea with traditional Sri Lankan sweets in the middle of a lush tea plantation is the pivotal part of the seventh day of the food tour.
For lunch, you’ll learn some recipes of Sri Lankan cuisine including several vegetables and lake fish curry. Enjoy your warm lunch making air delicious around you under a big shady tree along the river bank perhaps after a dip in the calm and cold water of the river
Dinner and overnight stay in Ella
Day 8. Drive to Galle
This morning you are heading to Galle to capture the fusion of Colonial and Traditional Architecture. Relax gazing at the Ocean on top of the Galle Fort walls while refreshing in the Sea Breeze.
Spend the evening relaxing yourself watching the rolling blue waves of the ocean.
Dinner and Overnight Stay in Galle.
Day 9. Drive to Induruwa. (For an extended beach stay)
Wake up listening o the Symphony of the Indian Ocean and get ready to experience another exciting day of the food tour. We go on a boat ride along the Madu River, rich in biodiversity and crowded with mangroves escaping the hustle -bustle of the City letting yourself getting closer to the nature.
Learn how to choose fresh seafood and pick some prawns from the fishermen by the river bank to prepare a traditional prawn dish for lunch. Enter the kitchen of a fisherman’s house in the beautiful cinnamon island and learn the secrets of the traditional southern Sri Lankan cuisine. In the island, you’ll learn a load of information about the cinnamon plantation and the cinnamon making process. Transfer to your hotel in the evening.
Day 10 & 11 Relax at Beach
Lost in ultimate serenity in a beach front villa relaxing in the salty atmosphere watching the high and low waves laced with sea foam. Take a sunbath calling your melanin to the surface of your skin. Go for a soothing Ayurvedic massage to relieve your mind as well as your body.
Day 12.Return to the airport
Enjoy a memorable breakfast in Induruwa with one of the finest dishes of the Sri Lankan cuisine-Milk rice, on the last day of the food tour. So, it’s time for you to return to the airport for your departure after an exciting food tour full of unforgettable adventures.
Transfers included. with all our trips we provide you with a Air-conditioned vehicle . if it is either solo or a couple we will book a car for your trip . if the number of guests less than 6 we will provide you with a mini van . on all our small group tours (maximum 12 guests only) we provide you a mini coach for your entire trip as pre-specified and agreed on your tour itinerary we will arrange your pick up from the Airport to Hotel of your First stay in Negombo to join the Sri lankan Food tour
• 11 nights' accommodation
• A once-in-a-lifetime food and culture tour of spectacular Sri-Lanka .
• Transport for the whole of the journey by private Air-conditioned car/van/mini coach
• Entrance fees to the sites (Sigriya Rock Citadel ,Polonnaruwa Ancient City. Dambulla Cave temple)
• Local licensed English Speaking Guide
• All Government Taxes
• 11 Breakfasts , 6 Dinner and Three Lunch meals (as part of cooking Demos )
• Safari jeep and entrance fee to the national park .
• Train ticket from Nanuoya to Ella (standard ,economy class)
• price of the tour based on two people shared accommodation
• if you want a room of your own single supplement of £ 200 is applicable
What to Bring
loose, cool clothing, even in the cooler season it is still warm & humid. Mosquito Repellent, sun cream, hat or a cap a light weight pullover or warm sweater for the chilly nights in the hills. when visiting temple covering your open shoulders and knees is a must for women and no shorts and skinnies for men. for the beaches standard beach attire is acceptable carrying a bottle of water on the entire trip is recommended.
Fligts to Sri lanka
there are daily Direct departures to sri lanka from London Heathrow flights usually cost around £ 550 .
there are also cheaper options available (indirect flights) ,if you would like to break the journey (for few hours ) either in Dubai ,Quarter ,Abu Dhabi .
I will advise with you for better options
what is not included in the price on the programme
• Your travel insurance
• International airfare and airport departure tax
• Appropriate visa fees
• Alcoholic, cold and hot drinks, laundry
• Tips for staff and driver (Tipping is expected)
• Certain sightseeing/monument entrance fees
• Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section
Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.