Sri Lanka for Foodies


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Private Tour

  • 13 nights accommodation at the hotels specified
  • Transportation in a private air conditioned car with an English speaking chauffeur
  • 12 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 9 dinners
  • Entrance tickets for alll the sites listed below:
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Minneriya NationalPark (Entrance + Jeep), Dambulla Cave Temple, Temple of The Tooth, Cultural Show, Whale watching boat cruise, Spice Garden, Elephant Orphanage, Turtle Hatchery, Yala National Park (Entrance + Jeep)
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Taste your way around Sri Lanka on this luxury food experience. Few places in the world offer the traveller such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences within such a compact location. Discover markets, little trade stalls, tea plantations and even visit a local family where the housewife will give you her tips and tricks to authentic Sri Lanka cuisine. This is an island of magical proportions. Discover refreshing Sri Lanka!

Day 1 - Arrive Colombo - Negombo 

Welcome to Sri Lanka! Arrive in Colombo by late night flight. Our representative will meet you at the airport and you will be transferred to your hotel in Negombo. This afternoon enjoy a relaxing walking tour of the city, including an excursion through a Fishing Village. 

Overnight at: Jetwing Sea in Negombo 

Room: Deluxe Room on Ground Floor 

Meal: Dinner 

Day 2 – Negombo to Dambulla 

Today will start with an early morning visit to the “Lellama” – the Fish Market where the catch is brought in to shore by the Fishing Boats, before being sold, first, at wholesale and then to the retailers. After your visit to the ‘Lellama’, you will be transferred back to your hotel for a late breakfast and departure for Dambulla. Dambulla is famous for its cave temple complex, the largest and best preserved in all of Sri Lanka, that are full of decorative images of the Lord Buddha. On the way to Dambulla, stop at a pineapple plantation to sample the local produce and see how the locals use creative methods to grow them. Next, stop at a coconut plantation to learn how all parts of the coconut tree are used to create a variety of products, along with taste test between a young coconut and a king coconut. Continue on to Dambulla, with a brief stop to pick up on locally grown Cadju Nuts, where lunch will be served in a local restaurant. 

This evening, visit the Dambulla Economic Centre – the largest market in Dambulla where all types of vegetables, fruit, dried meat and seafood can be bought. At this market, both wholesale and retail trading takes place, along with many little trade stalls constructed by the road side. Whilst you are at the marketplace, buy ingredients that you feel like eating for dinner before going back to the hotel and preparing your locally sourced meal! 

Overnight at: Rangiri Dambulla Resort in Dambulla 

Room: Luxury Swiss Cottages 

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 3 – Dambulla to Habarana to Sigiriya to Dambulla 

After an early breakfast, today will be spent exploring the lives and lifestyles of the local villagers. Travel in a Bullock cart to a rural village through lush green paddy fields where you will be served tea and " jaggery" along with lunch made to authentic Sri Lankan style. Watching the villagers go about their daily activities is both inspiring and relaxing, the contrast to life back home is a welcomed culture shock! Take a visit to a Chena cultivation farm (Sri Lankan cottage cheese) to learn how the locals make this delicious dish as well as trying some for yourself.

Later in the afternoon, take a visit to a local family where the house wife will show you how she prepares food for the whole family. You will have the chance here to take part in a Cooking Session and enjoy a local lunch. The finale of this excursion will be a traditional canoe ride in a lake in Habarana. 

This afternoon, take a visit to one of Sri Lanka’s most famous landmarks – the Sigiriya Rock fortress. The Sigiriya Rock fortress is set amid dry zone scrub jungle and is home to a great variety of Sri Lanka’s fauna. Sigiriya, a mighty 180 metre high rock-fortress of a 5th century King, is famous for its entrancingly beautiful frescoes which are found in a sheltered pocket of the rock. One cannot fail to marvel at the masterful execution of the sinuous forms of these women (originally 500, of which only 19 remain today). The old stairway to the top once led through the mouth of a huge crouching lion, carved from the rock. Today only the paws remain.The most impressive facets of the unique complex are the Water Gardens, the frescoes of beautiful maidens, the Mirror Wall with ancient graffiti, the lion platform and the summit of 1.6 hectares, which was completely covered by buildings during the period of Sigiriya’s glory. 

Overnight at: Rangiri Dambulla Resort in Dambulla 

Room: Luxury Swiss Cottages 

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 4 - Dambulla to Kandy 

After breakfast, drive to Kandy en route visit Dambulla Cave Temple followed by a Spice Garden visit at Matale. 

Dambulla Cave Temple - (Duration approx. 01 hour) is vast isolated rock mass 500 feet high and a mile around the base. Here is found the famous Rock Temple dating to the First Century B.C. The caves of Dambulla sheltered King Walagamba during his 14 years of exile from Anuradhapura. When he regained the throne, he built the most magnificent of Rock Temples to be found in the Island. In the first Cave is a recumbent image of the Buddha 47ft long cut out of the Rock. There are images of deities associated with Buddhism all around the world. The frescoes on the walls and the ceiling are the oldest here but they are over painted in the Kandy period. In the Second Cave, the finest and the largest of all, there are 150 life-size statues of the Buddha in various postures with few statues of Gods and Kings. The ceiling is also covered with frescoes, which depict great events in the life of the Buddha and landmarks in the history of the Sinhalese people. 

Spice Gardens (Duration approx. 02 hours) – You will see many spice gardens at Matale and in Mawanella where Cinnamon, Cardamom, Pepper Creepers and all other spice trees, plants and creepers are planted for visitors to see them. Spice products and herbal medicines are also available for those who would like to buy them. At all Spice Gardens visitors are taken round explaining each tree and plant and at the end explaining the use of them for food preparations. 

Temple of the Tooth (duration 02 hrs): A residual remnant of the past dating as far back as the 14th century, the Royal Palace of the Kandyan Kingdom lies tucked away near the valleys of Kandy as reminiscence of the last Kandyan King, Wickrama Rajasinghe. Very little of the structure remains today which consisted of the Royal Court (Magul Maduwa) and the Temple of Tooth among other displays of architectural brilliance. Seeped in ancient history that’s seen the palace burned down and rebuilt a number of times, it has also witnessed sacred beliefs. 

Evening Kandy Cultural Performance - (Duration 01 ½ Hrs)- The Kandy Dance cultural show is one of the most famous evening events in this city of heritage, and is a major highlight of any trip. Starting in the evening, show captivates your ears and eyes with spectacular displays of local culture and art. Covering various aspects of Sri Lanka’s traditions, expect to see drummers, fire dancers, and more in a cultural spectacle that should not be missed.

Overnight at: Mahaweli Reach Hotel, Kandy 

Room: Deluxe Room 

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 5 – Kandy to Nuwara Eliya 

This morning after breakfast, you will take a short excursion to the Elephant Orphanage that is nearby to Kandy. Initially created to protect abandoned or orphaned elephants, this is one of Sri Lanka’s most popular attractions. There are currently over 100 elephants in the protection of the orphanage, which rely heavily on tourism to fund their conservation efforts. Later this afternoon, you will be transferred to the nearby railway for short train ride to Nuwara Eliya. 

In Nuwara Eliya you will board the train that was built by the British in the Colonial times and probably hasn't changed much since then. However, old though it maybe it is amazing and one of the highlights of the trip so far. The views are amazing, zig zagging around the mountains, through tea plantations and across stunning bridges!

From Ella straight to a place called Nuara Ella which is Nicknamed Little England for obvious reasons, the houses look English, the street names are English and there is even an old English race course. You will be picked up at the railway station this afternoon for a short transfer to your hotel for the evening.

Tonight, learn about the fascinating culture of the Tamil people, a minority population in Sri Lanka that until recently fought for an independent Tamil State within Sri Lanka. The Tamil are a unique ethnic group who have been able to maintain many of the cultural traditions and practices including their own dialect and cuisine. One of the best ways to experience this culture is try their food, which you will have the chance to tonight in a local restaurant. 

Overnight at: Araliya Gardens 

Room: Deluxe Room 

Meal: Breakfast, Dinner 

Day 6 - Nuwara Eliya to Yala 

After breakfast, visit a tea plantation, the picturesque Ella Gap, Rawana Ella Waterfalls & Kataragama Maha Dewalaya. Tea was introduced to Sri Lanka in the colonial era by the British and the daily. Practice of drinking tea is now a firmly established institution in Sri Lankan culture. The serving of tea among Sri Lankan friends and family is a true mark of hospitality. You can get a complete understanding as to how we produce tea - from start to finish. You can take a walk in the plantation with our expert during plucking time and admire the deft plucking of the standard ‘two leaves and a bud’. Take a moment to chat with a tea plucker, snap a picture to reminisce later and then continue onto the factory floor to see the withering process and subsequent steps involved in making fresh tea. Continue on for a great tea tasting session at the factory.

After visiting the tea plantation, you will be transferred to Yala to check-in to your hotel for the evening. On the way to Yala, you will have the opportunity to stop at the town of Ella to view the picturesque Ella Gap. The view from the Ella Gap is stunning and provides a panoramic view of Sri Lanka’s dense forest, if you are lucky to get here on a clear day you will be able to spot the coastline in the far distance. Enjoy a cup of tea and relax as you take in the breath taking scenery that surrounds you. 

Fortified by the tea at the Ella Gap you continue your transfer to Yala, passing the Ravana Ella Waterfalls on the way, one of the widest waterfalls in Sri Lanka. Here you will stop for a quick photo opportunity and the chance to stretch your legs before continuing on to Yala. 

This afternoon, following lunch in a local restaurant, you will take a visit to the Kataragama Maha Dewalaya, a Shrine devoted to God Skanda, which is worshipped by both Hindus and Buddhists, and very recently Muslims. 

Overnight at: Ekho Safari Hotel 

Room: Deluxe Room 

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 7 - Yala to Weligama 

After breakfast, enjoy a jeep safari to Yala National Park. Yala (Ruhuna) National Park (Duration approx. 03 hours) - The Ruhunu National Park covers 126,786 hectares. Including the Strict Natural Reserve (Block II). The most familiar is Block I (14,101 hectares) and this block was established in 1938.

Yala is famous for its big herds and large number of Elephants, Leopards, Spotted Deer, Sambhur, Crocodiles, Mongoose, Wild Boar, Wild Buffalo, and many other animals. More than 130 bird species are recorded which includes the resident and winter visitors. Following the visit to the national park you will continue your journey to Weligama, stopping along the way to have lunch with a local Malay Family. The Malay people are another ethnic minority in Sri Lanka, migrating to the island as far back as the 13th century. It is estimated that there are only 40,000 Malay’s living in Sri Lanka but the continual use of their own language and Islamic faith has allowed them to keep their cultural traditions alive.

For lunch here, try some of the traditional Malay cuisine including Curd & Treacle and Kalu Dodol. Kalu dodol is very popular amongst Sri Lankan’s and is very time consuming to make, consisting mainly of kithul jaggery, rice flour and coconut milk. 

This afternoon take a short excursion to the Mulkirigala Cave Temple, better known as Mini Dambulla. The cave temple here is an ancient Buddhist temple that has been built into the side of 205m high natural rock, and is surrounded by an additional four enormous boulders. To truly appreciate the sheer scale and effort put into building this impressive structure, it is best to witness it firsthand.

From here, you will be transferred to your hotel in Weligama for an overnight stay. For dinner tonight, enjoy some of the local street food.

Overnight at: Mandara Resort 

Room: Standard Rooms 

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 8 – Weligama to Bentota to Beruwala 

After breakfast, you will take a short car ride to the Mirissa Fishing Harbour where you will undertake a whale/dolphin watching expedition. Mirissa harbour is the best spot in Sri Lanka to go whale watching from and is available from November to March, when the monsoon is not affecting the sea conditions. Scientists believe that the because the waters surrounding south Sri Lanka are so high in plankton that there is a resident group of Blue Whales that live permanently nearby and can be spotted all year round (weather permitting).

Blue whales are the largest animals ever known to have lived on Earth. These magnificent marine mammals rule the oceans at up to 100 feet long and upwards of 200 tons. Being able to witness these majestic giants up close is truly an experience you will never forget. Arriving back to shore, lunch will be served in a local restaurant before you continue your journey towards Beruwala.

Along the way, you will stop at Koggala to witness the famous stilt fisherman in action. The fishermen here sit on small benches attached to poles stuck into the water a few metres offshore as they fish for small reef fish, known locally as ‘Bollu’ and ‘Koramburuwo. This is a great opportunity for a photo, so make sure who have your camera with you! 

This afternoon take another excursion to the historical Galle Fortress. Located in the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast, the Galle Fortress was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, before extensive fortifications were added by Dutch colonisers during the 17th century. The building was listed an as UNESCO world heritage site in 1988 due to the unique exposition of "an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries”. 

Overnight at: Cinnamon Bay Hotel, Beruwala 

Room: Standard Rooms 

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 9 - Beruwala 

Today begins with a short excursion to a Cinnamon Plantation and Oil extracting facility where you will learn how they grow, harvest and produce cinnamon that is then transported to the local markets for wholesale and retail trade. Here, you will also witness the Oil Extracting process used to extract the oil from the cinnamon leaf.

If you wish, you can buy some for yourself and try it later on with dinner. Later on, take a visit to a local sea turtle hatchery who are trying to conserve the sea turtle population. The sea turtles return to the beach annually to lay their eggs before they hatch and make their way back into the ocean.

With the numbers of sea turtles returning to the beach every year reducing, the hatchery attempts to reverse this by taking the eggs off the beach and allowing them to hatch from the safety of tank. The turtles are then allowed to hatch and grow before being released back into the wild. 

In the afternoon, you will have the chance to undertake a scenic boat cruise up river through the mangroves. Remainder of the day is at leisure.

Overnight at: Cinnamon Bay Hotel, Beruwala 

Room: Standard Rooms 

Meal: Breakfast, Dinner 

Day 10 - Explore Beruwala 

The next two days are free for you to explore Beruwala and the surrounding areas. If you would like, a day trip to a water sports facility can be arranged. 

Overnight at: Cinnamon Bay Hotel, Beruwala 

Room: Standard Rooms 

Meal: Breakfast 

Day 11 - Explore Beruwala 

Free for independent activities. 

Overnight at: Cinnamon Bay Hotel, Beruwala 

Room: Standard Rooms 

Meal: Breakfast 

Day 12 – Beruwala – Colombo 

After breakfast, you will begin your transfer back to Colombo. When you arrive there will be a guided walking tour of the city, exploring several historical and religious sites. Colombo is the largest city in Sri Lanka with 5.6 million people, as well as being the commercial capital.

Colombo was established as a trading port by the Portuguese in the 14th century, making a treaty with the King that allowed them to trade the islands’ crop of cinnamon. Nearly 150 years later, the Sri Lankan kings felt that the Portuguese were mistreating the locals and begun to expel them from the country.

Sri Lanka went to war with the Portuguese and with the help of the Dutch, who held Colombo at siege by the Dutch navy in 1656, the Sri Lanka kings regained control of Colombo. The victory was short lived however, as the Dutch reneged on their deal and took control of Colombo and her ports. 

This afternoon you will have lunch at the famous ‘Ministry of Crab’, a speciality restaurant that is run by two of Sri Lanka’s most famous cricketing duo Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena. 

The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to explore the city. A great activity to enjoy in your spare time is sampling the amazing cuisines from various street food vendors.

Overnight at: Galle Face Hotel 

Room: Superior Room 

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 13 - Colombo 

After breakfast visit the busy bazaar areas famous for the many colours, sounds, sights and smells. Here there will be a vast selection of eateries for different varieties of food – your Chauffeur Guide will help you in selecting the best produce!

Whilst exploring, stop into a boutique tea store where they make the popular ‘Yard Tea’. Watch and learn how they prepare it, before tasting a sample. When you are ready for lunch, pick your favourite restaurant and sample some of the local food. A variety of dishes are available including; traditional Sinhalese Rice and Curry, Tamil with Dosa , Idly and Vada on a banana leaf, moslem with traditional Buriyayni or the roasted chicken and pickles. 

Overnight at: Galle Face Hotel 

Room: Superior Room 

Meal: Breakfast, Dinner 

Day 14 -Departure

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and connect your homebound flight.

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Valid for travel 01 Feb 2018 - until 31 Mar 2019.

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