Sri Lanka Food and Cooking Tours

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Sri Lanka Food and Cooking Tours

Sri Lankan Food Safari - 13 Nights 14 days

Day 01

  • Arrival at Colombo International Airport and meet with our representative at the arrival lounge
  • Transfer to Nattandiya, quant countryside town which is popular for coconut estates – 1 hour drive approximately
  • Dinner and overnight stay at a Horathapola Coconut estate bungalow

Day 02

  • Participate in the preparation of a popular local delicacy “Coconut Rotti” guided by the culinary team at the estate. Enjoy breakfast on the lawn under the shade of the trees.
  • A walk around the coconut estate will let you acquire knowledge and firsthand experience of how an organic coconut estate works. You can witness coconut plucking and husking in addition to learning how coconut oil is produced in the nearby coconutprocessing mill. You can also take a look at how raw cashew nuts are peeled by the village women, a skill to be admired.
  • In the afternoon you could either relax on the estate or take a leisurely-guided stroll to the nearby village where you could interact with the friendly locals.
  • Dinner and overnight stay at a Horathapola Coconut estate bungalow

Day 03

  • Breakfast at the estate
  • Transfer to Habarana – 4 hours drive approximately
  • Climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Overnight stay at Cinnamon Lodge in Habarana.

Day 04

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Indulge in an interesting rural village walk in Sigiriya to experience the traditions and lifestyles of the villagers, the vendors and the inland fisher folk. Visit the rice fields, vegetable plots and take a look at the intriguing tree top watch huts used for watching over the crops from wild elephant attacks. You can also visit Chena cultivation, regarded as the oldest form of cultivation in Sri Lanka.
  • Afternoon safari in Minneriya National Park to see wild Elephants.
  • Overnight stay at Cinnamon Lodge in Habarana

Day 05

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Visit Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Transfer to Kandy – Approximately 3 hours drive
  • Lunch at the home stay
  • Learn how to make Hoppers prepared from rice flour and coconut milk, a unique Sri Lankan delicacy. Enjoy fresh crispy hoppers plain or with an egg broken on it, accompanied by a spicy onion sambol called ‘lunu miris’
  • Overnight stay in a home stay Tree House with a local family

Day 06

  • Take an early morning guided village walk to observe the spice trees, mostly Pepper, Cloves, Nutmeg and Cinnamon in the home gardens, and if you are lucky enough you can also watch it being harvested and processed During this trip you will visit a centuries old ancestral mansion and the village temple too This trail will enable you to have an indepth understanding of the spice trail in addition to the everyday life styles in an upcountry village.
  • Return to the homestay for a hearty breakfast of ‘Kiribath’ or milk rice.
  • Join the host in her indigenous kitchen to watch the local spices, which were observed in the morning trail being powdered and processed for cooking. Thereafter participate in preparing a traditional meal of Jak fruit and dried fish.
  • Dinner will entail the preparation of lacy String hoppers, another intriguing, yet fun process of pouring rice flour mixture on circular trays using a mold and then steamed to be eaten with curry.
  • Overnight stay in a home stay Tree House with a local family

Day 07

  • Breakfast at the home stay
  • Pay a visit to the traditional market to purchase vegies, meats, spices, herbs and fruits to be taken to the home stay, where you will witness the preparation of an authentic Sri Lankan meal cooked on a wood fire hearth. This would be an ideal opportunity to learn more about Sri Lankan cooking, its nutrients and health benefits and of course take back some handy hints and awesome recipes.
  • After a wholesome lunch, spend some relaxing time
  • In the afternoon you can observe the making of traditional sweetmeats using rice flour, treacle and coconut milk.
  • In the evening pay a visit to a traditional clay oven bakery to see how bread is baked using a firewood hearth.
  • Enjoy a bread and curry dinner at the homestay
  • Overnight stay in a homestay Tree House with a local family

Day 08

  • Breakfast at the homestay
  • Get on board the train to Ella at 8.30 am and enjoy a scenic train journey, known as one of the most beautiful stretches of rail road in the world, on your way to beautiful Ella
  • Our chauffeur will receive you in Ella by 4 Pm and transfer you to the hotel for overnight stay
  • Overnight stay at 98 Acre Resort in Ella

Day 09

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Full day relax at the hotel
  • Overnight stay at 98 Acre Resort in Ella

Day 10

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Take a tuk tuk ride to a tea plantation where you can observe and also participate in the picking of tealeaves and thereafter watch the intricate process of tea production, the making of Pure Ceylon Tea known as the finest in the world.
  • Transfer to Negombo – 5 to 6 hours drive approximately
  • Overnight stay in Negombo at Goldi Sands Hotel.

Day 11

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Full day relax by the beach
  • Overnight stay in Negombo at Goldi Sands Hotel.

Day 12

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • After breakfast it will be time to participate in cooking an authentic seafood meal with a fisher family from Negombo. It will take place possibly by the beach or on the Negombo lagoon. The trip starts with an early morning boat ride along the Hamilton canal through the fish market and fishing village where we will buy freshly caught fish from the fishermen themselves. Cooking a mouthwatering seafood dish with a fisher couple would follow this.
  • Afternoon relax by the beach
  • Overnight stay in Negombo at Goldi Sands Hotel.

Day 13

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Relax by the beach in the morning
  • In the afternoon you will be picked up by the host to be taken on an enjoyable jeep tour of Colombo in an open top World War II jeep to explore the food scene of Colombo's streets.
  • Overnight stay in Negombo at Goldi Sands Hotel.

Day 14

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to Colombo International Airport for departure – 20 minutes drive approximately

US$ 2098

per person on double sharing basis

We can tailor this trip to suit your requirements

Any aspect of the itinerary can be altered, from excursions to accommodation

The rate includes,

  • Accommodation in mentioned hotels
  • Meals as per mentioned meal plans
  • Air conditioned transfers with an English speaking chauffeur guide
  • All mentioned activities and park entrance fees

Prices may vary plus/minus depending on the season

Places of visit during this trip

  • Rural villages
  • Sigiriya rock fortress
  • Minneriya national park
  • Dambulla cave temple
  • Hamilton canal & fish market
  • Colombo by jeep

Key highlights of this trip

  • Rural village visit and interact with their day today life
  • Participate with traditional cooking demonstrations
  • Taste local food
  • Climb sigiriya rock fortress
  • Elephants in Minneriya National Park
  • Visit Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Visit home garden grown spices
  • Local market visit
  • Scenic train journey
  • Tea plantation visit
  • Boat riding & fish market visit
  • Colombo food tour by jeep

Accommodation and meals during this trip (for 2 Adults)

  • 2 nights at Horathapola Estate on Half Board basis
  • 2 nights at Cinnamon Lodge in Habarana Bed and Breakfast basis
  • 3 nights at Ficus Conopy Tree House on Full Board basis
  • 2 nights at 98 Acre Resort in Ella Bed and Breakfast basis
  • 4 nights at Goldi Sands Bed and Breakfast basis