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Flavours of Sri Lanka

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An extensive array of flavours awaits you in Sri Lanka! This country is also known for its rich melting pot of cuisines influenced by cultural and historical factors. If you're looking for a trip that would both please your palate and allow you to uncover cultural heritage, then this 9-day escapade suits you!
Sri Lanka
Cultural
Food & Wine
Private Escorted Tours

Highlights

Kandy Foodie Tour and Colombo Street Food Tour.

Climb the famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress. 

Tour of a local village with a traditional lunch in the village.

Explore Minneriya National Park during this Jeep Safari.

Tour of the Temple of Tooth Relic in Kandy.

Galle cookery demonstration. 
 

One great way of exploring culture is through food! Sri Lanka used to be the centre of the spice trade during ancient times and known for an abundance of flavours combined into their traditional meals that would truly satiate ones taste buds. This 9-day private escorted package includes a visit to the bustling fish market of Negombo, then learning how traditional meals are made in Habarana. Witness a variety of wildlife at Minneriya National Park by an exciting jeep safari. 

Discover Kandy's authentic healthy cuisine by following the food trail. A visit to the Temple of the Tooth Relic is not to be missed plus the cultural performance in the evening. Learn some traditional cooking methods at Kirinda Walauwa. Discover how an authentic Biryani is made at the Galle cookery demonstration. On your last night, walk the streets of Colombo and have a taste of a local Arrack and some sweet treats.

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Included

1 night in Negombo
2 nights in Habarana
2 nights in Kandy
2 nights in Galle
1 night in Colombo
Private transfers with English-speaking driver guide
Daily Breakfast and Dinner
Negombo Local Market Visit
Sigiriya Rock Fortress tour
Village Tour with Farmers Lunch
Minneriya National Park Jeep Safari
Kandy Temple of Tooth Relic Tour
Kandy Foodie Tour
Cultural Dance Show at Kandy
Cooking at Kirinda Walawwa
Cookery Demonstration at Galle
Colombo Street Food Tour

Excluded

  • International airfares and taxes
  • Domestic airfares and taxes, unless otherwise specified in our holiday package
  • Visa expenses, processing and issuance fees
  • Meals other than as specified in our holiday package
  • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.),
  • Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, hotel, restaurant or boat staff, etc.
  • Or any other travel expense that has not been included in our holiday package
Day 1
Airport → Negombo

Arrival in Sri Lanka / Meet & Greet at the airport where you will meet your private guide.

You will then proceed to Negombo in your private car (approximately 30 minutes travel time) and check in at the resort. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. 

Overnight stay in Negombo at Notary’s House in a Standard Room. 

Dinner
Airport → Negombo
Negombo Beach
Day 2
Negombo → Habarana

Enjoy breakfast at the resort.

You'll visit Lellama - Negombo market, a colourful and authentic market and is a great place to observe the local fishing trade and see the amazing variety of seafood that is offloaded from boats. 

You'll then travel for 4 hours and proceed to Habarana. Check in at the resort and spend the evening at leisure.

Overnight stay in Dambulla (located near Habarana) at Elephant Stables in a Luxury Villa 

Breakfast, Dinner
Negombo → Habarana
Habarana
Day 3
Habarana

Enjoy breakfast at the resort.

You will then explore the Sigiriya Rock Fortress which consists of 1200 steps. The first part of the visit is a leisurely walk through the pleasure gardens. Then one starts to climb. There are two areas where one can take a break on the way up. The entire duration of the experience takes approximately 1.5 to 2.5 hours depending on the speed at which you want to climb. Water is provided.

You'll then continue to take a tour of the Sri Lankan village, this village safari gives you a glimpse of a uniquely interlinked Sri Lankan village life where the villagers go about their daily lives with the greatest respect to nature. Spend a morning in the remote village of Hiruwadunna – an area the locals call ‘God’s village’ and said to be a refuge of King Wasaba (66-110 AD). Enjoy a large, delicious, lunch served on lotus leaf. 

Afterwards, you'll head to Minneriya National Park and take a jeep safari! The park covers 8,890 hectares and consists of a mixed forest of evergreen shrubs, a favourite habitat for animals, which include leopards, deer and wild elephants. You can also see huge flocks of birds, including cormorants and painted storks that come to fish in the shallow waters.

Return to the resort and spend the late evening at your leisure.

Overnight stay in Dambulla (located near Habarana) at Elephant Stables in a Luxury Villa. 

Breakfast, Dinner
Habarana
Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Day 4
Habarana → Kandy

Enjoy breakfast at the resort.

Then travel for 3 hours heading to Kandy - a UNESCO World Heritage site. First, you'll visit Sri Dalada Maligawa or also known as the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. It is located in the royal palace complex which houses the relic of the tooth of Buddha. The visit typically lasts 1 hour. First you walk towards the temple through the gardens. Your guide will buy you the entrance tickets. We recommend buying a lotus flower right at the entrance – 100 LKR per set. Your guide will walk you through the various chambers explaining the history and significance of the temple.

You will then explore the Kandy Food trail. First, visit a local eatery to enjoy freshly prepared vegan dishes, which are staples of the Sinhalese community in Kandy. You can also catch a sneak peak of what is being cooked in the open kitchen. Next, stop by a bustling restaurant with busy waiters carrying plates of hot dosa and vadei, the clatter of tea making and action packed counters to relish nibbles of traditional dishes made by Tamil households in Kandy. 

Back on the road, look for street food galore to get a taste of the island’s delectable flavours. Crispy, salty, spicy and sugary, Sri Lankan street food comes in all shapes and sizes. Later, drop in at a local food stall that excels in keeping things healthy and fresh while not compromising on flavour. A vegan’s dream come true, you can treat yourself to a range of soya-based food items including snacks, milk and even ice-cream. Bring your food trail to an end by either dropping in at a modern café to tuck into a wholesome salad or visiting a colonial hotel to gulp down a pint of beer.

Check in at the resort in Kandy and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight stay in Kandy at Cinnamon Citadel in a Superior Room. 

Breakfast, Dinner
Habarana → Kandy
Kandy Food Trail
Day 5
Kandy

Enjoy breakfast at the resort.

Today, you'll learn about traditional cooking methods at Kirinda Walauwa on how to make some traditional dishes. Spend the evening watching a cultural dance show. With more than 7 different dance performances, captivating drumming and the skills of the traditional musicians on display, this show will give you a great insight to traditional Sri Lankan culture.

Spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

Overnight stay in Kandy at Cinnamon Citadel in a Superior Room. 

Breakfast, Dinner
Kandy
Kirinda Walauwa
Day 6
Kandy → Galle

Enjoy breakfast at the resort.

Then head to Galle. Check in at the resort and spend the day at leisure. 

Overnight stay in Galle at Amari Galle in a Deluxe Ocean View Room.

Breakfast, Dinner
Kandy → Galle
Galle
Day 7
Galle

Enjoy breakfast at the resort.

You'll then join a Galle cookery demonstration. Galle was once a trading hub for Arab merchants and with them came many dishes, perhaps most quintessential is Biryani.  Often served at Muslim family celebrations and festivities, Biryani comprises side dishes such as raita, cashew curry, Malay pickle, curried peas and meats and other spiced vegetables that accompany flavoured rice. This lesson in your host’s own kitchen is authentic and fun as you join her daughters to craft a meal which you will all sit down and eat together as a family.

Return to the resort and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight stay in Galle at Amari Galle in a Deluxe Ocean View Room. 

Breakfast, Dinner
Galle
Biryani Cooking Class
Day 8
Galle → Colombo

Enjoy breakfast at the resort. 

You will then proceed to Colombo. Be delighted by Colombo's street food. Wander through Colombo as evening draws in, where food, often in unusual guises, is everywhere. Begin with a shot of local Arrack in a well-worn local bar and wander past enticing higgledy-piggledy streets peeking between buildings. On thriving Hulfsdorp Street indulge in traditional sweet treats and pots of bubbling curry with packed dinner-time crowds. Grab a tuk tuk to the evening buzz of Galle Face to join families, friends and your final food vendors for a main meal. You will never be pressured to try food or drink and we cannot guarantee hygiene standards but this is the perfect opportunity to learn about the city’s sights and aromas.

Check in at the resort and spend the late evening at leisure.

Overnight stay in Colombo at Mount Lavinia Hotel in a Colonial Room.

Breakfast, Dinner
Galle → Colombo
Colombo Street Food
Day 9
Colombo → Airport

Enjoy breakfast at the resort.

You will then be transferred at the airport for departure. 

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
Sinhala and Tamil
Local currency
Sri Lanka Rupee (₨)
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Flavours of Sri Lanka

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Negombo
Colombo
Cultural, Food & Wine
Private Escorted Tours
01 January 2022 - 31 October 2022

Hotel options

Notary’s House
Notary’s House

Negombo
One of a kind lavish inn set in the midst of huge nurseries and a coconut grove. Traditional structure components praise the property's legacy.

Elephant Stables
Elephant Stables

Dambulla
Ascents over a broad Teak backwoods over the fields giving 360-degree perspectives on the surrounding landscapes with the mist mountains of the Hill Country nearby.

Cinnamon Citadel
Cinnamon Citadel

Kandy
Encircled by clearing green slopes, cloudy mornings circumscribed by the longest waterway, Cinnamon Citadel is your optimal retreat for a genuinely loose and joyful escape.

Amari Galle
Amari Galle

Galle
Moored by landscaped beachfront gardens, the fascinating views of the peaceful ocean and simplistic design will give you the perfect environment to rest and relax.

Mount Lavinia Hotel
Mount Lavinia Hotel

Colombo
This provincial legacy lodging has earned a notoriety for its wonderful structure and feel, the old-world appeal which beholds back to the loftiness of Ceylon.

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