A 12 Day Tour
COLOMBO – CULTURAL TRIANGLE – ELLA – TALPE
Compared to its nearest cousins, Sri Lankan cuisine is relatively underrated. Curry in Sri Lanka is not simply one dish, but many. A myriad of techniques and ingredients are needed to create the palette of flavours on a Sri Lankan table. This journey presents an exceptional and unforgettable culinary experience through Sri Lanka. We tie in candlelit atmospheres with a beguiling range of street food in Colombo, learning the connection between food and the city’s people. Sample a famous Jaffna Crab Curry and take a guided tour of an organic herb and vegetable garden in the cultural triangle, hand-pick fresh ingredients for your meal and visit to our traditional hearth kitchen, where the herbs and vegetables you’ve selected will be transformed into delicious Sri Lankan dishes. Travel to a traditional style mud-hut kitchen, surrounded by paddy fields, where your host will explain the techniques and key ingredients used in Sri Lankan cooking. Finally, indulge in the fruits of your labour with a delicious lunch.
- Enjoy meals with local families
- Traditional cooking demonstrations
- A visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kandy
- Visits organic farms and local markets
- Tea tasting
- A train ride into the hills
- Treks through tea fields and mountains
- Guided Galle Fort walk with a resident host
|Day 1||Arrive in to Colombo Airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Colombo. Check in to Maniumpathy, a palatial eight-bedroom colonial villa which was home to five generations of one of the most distinguished families in Colombo. This evening enjoy an exceptional and unforgettable culinary and cultural evening among the manicured gardens of what was once a Jaffna family’s home for generations.The candlelit atmosphere prepares you for a unique dinner interwoven with northern charm, including the famous Jaffna Crab Curry||Colombo||Maniumpathy|
|Day 2||Morning at leisure. This evening take a guided tour to discover how a beguiling range of street food in Colombo and learn how this food culture connects the city’s people in the evening. Begin with a shot of local Arrack in a well-worn local bar. 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 Green were families and friends mingle nightly to watch sunset. Fly kites and eat loal street food.||Colombo||Maniumpathy|
|Day 3||After breakfast travel to Anuradhapura. Stay 2 nights at Ulagalla, one of Sri Lanka’s finest properties. For the nature-loving foodie: a guided tour of their organic herb and vegetable garden, during which you can hand-pick fresh, juicy ingredients for your dinner. End your walk with a visit to our traditional hearth kitchen, where the herbs and vegetables you’ve selected will be transformed into delicious Sri Lankan dishes especially for you.||Anuradhapura||Ulagalla|
|Day 4||This morning join your local guide for a cycle through more than a dozen archeological sites of the ancient kingdom of Anuradhapura. Pedal around some of the most architecturally stunning structures including Abayagi Dagoba, the largest Buddhist monument in the world. Along the way stop at the Elephant Pond to enjoy a scenic picnic overlooking the pond. Rest of day at leisure.||Anuradhapura||Ulagalla|
|Day 5||Travel to Kandy. Stop en route to visit Dambulla Cave Temples. Continue to Matale for a Sri Lankan Garden and Lunch Tour. At the farm you will be greeted by the resident planter, who originates from Germany but has made Sri Lanka his home for many decades. Enjoy a tour o the estate, learn about the different crops and trees, and join him for a delicious, traditionally home cooked rice and curry lunch. Continue to Kandy||Kandy||The Kandy House|
|Day 6||This morning join your guide for a private tour of Peradeniya Botanical gardens. Your guide is an expert in botany and a walking encyclopedia. This evening visit the Temple of the Tooth, for the evening pooja.||Kandy||The Kandy House|
|Day 7||Transfer to Ella by train, which winds its way around the beautiful scenery, offering opportunities to meet local people and try the local snacks that the hawkers sell on board. On arrival at Ella check in to Nine Skies.||Ella||Nine Skies|
|Day 8||This morning hike to a stunning local waterfall and explore a working organic farm and tea estate located in the Highlands. Indulge in a home-produced lunch and signature tea tasting of 4 signature hand-made teas at a picturesque point overlooking Ella Gap.||Ella||Nine Skies|
|Day 9||This morning travel to the south coast and stay at Why House, in Talpe. Why House is a boutique hotel in three acres of tropical gardens. Rest of day at leisure. Why House serves fantastic Sri Lankan and international cuisine.||Talpe||Why House|
|Day 10||Compared to its nearest cousins, Sri Lankan cuisine is relatively underrated. Curry in Sri Lanka is not simply one dish, but many. A myriad of techniques and ingredients are needed to create the palette of flavours on a Sri Lankan table. Today join a cooking class with a difference – travel to a traditional style mud-hut kitchen, surrounded by paddy fields, where your host will explain the techniques and key ingredients used in Sri Lankan cooking. This is a very hands-on cooking class so you will try your hand at tempering, frying, boiling, grating and caramelizing your ingredients. Finally, indulge in the fruits of your labour with a delicious lunch.||Talpe||Why House|
|Day 11||This morning join a local Galle resident for a guided walk of the fort. A charismatic personality with an eye for photography, he is fluent in all three languages of Sri Lanka, Sinhala, Tamil and English and is keen on helping people connect with the island. Return to Why House for lunch.
For your final meal we can organise a table at one of Galle’s best restaurants.
|Day 12||Transfer to the Airport for your return flight.|