Culinary,  Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Culinary & Cultural Program


This tour has been formed for food lovers who are willing to discover new flavours and learn local and professional cooking techniques. You will have the opportunity to study and learn the secrets of Sri Lankan cuisine from both a renowned hotel chef and a local house wife in the hill country.



Sri Lankan food is known for its “rice and curry” a daily dish made up of white rice, with vegetable curries and served with a meat or fish curry. You will also enjoy several other specialties, such as fish and seafood of which the island has plenty. Learn about the different spices used in local cooking and how to make your own dish less spicy, suiting your own taste. Also learn how to make famous colonial dishes of Sri Lanka that mix both local flavours and colonial cooking methods that make delicious dishes that are famous both locally and internationally. Sri Lanka has a wide variety of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes to learn about.



Enjoy this culinary tour, a great way to discover and understand the culture of a country!


Duration: 9D/8N


Destinations Covered: Negombo, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park, Hiriwaduna, Kandy, Colombo.


This is a standard itinerary which can be easily customised based on your interests, no. of pax, time and types of accommodation. Other places of interests / activities can be added or removed. If you wish, we could also include beach time at Bentota or Mirissa, or explorations of other UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Polonnaruwa/ Anuradhapura/Climbing Adam’s Peak.


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Day 1:  AIRPORT | NEGOMBO (Approx. time: 30mins).


Arrival, meeting at the airport, transfer to hotel in Negombo. 

Overnight at Hotel in Negombo.


Day 2: NEGOMBO (B/D)  


After early breakfast, we take a walk in the fish market of Negombo, open daily (except Sunday because the population is predominantly Christian). Your Culinary guide will choose which fish he will prepare for lunch. Discover how to make Sri Lankan most typical meal, the “Rice & Curry”.


In the afternoon we go on a city tour of Negombo.


Dinner and overnight stay in Negombo.



Day 3: NEGOMBO | DAMBULLA (B/D) (Approx. Time: 3 hrs)


After breakfast, we continue on to a coconut plantation to discover why this ‘superfood’ is so central to life in Sri Lanka. Learn how all parts of the tree play an important part in daily life, sip the water of a king coconut, watch ‘toddy tappers’ extract the palm wine from the coconut sap and taste the results. 


Leave for Dambulla. Visit the UNESCO-protected Golden Temple with its Buddhist caves perched on top of a hill. You will discover incredible murals, statues of Buddha, all scattered in 5 caves. Also enjoy the beautiful panorama of the surroundings.


In the late afternoon, explore the wholesale market in Dambulla. This is the perfect place to get a sense of Sri Lanka's agricultural diversity.


Dinner and overnight stay in Dambulla.


dambulla caves sri lanka crimsonasia


Day 4: DAMBULLA | SIGIRIYA | MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK | DAMBULLA (B/D) (Dambulla – Sigiriya Approx. time: 30mins; Sigiriya – Minneriya Approx. time 30mins; Minneriya - Dambulla Approx. time: 1hr)


Sigiriya Rock Fortress is UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most dramatic, inspiring and beautiful historical locations in the world. A mythical past of feuding dynasties suits Sigiriya’s striking setting- it was built in 5th century AD by King Kasyapa, as a fortress-palace. The palace complex at the foot of the rock still has the remains of four indoor swimming pools where the king’s 500 concubines bathed. The palace structure was built with complex water arteries in the walls that provided natural air conditioning in the hot climate. On the summit, reached with the help of metal staircases and ladders, you can see the remains of the palace walls, gardens and ponds. 


The mirror walls of the Sigiriya rock still retain the world-famous frescoes of the king’s concubines, who originated from all parts of the world.


sigiriya crimsonasia


In the afternoon enjoy the jeep safari in Minneriya National Park. The main attraction at the park is its large herds of free elephants. It is a common sight to behold around 300 elephants gathering together, peacefully frolicking around the tank while the mischievous youngsters run around and through the legs of their elders. Some reports account number of elephants to as high as 700. The Minneriya reservoir is an important habitat for large water birds.


Dinner & overnight stay in Dambulla.



Day 5: DAMBULLA | HIRIWADUNA (B/D) (Approx. time: 20 mins)


Breakfast at hotel.


In the afternoon, take a relaxing bullock cart ride through a banana plantation in the village of Hiriwaduna to sample the many varieties of banana Sri Lanka has to offer – sweet, sour, rich, red, savory, tiny, giant. There are many to choose from. From here, by way of scenic boat ride across a lake, visit another local farm where the ancient tradition of chena cultivation (“slash and burn”) is still employed.



Before you return to your accommodations you will have the unique opportunity to sample some homemade rice and curry at a local villager’s house.  This is the best place to savor the authentic tradition of Sri Lankan cooking!


Dinner and overnight stay in Dambulla.



Day 6: DAMBULLA | MATALE | KANDY (B/D) (Approx. time: 2 hrs 30 mins)


After breakfast, we leave for Kandy via Matale. En route in Matale visit a spice garden to see many different types of spices Sri Lanka is famous for. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. Gardens are open to visitors, a delightful place to stroll in fragrant greenery and learn about nutmeg, pepper vines, clove trees and curry, cinnamon and the precious cardamom, a relative of ginger. It grows in the shade of high jungle trees and can only be harvested by hand.



Tonight’s dinner features String Hoppers – not to be confused with regular Hoppers. Also, of Southern Indian origin, String Hoppers are delicate clumps of fine rice noodles traditionally served with white curries and sambol. Learn to make them. Eat and enjoy. Dinner at the local House.


Overnight stay in a home in Kandy.



Day 7: KANDY | PERADENIYA | KANDY (B/D) (Approx. time: 20 mins)


Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens, at Peradeniya, which is about 5.5 km before the city of Kandy and attracts over 2 million visitors annually, consisting of both locals as and tourists. It’s renowned for its collection of a variety of orchids and over 4000 species of plants, including of orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees. The total area of the botanical garden is 147 acres (0.59 km2), at 460 meters above sea level, and with a 200-day annual rainfall.



Visit the 17th century Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) in Kandy which is believed to house the left upper canine tooth of the Lord Buddha himself. This precious relic attracts white-clad pilgrims, bearing lotus blossoms and frangipani, every day.



In the early evening join the Sinhalese family for cooking class and Sri Lankan dinner. Try your hand at crafting the perfect hopper. Try a chicken curry made with spice-infused coconut milk and with lunu miris (chili & onions) and pol sambol (shredded coconut, chili & lime). Learn to make them. 


Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Kandy.



Day 8: KANDY | COLOMBO (B/D) (Approx. time: 3 hrs 45 mins)


Breakfast at hotel. Leave for Colombo.


In the evening, enjoy a unique safari of Colombo city combining the joy of food with the joy of taking a tuk-tuk ride across the city. The Food Safari covers some of the major hotspots in Colombo, as well as numerous authentic (locally-proven favourite) food stops along the way. Experience some of the best local cuisine this beautiful city has to offer, a must do during your stay in Colombo City.


Visit the market (open on Saturdays) for some jack fruit cutlets, before visiting the coffee and spices market on Old Moore Street (open on weekdays.) Speed down the streets of 2nd Cross and Main before stopping at Sadew Juice Bar for a seasonal juice. Drive on to Marine Drive for a unique tea tasting experience before stopping for a local favourite, Kottu Rotti. Then its onwards to Taste of Asia for another local dish hoppers before the main attraction, an array of local street food at Hulfsdorp Street.


Dinner and overnight stay in Colombo.



Day 9: COLOMBO | AIRPORT (B) (Approx. time: 45 mins)


After breakfast, transfer to airport to board flight for onward journey.


***Program Ends***



-Airport transfers in private A/C car or van

-Activities as per tour including entrance fees

-Accommodation on half-board basis with breakfast and dinner

-Accompanying English-speaking guide services

-Meeting and assistance by local representatives on arrival/departure at airport/hotel

-Private transfers and transport between airport, hotel and sightseeing spots

-2 Mineral water bottles per person per day

-SIM Card



-International return flight to Colombo

-Visa Fees

-Travel Insurance

-Lunch and snacks


-Personal expenses

-Optional activities

-Excess baggage charges


For queries/bookings for this tour, pls email us at .


For queries/bookings for this tour, pls email us at .


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