General

Prepare your taste buds for a fresh adventure on our culinary tour. Sri Lanka has long been renowned for its spices. Since ancient times, traders from all over the world who came to Sri Lanka brought their native cuisines to the island, resulting in a rich diversity of cooking styles and techniques.

Sri Lankan people use spices liberally in their dishes and typically do not follow an exact recipe – for a serious wow factor each region has a unique flavour. It is said that Sri Lanka was the original Garden of Eden and it only takes one visit to understand why. On the basis that less is more, we have chosen some of our favourite spots on this in-depth tour which encompasses a leisurely route through the country with local market visits, cooking demonstrations along with lunches and dinners at restaurants with captivating tales.

Begin in Negombo, an old and large fishing town offering an abundance of seafood with lagoon lobsters, crabs and prawns caught on a daily basis and served as delicacies in the restaurants. Head to the famed Sigiriya Rock Fortress, sitting on a rocky plateau 370 metres above sea level, it is one of the most visited destinations of Sri Lanka. Enjoy an elephant filled Minneriya jeep safari before heading north into Jaffna, an area with a dominant Tamil culture. Accessible by boat, visit the nearby Delft Island where life is simple, earthen homes are surrounded by coral walls and herds of horses roam freely. Follow the coast as you travel east to Trincomalee, ripe for discovery with its many natural attractions.

Travel inland to Kandy where the cuisine is inspired by its tapestry of multi-culture diversity. Move on to the southern coast and explore Galle. Once a trading hub for Arab merchants bringing with them many dishes perhaps most quintessential, the Biryani, a mixed rice dish. End your Sri Lankan experience in Colombo with an exciting street food tour – as the evening draws in, food, often in unusual guises, is everywhere! It offers the perfect opportunity to learn about the city’s sights and aromas.

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR YOU:
SIGIRIYA ROCK FORTRESS / LOCAL VILLAGE AND MARKET TOURS / JEEP SAFARI / DINNER WITH A LOCAL FAMILY / DELFT ISLAND EXPLORATION TRINCOMALEE CITY TOUR / KANDY FOOD TRAIL TOUR / GALLE FORT TOUR / COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS / COLOMBO STREET FOOD TOUR

Destination Sri Lanka
Cities & Locations Negombo / Sigiriya / Jaffna / Trincomalee / Kandy / Galle / Colombo
Duration 12 Days / 11 Nights

Itinerary

This holiday is solely a suggested itinerary: it can be booked as it is or used as a starting point for creating your very own custom-made tour.


Day 1 Colombo – Negombo

Upon arrival at Colombo Airport you will be met and transferred to Negombo. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2 Negombo – Sigiriya

This morning visit the Negombo local market with an assortment of produce. Continue on to Sigiriya and enjoy a Sri Lankan lunch. Spend the afternoon at leisure before delving into a local style dinner.

Day 3 Sigiriya

It’s all action today, begin by exploring Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Next, enjoy a village tour followed by a cooking demonstration and lunch. Continue on with a jeep safari at Minneriya National Park, considered one of the best places in the country to see wild elephants.

Day 4 Sigiriya – Jaffna

Transfer to Jaffna, located in the northern tip of Sri Lanka. End the day with a Sri Lankan dinner preparation, your hosts a local family will offer an insight into the rich food traditions of the north.

Day 5 Jaffna

Enjoy a full day tour of Delft Island.

Day 6 Jaffna – Trincomalee

Transfer to Trincomalee, located on the east of Sri Lanka. Enjoy a city tour with visits to the Lover’s Leap and Koneshwaram Kovel. Lunch and dinner is also included for the day.

Day 7 Trincomalee – Kandy

Transfer to Kandy, located in the Central Highlands. Visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and take part in a city walking tour.

Day 8 Kandy

Today, transfer to Colombo Airport where tour arrangements end.

Day 9 Kandy – Galle

Transfer to Galle, a fascinating coastal fishing village. Explore the much talked about Galle Fort, filled with boutique shops, cafes, Dutch colonial buildings and lovingly restored hotels.

Day 10 Galle

Enjoy a mid-morning cooking lesson with a 4th generation resident of Galle. Create lunch with your host and her daughters on this hands-on experience.

Day 11 Galle – Colombo

Transfer to Colombo. Enjoy a local lunch followed by time at leisure to self-explore. End the day with a street food tour of the city.

Day 12 Colombo

Today, transfer to Colombo Airport where tour arrangements end.

Terms & Conditions

Itinerary and price subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. Please refer to our full terms and conditions available on our brochure or from our website. Active Asia reserves the right to alter the hotels and/or the itinerary if needed due to availability and/or adverse weather conditions.

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