Rice and curry is the king of Sri Lankan cuisine. There’s a slew of variations depending on what region of Sri Lanka you visit, but the structure is usually the same: spices tempered in hot oil before being combined with chicken, fish or other meat, and coconut milk – essential for the oh-so-delicious curry sauces. Combine with rice or roti, and you’re on to a surefire winner.
In many Asian countries it’s often difficult to get past the ‘tourist menu’ of chicken curry and chips.
This was the dilemma for Sally Johnson on her tour of Sri Lanka, until she discovered that staying in local guesthouses and sharing family meals was the secret to enjoying the real Sri Lankan cuisine…
The winners of the “Academy Awards of the food industry”*, The James Beard Awards have been announced and lo and behold, who should make the list but our favourite Intrepid Foodies and partners, The Perennial Plate!
The Real World Food Tour that Intrepid Travel produces in partnership with Daniel and Mirra, the dynamic duo behind The Perennial Plate, won the ‘Video Webcast: On Location’ category.
We are thrilled to announce that Intrepid’s Bruno Dawsan has been heralded as the world’s greatest tour leader at the 2011 Wanderlust World Guide Awards!
Last year’s Bronze Award winner, this year Bruno won Gold after receiving even more support, with heartwarming and impassioned testimonials from travellers who told of rescuing people from a fire and helping to make a marriage proposal special. Born into a Tamil tea-picking family, he has become a true “cultural ambassador for his country.”
Sipping tea in highland plantations, seeing a huge 14 metre high reclining Buddha and climbing to a fortress for fantastic views are all part of what made Mike Robertson feel like the king-of-the-castle on his Circle Sri Lanka trip…
“Sri Lanka is a country of enormous diversity of history, weather, geography and people. Our first two weeks were on an Intrepid trip and if you have never been on one, a great experience awaits you. Our tour group consisted of 3 English, 3 Australians, an American working in Paris, ourselves from New Zealand and a great local named Bruno, who was our tour leader.
With its heritage of British occupation, Intrepid’s Melissa Cannon never expected Sri Lanka to have such difficult-to-pronounce place names – but how wrong she was…
“The first challenge I encountered on our Circle Sri Lanka trip was at Panduwasnuwara, a ruined palace we explored en route to the fort of Yapahuwa, where the lion perched at the top of the ornamental staircase features on the 10 rupee note.
Tongue-twisting names such as Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and the ancient fortress of Sigiriya are some of the ancient city ruins that comprise Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle.