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Real Food Adventure - Sri Lanka Overview
From spicy curries and fresh seafood to tasty hoppers and the sweetest of desserts, Sri Lanka has a delectable cuisine that is as unique as the island itself.
- 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31
Indulge in the unique and tasty cuisine of delightful Sri Lanka
Despite being influenced by the cooking traditions of India, Portugal, Arabia and Holland, Sri Lanka’s cuisine – complex, gratifying and redolent with spices – has a style uniquely its own. Working your way through Sri Lanka in a circle from Negombo to Colombo, indulge in seafood on the coast, hoppers on the streets and Tamil cuisine in the Highlands. Plus there's a hefty dose of culture, history and fun to round off a delicious adventure through this provocative country.
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Welcome to Sri Lanka, an island nation of sunny sands, exotic scents and mouth-tingling spices. Relax on Negombo’s sweeping coastline and watch the fishing boats float on by. Later, why not dine on the catch of the day at a local seafood restaurant.
Spend an evening picking up some classic Sri Lankan street food recipes. Master how to make hoppers (a bowl shaped pancake), paratha (stuffed flat bread) and sweet banana and pineapple roti with locals in a street shop. Some of the vendors have even fine-tuned their chopping skills into a musical performance of sorts – meaning you’ll get a feast for the ears, eyes and mouth. After a cycling tour around sacred sights including the Ruwanwelimahaseya Dagaba and Jetavanarama Monastery, get an insight into local food preparation while helping out a family in the kitchen. Cook up some traditional Sri Lankan curry before sitting down for a family meal.
Admire the commanding views from the top of Sigiriya Rock. Explore the rock cave temples of Dambulla – the biggest in the country and in the evening have a master class in Sri Lankan fish cooking.
Travel to Kandy for a tour of a local spice garden. Learn how spices such as Kurundu (or ‘true’ cinnamon), which is indigenous to Sri Lanka, and cardamom are grown and used to season traditional dishes. Pick a few goodies and hit the kitchen for some more cooking. Later, witness a traditional Kandyan dance performance and stroll the ornate architecture of the Temple of the Tooth.
High-tail it to Sri Lanka’s lush hill country for an overnight stay on a tea plantation and discover the various leaves for which the country is renowned. Sample the distinct aromas and flavours of Tamil cuisine over lunch with a local family
Take a tea-tasting tour on a factory visit and see how one of the country’s most important crop is processed. Sink your sweet tooth into some local deserts like vadi and aluwa – it’s in some of these dishes that the epicurean influence of former colonial power Portugal and the Nederlands is most apparent.
Scan the woods for deer, elephants and birdlife in Yala National Park, which is also home to one of the highest densities of leopards in the world.
Bask on the white sands of Tangalle, then peruse the fresh catch on offer at the seafood markets and have it cooked up before your eyes at a local seaside restaurant. Perhaps be tempted by favourite local dish, Ambulthiayal (sour fish curry) or just sit back with feet in the sand and a frosty Lion beer.
Meet Unawatuna’s famed stilt fishermen and hear how their livelihoods and lifestyles have changed post-tsunami. You may even get the chance to taste the local drop, toddy (a drink made from palm tree sap) or coconut arrack.
On our return to Colombo we stop in a town to see how local people prepare the jadi fish (a traditional way of fermenting fish). We arrive back in Colombo at approximately 3pm, depending on traffic conditions. If you plan to fly out on this day we recommend that you book a late evening flight. If you are planning on staying on for an additional night why not get together for a final group dinner over flavoursome Sri Lankan cuisine and recount the highlights of this tantalizing food adventure.
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