Sri Lanka Real Food Adventure

12 Days | Take a bite out of Sri Lanka on a food-filled exploration

4.9 out of 5 based on 55 reviews submitted.
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Hungry for adventure? This food-focused journey through Sri Lanka hits the spot. Explore the fish market in Negombo, take part in a Sinhalese cooking class in a local home in Kandy, tuck into a Tamil family lunch in Haputale and enjoy a cooking demonstration with a fisherman’s family in Mirissa. Lie back on the coast, cool down in the highlands and weave through the streets of the buzzing capital. When you’re not busy eating, you’ll explore the rich culture of Sri Lanka: elaborate temples, ancient fortresses and wildlife-filled countryside. So, what are you waiting for? Dig in!

Trip overview

Map of Sri Lanka Real Food Adventure including Sri Lanka
Start
Negombo, Sri Lanka
Finish
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Theme
Food
Destinations
Sri Lanka
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
HPZM
This trip generates 36 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Take a look behind closed doors when you’re invited for a home-cooked Tamil lunch in Haputale and feast on a freshly caught meal with a fisherman’s family in Mirissa.
  • Learn the secrets of Sri Lankan cuisine during a cooking class in a Sinhalese home in Kandy and a demonstration in a local home in Bandarawela.
  • Experience some of Sri Lanka’s most remarkable sights, including Lion Rock, the Dambulla Cave Temples, the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, Yala National Park and Galle Fort.
  • Spoil your tastebuds with flavour-filled curries, seriously fresh seafood, sweet desserts, roti, hoppers, dosa, idli and more.
  • Discover Sri Lanka’s favourite beverage when you visit a tea plantation in Bandarawela, meeting local tea pickers, learning about their craft and tasting a freshly brewed cuppa.

Is this trip right for you?
  • The cuisine of Sri Lanka includes a lot of meat and seafood. For vegetarians and vegans we recommend reviewing the itinerary and inclusions to ensure that you will be able to fully participate and enjoy this trip. We also have many other trips to Sri Lanka which can accommodate a range of dietary requirements.
  • We visit a number of temples on this trip, which requires a certain level of modesty. Please bring clothes that cover the arms and pants/skirts that go past the knees. A light scarf is also a good idea for covering shoulders and arms when it’s hot.
  • Though its equatorial position means fairly constant year-round temperatures, the summer months in Sri Lanka are very hot with short, sharp monsoons in the south-west of the country. Be sure to use adequate sun protection and drink plenty of water.
  • The Rock Fortress – or Lion Rock – of Sigiriya is spectacular. However, those with a fear of (or even an aversion to) heights may wish to sit the excursion out. Scaling the rock involves walking up lots of rough, narrow steps and tight walkways.
  • In September and October, when Yala National Park is closed annually for infrastructure development and rejuvenation, we visit Udawalawe National Park.
  • Yala National Park is a beautiful, but popular tourist attraction. At times of high visitor numbers, we will change our itinerary to visit Udawalawe National Park. This is to minimise our impact on the wildlife and environment. Please refer to the Itinerary for more details.

Itinerary

Map of Sri Lanka Real Food Adventure including Sri Lanka

Inclusions

Meals

10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, train, jeep

Accommodation

Hotel (11 nts)

Activities
  • Negombo - Fish market
  • Madampe - Coconut plantation visit
  • Dambulla - Wholesale Markets tour
  • Sigiriya - Lion Rock Fortress Visit
  • Sigiriya - Chena Cultivation tour by jeep
  • Dambulla - Cave Temples
  • Matale - Spice Garden tour and lunch
  • Kandy - Temple of the Tooth
  • Kandy - Cooking Class in a Sinhalese Home
  • Kandy - Tea factory visit
  • Kandy - Market wander & tastings
  • Bandarawela - Cooking demonstration & local meal
  • Haputale - Tamil family lunch
  • Bandarawela - Hike through tea fields and tea factory visit
  • Yala/Udawalawe National Park - Wildlife safari
  • Tissamaharama - Curd and treacle tasting
  • Weligama - Home-cooked meal
  • Mirissa - Fisherman's Cooking Demonstration and Lunch
  • Galle Dutch Fort
  • Galle - Walking tour
  • Colombo - City tour by bus
  • Colombo - Dutch Burgher Lunch
Add on activities
  • Mirissa - Whale Watching (Nov to Mar) - USD70

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. While we endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements, some meals and food activities are set in advance and may be difficult to adjust. Please advise us of any dietary requirements at the time of booking so that we can ensure you’ll enjoy this trip.
3. Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking for train tickets. Fees may apply for adding or amending details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing new tickets.

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 55 reviews submitted.
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Karen · Traveled January 2024
Great tour of Sri Lanka with some amazing home cooked food. Be prepared for early starts and some changes to itinerary. Our guide Yasi was superb throughout and made sure everyone had a good time. We weren’t able to get train tickets which was disappointing and meant a long drive on winding roads but it does warn you of that possibility on the trip info. Overall, a fantastic experience.
Review submitted 10 Feb 2024

Stephen · Traveled January 2024
It’s a food trip for food lovers, but it’s more with other activities. A chance to see the real Sri Lanka experiencing the countryside and the friendly locals
Review submitted 11 Feb 2024

Stephen · Traveled January 2024
A trip not just for food lovers. The itinerary gives a good balance of activities and meeting the locals. Lead by a professional and knowledgeable crew. If you like travelling you love this trip; I did.
Review submitted 06 Feb 2024

Jennifer · Traveled January 2024
Sri Lanka is a beautiful and interesting country with welcoming people. It has great food, gorgeous scenery, and a rich culture. This tour was led by an excellent crew of tour leader, assistant and driver. It offers good value for money and unique experiences.
Review submitted 07 Feb 2024

Trevor · Traveled January 2024
If you enjoy spicy food this tour is a must. The emphasis is on supporting locals who share their kitchens and recipes. These included coconut sambal, chicken, pumpkin, salmon, green mango, and crab curries. Ingredients are fresh and local. This excellent tour also visits many of the country’s significant landmarks.
Review submitted 18 Jan 2024
Sri Lanka Real Food Adventure
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CHF  1,915