food market in Kandy, Sri Lanka
Food markets in Kandy
views of colombo, sri lanka
Beautiful views of Colombo
cooking and dambulla cave temple, sri lanka
Cooking demos and exploring the Dambulla Cave Temple
sri lankan cuisine, sri lanka
Delicious cuisine in Sri Lanka
kaudukka safari and sigiriya rock, sri lanka
Kaudukka Safari and Sigiriya Rock
sigiriya rock and temple of the tooth relic, sri lanka
Sigirya Rock and the Temple of the Tooth Relic
tea pickers and street food, sri lanka
Tea pickers and street food in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Food Tour

Half Board 6 nights from £1,799 per person Including Flights

Overview

Embark on an unforgettable six-night private guided journey through the flavours and heritage of Sri Lanka.

Begin in the bustling streets of Colombo, where a tantalising food walk introduces you to the rich tapestry of local spices, mouthwatering street food, and the stories behind every bite. In Dambulla, see how the locals live by joining them on a bull cart ride, a catamaran boat ride and a visit to a traditional mud house where you will help cook up a fantastic lunch feast! The adventure continues with the majestic elephants at Kaudulla National Park, the awe-inspiring beauty of Sigiriya Rock Fortress and the mystical Dambulla Cave Temple. Visit the Matale Spice Garden which is the most delightful place to stroll through fragrant greenery and learn about how spices grow. Finally, dive deep into the culinary heart of Kandy, sampling delicacies that have enchanted travellers for centuries and then cooking with a local cook in her beautiful home. Not forgetting of course, a visit to a tea factory after a stunning train ride! This tour is a feast for all senses, and you can continue the journey with a beautiful beach stay of your choosing - just give our team a call to discuss. (JW)

Rachel, our Head of Digital Marketing has recently returned from Sri Lanka having been lucky enough to enjoy this tour, "Wow what an amazing adventure! I had never been to Sri Lanka before and was really impressed with the quality of hotels, service and food. Our private guide was wonderful and nothing was too much trouble for him. It was just fabulous to be able to cook with the locals and taste the most delicious food. The views at the top of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress were well worth the climb up and it was incredible to hear the tales about King Kaysapa. Another highlight was walking around the food markets of Kandy and sampling all the different delicacies. I would definitely recommend ending the tour with a relaxing few days at a beach hotel". 

Highlights

  • Delicious foodie tours in Kandy and Colombo
  • Exciting attractions including Dambulla Cave Temple and the Temple of Tooth Relic
  • Embark on a safari in Kaudulla National Park
  • Cooking with the locals
  • Sip on Ceylon Tea at a lovely tea factory
  • A scenic train journey to Nanu Oya
Whats included?
  • Flights & taxes
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Checked baggage
  • ATOL protection
  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
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Day 1

Colombo

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by a representative of Jetwing Travels for your 40-minute transfer to Colombo. After checking in and a freshen up, you’ll embark on an evening Colombo food walk. Influenced by many wonderful cultures, you can enjoy tasty street food delights, including Kottu – a delightful mix of chopped roti, a meat curry, scrambled egg, onions and chillies.

Dinner and Overnight: Galle Face Hotel (Standard) or Shangri-La Colombo (Deluxe), or similar.

Day 2

Colombo – Dambulla

After an early breakfast, you’ll travel to a village near Dambulla for a tour to experience how people used to live. You'll visit a family in a traditional mudhouse where you will help cook a delicious lunch (consisting of rice and different tasty curries). You will also enjoy a catamaran boat ride on the village lake and a ride on a cart. Afterwards, you’ll transfer to the Jetwing Lake Hotel.

Dinner and Overnight: Jetwing Lake Dambulla (Standard) or Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sigiriya (Deluxe), or similar.

Day 3

Dambulla – Sigiriya - Kaudulla National Park

It’s an early start, leaving the hotel at 6am to transfer to Sigiriya and climb the famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress, which takes around 2-3 hours. It's 1200 steps so make sure you are wearing the right footwear and take some water! You can either take a breakfast picnic with you, or wait until you get back to the hotel at around 9am.

After lunch (payable locally) at the hotel, you’ll travel an hour to Kaudulla National Park for a 4x4 jeep safari. The park is spread over an area of 6900 hectares and is home to a broad diversity of animals, including the largest concentration of Wild Asian elephants in the world and some of over 160 species of bird including the spot-billed pelican, grey-headed fish eagle and painted stork.

Dinner and Overnight: Jetwing Lake Dambulla (Standard) or Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sigiriya (Deluxe), or similar.

Day 4

Sigiriya – Matale – Kandy

Begin with breakfast, before visiting the alluring Dambulla Cave Temple, a World Heritage site and the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. It is a working Buddhist cave monastery dating back to the 1st century BC. The five caves at the heart of the complex are filled with exquisitely painted Buddha statues, carvings, and murals. It is is reached via 364 steps so wear comfy shoes!

You’ll then move on to Matale for a tour of a Spice Garden, which is located on the way to Kandy. This is a delightful place to stroll through fragrant greenery and learn about nutmeg, pepper vines, clove trees, curry, cinnamon, cardamom, and a lot more. You also have the chance to buy spices, traditional remedies and cosmetics.

Travel to Kandy (approx 1hr 30 mins) and visit a local house for a cookery demonstration and late lunch, where you will learn how to prepare traditional Sri Lankan dishes  including aubergine curry, fish curry and dhal. Thereafter, check into your hotel.

Dinner and Overnight: Amaya Hills Kandy (Standard) or Earl's Regency, Kandy (Deluxe), or similar.

Day 5

Kandy

Be sure to only have a light breakfast as you’ll head for a morning food walk in Kandy. During this exciting walk, you’ll try lots of delicious delicacies including exotic fruits, curd and treacle, king coconuts, and dodol.

Next you’ll visit the Temple of Tooth Relic, which is home to the Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha and is an important (and stunning!) landmark in Kandy. The temple is decorated with beautiful local paintings and architectural features.

Dinner and Overnight: Amaya Hills Kandy (Standard) or Earl's Regency, Kandy (Deluxe), or similar.

Day 6

Kandy – Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast, leave for Kandy Railway Station and enjoy a scenic train journey to Nanu Oya. On arrival you will be met and driven to a Tea Factory and Plantation where you will see how loose-leaf tea is converted into pure Ceylon tea. The different processes of withering, rolling and fermenting will all be explained to you by one of the friendly factory workers, at the end of the factory visit you will be offered a tasting of the different kinds of teas. 

Dinner and Overnight: Jetwing St Andrews Nuwara Eliya (Standard) or The Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya (Deluxe), or similar.

Day 7

Nuwara Eliya - Preferred Beach Stay (or airport)

After breakfast at the hotel,  you will be taken to your selected beach stay or the airport, if you'e heading straight home after the tour. Give our team a call to discuss where you would like to go.

  • Accommodation on a Half Board basis.
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Internal travel
  • Tour guide throughout
  • All activities listed in the itinerary 

 

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