Culinary Arts of Ceylon

Being a Tropical Paradise, Sri Lanka is blessed with vegetation that can be sufficient for day to day lives of many farmers and villagers. Cultivation of spices, herbs, tea, rubber and coconut has helped the economy of the country to develop. The traditional culinary arts of Ceylon bring together historic recipes and methods of preparation. You will get to learn about the fine culinary arts of Ceylon as you experience the journey of food and spices.

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Tour Details

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Day - 01
Airport > Colombo

  • Drive : About 1 hour
  • Hotel : The Kingsbury, Colombo
  • Highlights :
    Superior Ocean View Rooms, Bed and Breakfast Basis

Arrive through the silk route where you will be able to complete arrival formalities at ease while refreshing at the lounge with some refreshments. Your chauffer guide will greet and meet you at the airport and introduce himself. There after take a short drive to Colombo where you will check in at your very first hotel, refresh and recover jet lag. Evening you will get to meet the famous character Chef of Colombo; Chef Dharshan Munidasa at Kaema Sutra where you get to reinvent the two egg hopper, a traditional Sri Lankan food item ideal for dinner along with condiments. After dinner at Kaema Sutra, you will be driven back to your hotel for overnight stay at the hotel.

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Day - 02
Colombo > Sigiriya

  • Drive : About 4 ½ hours
  • Hotel : Aliya Resort & Spa, Sigiriya
  • Highlights :
    Deluxe Room, Bed and Breakfast Basis

After breakfast at the hotel check out and commence the journey to Sigiriya, where a culinary extravaganza awaits you. En-route stops at the Elephant Freedom Project where you get to experience an entire day full of activities beginning from welcome drink and safe talk by 8:30 am. Your activities will start after mocking out the enclosure which is an optional activity followed by a walk with the elephants while enjoying a cup of freshly brewed Ceylon Tea. 11:45 am starts a cooking lesson where you get to have the foundation of the culinary arts of Ceylon. After lunch at the enclosure you will get to wash the elephants by 2:00 pm and by 3:30 pm elephants will be fed fruits for which you can take part. Depending on availability of children the day ends with English lessons for less fortunate children from the nearby rural village, a voluntary service.
Continue the journey to Sigiriya; arrive at Sigiriya just in time for dinner where you get to experience Pol Roti with Lunu Miris and Kiri Hodi. Overnight stay at the resort.

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Day - 03
Sigiriya

  • Drive : About 1 hour
  • Hotel : Aliya Resort & Spa, Sigiriya
  • Highlights :
    Deluxe Room, Bed and Breakfast Basis

Enjoy a relaxed sleep this morning. After a leisurely breakfast enjoy some time by the pool. By 11:45 am you will be guided by a head chef to prepare the famous Sri Lankan rice and curry. Do savor the moment with tasting whilst cooking and preserving the recipes to take home to add to your recipe books and share with friends and families. You will be given a brief understanding of vegetables and spices that can add flavor to Sri Lankan Cuisine. Lunch will be what you cooked today at the resort.
In the evening visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress, explore the architectural know how of the ancient kings of Sri Lanka and learn about the Kingdom of Sigiriya which was once the Kingdom of King Kashyapa. Visit Mirror Wall, The Lion Entrance to the Rock Fortress, Boulder Gardens, Water Gardens and the famous Sigiriya Frescoes. Enjoy the breathtaking view from the rock summit. Overnight stay at Sigiriya.

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Day - 04
Sigiriya > Trincomalee

  • Drive : About 2 hours
  • Hotel : Jungle Beach Resort, Trincomalee
  • Highlights :
    Lagoon Cabin Rooms, Bed and Breakfast Basis

After a quick breakfast at the resort, check out and commence the journey to Trincomalee. Stop at Lake Front Rest for an authentic Sri Lankan meal with fresh water fish, a unique taste and nutrition can be experienced. The Sri Lankan cuisine of Lake Front Rest is with a secret recipe of the locals in the area that once worked for the Sri Lankan Navy. However, they have now been recruited in a better and prosperous path towards career developments. Most service personnel of Lake Front Rest once battled for the peace and harmony of Sri Lanka. The revolutionary lives of such people can be known if you would like to have a chat while enjoying your lunch with our head chef here.
Arrive at Jungle Beach Resort; you get to feel the welcoming breeze of the Indian Ocean. Trincomalee is known for its sea food fiesta, where crabs of Trincomalee is a must experience. This evening meet the chef to perfect the Trincomalee lagoon crab recipe and enjoy the same for dinner with bread and dhal curry. Overnight stay in Trincomalee.

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Day - 05
Trincomalee

  • Hotel : Jungle Beach Resort, Trincomalee
  • Highlights :
    Lagoon Cabin Rooms, Bed and Breakfast Basis

With packed breakfast at the resort, proceed to Pigeon Island National Park; Being one of the most significant marine national parks of Sri Lanka, Pigeon Island National Park boasts of some of the unseen and unmatched coral reefs of Sri Lanka together with marine beauty and marine life that can be explored over a short snorkeling trip to the National Park, easily accessible whilst visiting Trincomalee. The Island’s name was derived from the herds of pigeons that have colonized the area for years and years that depict the identity of the region. The national park contains some of the best remaining coral reefs of Sri Lanka. Enjoy a day full of beach activities, sea and sun bathing, snorkeling and diving at Pigeon Island.
Back at the hotel; relax the evening at leisure, overnight stay in Trincomalee.

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Day - 06
Trincomalee

  • Drive : About 1 hour train ride
  • Hotel : Jungle Beach Resort, Trincomalee
  • Highlights :
    Jungle Cabin Rooms, Bed and Breakfast Basis

Early morning by 5:00 am leave to the fish market of Trincomalee, one of the largest fish markets of Sri Lanka. Trincomalee fish market provides fresh fish for most regions of Sri Lanka including Colombo and the cultural triangle. The jumbo prawn, tiger prawn, crabs, lobster, you name it, and it can be found in Trincomalee. For production of sashimi and sushi in restaurants of Colombo buy their fish products from Trincomalee. The location of Trincomalee Sea gives a range of marine life that injects life to the sea food industry of Sri Lanka.
Later visit Koneswaram Kovil and Lover’s Leap of Trincomalee, two most iconic locations that gives identity to Trincomalee. Cook some of the fish which you bought at the fish market for lunch at the hotel. Relax the evening by the beach or pool. Overnight stay at Trincomalee.

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Day - 07
Trincomalee > Pasikudah

  • Drive : About 3 hours
  • Hotel : Maalu-Maalu Resort and Spa, Pasikudah
  • Highlights :
    Deluxe Rooms, Bed and Breakfast Basis

After breakfast at the hotel kick off an early start to commence the journey to Pasikudha. En-route stops at Seruwawila Temple; a lesser known hidden gem of Sri Lanka, built in 2nd century BC contains the sacred forehead bone of Lord Buddha.
Next stop will be to try out cool and soothing king coconut; filled with electrolytes, is refreshing, rejuvenating, healthy and delicious. Cultivation of King Coconut does not need to be involved with human interaction. Due to the tropical phenomenon of the country with ample coastal space, king coconut trees grow without having to use pesticides. In fact Coconut is one of the economic products of Sri Lanka. King Coconut is the first stages of coconut where after the tree becomes towards maturity coconut is produced.
Arrive at Pasikudha, welcomed by our finest team at Maalu-Maalu Resort, you get to try a spa treatment at the resort to help you slowdown from the day to day busy schedules. No schedules, no itineraries, simply relax along the virgin white sandy beaches of Pasikudah. Overnight stay at the resort.

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Day - 08
Pasikudah

  • Hotel : Maalu-Maalu Resort and Spa, Pasikudah
  • Highlights :
    Deluxe Rooms, Bed and Breakfast Basis

Relax the morning at leisure; at your own pace be pampered with a fine breakfast at the resort restaurant. Let it be a range of fruits, vegetables or your kind of choice for breakfast, the day is free for your own relaxation and to catch up with your loved ones and family. Wi-Fi is available throughout the resort to reconnect with your friends and family back home. Maalu-Maalu Resort and Spa offers water sports activities, cycling around Pasikudah, visit the neighboring schools or villages or simple indulge in the finest spa of them all. Overnight stay in Pasikudah.

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Day - 09
Pasikudah > Wellawaya

  • Drive : About 4 hours
  • Hotel : Jetwing Kaduruketha, Wellawaya
  • Highlights :
    Deluxe Dwellings, Bed and Breakfast Basis

Take an early start to Wellawaya; a beautiful yet unexploited hill side of Sri Lanka, overlooking the Poonagala Mountain Range, Kaduruketha offers a unique experience for guests. Arrive at the resort, enjoy your welcome drink and commence the preparation of an authentic Sri Lankan meal which will also be consumed for lunch. You will get to meet a local farmer who will explain to you the styles of paddy cultivation in Sri Lanka.
Spend the evening at leisure; you have the option to enjoy a visit to a nearby waterfall if interested in experiencing a dip in the rock pool of the Diyaluma Waterfall. Overnight stay in Kaduruketha.

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Day - 10
Wellawaya > Nuwara Eliya (Kandapola)

  • Drive : About 3 ½ hours
  • Hotel : Scottish Planter Glendevon Bungalow, Nuwara Eliya
  • Highlights :
    Crawford Rooms, Half Board Basis

After breakfast at the resort, check out and commence the journey to Tea Country. Nuwara Eliya is well known for tea production and one of the key vegetable supplier to the country. You have the option to visit a Tea Factory and plantation this afternoon, learn about the various teas and it’s production process. We can arrange a meeting with one of the experienced Tea Planters in the area for you to enjoy a cup of tea and chat about the world Tea Market!
Spend the evening at the luxury boutique resort away from the hustle and bustle of the busy town.

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Day - 11
Nuwara Eliya (Kandapola) > Mount Lavinia

  • Drive : About 5 ½ hours
  • Hotel : Mount Lavinia Hotel, Mount Lavinia
  • Highlights :
    Colonial Rooms, Bed and Breakfast Basis

After breakfast at the hotel take the journey to Mount Lavinia. Arrive at the beautiful beach of Mount Lavinia, busy it can get at nightfall. Plenty of restaurants are available for a fine sea food meal at the beach. Try some of the delicious food at the sea food cove restaurant by the beach. If it is your lucky day, perhaps we can fix a chat with Sri Lanka’s well known character Chef Publis. Overnight stay at the Mount Lavinia Hotel.

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Day - 12
Mount Lavinia > Airport

  • Drive : About 1 ½ hours
  • Highlights :
    Departure

As all good things come to an end, with fond memories of Sri Lanka, your chauffer guide will safely drive you to the airport for your flight home.

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