Culinary Arts of Sri Lanka
Upon arrival at Colombo International Airport you will be able to go through the “Silk Route” through to the lounge where you will be able to complete arrival formalities at ease while partaking with some refreshments. Your chauffeur guide will meet & greet you and take you on a short drive to your hotel in Colombo where you will check in, refresh and rest.
In the evening you will drive to Upali’s by Nawaloka, a restaurant famous for local cuisine and its vibrant flavours. Here you will be introduced to the Chef for a first hand cooking experience. After dinner, you will be driven back to your hotel for overnight stay.
Walk with the Elephants
After breakfast check out and commence the journey to Sigiriya, where a culinary extravaganza awaits you. Stop en-route at the Elephant Freedom Project where you get to experience an entire day full of activities beginning from welcome drinks and a talk on safety.
8.30 am Your activities will start mucking 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.
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm You can participate feedingfruit to the elephants.
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.
Cooking Eating Climbing
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.
Sun Sea Seafood
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 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.
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 flocks 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 & overnight stay in Trincomalee.
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. At the markets you will find jumbo prawn, tiger prawn, crabs, lobster and a variety ofl other sea food. Restaurants in Colombo that serve sashimi and sushi buy their seafood from Trincomalee.
Trincomalee gives a vast range of sea food and plays a big role in injecting life into the seafood industry of Sri Lanka.
Later visit Koneswaram Kovil and Lover’s Leap of Trincomalee, two most famous and iconic locations in Trincomalee.
Back at the hotel you get to cook some of the fish which you bought at the fish market for lunch.
Spending the evening relaxing on the beach or by the pool. Overnight stay at Trincomalee.
After breakfast at the hotel kick off an early start to commence the journey to Pasikudah. 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 the cool and soothing water from the king coconut. This water is full of electrolytes and is refreshing, rejuvenating & deliciously healthy. Due to the tropical nature of the country with the ample coastal space, king coconut trees grow freely without the use of pesticides. In fact Coconut is one of the economical products of Sri Lanka. King Coconut is a variety of coconut and is widely know for its health benefits.
Welcomed at Pasikudah by our finest team at Maalu-Maalu Resort, you get to try a spa treatment at the resort to help you relax after your busy schedule. No schedules, no itineraries, simply relax along the virgin white sandy beaches of Pasikudah. Overnight stay at the resort.
Relax and enjoy at your own pace. Be pampered with a fine breakfast at the resort restaurant. There is a great range of fruits, vegetables or your 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 from April to November, cycling around Pasikudah, visit the neighboring schools or villages or simple indulge in the finest spa of them all.
Overnight stay in Pasikudah.
Paddy Fields, Rock Pools & Waterfalls
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.
Wellawaya Nuwara Eliya (Kandapola)
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 in the country. You have the option to visit a Tea Factory and plantation the afternoon, learn about the various teas and its 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.
Nuwara Eliya (Kandapola) Mount Lavinia
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.
Mount Lavinia Airport
With fond memories of Sri Lanka, your chauffeur guide will drive you safely to the airport for your flight home.
- Quote is subject to availability and price fluctuations prior to booking due to government decision on taxes; the above rate is valid as per mentioned period.
- All drive times are approximate and are subject to change.
- All reservations subject to availability at time of booking.
- The standard check in time in Sri Lanka is 1400 hours and the Checkout time is 12 noon.
- Tips for restaurants and hotel would be LKR 200.00 per person and for the driver/guide USD 5.00 per person per day, however this is only an indication and guideline, the decision of tipping solely depends on your level of satisfaction.
- Train rides are subject to availability, hence might not be available if not booked in advance.
- On Poya and other religious days alcohol will not be served at hotels and restaurants.
- Please note that plucking of Tea leaves is not done on public holidays & Sundays.
As such the Tea production process does not take place, however a tour of the factory will be arranged where the process is explained.
- When visiting religious sites such as Polonnaruwa, Kandy Temple, your attire should cover up to ankle length and sleeveless tops/shirts/t-shirts will not be allowed. It is also advised to bring a pair of socks as you will be asked to remove slippers/shoes when entering sacred temples.
- You can always change currency at the airport and a local SIM card can be purchased at the airport of Sri Lanka.
- Cancellation Policy:
- If cancelled 61 days prior to your arrival 75% refund made.
- If cancelled 60 – 31 days prior to your arrival 75% cancellation charged.
- If cancelled less than 30 days prior to your arrival 100% cancellation charged.
- Accommodation in all hotels mentioned above.
- Private air-conditioned vehicle and an English-speaking Chauffeur Guide for the duration of the trip (including pickup and drop-off at the airport).
- Local government taxes & service charges.
- Meals – Breakfast and dinner at Scottish Planter.
- Oil and Fuel charges.
- Meet and greet at the airport with paging board at arrival terminal.
- Bottle of Water and welcome flower garland on arrival.
- Departure gift.
- Visas can be pre-arranged through the web site www.eta.gov.lk.
- All entrance fees to tourist and other attractions not mentioned on the “Inclusions” Section.
- Lunch, Dinner on Tour.
- Optional tours and activities.
- Airport taxes.
- Camera & Video permits at Cultural sights for commercial purposes.
- All expenses of personal nature.
- Tips and port rage.
- Spa and wellness treatments.