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Food Lover’s Guide to Colombo

Food Lover’s Guide to Colombo

Sri Lanka’s food—and more precisely Colombo’s—has its own distinct identity. Native produce such as crabs, prawns, and spices take center stage alongside curry and rice combos, while the influences of colonial occupiers such as the Dutch and Portuguese have shaped some dishes. Here are the foods and experiences not to miss in Colombo.

 

Must-Try Dishes

Topping the list are Sri Lanka’scurry and ricedishes: fragrant, colorful concoctions that pack a punch spice-wise. Many center on soft and sweet-tasting mud crabs, shrimp, and fish, and they usually come smothered in coconut-milk broths. 

 

Other favorites arehoppers—rice flour pancakes.Egg hoppers—bowl-shaped affairs with a fried egg cradled in each—are a breakfast classic; while steamed, vermicelli-likestring hoppersare an evening staple served with curry sauces. Dutch influences have also resulted inlamprais, an oven-baked curry-rice-and-plantain combination cooked in a banana leaf. 

 

Colombo locals love street foods, and some of the tastiest eats can be found this way—follow best travel practices and order from clean, busy stalls that cook food thoroughly. Dig intokottu: a carb-rich mash of chopped roti bread, meat, vegetables, and spices. Or, for on-the-go snacks, opt forvadai—tasty lentil patties—or spiral-shaped, neon orange-coloredmurukku. Drinks-wise, cool off with cold ginger beer orfalooda—rose-syrup and vanilla milkshakes with bobbing ice cream floats.

 

Must-Do Experiences

  • Book a private cooking class at a local’s home to learn how to make classic Sri Lankan crab curry.
  • Take an evening food walking tour to discover some of Colombo’s top street eats.
  • Buy fresh produce at a market and prep a classic lunch with guidance from a local chef.
  • Sip on fresh coconut juice and sample ice cream and sweets on a bike ride around Colombo’s food stalls.
  • Follow a guide to Nanas, a clutch of open-air stalls on Galle Face Green, to savor the city’s tastiest kottu and vadai patties.
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Sri Lanka Multi Day Car Hire with English Speaking Driver-Guide

Sri Lanka Multi Day Car Hire with English Speaking Driver-Guide

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Discover the hidden treasuries of island paradise Sri Lanka with an experienced driver/guide while traveling on your own private luxury vehicle. This package will give you the chance for you to plan your own tailor made itinerary and explore Sri Lanka in your style with the help of your personal destination expert and we have included the booking options from Single Day Packages to 20 Days Packages. We will provide you a Private Luxury fully Air-Conditioned vehicle with an Experienced English Speaking driver-guide for your total duration of Sri Lanka Adventure and your guide will explain all the stories about the sites you will be traveling throughout the Journey. Once you made the reservation one of our tour coordinator will keep in touch with you to design and fine tune your itinerary according to your taste and desire to add more value for the money you will be spending during your holiday. Book Now with us and experience our personalized service.
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  • 1 to 20 days
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Galle Full-Day Tour

Galle Full-Day Tour

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Experience the charms of Galle and Sri Lanka’s southwest coast on a day trip from Colombo, with an expert driver-guide. View endangered turtles at the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery; see the stilt fishermen at Weligama; and explore UNESCO-listed Galle Fort, where 17th-century ramparts enclose colonial buildings, museums, and shops. Learn about Galle’s maritime history, and visit Talwatte's simple-but-moving Tsunami Photo Museum to chart the impact of the 2004 disaster. Before returning to Colombo, enjoy lunch and discover Bentota Beach.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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Private Half-Day Colombo City Tour

Private Half-Day Colombo City Tour

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Learn about the history and culture of Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital city, on this half-day private tour. Visit key landmarks including the Old Parliament building, Vihara Buddhist Temple, and St Lucia's Cathedral to learn more about the unique history and culture of Sri Lanka. Enjoy personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this private tour, including private hotel transportation, for just you and your party.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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03 Days Highlights Of Sigiriya,Kandy,Nuwara Eliya ,Ella & Udawalawe

03 Days Highlights Of Sigiriya,Kandy,Nuwara Eliya ,Ella & Udawalawe

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Witness the amazing tourist spots of Sri Lanka, in this tour you can experience 6 beautiful cities in three days, while traveling you can explore such things as below - Climbing a rock - Visiting the temple of the tooth - Walking through lush green tea plantations, the tea plantations which produce the leaf is a magnet for tea lovers and anyone who is interested in the colonial history of Sri Lanka or enjoys stunning landscape views. - Traveling via the coolest place in Sri Lanka – Nuwara Eliya, Viewing the breathtaking scenery at little Adam's peak - Visiting The Udawalawe National Park which is the only place in the world where an elephant sighting is guaranteed on every game drive.
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  • 3 days
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03 Nights in Amazing Sri Lanka

03 Nights in Amazing Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka is ranked as the best destination in the world to travel. It's full of natural beautify, wild life, rich cultures and traditions etc. Lush green surroundings, Historical places, beautiful landscaping, amazing view points and beautiful beaches are some of them. We have packed most of the important attractions in Sri Lanka just for 04 days and organized in the best way to explore. Transport will be provided by an air conditioned car in very good condition and a good English speaking chauffeur will be available through out your stay in Sri Lanka. Over 10 years of industry experience we have gained will be the definite
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  • 4 days
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A Udawalawa safari day tour from Galle / Colombo (All inclusive tour )

A Udawalawa safari day tour from Galle / Colombo (All inclusive tour )

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We offer u the best opportunity to get the real srilankan wild life tour experience. udawalawa is one of best place to see the wild elephant, crocodiles, deer,birds,land monitors, water buffalo ect. This is the best park to see the wild elephant activities. BIGGEST ANIMAL ON THE EARTH ( park entrance fee, Safari jeep fee included in this rate travelers are free from the admin and other tickets)
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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Colombo Morning Private City Tour

Colombo Morning Private City Tour

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We offer several city tours of Colombo daily. Traveling via a tuk tuk by experienced and expert tour guides/drivers gives you the opportunity to sit back, soak in the culture of this exciting bustling city. Our company offers some of the cheapest rates! We want our customers to get the best experience for a reasonable cost. Book today and make beautiful memories you will never forget.
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  • 4 hours
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3 Days Tour to Kandy Nuwara Eliya & Sigiriya from Colombo

3 Days Tour to Kandy Nuwara Eliya & Sigiriya from Colombo

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Rounding up inland Sri Lanka’s sights from Colombo by yourself means self-driving or hopping between trains, buses, and cabs. This private 3-day tour takes away the transport hassles: providing a private chauffeured vehicle to ferry you from sight to sight. Discover Kandy’s must-sees, and explore a tea plantation, Nuwara Eliya, and Sigiriya, all in one tour, with two nights' 3-star accommodation and breakfasts and dinners included.
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  • 3 days
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Sigiriya, Dambulla, Polonnnaruwa Trilogy day tour from Colombo

Sigiriya, Dambulla, Polonnnaruwa Trilogy day tour from Colombo

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If you are enthusiasm in experience of great wonders at one stop this is the day for you. These 03 iconic destinations have been awarded UNSECO World Heritage accreditation and referred as marvels of Sri Lanka. Our day tour will make you a hassle free memorable experience with total sophistication and friendly accompany.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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Evening Safari in Kaudulla National Park from Colombo

Evening Safari in Kaudulla National Park from Colombo

Get an opportunity to see the high biodiversity of Sri Lanka in the form of its rare and endemic wildlife and avian species. Kaudulla National Park is based around an irrigation tank built by a king of times long past. Now it is surrounded by dry evergreen forests and is home many species of mammals, birds, reptiles and fish. Kaudulla was identified as an Important Bird and Biodiversity area (IBA) by Bird life International recently.Upon visiting, you have a chance to catch sight of the rare grey slender loris, sloth bear or chevrotain. These along with the Sri Lankan sambar deer, Sri Lankan axis deer, and wild boar are among the 24 species of mammals found here. Kaudulla is also believed to be the only national park in Sri Lanka that has albino axis deer, though the only evidence found so far is an orphaned deer calf found in the park.The Sri Lankan elephant movement is a regular annual sight in Kaudulla.
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  • 12 hours
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Yala Day Tour and Safari from Colombo,Negombo by Private vehicle with Driver

Yala Day Tour and Safari from Colombo,Negombo by Private vehicle with Driver

Yala National Park is a huge area of forest, grassland, and lagoons bordering the Indian Ocean, in southeast Sri Lanka. It’s home to wildlife such as leopards, elephants, and crocodiles, as well as hundreds of bird species
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  • 12 to 14 hours
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3 Days Tour to Kandy Nuwara Eliya & Sigiriya from Colombo

3 Days Tour to Kandy Nuwara Eliya & Sigiriya from Colombo

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Come fall in love with Sri Lanka's best tourist spots within 3 days. You can witness more than 3 beautiful cities in this tour while traveling you can explore such things as below
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Dambulla & Sigiriya Day Tour from Colombo / Negombo

Dambulla & Sigiriya Day Tour from Colombo / Negombo

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Sigiriya Rock Fortress the 8th Wonder of the World is considered as a placed not to be missed by anybody who visits this beautiful Island. Pidurangala rock another historical place located next to Sigirya and has become a trending place with among both locals and foreigners. Dambulla Cave Temple is known as one of the oldest and biggest rock temples in the world. The Safari at Minneriya National Park will make your trip complete. This 03 hour off road trip will allow you to see hundreds of Elephants in their natural behavior at their own place. Tour in a traditional village is another interesting item you can add for the day.  These key places are located within close proximity. Situated in the Matale District, Central Province of Sri Lanka, situated 148 km (92 mi) north-east of Colombo and 72 km (45 mi) north of Kandy.
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  • 6 to 9 hours
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"THE ORIGINALS" Tuk Tuk Safari Sri lanka, the first and the best on the Island !

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We go to places that near all other tour operator will not ! We look to visit the heart of the country going to the real rustic and local sri lankan hot spots!
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Kandy City Tour from Colombo Port

Kandy City Tour from Colombo Port

(SKU: LK81IR0100) Start your experience at world-renowned Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya with a large collection of orchid and other plants and enjoy a traditional cultural show in Kandy to learn more about their culture. The highlight of the tour is the visit to the famous Temple of Tooth Relic along with a relaxing walk by the serene Kandy Lake.
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  • 11 to 12 hours
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Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Cave Temples Private Day Trip

Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Cave Temples Private Day Trip

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Sigiriya Rock and Dambulla Cave Temple are two of Sri Lanka’s top sights, but impossible to visit in one day by public transport. This private tour from Colombo, Negombo or Kandy takes you to both in a day by private air-conditioned vehicle. Explore Sigiriya’s fifth-century Rocktop ruins and visit Dambulla’s Buddha-filled caves, all with insights from your driver-guide, and with lunch included
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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Private Colombo Walking Tour with Ajeet De Soyza

Private Colombo Walking Tour with Ajeet De Soyza

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Immerse yourself in Colombo's ancient history and modern culture on this small-group walking tour. You'll get out from behind glass bus windows and experience the bustle of the city yourself by traveling on foot. Your guide will provide insightful commentary as you travel and you'll have plenty of time to ask questions.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Sri Lanka tours 12-Day wildlife Tour with driver,Car or Van and accommodations

Sri Lanka tours 12-Day wildlife Tour with driver,Car or Van and accommodations

Pack your backpacks and join with Beauty Lanka Travels tour of “Witness the beauty of South Asian Wildlife”! We cover most visiting four National parks, ancient cities, and beautiful hill country, Beachs and Best attraction places of the pearl of the Indian Ocean(Sri Lanka) Negombo, Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Ella, Yala, and Mirissa areas.
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  • 12 days
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Southern Sri Lanka Sightseeing Private Day Trip

Southern Sri Lanka Sightseeing Private Day Trip

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Your guide covers the highlights of Sri Lanka’s south coast on this day trip from Colombo, Negombo or Mount Lavinia. Walk along the ramparts and cobblestone pathways that crisscross the Dutch Fort of Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit a mask factory in the coastal town of Ambalangoda and take a memorable boat ride on the Madu River of Balapitiya, finishing at a turtle hatchery. You’ll learn about Sri Lankan culture and nature from a knowledgeable guide along the way.
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  • 12 hours
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Colombo Tuk Tuk Safari

Colombo Tuk Tuk Safari

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Combine food tastings with sightseeing on a private 4-hour evening tour of Colombo by tuk-tuk. Climb into a comfortable, customized tuk-tuk with a private driver-guide, and delve into Colombo’s bustling streets to enjoy the sights, culinary delights, and city lights. Ride by famous landmarks, explore the hottest entertainment spots, and make food stops to sample local staples and snacks. Enjoy the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks stowed inside your tuk-tuk cooler as you explore.
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  • 4 hours
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Sigiriya and Dambulla Day Tour (All Inclusive)

Sigiriya and Dambulla Day Tour (All Inclusive)

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Don't miss Sigiriya rock fortress and Dambulla cave temple when you are in Sri Lanka. Both places are nominated as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Sigiriya rock fortress is the most visited tourist attraction in Sri Lanka. It is sometimes known as the Sigiriya Lion Rock, after its original name “Sinha-Giri”. Dambulla golden rock cave temple was home to thousands of meditating monks since its monastic beginnings in the first century BCE. Today the same Dambulla cave temple hosts a massive collection of Buddhist murals and sculptures belonging to a pan-Asian artistic tradition. Explore Sigiriya and Dambulla on this full-day tour. Depart from your hotel at Colombo or Mount Lavinia in a private air-conditioned vehicle with a driver-guide.
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  • 14 hours
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Day Excursions to Galle Fort & Bentota from Colombo

Day Excursions to Galle Fort & Bentota from Colombo

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Visit Galle, the capital city of the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. The town has a World Heritage Site to its name and that is predominantly responsible for its popularity with tourists. This is the 300-year-old Dutch Fort, but there are other historical buildings to view as well.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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$52.00
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Tuk It Easy Colombo

Tuk It Easy Colombo

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I propose an immersion in an authentic and colorful Colombo to meet the inhabitants and their traditions. Off the beaten track, from busy shopping areas to busy streets, our experience is dotted with tasty stopping places
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$39.18
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Colombo Sightseeing and Shopping Private Tour Including Lunch

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Colombo Sightseeing and Shopping Private Tour Including Lunch

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Spend the full day enjoying personalized attention while you sightsee, shop, and eat a Sri Lankan lunch. Stops can include Independence Square, Galle Face Green, and the Gangaramaya Temple before spending some free time shopping for souvenirs. A traditional Sri Lankan lunch at a local restaurant is included. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 8 hours
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$75.00
$15.00 savings
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