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Food Lover’s Guide to Colombo - page 2

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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Private Kandy Day Tour From Colombo

Private Kandy Day Tour From Colombo

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Sri Lanka’s hill capital, Kandy, is impossible to visit in a day from Colombo using public transport. This private full-day tour lets you experience them both and more, smoothly and easily. Visit the UNESCO-listed Temple of the Sacred Tooth, Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, and Kandy Lake; all with a driver-guide, air-conditioned vehicle, and entrance fees included.
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  • 10 to 14 hours
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$55.00
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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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Shore excursion Colombo port passenger terminal Colombo city tour by Tuk Tuk

Shore excursion Colombo port passenger terminal Colombo city tour by Tuk Tuk

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Colombo Passenger Terminal sits right in the heart of the city, so you can pack a lot of sightseeing into a short shore excursion. Make the most of even a brief stay as you explore the city in your own personal tuk-tuk 3-wheeler on this half-day tour. Highlights include: Gangaramaya Temple, Pettah Market, the Red Mosque, Beire Lake, Old Parliament Building, and Independence Square. Tour excludes any entrance fees.
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  • 4 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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Colombo City Tour By Tuk Tuk

Colombo City Tour By Tuk Tuk

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Ditch the crowded coach tours and travel like a local on this intimate, half-day sightseeing trip through Colombo in a traditional three-wheeler tuk tuk. Tick off the capital’s top attractions as you weave your way down winding streets, from bustling Hindu temples to Dutch-built landmarks. You’ll also enjoy a shopping stop in the market-filled district of Pettah.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Private Sigiriya & Dambulla Day Tour From Colombo

Private Sigiriya & Dambulla Day Tour From Colombo

Explore the historical sites of Sigiriya and Dambulla with ease on this full-day private tour. Depart from your Colombo hotel in a private vehicle with a driver and make your way to Sigiriya Rock. Admire the architecture and frescoes as well as the massive lion-shaped gateway. Then continue on to the rock cave temple at Dambulla before returning to your hotel.
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  • 12 hours
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White Water Rafting in Kitulgala From Colombo

White Water Rafting in Kitulgala From Colombo

Get out of the city and go on an adrenaline-filled white water rafting adventure on this full-day tour from Colombo. Depart from your hotel and travel in an air-conditioned car or van with a driver to Kelani River. After a safety briefing from the instructors, hop in your white water raft head out on the water. Pause in Kithulgala for a traditional Sri Lankan lunch.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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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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Shore Excursions Colombo City Tour

Shore Excursions Colombo City Tour

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Exploring Colombo independently on a cruise port-of-call can mean negotiating with cabs, and the risk of getting lost or delayed. Make things easy with a private shore excursion that whisks you around the sights smoothly and comfortably. Travel by private vehicle, visit top sights such as the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple; shop for souvenirs at handicrafts emporiums; and hear tales of local life from your driver that you'd miss if alone.
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  • 4 hours
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Day Tour to Wilpattu National Park from Colombo

Day Tour to Wilpattu National Park from Colombo

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Enjoy personalized attention from your guide on this private tour of Wilpattu National Park from Colombo. With convenient round-trip transportation, there's no need to rent a car and you can relax on the transfers to and from Colombo. Once in the park, take a jeep safari to see the local wildlife and learn about their biology and behavior through guided commentary. A private tour means you can move at your own pace and enjoy a flexible itinerary.
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  • 12 to 14 hours
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5-Day Sri Lanka Classic Tour

5-Day Sri Lanka Classic Tour

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This private 4-night tour covers key attractions in the Sri Lankan cities of Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Colombo, led by your own personal guide. Enjoy a flexible itinerary, starting with the New Ranweli Spice Garden, a batik factory and Kandyan cultural show. You’ll proceed to Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth) and Yala National Park, where you’re taken on a 4x4 wildlife safari. Daily breakfast are included with hotel accommodation, plus private Colombo airport transfers.
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  • 5 days
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Privet One Day Udawalawe National Park Elephant Safari

Privet One Day Udawalawe National Park Elephant Safari

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Basing out of Colombo needn’t mean missing out on Sri Lanka’s wildlife delights. On this private door-to-door tour, experience a 4WD elephant safari in Uduwalawe National Park with its photogenic reservoir and mountain range. On your way back, stop in Ratnapura to see the historic temple of Maha Saman Devalaya and explore the gem museum. Please note: Tour excludes national park entrance fees and guide fees.
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  • 12 to 14 hours
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Private Arrival Transfer: Colombo International Airport (CMB) to Galle Hotels

Private Arrival Transfer: Colombo International Airport (CMB) to Galle Hotels

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Arriving in a foreign country is stressful enough, without the hassle of navigating public transport or lining up for an expensive taxi. Travel from Colombo International Airport in air-conditioned comfort during a private arrival transfer that takes you directly to your accommodation in Galle without the multiple stops of a shared transfer. Plus, your driver is happy to share information on the traditions and top attractions of Sri Lanka for a convenient introduction to the country.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Car Hire with Driver-Guide for 03 Days Round Tour

Private Car Hire with Driver-Guide for 03 Days Round Tour

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Explore Sri Lanka in your style with our seamless ground transportation and tour guiding services. We will provide you an fully Air-Conditioned car, fuel with an experienced English speaking tourist driver-guide who will be staying with you for the total duration of your trip from the time we pick you up at the airport and the moment we drop you-off to the airport. We will make sure that you are getting a good knowledge about all of the sights that you visit during the journey with our driver-guide. We will offer you 450 Km which is more than enough for your 03 Days exploration journey and we are more than happy to provide you with an itinerary designing and fine tuning to add more value for the money that you will be spending during your holiday. Book Now with us and experience our personalized service.
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  • 3 days
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Southern Coast Highlights from Colombo

Southern Coast Highlights from Colombo

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An independent day trip to Galle from Colombo means a long train, bus, or cab ride, and the problem of getting around once there. Make the most of UNESCO-listed Galle Fort and the round-trip journey on this private day trip. Travel by private vehicle, delve into the colonial-era fort as your guide shares its history, and tour a tea factory on route. Lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 10 hours
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Colombo Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour

Colombo Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour

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When your cruise calls at Colombo, avoid the hassles of exploring Sri Lanka’s capital independently by booking this private tour. See all Colombo’s highlights, including the Seema Malaka Buddhist temple and Old Parliament; take photos of the Old Lighthouse Clock Tower and Independence Square; dive into Pettah’s street markets, and more—all with a guide to handle logistics and shed light on the city’s history and culture. Includes port pickup and drop-off and air-conditioned transport.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$56.00
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Kandy Day Tour from Colombo

Kandy Day Tour from Colombo

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This day trip from Colombo to World Heritage-listed Kandy takes you to many popular attractions in the region. Learn about Ayurvedic medicine at the New Paradise Spice and Herbal Garden in Mawanella, see the Temple of Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa), and visit a batik factory and the Gem Museum. Lunch and round-trip transportation from your hotel or cruise port are included.
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  • 12 hours
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Shore Excursion Colombo City Tour Highlights

Shore Excursion Colombo City Tour Highlights

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Make the most of your time in Colombo by booking a private shore excursion. You’ll travel via private transportation and skip the hassle of dealing with crowds or multiple pickups and drop-offs. Follow a comprehensive itinerary designed to show you the best of the city, asking questions and enjoying personalized attention along the way. Highlights include the National Museum, Gangarama Seema Malakaya, Beire Lake, Jamiul Alfar Mosque, and other landmarks.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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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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4-Hours Colombo City Tour

4-Hours Colombo City Tour

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Colombo—once called the "garden city of the East"—has a lot to offer: resort-like beaches, colonial architecture, national history museums, and Buddhist temples. It can be a challenge to pack it in eve on one trip, but this private tour gives a great introduction to the city in about half a day, taking you to see the city’s top sights and unconventional attractions to discover how locals live.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Colombo Private Tour

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Colombo Private Tour

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Delve deeper into Colombo than you could alone in half a day on this private tour. Ride a tuk tuk around must-sees such as Independence Square and Galle Face Green as your guide shares details about them you might not have known otherwise. Plus, check out some of the Sri Lankan capital’s tucked-away gems, markets, and street snacks to gain an inside scoop on the city that most visitors miss.
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  • 3 hours
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Galle Fort & Bentota Day Trip from Colombo

Galle Fort & Bentota Day Trip from Colombo

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Visiting Galle from Colombo is made easy on this guided tour. Logistics are covered—your private guide picks you up at your hotel and brings you straight to top sights including a Buddhist temple in Bentota and the UNESCO-listed Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications. Because this is a private tour, you can ask your guide plenty of questions, too.
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  • 8 hours
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$64.00
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Shore Excursion from Port Terminal : Colombo City Famous Landmarks

Shore Excursion from Port Terminal : Colombo City Famous Landmarks

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Go on a comfortable and in-depth exploration of Colombo from your cruise ship on this shore excursion tour. Depart from the port in an air-conditioned vehicle with a driver and learn about the history of the city. Spot many of the city’s highlights, including the National Museum, Old Parliament, Independence Memorial Arcade, Beire Lake, and more.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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$30.67
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Minneriya Elephant Safari wth Sigiriya Lion Rock from Colombo

Minneriya Elephant Safari wth Sigiriya Lion Rock from Colombo

Forget public transport or negotiating with cab drivers, and visit two top Sri Lanka sights in one day on this private full-day tour from Colombo. Travel by private vehicle to Minneriya National Park and enjoy a 4x4 safari, during which you might spot elephants and other wildlife. Later, travel to Sigiriya Rock, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and explore the fortress as your guide shares its history.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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$98.90
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