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Food Lover’s Guide to Colombo - page 3

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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Market Tour and Hands-On Cooking Class Colombo

Market Tour and Hands-On Cooking Class Colombo

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For Sri Lankans, as for Italians, dining remains a ritual to be treasured. Immerse in the spicy delights of Sri Lankan cuisine, from market shopping to dining etiquette, during this hands-on private cooking course. Led by a professional chef in a charming villa, learn the tricks of authentic Sri Lankan home cooking, and feast on a 5-course lunch or dinner you’ve prepared yourself.
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Sigiriya Rock and Village Tour from Colombo

Sigiriya Rock and Village Tour from Colombo

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Gain a better understating for Sri Lanka, the island nation in the Indian Ocean, on this full-day day trip to Sigiriya and Hiriwadunna from Colombo. From riding a bullock cart to exploring a village town, get a feel for what everyday life is like for the people who live there. See the ancient Buddhist ruins, the Sigiriya rock fortress, in Dambulla, and take a boat cruise on a nearby lake.
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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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Muthurajawela Bird Watching Tour

Muthurajawela Bird Watching Tour

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Muthurajawela Marsh, translated as ‘Swamp of Royal Treasure,’ is home to a variety of interdependent flora and fauna. This 3-hour tour provides a memorable experience in the coastal wetland ecosystem situated toward the southern end of Negombo Lagoon. Take a bird watching tour by boat in the wetlands and keep an eye out for crocodiles, monkeys and 75 species of birds. Enjoy light refreshments and round-trip transport by tuk-tuk from your Negombo hotel.
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Sri Lanka Wildlife and Adventure Package

Sri Lanka Wildlife and Adventure Package

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Day 1:Beach side rest, Watching Fisherman in Negombo Day 2-3. Visiting Anuradhapura ancient kingdom and Mihintale Day 4. Aukana and Pollonnaruwa  Day 5-6. Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress and Dambulla Cave Temple Pidurangala rock climb Day 7.Kandy Temple of the tooth and kandyan cultural show , Royal Botanical Garden Day 8.Kitulgala, Whitewater rafting or Jungle walks. Day 9.Nuwara Eliya Hills and Tea factory visit. Day 10.Horton Plains, Baker’s Water Fall, Train Trip and Ella. Day 11.Ella, Little Adams Peak ,Nine Arch Bridge , Rawana Water Fall, Buduruwagala and  Yala National Park. Day 12.Elephant Transit Home, Mirissa or Unawatuna. Day 13.Mirissa or Unawatuna beach. Whale and Dolphin watching Day 14.Galle Dutch Fort, Colombo City inclusive of National Museum, Gangarama Temple , Jami Ul Altar Mosque , Galleface Green etc. Day 15.Tour Ends
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07 Days Amazing Experience

07 Days Amazing Experience

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Visit Amazing 07 days Tour • Negombo Fish Market & Negombo City • Sigiriya Rock fortress • Dambulla Cave Temple • Herbal garden in Mathale • Tooth Relic Temple • Kandy City Tour • Tea Factories & Tea Gardens  • Water falls • Train Journey from Nanuoya to Ella  • Nuwaraeliya City  • Ella city • Yala National Park ( Jeep Safari ) • Stilt fishermen  • Galle fort • Colombo 
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Sri Lanka Itinerary 8 Days | All Inclusive Sri Lanka Tour Package

Sri Lanka Itinerary 8 Days | All Inclusive Sri Lanka Tour Package

Skip the hassle of travel planning and leave all the logistics to the experts with this eight-day private tour package. See Sri Lanka's top attractions including Kandy and Yala National Park, and enjoy the flexibility of choosing a standard of accommodation to suit your budget.
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2 Nights All Inclusive Luxury Camping in Yala with Return transfers

2 Nights All Inclusive Luxury Camping in Yala with Return transfers

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Experience luxury camping—where all the details are arranged for you—in Sri Lanka's Yala National Park on this 2-night excursion from Colombo. See the area's diverse array of native flora and fauna s you travel through the jungles and brackish lagoons, home to a large leopard population. Game drives each day and an all-inclusive camp setup with food and drinks are included for the utmost in jungle comfort.
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Airport Transfer Anywhere

Airport Transfer Anywhere

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Ride from Bandaranaike International Airport to your Colombo hotel without hassle with this 45-minute transfer in a private climate-controlled car. Get an introduction to Sri Lanka's capital city's attractions, including the best places to eat, bargain shopping, souvenir shops, and valuable information for the first-time travelers about customs and traditions. Bottled water is provided and booking is for 5 people maximum.
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Uncharted Ceylon - Private 7 Days Tour

Uncharted Ceylon - Private 7 Days Tour

Sri Lanka has always been an island abundant with beautiful locations. Uncharted Ceylon is a tour for those who wish to explore the paths less travelled and take the roads less known. Visit majestic ancient kingdoms that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, to a secluded forest and mountain trails that challenge even the most seasoned trekker, to misty mountain valleys with lush, green, rolling hills to awe-inspiring forests and nature reserves to the urban capital city of Colombo, this tour is surely one of immense charm.
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Private Tour of Colombo in a World War II Jeep

Private Tour of Colombo in a World War II Jeep

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See the sights of Colombo, the largest city in Sri Lanka, on this 3-hour private tour in a World War II–era Jeep. You'll explore both on- and off-road to check out top attractions such as Old Parliament Building and Viharamahadevi Park and visit a bird sanctuary just outside of the city. Hotel pickup, beverages, and a snack are included. Choice of morning or afternoon departure time.
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Kandy City Tour from Colombo

Kandy City Tour from Colombo

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Experience Sri Lanka’s old hill capital of Kandy on a privately guided, full-day trip from Colombo. Explore the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens to see giant palms, orchids, and exotic flora. After free time for lunch (own expense), spend the afternoon in enchanting, UNESCO-listed Kandy, with visits to the gold-roofed, UNESCO-listed Temple of the Tooth, Kandy market, and a cultural show. Finish with a stop for dinner (own expense) on your return journey to Colombo.
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Highlights Colombo Day Tour With Afternoon HIGH TEA In Galle Face Hotel

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Discover sights and tastes of Colombo during this full-day city tour. Cover ground quickly in an air-conditioned vehicle and see city landmarks including Gangaramaya Temple, the National Museum of Colombo, and the Old Parliament Building. Relax over an elegant afternoon tea at the Galle Face Hotel.
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Galle Day Trip With Stilt fishing Experience From Colombo

Galle Day Trip With Stilt fishing Experience From Colombo

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Get a comprehensive tour of the Galle area in single day from Colombo. All round-trip transportation is provided, which means there's no need to rent a car. You'll travel with a guide and a small group, so you'll have plenty of time to ask questions and enjoy personalized attention from your guide. In addition to the city tour, you can give the traditional stilt-fishing method a try.
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Adam's Peak in 1 Day

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See the sunrise from Adam's Peak on this private adventure tour in Sri Lanka. With round-trip private transportation provided, the midnight arrival time is made easy; no rental cars or navigating in the dark. Your dedicated guide will ensure you can move at your own pace and ask plenty of questions.
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Visit Sigiriya and Jeep Safari at Minneriya National Park

Visit Sigiriya and Jeep Safari at Minneriya National Park

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Experience two Sri Lanka highlights—UNESCO-protected Sigiriya and Minneriya National Park—without transport worries with this private day trip from Colombo or Negombo. Relax and admire the scenery as a driver-guide negotiates the roads, and after time to see Sigiriya’s rocktop ruins and frescoes, enjoy a safari at Minneriya to look for elephants and more. Lunch, entry fees, and hotel or Colombo airport hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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Private 02 Day Leopard Safari in Yala from Colombo

Private 02 Day Leopard Safari in Yala from Colombo

You will be picked up form your hotel in Colombo at 0600 hrs and proceed to Yala. Evening you will enjoy a Game drive at the Yala Park  at 1500 hrs. Overnight at your hotel in Yala.  You will enjoy 2 game drives during your stay. Yala is famous for its big herds and large number of Elephants, Leopards, Spotted Deer, Sambhur, Crocodiles, Mongoose, Wild Boar, Wild Buffalo, and many other animals. More than 130 bird species are recorded which includes the resident and winter visitors.
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Colombo Bay Tuk Tuk City Tour

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Have a seat in a first-class tuk tuk with a dedicated guide for a private tour of Colombo. You'll travel efficiently through the city, weaving through traffic to see the maximum number of sights in a single day. This overview is great for first-time visitors, and your guide can focus on sites and narrative that interest you. Stops can include the Pettah market, the Galle Face Green, Independence Memorial Hall, Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist temple, and others.
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Cruise Ship Shore Excursions - Colombo Port - Colombo City Tour

Cruise Ship Shore Excursions - Colombo Port - Colombo City Tour

Why Travel with us • Largest Luxury Vehicle Fleet in Sri Lanka • Well Trained & Help Full Reservation Staff • Reasonable Rates with Best Service • All Drivers are well Experienced in Driving & Sri Lanka Roads • 100% Trusted Transport Provider • Break Down Replacements in around the Sri Lanka • Manage your Time • No Extra Charges for Pickup • No Any Hidden Charges All Vehicles are new & well Conditioned Vehicles. All drivers & Assistants are well trained. Our Drivers are well friendly, Informative & Well Experienced. There are Well Maintain Speed Limits
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Temples and Wilderness from Colombo (2 Days)

Temples and Wilderness from Colombo (2 Days)

Spend two days immersed in the temples and wilderness of Sri Lanka on this private tour from Colombo. Enjoy personalized attention and a flexible itinerary, benefits that come with traveling on a private tour. Listen to your guide's tailored commentary while visiting Weherahena Poorwarama Raja Maha Viharaya, Wewurukannala Raja Maha Viharaya, and Yala National Park.
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Silver Package ~ 6n/7d

Silver Package ~ 6n/7d

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All Inclusive Tented Camping & Luxury Safari Tour in Yala

All Inclusive Tented Camping & Luxury Safari Tour in Yala

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Book an overnight stay in Yala National Park to secure your visit for your ideal date with this Leopard safari and glamping adventure. After a private transfer to Yala, known for its leopard population, enjoy your inclusive experience: lunch, a game drive, dinner, a night in a luxury private tent, and a dawn safari and breakfast.
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Private Car Hire for Seven Days with Driver-Guide

Private Car Hire for Seven Days with Driver-Guide

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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 1000 Km which is more than enough for your 07 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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Colombo City Tour by Tuk Tuk

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Get an intimate look at the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo during this 3.5-hour sightseeing trip by tuk tuk with a small group. Travel like Sri Lankan locals do as you weave through traffic, stopping to check out city landmarks like Colombo Harbour, the Pettah neighborhood, Wolvendaal Church, Independence Square, Gangaramaya Temple, and much more.
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