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Food Lover’s Guide to Colombo - page 4

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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Colombo City Tour by Tuk Tuk

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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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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Private Kandy Day Tour from Colombo

Private Kandy Day Tour from Colombo

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Get an in-depth exploration of Kandy on this full-day private tour from Colombo with a round-trip transfer. Depart from your Colombo hotel and head to the Temple of the Tooth, which contains the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha. Explore the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens and admire its wide array of orchids, spices, and medicinal plants.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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Private Colombo City Tour with English Speaking Chauffeur

Private Colombo City Tour with English Speaking Chauffeur

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On this Private Colombo City Tour, you can see the top sights of the nation’s capital in one day, with all transportation and entrance fees included. Travel by ac private car or van, where you’ll take a panoramic sightseeing tour past major landmarks like Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, Independence Square. Plus, visit Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, Old Parliament building, Colombo Fort and Galle Face Green.
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  • 6 hours
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Day Excursion To Polonnaruwa City From Colombo

Day Excursion To Polonnaruwa City From Colombo

Make the most of a day trip from Colombo with this private guided tour to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. Traveling with just your party and a guide ensures you receive undivided attention and can explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site at your own pace.
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  • 12 to 14 hours
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Half-Day City Tour of Colombo

Half-Day City Tour of Colombo

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Discover the history and culture of Colombo with this half-day tour. Get picked up at your hotel in the Sri Lankan capital and set out on a tour to see city highlights including the National Museum of Colombo and an urban park called Galle Face Green. Cover ground quickly with transportation by private vehicle.
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Day Excursions to Wilpattu National Park from Colombo

Day Excursions to Wilpattu National Park from Colombo

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Visit the lakes and wildlife of Wilpattu National Park from Colombo with ease on this full-day tour. Depart from your hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle and travel to the national park. Accompanied by a guide, ride a jeep and try to spot leopards, elephants, dear, buffalo, peacocks, and more. At the end of the tour, return to your Colombo hotel.
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  • 10 to 14 hours
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Shore excursion Colombo port passenger Jetty to Kandy and back

Shore excursion Colombo port passenger Jetty to Kandy and back

Shun Colombo’s urban chaos for the historic charms of Kandy, a sacred city that’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on this private shore excursion. Leave left-side driving to your personal chauffeur/guide as you visit a tea plantation, a spice garden, the Royal Botanical Gardens, and an elephant sanctuary, soak up views of Kandy, and explore the ancient Temple of the Tooth. Please note: Tour excludes entrance fees.
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Private Half-Day Colombo City Tour

Private Half-Day Colombo City Tour

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This is the ideal choice for first-time visitors looking to cover Colombo’s main attractions in under a day. Save time planning an itinerary and bartering with cabs; and relax as a driver-guide and private air-conditioned vehicle take you around the signature sights. Admire the Independence Memorial Hall and Beira Lake Seema Malakaya Temple; see worshippers at the Gangaramaya Temple, and learn about Colombo’s history and culture from your guide’s commentary.
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  • 5 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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Sacred City of Anuradhapura from Colombo

Sacred City of Anuradhapura from Colombo

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Unless you hire a car, visiting Sri Lanka’s UNESCO-listed ruined capital of Anuradhapura from Colombo in a day is impossible. This private tour delivers: with return air-conditioned transport and a driver-guide to show you around. Roam the temples, ponds, and shrines, including the Jetavanarama stupa; and hear tales of this ancient and sacred city you’d otherwise miss. Lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off are included for ease and comfort.
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Kandy Nuwaraeliya 02 Days Tour From Colombo or Negombo

Kandy Nuwaraeliya 02 Days Tour From Colombo or Negombo

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Spend two days exploring Kandy, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed ancient capital of the kings' era in Sri Lanka. With a guide in the lead, you won't have to worry about navigation, and you can focus on enjoying all the top landmarks. Visit highlights such as the Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa) and others. Day two is spent in Nuwaraeliya seeing the city highlights, the tea gardens and waterfalls, as well as local tea factories en route. This multi-day, multi-stop tour may be difficult to arrange on your own, this all-inclusive tour makes it easy.
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  • 2 days
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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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Colombo Sunset City Safari by TukTuk

Colombo Sunset City Safari by TukTuk

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Step aboard a tuk tuk—the preferred mode of travel for locals—to explore Colombo at sunset. Your private driver/guide will ferry you through the city streets, watching local life pass you by as the sun sets over the Indian Ocean. Snacks and refreshments are provided, as well as a full Sri Lankan dinner at a local restaurant.
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  • 7 hours
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2 Days Tour To Bentota Galle & Yala From Colombo

2 Days Tour To Bentota Galle & Yala From Colombo

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Spend two unforgettable days in Sri Lanka where you can explore a beautiful city and a wildlife national park. - Galle is filled with art that's rare, the streets are filled with people who are ambitious and hardworking, showcasing their efforts in one the best displays that please the eye immensely. Bentota beach in Galle is also famed for its availability of water sports, ranging from wind-surfing to jet-skiing, and even waterboarding from the waters of the Bentara River. The classic architecture fuses with the tropical setting that's the envy of many man-made resorts and architects. Galle is said to be a heavenly piece of art, tropical heaven and rich in history. - Visit Yala, Sri Lanka's most famous national park. Forming a total area of 1268 sq km of scrub, light forest, grassy plains, and brackish lagoons, it's very rich in wildlife and you're virtually certain to encounter elephants, crocodiles, buffaloes, and monkeys.
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Shore Excursion to Colombo City Tour & Kelaniya Temple for 2 People

Shore Excursion to Colombo City Tour & Kelaniya Temple for 2 People

Combine a comprehensive tour of Colombo with a visit to the Kelaniya Temple on this private shore excursion. With the capacity for one to two people, this tour includes round-trip transportation from the cruise port and personalized attention from your guide. Enjoy the ability to move at your own pace and ask plenty of questions.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Sigiriya and Dambulla from Colombo

Sigiriya and Dambulla from Colombo

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Explore two of Sri Lanka’s UNESCO-listed highlights on a privately guided day trip to Dambulla and the Sigiriya Rock from Colombo. View Sri Lanka’s countryside and villages as you journey to the atmospheric Dambulla Cave Temple, a cliffside cave complex packed with Buddha images and frescoes. Explore the caverns and after lunch continue to Sigiriya, a spectacular, ruined 5th-century royal fortress atop a gigantic rock outcrop. Climb the stairs up, passing the rock murals on the way, and marvel at the ruins and 360-degree views from the top.
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  • 11 hours
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$141.00
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2 Days Tour to Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya from Colombo

2 Days Tour to Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya from Colombo

Discover the historic city of Polonnaruwa, the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and the Dambulla Cave on this private two days tour from Colombo. Explore 3 world heritage sites in 2 days tour and stay overnight at a 3-star hotel in Polonnaruwa or Habarana. You will be transported in a luxury comfortable vehicle with all required facilities. • Stroll through the ruins of the Polonnaruwa ancient city • Visit the Sigiriya rock fortress and learn about its incredible history • Marvel at the beautiful Dambulla golden cave temple
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  • 2 days
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Colombo Countryside Cycling expedition

Colombo Countryside Cycling expedition

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Explore the countryside around Colombo on a bicycle on this cycling tour. Depart from your Colombo hotel in a TukTuk and make your way to the starting point. Equipped with a mountain bike and helmet, follow your guide on a route that takes you past paddy fields, water tanks, a bird sanctuary, and Kalaniya Sacred Temple.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Shore Excursion Colombo port passenger Terminal Colombo Highlights for 2 people

Shore Excursion Colombo port passenger Terminal Colombo Highlights for 2 people

• pickup from Colombo port passenger terminal  • A 100-year-old clock tower, • several British-built colonial buildings • Red mosque, • colorful Pettah Bazaar • Hindu temple • Gangaramaya temple • Beire Lake • Slave island railway station  • Cinnamon gardens • Victoria park  • Art Gallery • Independence Square • Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference hall BMICH • Shopping at Laksara Handicraft, • Gem Museum  • free WiFi Zone • Galle face green • Old Parliament • drop off at Colombo port passenger terminal
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  • 4 hours
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$64.00
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Giant Loop Cruise Mirissa

Giant Loop Cruise Mirissa

Combine a morning whale-watching experience with personalized attention on this private tour. You'll get door to door service with hotel pickup and drop-off, as well as coffee, tea, and breakfast included. Aboard a comfortable Luxury Yatch, sail along the coast of the island and into the habitat of the whales, in search of pilot, humpback, sperm, and blue whales, as well as dolphins and sea turtles.
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  • 5 hours
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Colombo City to Colombo Airport (CMB) Private Transfer

Colombo City to Colombo Airport (CMB) Private Transfer

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(SKU: LK41171000) End your Sri Lanka vacation with ease by booking this private departure transfer from Colombo City to the Bandaranayake International Airport (CMB) . Your friendly and professional driver will drive you directly to the Airport in the comfort of a private, air-conditioned vehicle. It’s that easy!
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  • 1 hour
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$14.94
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Private 7-Day Budget Tour of Sri Lanka’s UNESCO Sites

Private 7-Day Budget Tour of Sri Lanka’s UNESCO Sites

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Discover some of Sri Lanka’s most important landmarks on a week-long adventure with a private driver. Embark on a tour of UNESCO World Heritage sites including Kandy, Dambulla Cave, Adam’s Peak, Galle Beach, and more. This tour focuses on those who are on a budget and includes 6 nights of accommodations with breakfast and a private vehicle with driver-guide.
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  • 7 days
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$378.67
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Private Day Trip: Hiking in Sinharaja Rain Forest

Private Day Trip: Hiking in Sinharaja Rain Forest

Sri Lanka’s UNESCO-listed Sinharaja Forest Reserve and its rainforests, wildlife, and waterfalls sits southeast of Colombo, and is criss-crossed with walking trails. With this private tour, skip the hassle of getting there by public bus, and trek with a guide to help you spot exotic plant, animal, and bird life. Plus, seek out two of the reserve’s waterfalls, meet local villagers, and savor a local country lunch.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$157.43
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