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Food Lover’s Guide to Colombo - page 5

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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Shore Excursions Colombo port passenger Terminal Colombo City tour

Shore Excursions Colombo port passenger Terminal Colombo City tour

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• pickup from Colombo port passenger terminal  • 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  • 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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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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Family-Friendly Galle City Tour from Colombo

Family-Friendly Galle City Tour from Colombo

The city of Galle lies on Sri Lanka’s southern tip, within realistic day-trip distance of Colombo. With this private tour, swap the stresses of train or bus travel for a personal driver-guide and private vehicle: enabling you to stop at other attractions en route. Explore Galle Fort and lighthouse; visit a tsunami museum, turtle hatchery, and stilt fishermen; and opt to add a river safari, or island or beach visits.
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  • 9 to 11 hours
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Highlights Colombo Day Tour With Afternoon HIGH TEA In Taj Samudra Hotel

Highlights Colombo Day Tour With Afternoon HIGH TEA In Taj Samudra Hotel

Get a comprehensive tour of Colombo with a private guide in just half a day. Combine the tour with a traditional high tea experience at Taj Samudra Hotel, where you'll learn about the traditions of tea time. You'll be able to check all the most important landmarks off your list while moving at your own pace with your private group.
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Private Galle Day Tour from Colombo

Private Galle Day Tour from Colombo

Cover the highlights of stunning, attraction-packed Galle on this full-day, VIP private tour from Colombo. Visit a range of historical and natural sites of interest, from the iconic, Dutch-built Galle Fort to a local sea turtle hatchery. Tours include comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle transfers between locations with hotel pickup, plus a tasty restaurant lunch and king coconut.
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  • 12 hours
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Colombo Walking Food Tour

Colombo Walking Food Tour

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Understanding Colombo means not only sightseeing but tasting its food—both more revealing when done with a guide. Sample the city’s attractions and snacks on this small-group food walking tour: learning more than possible alone. See the Red Mosque, markets, and more; and stop to try popular foods such as egg hopper and 'achcharu' (pickle) to gain a true perspective on local life and cuisine that most visitors never get.
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Shore Excursions Colombo Passenger terminal Colombo city by Tuk Tuk

Shore Excursions Colombo Passenger terminal Colombo city by Tuk Tuk

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• pickup from Colombo port passenger terminal  • 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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All-Inclusive Private Day Trip to Colombo with Lunch

All-Inclusive Private Day Trip to Colombo with Lunch

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Sightseeing in Colombo can be stressful, especially when high temperatures and peak traffic times are involved. View the city’s sights in comfort and hassle-free on this private full-day tour. Relax as a driver and private air-conditioned vehicle ferry you to attractions such as Gangaramaya Temple and Independence Square, and explore each as you wish. Plus, enjoy shopping time at various malls and a restaurant lunch to round off your day.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Shore excursion Colombo port passenger Jetty to Galle & back Group tour

Shore excursion Colombo port passenger Jetty to Galle & back Group tour

If Colombo’s bustle is not for you, skip the self-drive hassles and relax as your private driver takes the wheel for an action-packed tour of southwestern Sri Lanka highlights. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle, home to a historic fort and a tsunami museum, cruise the Madu River wetlands, visit a moonstone mine, tour a turtle hatchery, and more. Please note: Tour excludes entrance fees and boat tickets.
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  • 8 to 10 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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Shore Excursion from Colombo port passenger pier to Ceylon Tea plantation

Shore Excursion from Colombo port passenger pier to Ceylon Tea plantation

• pickup from Colombo port passenger terminal • Rubber plantation • Gem museum • Ceylon tea plantation • Tea plucking & Tea manufacturing   • Drop off at Colombo port passenger terminal.  
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Nuwara Eliya tour from Colombo ( 2 Days )

Nuwara Eliya tour from Colombo ( 2 Days )

Explore Nuwara Eliya and Kandy with a dedicated guide on this customized tour. You'll benefit from personalized attention and the ability to move at your own pace. Enjoy the scenery as you ride through the cool hill country of Nuwara Eliya; with your guide behind the wheel, you can just enjoy yourself. Explore the UNESCO-listed city of Kandy and stay overnight in an included hotel.
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  • 2 days
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Day Excursions To UNESCO City ANURADHAPURA From Colombo

Day Excursions To UNESCO City ANURADHAPURA From Colombo

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Make a multi-stop tour focusing on UNESCO World Heritage sites easy with round-trip transportation. Visits include the ancient city of Anuradhapura, Isurumuniya, Sri Mahabodi, and Mihintale. Along the way, enjoy personalized attention from your private guide and listen to engaging commentary.
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  • 12 to 14 hours
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All inclusive Private day trip Sigiriya and Dambulla caves with more

All inclusive Private day trip Sigiriya and Dambulla caves with more

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Check off two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in just one day on this private guided door-to-door tour of Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Cave Temple. Start at the 5th-century fortress, home to an ancient civilization, then explore the gilded caverns of Dambulla, a place of worship for more than 2,000 years. Along the way, stop at a spice garden and Kurunegala’s giant Buddha statue. Please note: Tour excludes entrance fees.
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  • 12 to 14 hours
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2 Days Private Vehicle with Driver

2 Days Private Vehicle with Driver

Get a completely private and customized itinerary on this 2-day tour of Sri Lanka with a private guide and vehicle. You and your party can move at your own pace and focus on highlights that interest you. Your guide can make suggestions and answer any questions as you go.
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  • 2 days
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Tour to the Ancient Kingdom of Polonnaruwa

Tour to the Ancient Kingdom of Polonnaruwa

Go on an amazing day trip to Polonnaruwa, the most ancient and historical city of Sri Lanka and a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wonder at the ancient structures of the kings in the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa. Visitors to the ruins of the city will also get the chance to witness the many monkeys now roaming around the ruins, which they have adopted as their ‘kingdom’ as well! We provide hassle free transportation, all entrance fees and lunch on this tour itinerary. Access them with ease on a luxury air conditioned vehicle. ‣ Full day private guided tour ‣ Visit the ancient ruins of Polonnaruwa ‣ Hassle free hotel pick up and drop off
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  • 10 to 13 hours
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4 Days Private Vehicle With Driver in Sri lanka

4 Days Private Vehicle With Driver in Sri lanka

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Explore Sri Lanka at your own pace with this 4-day private car and driver package. Work together with your driver to determine an itinerary focused on the places you'd like to visit; you can spend your time however you like. Enjoy the scenery and relaxing on the journey while leaving the driving to an expert.
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  • 4 days
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4 Days Tour To Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Dambulla & Anuradhapura From Colombo

4 Days Tour To Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Dambulla & Anuradhapura From Colombo

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Explore Sri Lanka's top highlights—Anuradhapura, Dambulla, Nuwara Eliya, and Kandy—on this 4-day trip from Colombo. All transportation is provided, which saves you from the need to rent a car while allowing you to enjoy the scenic drive. Learn about local tea plantations, botanical gardens, and other local points of interest.
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  • 4 days
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Dolphin and Whale watching in Kalpitiya

Dolphin and Whale watching in Kalpitiya

Although being increasingly seen as an attractive tourist destination, Kalpitiya is one of the best place in the world to go dolphin watching, as you do not have to head out too deep into the Ocean: the continental shelf is much closer than reported in admiralty charts so the shelf actually runs near and alongside the shoreline. This translates into being able to see many species of marine life - in just a short boat ride away from the shore. Watching dolphins leap, swimming alongside you and under your boat - is truly an unforgettable experience.
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  • 10 hours
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7-Night Private Tour of Sri Lanka

7-Night Private Tour of Sri Lanka

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Experience multiple cities and popular attractions of Sri Lanka during a private 7-night tour with a comprehensive itinerary. Your guide provides insightful commentary at the World Heritage-designated Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Golden Temple of Dambulla, and Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic). Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens and Galle Fort, tour a tea plantation, see the UNESCO-listed city of Kandy, and more. Round-trip transportation from Colombo is included.
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  • 8 days
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2 Day Tour to Galle & Udawalawe from Colombo

2 Day Tour to Galle & Udawalawe from Colombo

Enjoy a two-day excursion from Colombo and leave all the planning to the experts. This private tour takes you to Galle, known for its UNESCO-listed fort; to Ahangama fishing village to see the stilt fishers, and to Udawalawe National Park, home to elephants, buffalo, boar, crocodile, and more.
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  • 2 days
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Colombo Half-Day City Tour

Colombo Half-Day City Tour

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Immerse in Colombo’s multicultural past and present on this private half-day tour that’s tailor-made for history buffs. Discover sights from the British and Dutch colonial periods, such as historic Wolvendaal Church and the Old Parliament Building, explore cultural landmarks such as Ayurvedic stores and Buddhist temples, and shop for souvenirs in the open-air markets of Pettah. Please note: Tour excludes entrance fees and guiding.
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  • 4 hours
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3 Ancient Kingdoms from Colombo

3 Ancient Kingdoms from Colombo

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Rewind to ancient and medieval Sri Lanka on this full-day private trip to three of its early capitals from Colombo. With a personal guide to show you around, visit the crumbled palace and Buddha tooth temple of 13th-century Dambadeniya and the rock fortress of Yapahuwa. After lunch (own expense), tour medieval Panduwasnuwara, seeing its museum, palace, temple, and reservoir — considered one of the world’s first irrigation systems. Includes private transport and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 13 hours
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$79.00
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Colombo city tour by Tuk Tuk

Colombo city tour by Tuk Tuk

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• pickup from Colombo port passenger terminal  • 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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  • 1 to 4 hours
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$72.54
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