Day 1 | Colombo| Hotel: Z Max
After arriving at Colombo, you will be met by your private chauffeur and transferred to your hotel. At 4pm, discover what the locals eat on the backstreets of Colombo’s busy old quarters in this “Other Side of Colombo Food Tour” – A unique Colombo city walk. Bring your sense of humour as you rub shoulders with tuk-tuks and street vendors, gape at big trucks on narrow roads as they jostle their way between tiny shops full of colour. A side of the City you will never explore without a tour with a local (not for the faint hearted). Six tastings in two hours plus a visit to Colombo’s largest vegetable and fruit market. Dinner will be hosted by a Sri Lankan host where you will enjoy a dining experience that reflects the traditions and life in a Sri Lankan “gama” (village). The host will interpret the concept and food served at this carbon neutral restaurant and what makes each dish so delicious.
Day 2 | Colombo |Hotel: Z Max
Depart at 10am for a bohemian part of Colombo for a “Curious Foodie Tour” – A look into the British, Dutch and tea heritage of Sri Lanka’s cuisine now entrenched into Colombo’s cosmopolitan dining culture as local favorites. Take a guided tour through a bohemian part of Colombo City where upscale shopping arcades lead to tree-lined residential streets and a collection of restaurants. You will experience four tastings in two hours plus, ending at the vibey pavilion of an architectural masterpiece that has become a must-visit haunt for the artiste, the foodie and every culturally curious traveller to Sri Lanka’s shores. Includes tasting portions of tea, dutch snacks, delicious rice and curry cuisine and a fusion dessert. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 3 – 5| Kandy|Hotel: Ellerton
Depart Colombo for the three hour drive to Kandy with your private driver. Over the next three days, you will visit the Temple of the Tooth, take a guided tour of the famous Kandy markets, enjoy a drumming session with a famous Kandyan family followed by lunch. You will learn the art of spicing to make the traditional curry dishes. A visit to a small family owned tea factory is planned for day 3, followed by a fusion Italian-Sri Lankan cookery experience with local lady. There is plenty of time to relax and take in Kandy’s famous Botanical Gardens, or relax in the hills at your unique accommodation.
Day 6-7 | Sigiriya| Hotel: Habarana Village
After a two hour drive, you will arrive in Sigiriya where you will enjoy a privately guided safari drive inside Kaudulla National Park or Minneriya National Park to observe elephants in their wild habitats. This is will include amazing on safari insights into the behaviour of wild elephant herds, about mothers and babies, what they eat, how they play and interact, the different sounds they make when they are happy, sad, alarmed and more. The following day you will take a packed breakfast to begin your early morning climb to the summit of Sigiriya, a World heritage site. Your day from there will be a visit to a local onion farmer for the insights into their lives and livelihoods. You will enjoy a hands on cooking experience of making three traditional Sambols using the onions. This is a highly unique and rare experience.
Day 8-10 | Anuradhapura| Hotel: Ulagalla
Depart for the 90-minute drive to Anuradhapura where you will stop enroute to learn the art of “acharu” the Sri Lankan pickle. Visit the 2400 year old ancient ruins of Anuradhapura, one of the world’s greatest Monastic cities. The next day you will travel to meet a Jungle Farmer and learn how he protects his crop from wild animals and his basic farming techniques. A cooking experience called ‘flavours of Sri Lanka’ will give you an insight into the spices of the island on the farmers land. During this alfresco cooking experience, learn how rural Sri Lankans cook with firewood to bring out a special flavour. Enjoy lunch at the farmers humble, scenic abode.
Day 11-12 | Negombo| Hotel: Jetwing Blue
Your final two days of the itinerary will be spent relaxing on the beach before departing for the airport on day 12.