Culinary Expedition

Sri Lanka is a tropical paradise enriched by natural beauty and infused by exotic culture. One of its culture’s kep aspect is its native spice-heavy selection of cuisine and delights. Appease your taste buds with the local delicacies and eats while enjoying the diversified, vibrant nature and wildlife as you tour through Sri Lanka. Enjoy the local prepared cuisines varying from the tradition meals of the rural to the exotic, extravagant multi-cultural inspired delicacies of the urban. Round off your meals with fresh fruits, feast on the views of the surrounding and top the day off with a famous cup of ceylon tea.

 

 

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SKU LK10100800
Accommodation Luxury Boutique
Meals Bed and Breakfast
Transport Private Air Condition Vehicle
Guide English Speaking Chauffer
Entrance Fees All Included
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1 Night in Negombo

Arrive at Colombo International Airport. Here, you will be met by a designated chauffer guide from Lakpura Travels. After the formalities at the airport you will be escorted to your air conditioned vehicle and proceed to Negombo and check in to the hotel and relax. (Travel Time – 20 to 30 mins)

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2 Nights in Dambulla

During your time in Dambulla, you can engage in the following activities.

Pinnawala and visit the Millennium Elephant Foundation

The Millennium Elephant Foundation (MEF) is a family run non-government organization (NGO) dedicated to improving the welfare of domestic elephants throughout Sri Lanka. The Foundation provide and fund the care, medical treatments, food, mahout salaries, the running costs of the charity as well as having an on call Mobile Veterinary Unit which travels around the country treating sick elephants in need. The Elephant Walk Experience is another alternative to elephant riding for tourists, which is an ethical, up close and personal experience for tourists.

Golden Temple of Dambulla

Enter the historic caves of the Golden Temple of Dambulla, dating back to the 1st century BC. View the ancient murals depicting the life story of Lord Gautama Buddha. Look at the hundreds of figurines of Buddha and other deities scattered throughout the five main caves. Visit the Cave of the Divine King, Cave of the Great King and the Great New Monastery. See the giant golden Buddha Statue just a little distance outside the cave complex.

Climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Climb the 5th century AD rock fortress, Sigiriya, where the King Kasyapa ruled. Walk through the entrance framed by the paws of a lion that is quite appropriate for its name, ‘ the Lion Rock’. View the beautiful unfading murals that brought Sigiriya its fame. Climb the steep staircase to see the terraced gardens and still-working cisterns.  Walk through the tunnels leading to the palace as you get a feel for times long past.

Participate Cooking Demonstration and enjoy a lovely farmer’s lunch

This experience provides an authentic farm lunch and cooking demo done by an actual local farming family. Learn the ins and outs of Sri Lankan cooking as the farmer’s wife and daughters demonstrate their art. Chat with the farmer to learn more about how the fresh ingredients are obtained from the surroundings. Indulge in a healthy farm meal cooked over wood fires and served on lotus leaves over woven trays. Traditional rice, lentils, fresh local vegetables cooked into fragrant curries, fried fish, and poppadum will play a major role in the meals. Those who are interested can also request the farmer’s wife for some delicious kotthu, which they can purchase separately.

Visit the Polonnaruwa Ancient Kingdom

Visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, which was the second major capital of Sri Lanka. Walk through the ruins of the city that flourished between the 10th to the 13th century AD. View important monuments such as Gal Vihara, Vatadage, the lotus bath, Lankathilaka Temple and the statue of King Parakramabahu whose reign was considered the golden age of Polonnaruwa. Get to know more about Sri Lanka’s ancient history. On completion return back to the hotel and relax.

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2 Nights in Nuwara Eliya

During your time in Nuwara Eliya, you can engage in the following activities.

Do a guided tour of a spice and herbal garden, where you learn about spices, such as coriander, chili, cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg; and their uses. Take part in a traditional cooking class that shows you how to make Sri Lankan cuisine while making full use of spices. Learn to make roti or create curry powder from scratch in one of the workshops.

On completion proceed to Nuwara Eliya, En-route make a pause at Bluefield Tea factory and get guided tour through the Tea Estate and learn more about the varieties, processing methods and qualities of tea.

Learn how tea is manufactured in Sri Lanka. You can observe the tea pickers, locally known as ‘tea pluckers’ as they move between the lush green rows along the mountains with their large baskets.Thereafter you will be given a guided tour explaining fermentation, rolling, drying, cutting, sieving and the grading of tea. Finish with a tea tasting process and learn of the history, and why Ceylon Tea is considered among the best in the world.

Participate in a Tea plucking event

Get the authentic tea plucking experience at the Heritance Tea Factory’s very own tea estate. Get decked to look like a tea plucker; complete with sarees, sarongs and woven tea leaf baskets. Learn the right method to follow when plucking tea, and the best leaves to pluck from professional tea pluckers. Watch their nimble hands at work from close-up. View the process as the green leaves that you plucked are turned into fragrant brown tea leaves. You can even purchase a souvenir box of tea made from leaves that you plucked.

Visit a local strawberry farm

Visit a local strawberry farm to experience how strawberries are grown and harvested. Walk through the expansive greenhouse and with their plants yielding the ruby red fruit. Learn more about the climatic conditions necessary for the growth of strawberries. Feast on fine fat strawberries; in the forms of strawberry milkshakes, strawberries with cream, chocolate topped strawberries, pancakes with strawberries, and much more at the farm’s very own shop. Get a chance to purchase some of the fresh fruit to take back with you too.

 Enjoy a High Tea Session

Get this chance experience a proper High Tea with all its embellishments at Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya. Sit down for tea at 3:30 sharp in the semi open air tea lounge, or in the lawn. Get served elegant waiters in crisp white livery. Drown your taste buds with delicious little sandwiches, cakes and various varieties of teas, this is an authentic experience passed down from the era of the British.

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2 Nights in Koslanda

Ella and explore the marvelous of Ella

Explore Ella’s most interesting places. Pass through bright green tea fields, and tough stretches of rock, and get to see the magical views of Little Adam’s Peak. Walk over the history seeped Nine Arches Bridge and listen to the story of its construction. End your hike at the Demodara Railway station with its unique loop-over track design. This tour gives you the chance to see the best sights of Sri Lanka.

During your stay in Koslanda, you can enjoy the following experiences.

Cookery Courses

This experienced chefs are always delighted to pass on their knowledge of Sri Lankan cuisine through our cookery demonstrations and classes. Learn how to make traditional Sri Lankan rice and curry, string hoppers, hoppers, rotis, pittu, sambals and all manner of regional specialties.

Visit to the Diyaluma Falls & Rubber Plantation

The beautiful Diyaluma falls are just a short drive or walk from hotel. At 220m high, it’s one of the highest waterfalls on the island and a spectacular sight. Afterwards, you may want to visit the nearby rubber plantation and learn about traditional methods for harvesting and processing rubber.

Jungle Trek

Guided trek of our very own stretch of jungle. It’s a great way to get to know the native plants and trees, and find out about pepper and coffee cultivation during the colonial era. They will also arrange for you to plant a tree and participate in our forest restoration programme.

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1 Night in Yala

During your time in Yala, you can engage in the following activities.

Yala National Park to go on a lovely jeep safari

This amazing Safari offers the opportunity to visit Yala National Park, the second largest in the island based off the Southeastern coast of Sri Lanka. Get a chance to see the famous Sri Lankan leopards, indigenous wild water buffalo, Sri Lankan Sloth Bear and large herds of Sri Lankan Elephants. The park is also home to many other species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates.

Local farm village and participate in authentic event in a Chena hut

Sit back and unwind in true Sri Lankan fashion with a traditional farm fresh lunch. Watch it get prepared right before your eyes. Work an appetite by joining the resident nature expert on a short trek the surroundings as you attempt to identify the avian life. Indulge on healthy and delicious freshly ground coconut sambol, fish curry made from the catch of the day, lentils, breadfruit curry, greens, and a good serving of traditional rice. Round out your meal with a dessert of fresh seasonal fruits, or curd and treacle. This is a rewarding experience that will create some mouthwatering memories.

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1 Night in Galle

During your time in Galle, you can engage in the following activities.

Educational tour to Know how to make Buffalo Curd

If you have ever wondered how the local buffalo curd or even normal yoghurt is made; this is the ultimate experience for you. Get a guided tour to the farmhouses in Tissa Village. Watch the buffalos get milked. Let the experts teach you the process of converting milk to curd. Try your hand at curd making with the assistance of your tutors. Finish up by tasting this delicious dessert topped with kithul treacle.

Sri Lankan Sea Fish Lunch at Garton’s Cape Hotel

You will be treated to a delicious and authentic Sri Lankan Seafood lunch; consisting of Jaffna Crab, Negombo Prawn and the South Coast “Ambul Thiyal” (Sri Lankan style fresh fish curry), along with small crispy fried fish and village grown vegetables cooked to perfection. Whilst you are having your lunch you can watch the live cooking show where the chef will demonstrate the cooking methods of the dishes you are enjoying.

Visit Galle and  Colonial City

Discover the city of Galle, where the Portuguese and Dutch made their headquarters, and its secrets. Visit the Galle Fort which is one of the best preserved fortifications in Asia. View the Maritime Museum, Galle National Museum and the lighthouse. Walk through the cobblestoned streets with their Dutch names as you learn more about their histories.

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1 Night in Colombo

During your time in Colombo, you can engage in the following activities.

En-route Visit Balapitiya and go on a Boat Safari in Madu River, and Visit the Cinnamon Island

Go on a wonderful boat ride down the Madu River with its flourishing ecosystem. Pass through the secretive passages created by the mangroves. See the basking crocodiles and water monitors. Visit one of the small islands with its cinnamon harvesting natives. Enjoy the restorative qualities of the famous fish massage. Observe the water birds in their natural habitats.

Visit small secretive islands that dot the river to find the cinnamon makers. Learn how cinnamon bark is obtained and processed. Learn how the quills are divided according to their qualities. Purchase the freshest top quality cinnamon to take back home, or gift to your loved ones.

Visit Colombo &  Evening go on Street Food walk in Galle Face Green

This experience gives you the chance to try the various varieties of Sri Lankan street food all in one go. Walk along the sandy beaches of Galle Face and stop by the most delicious and stomach friendly food kiosks in this guided foray into the street food world of Sri Lanka. Shock your taste buds with the mouthwatering flavors of egg hoppers, normal hoppers, tempered kadala, prawn vadé, parippu vadé, and kotthu (vegan, chicken, etc.). Enjoy the splendid sunsets of the tropics as you relax with food in hand.

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Departure

After a relaxed morning and breakfast at the hotel check out and, drive to the Airport for your flight back home.

 

 

 

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Negombo – The Wallawwa

From a 17 th Century townhouse in the legendary Galle Fort to traditional tea planters bungalows high up in the hills, the Teardrop collection of beautifully renovated, historic properties are sewn together by three founding principles ; Genuine Sri Lankan hospitality; Fabulous Sri Lankan and Asian fusion cuisine using locally sourced fresh ingredients (much of which we grow ourselves) ; and experiences that put our guests face to face with the warm and colorful sights and sounds of the teardrop island.

Dambulla – Heritance Kandalama

Heritance Kandalama is built overlooking the eighth wonder of the world – the rock fortress of Sigiriya. The hotel sits at the heart of the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka, close to five UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

A still forest of dense green, floating whispers of bird song; a monkey chitters – watching, unafraid, flowers… heady and fragrant, nod in a soft, silky breeze – the lake shimmers in the distance, walls of rock – so cool to touch. A dream, so wonderful.

Nuwara Eliya – Heritance Tea Factory

Heavy mist rolls in, a chill breeze swirls across the valley, dew glistens and glimmers on fresh green leaves – acres of them, over into the distance. Indoors, a cloak of warmth embraces, centuries of tea hangs infused in the air. Have you returned to 19th century Ceylon?

Retire for the night to your ‘withering loft’, high in the mountains of Nuwara Eliya; accommodation of the most unique kind is precisely what you find at Heritance Tea Factory. The expanse of the former withering loft – where fresh leaves were laid to dry, now serves as 54 cosy havens of rest for guests. Tall windows that once aided the drying process still maintain their role as providers of natural light – the views.

Koslanda – Living Heritage Koslanda

Surrounded by the magical forests on its own estate and tea plantations beyond, Living Heritage Koslanda is a unique boutique hotel in the heart of Sri Lanka’s hill country.

Here at Koslanda we have created a harmonious and peaceful retreat where you can relax, recharge and connect with a way of life understood by Sri Lankans throughout the centuries. Traditional architecture and design are fused with the facilities and attention to detail you would expect from a luxury hotel. There’s no shortage of wonderful places to relax – the infinity pool sits right above paddy fields.

Yala – Cinnamon Wild Yala

Cinnamon delivers an altogether different side of paradise with our Yala wildlife resort – Cinnamon Wild Yala. The rustic resort is located 335km from the airport and sits on the border of the Yala National Park, complete with a tribe of resident grey lemurs who might just think it fun to jump on your roof in the wee hours of the morning!

The road leading to the hotel is a narrow, dusty one, bordering the massive lake with crocodile, pelican and deer that live in perfect harmony with the hotel. Cinnamon Wild Yala’s strategic location also means that an elephant, wild boar and other feral friends come regularly to visit us from the park next door – and if you’re really lucky, a leopard may pass you by. Stand still, hold your breath and feel your heart pound in your chest. For the lover of the wilderness, the symbiosis of resort and wild will make you feel right at home and give you that rush of adrenalin you’re looking for.

Galle – Fort Bazaar

Galle Fort, a 17th century UNESCO World Heritage Site on Sri Lanka’s southern coast, welcomed its newest boutique hotel, The Fort Bazaar, in January 2016. Set amidst ageing coral walls on historic Church Street – an atmospheric central thoroughfare – this stunning hotel is home to 18 stylish rooms and suites, all with ensuite bathrooms, a buzzy restaurant and bar, a library, cinema, spa and 15-metre swimming pool.

The Fort Bazaar is fresh and contemporary, and its chic understated interiors feel distinctly Middle Eastern, as does its fabulous cuisine, both of which richly reflect the fort’s Moorish history. The hotel’s 15 ‘Bazaar’ and ‘Banyan’ bedrooms open onto a central courtyard flanked by cushioned alfresco seating and the three incredibly spacious ‘Upper Suites’ boast balconies with views over the fort’s red-tiled rooftops. The hotel is ideally located for visiting Galle Fort’s sights and attractions.

Colombo – Lake Lodge

‘Taru Villas – Lake Lodge’, Colombo, one of the city’s first accredited hotels, was transformed into a stunning city break haven in 2009. Keen to respect the rich heritage of a building which had been in her family for four decades, Nayantara ‘Taru’ Fonseka embarked on a project which would crystallize into the gold standard for ‘luxury-for-less’ hotels in Colombo, Sri Lanka. With her creative emphasis on lines, light, and space, Taru’s brainchild is the template for contemporary elegance and excellence. It is testament to the tranquility of this accommodation in Colombo that you could easily forget just how close you are to all the amenities that any thriving city has to offer. With the capital’s restaurants, business district and other attractions only moments away, this exquisite hideaway proves that having the best of both worlds is certainly possible.

 

Tour Includes

  • Accommodation on sharing a double room at the hotels specified in hotel collection
  • Meal plan on Half Board basis starting with dinner on day 1 and ending with breakfast on day 11
  • Transport in a Private Vehicle, inclusive of all chauffer accommodation, cost of fuel, parking & highway tolls
  • Service of an English-Speaking Chauffer Guide throughout the tour
  • Guided tours through the Entrance Sights in all the locations as specified by the itinerary
  • All prevailing taxes and service charges (Except for Credit Card Charges)

Tour Excludes

  • Entry Visa Fees, please visit www.eta.gov.lk for more details / submit your individual visa application
  • International / Domestic Airfare
  • Any expenses of personal nature
  • Tips & Portages
  • Cost of Beverages
  • Meals where not specified

 Complimentary

  • Daily 1ltr bottle of OLU water Per Person
  • 1 Un-loaded SIM card