Culinary Tour of Sri Lanka 2017

This is the itinerary of the tour planned for this year,
16 nights/17 days from 31 July – 15 August

Day 1
31 July
Arrive Colombo airport and be met at airport and taken to hotel – approx 20 mins drive
Jetwing Lagoon, Negombo,
De Luxe room
Bed & Breakfast basis

Negombo; a picturesque fishing village located in close proximity to the airport. Check into your hotel immediately to rest, relax and unwind. Located between the Indian Ocean and the Negombo lagoon, Jetwing Lagoon offers a blend of rejuvenation and relaxation with a unique restaurant called Geoffrey’s by the Lagoon offering Geoffrey Bawa’s favorites. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, relaxing and enjoying the idyllic Negombo Lagoon. Dinner will not be included on this date

Day 02
01 Aug
Deluxe Room
Jetwing Lagoon, Negombo
Half Board basis

Evening at leisure
Some guests may arrive on this date

Day 03
02 Aug 1
Negombo / Sigiriya (Approx: 5 hour drive)
Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sigiriya
Room Category: 1. Water Dwelling 2. Paddy Dwelling 3. Forest Dwelling
Half Board basis

Check-into your luxurious abode; an authentic lifestyle hotel that is set in idyllic rural surrounds

Enroute make an optional visit to the Dambulla Cave Temple Complex. The ancient Dambulla cave is the largest cave monastery in the country with a history going back to the 1st century BC. Its rock ceiling is a sweep of colorful frescoes depicting Buddhist mythology and the tales of the Buddha’s previous births.
Visit to Dambulla Cave Temple Complex (Approx: 2 hours)

Evening at leisure

Day 04
03 Aug
Visit to Sigiriya Rock Fortress
(Approx: 3 ½ hours)
Early Morning ascend the majestic Sigiriya Rock Fortress: a 5th century fortress that soars above the surrounding plains of the dry zone. The cloud hugging rock fortress is dubbed the “8th Wonder of the World” highlighting a part of the most turbulent history of the island.

Return for Breakfast
Breakfast demo

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be taken to the Cultural Triangle – the ancient heart of Sri Lanka.
Evening at leisure

Day 05
04 Aug
Sigiriya / Matale / Kandy (Approx: 3.5 hour drive)
Today you will be taken to the relaxing hill station of Kandy. Enroute visit Matale to explore an authentic Spice Garden. Learn the manufacturing process of various herbs and spices. Surrounded by virgin forests and broken by the great Mahaweli River, Kandy is well known as the Centre of Buddhism and the capital of the last Sinhalese kingdom. Check into your hotel to rest, relax and unwind. Explore the city of Kandy

Thilanka Hotel, Kandy
Deluxe Room
Bed & Breakfast basis

Dinner will not be included on this date.
Evening at leisure: dine in or explore the dinner options in the city of Kandy

Day 06
05 Aug
Thilanka Hotel, Kandy
Deluxe Room
Bed & Breakfast basis

After breakfast at your hotel, take a city tour of Kandy including the market place, and the
Temple of the Tooth Relic, which houses Sri Lanka’s most sacred relic, a tooth of the Lord Buddha.

In the evening, leave the hotel premises to dine at the legendary Queens Hotel, Kandy.
(Dinner which is inclusive, will be served from 6.30pm onwards)

Enjoy the action of the famous Cultural Pageant of Sri Lanka, the Kandy Esala Perahera. (From the viewing gallery at the Queens Hotel ). The Esala Perahera in Kandy is one of the oldest and grandest of all Buddhist festivals in Sri Lanka, featuring dancers, musicians, fire-breathers, and up to 100 lavishly decorated elephants.

Day 07
06 Aug 1
Kandy / Nuwara Eliya / Ella (Approx: 4 hour drive)
Take a scenic drive through the central tea lands, Sri Lanka’s tea growing region. During the drive, relish the endless views of tea carpeted valleys, processing factories belching out fragrant aromas and the bright flash of female “tea pluckers” in their pimento, fuchsia saris picking their way through the plantations. Tour the small colonial city of Nuwara Eliya, fondly referred to as the Little England of Ceylon. Then leave for picturesque town of Ella, a small village nestled in a valley peering straight through the Ella Gap. Surrounded by hilly countryside, perfect for walks through tea plantations, waterfalls, ancient temples. Arrive at your luxurious Resort. Set amidst stunning mountains, 98 Acres Resort & Spa is one of the most elegant, chic hotels that stands on a scenic 98 acre tea estate, surrounded by a stunning lush green landscapes

98 Acres Resort and Spa, Ella
Premium Deluxe Room
Half Board basis

Evening at leisure

Day 08
07 Aug
98 Acres Resort and Spa, Ella
Premium Deluxe Room
Half Board Basis

This morning take in a Tea Factory visit at 98 Acres. You can take a walk in the plantation with the expert during plucking time, chat with a tea plucker, witness the withering process and subsequent steps involved in making fresh tea and enjoy a tea tasting session.

Join Kumar for a scrumptious Demonstration at the restaurant.
Lunch or dinner Demo – TBC

Day 09
08 Aug
Ella 98 Acres Resort and Spa, Ella
Premium Deluxe Room
Half Board basis
In the morning, climb mini Adam’s Peak and enjoy the magnificent vistas of the rolling mountains. This is a short walk/hike that offers wonderful views over the hills. Duration: Approx:1.5 hours. Spend the rest of your day at leisure

Day 10
09 Aug
Ella / Buduruwagala / Tangalle
(Approx: 5.5 hour drive)

After breakfast, leisurely proceed to Tangalle; located along the idyllic Southern coast of Sri Lanka.
Enroute visit Buduruwagala; a 1000-year-old temple in the forest with Buddha figures carved into the rock face, surrounded by smaller carved figures, and a gigantic standing Buddha.
Check into your beach resort to rest, relax and unwind.
Secluded on Sri Lanka’s southernmost shore, Anantara Tangalle Peace Haven Resort & Spa stands on a 42 acre coconut plantation and golden crescent beach, with stunning Indian Ocean views.
Spend the rest of the evening relaxing by the Beach.

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle, Resort
Premium Ocean View room
Half Board basis

Day 11
10 Aug 1
Tangalle Anantara Peace Haven, Tangalle
Premium Ocean View room
Half Board Basis
Spend the morning at leisure relaxing by the beach.
Join Kumar for a fascinating demonstration at the Spice Spoons Cooking outlet. Lunch or dinner demo – TBC

Day 12
11 Aug
After breakfast, leave for the world heritage city of Galle, whilst following the coast and watching the waves lap on the shores.

Tangalle / Galle
(Approx: 2 hour drive)
Jetwing Lighthouse, Galle
Deluxe Room
Half Board

Check into your hotel to rest, relax and unwind.
Jetwing Lighthouse Club is located in the heart of historical Galle. Facing the spectacular sun, sand and sunsets of the southern coast, guests can unwind and indulge in the luxury and exclusivity of this tropical retreat.
In the afternoon tour the World Heritage City of Galle and stroll through the cobbled streets that transport you back in time to a bygone era. In the evening catch the glorious colours of the sunset from the historic ramparts.

Day 13
12 Aug
Galle Jetwing Lighthouse, Galle
Deluxe Room
Bed & Breakfast Basis
Lunch Demo – Cooking demonstration with organic vegetables

Evening at leisure
Dinner will not be included on this date. Dine in or at any of the restaurants /cafes in Galle

Day 14
13 Aug
Jetwing Lighthouse, Galle
Deluxe Room
Half Board basis
You may visit the Handungoda Tea Estate in Galle: the only tea estate situated in the coastal belt of Sri Lanka specializing in the manufacturing of ‘virgin white tea’.
Evening at leisure

Day 15
14 Aug
Galle / Bentota / Colombo (Approx: 2.5 hour drive)
After breakfast at the hotel leave for the idyllic coast of Bentota. Enroute enjoy a scrumptious lunch and stroll through the gardens at Lunuganga. Lunuganga Estate was the country home of the renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. As he went on to become Sri Lanka’s and one of Asia’s most prolific and influential architects, the gardens at the Lunuganga remained his first muse and experimental laboratory for new ideas.

Then leave for the commercial capital of the island, Colombo. Check-in to a Colonial bungalow in an exclusive part of the city.

Day 16
15 Aug
Maniumpathy Bungalow , Colombo
Half Board Basis
Deluxe Room

After breakfast at your hotel, tour of the city of Colombo exploring the architecture of colonial Ceylon, and the best shops for local designer products.

Dinner at your hotel

Day 17
15 Aug
Colombo / Airport (Approx: 55 min drive)
As all good things must come to an end. You will be taken back to the airport in time to meet your departure flight home


US$ 6,750 per person
occupying a SINGLE room on the meals basis specified above

US$ 4,483 per person
sharing a DOUBLE room on the meals basis specified above

Entrance Fees (US$ approx.)
Sigiriya Rock Fortress – US$ 30.00 P/P
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic – US$ 12.00 P/P
Buduruwagala Temple – US$ 4.00 P/P
Galle Museum – US$ 4.00 P/P
Colombo Museum – US$ 5.00 P/P
Gangaramaya Temple – US$ 4.00 P/P

PRICE INCLUDES: -Accommodation at specified properties – Private air-conditioned coach with an English speaking National Guide for 15 nights / 16
days (including pickup and drop-off at Airport)
- Local government taxes & service charges
- Meals as specified above
- Kandy Perahera viewing gallery at the Queens Hotel
- Tea Factory Visit in Ella
- Visit to mini Adams Peak
- Visit to Geoffrey Bawa’s country house and garden followed by lunch
- Visit to all the places mentioned in the itinerary
- Oil and fuel charge
- A dedicated tour consultant to attend to all your requirements/needs from the time you
land in Sri Lanka till departure 24 hours 7 days a week, sightseeing & city tours

- Visas
- Entrance fees to sites mentioned in the activities section.
- Insurance
- Optional tours and activities
- Flights
- Airport taxes
- Camera & Video permits at cultural sights
- All expenses of personal nature
- Tips and porterage
- All entrance fees to tourist and other attractions not specified above.
- Lunches (other than those provided), snacks, beverages, wine and alcohol

1. Quote is subject to availability and price fluctuations prior to booking.
2. All drive times are approximate and are subject to change
3. All reservations subject to availability at time of booking
4. The standard check in time in Sri Lanka is 1400 hours and the check-out time is 12 noon
5. Tipping can be US$ 10.00 per person per day, but depending on your level of satisfaction with our services
6. At local restaurants tipping can be about LKR 300.00 per meal
7. Lunch and Dinner from restaurants in the hotels will be about US$ 15.00 per
meal maximum based on the dishes which you order
8. Train rides can be arranged at an extra cost of US$ 15.00 per person, however train tickets
will be purchased 14 days prior to arrival, during which tickets will be subject to
9. Alcohol will not be served by any hotel on POYA DAYS (FULL MOON) and other days
prohibited by the Government.
10. Payment Procedure:
You can make the payment via Credit card for which there is a 2.7% service charge
to be followed online and fill in your credit card details using our safe online payment
OR you can make a bank transfer for the company bank details which will be emailed
11. Cancellation Policy:
30 days prior to arrival No cancellation charges
30 to 22 days prior to arrival 50% of the ground handling charges
21 days prior to arrival 100% of the ground handling charges will be charge

Optional excursions and additional services could be provided for which we will charge
Visits to wild life parks will be at client’s own risk.
Safari vehicles (non air-conditioned) available are very basic with basic insurance
cover (not comprehensive as in the case of vehicles used for tours).

Proceeding further with this itinerary means that you have read and fully understand
our standard terms and conditions which are available on our website