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Cook the Lankan Way & Colonial Colombo

You’ll notice what makes Sri Lankan cuisine special as you tuck into breakfast at the hotel....

Colombo, Western Province

You’ll notice what makes Sri Lankan cuisine special as you tuck into breakfast at the hotel. Later on, you’ll embark on a culinary journey that will acquaint you with the island’s flavours, its spices, and preparation methods, as you learn firsthand how to cook your own Sri Lankan meal!


Cook the Lankan Way: This one’s quite special! Your host is well-versed in the art of local cuisine. You’ll meet him at his place in Colombo for a one-of-a-kind cooking class. You’ll get to use your fingers and hands and truly immerse yourself in the traditional food of this island. The preparation of Sri Lankan cuisine is a frenzy of activity and sound. From cracking a coconut in two, chopping a selection of local vegetables, to tempering spices and even frying papadams, you’ll get to try your hand at everything. Your host’s vast knowledge on local cuisine is impressive. He will guide you through the unique techniques involved as well as the key ingredients that flavour an authentic Sri Lankan meal. Ah, and then there’s the tasting part of it. Your day’s hard work neatly placed on a banana leaf, for you to relish! A traditional lunch fit for a King. Perhaps you’ll choose to eat with your hands like the locals do. Oh, and make sure you collect your recipe card. Try out these dishes once you head back home, and you’ll surely relive this authentic Sri Lankan cooking experience.


Make your way back to the hotel for a spot of rest and relaxation, thereafter. You’ve got plenty of time till the next experience starts. You’ll smile, knowing there’s nothing quite like making a meal from scratch; that too on an island like this.


Later on in the evening, we dive deep into the colonial heritage of Colombo. Buildings inspired by the Portuguese, Dutch and British can be seen everywhere. You’ll head back in time for this experience and relive Colombo’s rich history. Oh, and you’ll take it all in while comfortably seated in a classic car.


Colonial Colombo: What would have Colombo been like in centuries past? It is easy to see, and the colonial influence is strong in this, now, metropolitan city. Things changed quickly in this famed seaport in the 16th century, as the Portuguese first set foot on the island and captured Colombo. The first colonial developments thus began. Their influence on some of the city’s existing structures, and overall culture, is immediately visible. The 17th century featured a different colonial power altogether. The Dutch arrived here and initiated a series of developments, including churches, hospitals, administrative buildings and, perhaps most recognizably, Dutch-style Forts. The Fort in Colombo was gradually developed into an administrative base in the early 19th century, by the island’s last colonial rulers — the British. Times have changed considerably since then! A series of stunning, centuries-old buildings dot most parts of Colombo. They’ve received a boost through government-led restoration efforts. Previously closed-off areas housing numerous colonial era structures, have now been opened for people to explore. This colonial-influenced experience is best had by car. Perhaps you’ll even get to ride in the same vintage model the Queen of England had on her visit to the island.


You’ll make your way to the Monsoon Restaurant at Park Street Mews, thereafter. A great mix of Southeast Asian cuisine can be savoured here.


Head back to the hotel and take some time to put your feet up. Pleasant thoughts on the rich and eventful day you’ve had in Colombo are sure to remain with you as you retire for the night.


Includes : Host, Lunch, chauffeur, car, refreshments, dinner
Times : Starts at 1100 hours & ends at 2200 hours
Children : :Experience 1 – More for older kids
Experience 2 – 12yrs +, not families (2 seats)
To wear/bring : Comfortable clothing

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What to Know Before you trvel


Knowledge and expertise can make your holiday more canker free and fun filled.

Sri Lanka is a tropical island. Therefore, breathable cotton clothing would be ideal. White is considered a clean, pure colour especially when visiting religious sites. Ideally a pair of sturdy sneakers for treks would do whilst a pair of comfy flip flops would do for excursions and sandals would be perfect for the beach or for a casual walk.
Get permission from the proper people before visiting a sacred place. This might be a caretaker, holy person, elder, or the governing agency affiliated with the site. Be aware that even after attaining permission from a governing agency you may be offending indigenous people who may not have jurisdiction over their own sacred sites.
Exchange rates fluctuate constantly throughout the week as currencies are actively traded. This pushes the price up and down, similar to other assets such as gold or stocks. The market price of a currency – how many U.S. dollars it takes to buy a Canadian dollar for example – is different than the rate you will receive from your bank when you exchange currency. Here's how exchange rates work, and how to figure out if you are getting a good deal. For the more advanced investor, you might want to check out
01.A person may bring any sum of money in foreign currencies into Sri Lanka. This sum could be in TCs, Bank drafts or currency notes. However, if the total of such sum exceeds US$ 15,000, such sum should be declared to the Sri Lanka Customs.

02. If a person wishes to take out from Sri Lanka any sum in exceeds of US$ 5000 in currency notes out of the sum brought in as per (1) above, such person should declare the entirety of the sum brought in, even if it is less than US$ 15,000.
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