A Hosted Journey - Gourmet Traveller Sri Lanka with Helen Anderson

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Best time to go: MarchOctober

13 Nights | from £4,535pp

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  • Exclusive culinary experiences
  • Market visits, cooking demonstrations and tastings
  • See the elephants of Minneriya National Park on a jeep safari
  • Iconic rail journey through the scenic highlands of Sri Lanka
  • An in depth tea experience in the hill country
  • Exclusive rotti dinner at the Paddy Island near Galle
  • Walking tour of old Colombo with Colombo native Mark Forbes
  • Dinner at the iconic Ministry of Crab, world renowned for its crustaceans

DAY 1 Arrive Colombo
On arrival, there will be a warm A&K welcome and transfer to your hotel at nearby Negombo. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Jetwing Blue

DAY 2 Negombo
Today is at leisure to enjoy the hotel and its beachfront facilities. Alternatively, an optional half-day tour is available to Number Eleven, the Colombo residence of renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. Later in the day meet your A&K Tour Escort and travelling companions for a reception by the beach followed by a welcome dinner. 
Jetwing Blue | MEALS: Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 3 Negombo/Sigiriya

This morning enjoy a poolside breakfast in the company of the hotel’s executive chef followed by a visit to the Lellamat Fish Market. Here you will select the fish of your choice to be used in this afternoon’s seafood cooking class with your chef. After lunch, travel north to the Cultural Triangle and the clifftop citadel of Sigiriya where you check in to your hotel.
Jetwing Vil Uyana | MEALS: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 4 The Cultural Triangle

This morning enjoy a fascinating lesson in the art of cooking kiri bath (milk rice) and its associated dishes followed by a visit to a local family home where you will sample delicious homemade delicacies. View the many varieties of fruit and vegetables that are being cultivated there and observe the traditional method of preparing rice and curry. Afterwards, a hands-on cooking demonstration followed by a lunch of local specialties. Late this afternoon visit the superb 5th-century city of Polonnaruwa and the Archaeological Museum.
Jetwing Vil Uyana | MEALS: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 5 The Cultural Triangle
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Sigiriya is a fortress complex set 200m up on an enormous rocky outcrop. Dating to the 5th century, the site is a complex of buildings, part royal palace and part self-contained town with the famous Lion Gate, water gardens, walls and moats on par with the best in the ancient world. In a sheltered pocket approached by a spiral stairway are the famous Sigiriya frescoes, 21 figures of females depicted as rising from the clouds, some of the earliest surviving pictorial art in Sri Lanka. Following lunch visit Minneriya National Park for an afternoon game drive. The park forms part of an elephant corridor, with sightings of elephants throughout the year.
Jetwing Vil Uyana | MEALS: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 6 Sigiriya/Dambulla/Matale/Kandy 
Today, visit the Fortress complex of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Dambulla, known for its richly-painted cave temples. The temple’s frescoes are over 2,000 years old and a further highlight is the colossal 15 metre figure of the recumbent Buddha, carved out of the rock. Afterwards travel south to Kandy, visiting the renowned Matale Spice Gardens en route. In the late afternoon, a cultural performance featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing is scheduled. 
Cinnamon Citadel | MEALS: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 7 Kandy
After breakfast, visit Kandy’s most sacred site, the Temple of the Tooth. Tradition relates that a sacred tooth relic of the Lord Buddha was brought to Sri Lanka in the 4th century A.D. and was enshrined here. Later, drive to Peradeniya to explore the Royal Botanical Gardens accompanied by a professor of botany. Founded in 1824, the gardens are home to some of the most valuable botanical collections in the world. This evening, join the hotel’s chefs in a hands-on cooking class where you will learn to make traditional kottu roti and Sri Lanka’s famous egg hoppers.
Cinnamon Citadel | MEALS: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 8 Kandy/Nuwara Eliya
Today, take a memorable railway journey through a truly beautiful landscape of mist-covered mountains and scenic waterfalls, widely considered one of the most scenic in the highlands of Sri Lanka. Catch glimpses of sari-clad plantation workers as you pass through lush green tea estates. Enjoy a picnic lunch on board before arriving in Nuwara Eliya and transferring to your hotel. The evening is at leisure.
Grand Hotel | MEALS: Breakfast

DAY 9 Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast, you are escorted on a morning “Tea Experience”. The traditional tea manufacturing process will be explained in the plantation’s tea factory. Continue with a city tour of Nuwara Eliya before returning to the hotel for lunch. In the late afternoon, high tea will be served.
Grand Hotel | MEALS: Breakfast

DAY 10 Nuwara Eliya/Galle
Today you are driven southwest to the seaside town of Galle, enjoying a picnic lunch en route and arriving early evening.
Jetwing Lighthouse | MEALS: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 11 Galle
This morning experience the quintessential sight of Sri Lankan stilt fishermen perched over swirling waters on slender poles waiting for their daily catch. After lunch at the hotel, enjoy a tour of the fascinating city of Galle. An ancient trading post, this World Heritage-listed fortified town has been a stronghold of both the Dutch and the British. Today, narrow streets lined with old houses and pillared verandas display their rich heritage. This evening, enjoy sunset cocktails and Sri Lankan canapés before a rotti dinner at the Paddy Island.
Jetwing Lighthouse | MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 12 Galle
This morning, your hotel’s executive chef will host a fascinating introduction to the iconic Sri Lankan ingredients of breadfruit and jackfruit. After a guided visit to the town’s vegetable, fruit and fish markets, enjoy a cooking class on archetypal Sri Lankan curry dishes. The rest of your day is at leisure.
Jetwing Lighthouse | MEALS: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 13 Galle/Colombo
Return by road to Colombo. In the early evening, take a walking tour of this fascinating city in the company of Colombo native Mark Forbes and his wife, Ruvi. Experience the chaotic bustle and narrow winding streets of the Pettah Bazaar, and marvel at pillared colonial Dutch mansions and the 17th century Old Dutch Museum. Your walk continues into the commercial hub of Colombo Fort where you’ll find another colonial treasure, the Old Dutch Hospital. Dating also from the 17th century, the complex now houses high-end restaurants, bars and shops. This evening, a special farewell dinner is planned at Ministry of Crab, an iconic restaurant owned and managed by Sri Lankan celebrity chef Mr. Dharshan Munidasa, and renowned worldwide for its delectable crustacean dishes.
Taj Samudra | MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 14 Depart Colombo
Today you bid farewell to Sri Lanka as you transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
MEALS: Breakfast

Your A&K host | Helen Anderson

Helen Anderson, Gourmet Traveller’s Travel Editor is the Guest Host on the March 2017 departure. Joining you for half of the journey from Kandy, Helen is an experienced travel writer and editor, and has been charting the revival of Sri Lanka’s tourism industry since her first visit to the island in 2011. “It was barely two years since the end of the long civil war and the sense of relief and optimism was palpable,” she says. “I fell in love with the island’s extraordinary beauty and diversity, but also with the remarkable energy of its residents and the resilience of their culture.”

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The above prices include all accommodation, guiding and meals as specified. Subject to availability. Excludes international flights. Single Supplement from £1,700


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Best time to be there

During our winter months, when the humidity is lower and the temperature more comfortable for sightseeing and exploration. However, the monsoon season of May to September should not be discounted for travel as the whole of Sri Lanka is bursting into lush greenery due to the rainfall showing you a side of this island not everyone sees.

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Colombo (Sri Lankan Airlines daily)

flying time

10 hours non-stop

time difference

GMT +6 hours


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Health Requirements

Yellow fever if arriving from endemic area

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