Sri Lankan Culture & Cuisine

£££ From £995.00 /PP
  • Culinary experience
  • Tea experience
  • Lipton Seat
  • Explore a Dutch fort
  • Heeloya Village tour
  • Temple of the tooth relic
  • Details
  • Itinerary
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This Sri Lankan Culture & Cuisine tour provides a full view of Sri Lanka's numerous features, combining tradition, culture, food, nature, and wildlife into an unforgettable voyage.

Sri Lanka is famous for its tea production, with lush tea gardens covering the hill area. Your tour will most likely include a stop at one of these estates, where you can see the tea-making process firsthand, from harvesting the leaves to processing and tasting the finished product.

One of the tour's highlights is the opportunity to dine with a local family, which provides a real taste of Sri Lankan hospitality and cuisine. You'll be able to savour home-cooked foods packed with flavour, created using ancient recipes handed down through generations.

The trip must include a visit to the renowned Nine Arch Bridge. This architectural marvel, located near Ella, exhibits Sri Lanka's colonial history and engineering prowess. Surrounded by lush flora and mist-covered hills, the bridge provides breathtaking panoramic views and is a popular destination for photographers.

Heeloya is a lovely village located in the hills of Sri Lanka, famous for its natural beauty and traditional way of life. A visit to Heeloya allows you to immerse yourself in rural Sri Lankan culture, meet friendly residents, and enjoy the tranquil countryside.

No vacation to Sri Lanka is complete without indulging in its exquisite cuisine, and what better way to do so than by learning to prepare authentic Sri Lankan meals yourself? Your tour may include a culinary session where you can roll up your sleeves and prepare traditional dishes under the supervision of skilled chefs.

Throughout the journey, you will be escorted by your own personal chauffeur guide and vehicle, allowing you to explore Sri Lanka at your leisure and adapt the experience to your specific needs. Whether you're admiring historic temples, observing wildlife in national parks, or simply relaxing on sun-kissed beaches, the Sri Lankan Culture & Cuisine tour promises a rich and fulfilling journey full of wonderful memories.


"Ayubowan" and ''Vanakkam Welcome to tropical paradise. Your guide or an ARCA Origins representative will greet you when you arrive at Colombo International Airport's Waiting Area. You will go to Hunumulla with your guide. Travel duration is around 30 minutes, depending on road traffic. The lodge is located inside a 25-acre coconut plantation with its own spice garden.
Accommodation: Ambarella Lodge, Chalet or similar 
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
In the morning, you will enjoy roaming around your lodge grounds or exploring the village on foot or bicycle.
Hunumulla is home to a variety of historic temples, including the oldest, Hunumulla Temple, and the Walagampa Temple, which is said to be the birthplace of King Walagampa. It is a village where you may learn about Sri Lankan culture and traditions, as well as find bold spices and herbs. If you like, you can ask a local villager for help. Hunumulla features stunning scenery and a tranquil atmosphere, complete with tea plantations, flora, coconut trees, and friendly locals.

Then, you'll travel from Hunumulla to Kandy. Travel time is around 3 ½ hours.

En route, you will have lunch with a native Sri Lankan Muslim family. Galhinna is a frigid settlement situated at one of Kandy's highest points. It is around an hour distant from Kandy. When you arrive, you'll be greeted. You will be served Sri Lankan country cuisine with superb aromatic 5 - 7 unique dishes for a feast. While eating lunch, you can learn about Sri Lankan Muslims' culture and traditions, as well as many other aspects of village cookery, and, of course, pick up some pointers from them.

Everything they cultivate in the garden helps to sustain the home. The garden behind and behind the home produces vegetables, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, coffee beans, bananas, cocoas, black peppers, and a variety of other herbs and spices. Finally, enjoy a cup of delicious handmade coffee powder.

The rest of the day will be spent at leisure.
Accommodation: Fox Kandy, Deluxe or similar
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Today you will go to Heeloya. It is a rural, secluded town located in the Knuckles mountain range. An magnificent vegetative village where travellers may experience the lifestyle of a regular peasant by walking through the village for 1 - 2 hours. A visit to the paddy fields might reveal the exact traditional method in which farmers plough and work the crops. The village has a distinct appearance due to the terraced paddy fields that surround it. Paddy agriculture, home gardening, livestock, spice plantations, toddy tapping, handicrafts, beekeeping, and other activities are part of their daily existence.
Along with the unusual attraction, you will learn about how a court case is heard, proceeded, and justice is rendered by the village's headman in ancient times.
After that, you can experience living in a normal village in addition to trekking and sightseeing. (Includes lunch.)
Accommodation: Fox Kandy, Deluxe, or similar
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
After breakfast, you will visit the Temple of the Tooth & Buddhist Museum. Sri Dalada Maligawa dates back to the 16th century, but the majority of the current buildings were built in the nineteenth century. The Temple houses the Sacred Relic of the Tooth of Buddha, which is revered as the most sacred thing in Buddhism. The Relic, which was brought from India 2500 years ago, is claimed to grant the possessor the authority to control the country. The Relic is housed in a gold casket and maintained under strict protection in the Inner Chamber.

Today, you'll travel from Kandy to Hatton. Travel time is roughly 2 ½ hours.

En route, you will visit a tea estate. Experience the tea estate's process and lifestyle. Tea is recognised as Sri Lanka's green gold, and the tea plantation offers insight into the British colonial past and the role of tea in Sri Lanka today. The views from the tea estates are spectacular.
Accommodation: The Argyle, Wallace, or similar
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
After breakfast you can enjoy a village walk and experience the tea plucking and the process from a local guide in the tea estate.
Afterwards you will travel to Haputale. Travel time’s approximately 3 ½ hours. 
Accommodation: Melheim Resort, Deluxe or similar 
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
After an early breakfast, you'll go to Lipton Seat. It is positioned on the top of Poonagala Hill. Thomas Lipton, the Scottish tea tycoon, would frequently examine his tea estates from this vantage point. On a clear day, it provides a breathtaking perspective of stunning mountain ranges, isolated lakes, and valleys stretching all the way down to the southern shore.You will climb to the point through lush tea plantations, or you can drive up in comfort with your guide.
Then you will travel to Galle. Travel time is around 3 ½ hours.

En route, you will see the Nine Arch Bridge. The spectacular and eye-catching Nine Arch Bridge connecting Ella and Demodara stations is only a few kilometres along the track from Demodara station. The most popular attraction among tourists and residents. This viaduct bridge, erected during the British Colonial period, is the largest in Sri Lanka and was constructed entirely of stone and cement, with no reinforcing iron or concrete. The huge arches form a circumferential walkway that connects the bridge to the mountains. This 99.6-foot-high bridge, known as "Ahas namaye palama" (Nine Sky Bridge) in Sinhala, is nearly 3100 feet above sea level. When one stands beneath it and looks up, there is a lovely view of the 'nine heavens' via the nine arches, which explains the Sinhala name. This bridge is also known as 'The Bridge in the Sky' due to its incredible height.

In the afternoon, you'll visit the Dutch Fort at Galle. The Galle Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest extant castle in Asia erected by European occupiers, demonstrating the blending of European architectural styles with South Asian traditions. Other notable monuments in Galle include the natural harbour, the National Maritime Museum, and St. Mary's Cathedral, which was constructed by Jesuit monks and is one of the island's important Shiva temples. Galle has an exceptional opportunity to build a visible demonstration of the preservation of its heritage. There are numerous boutique shops around the fort's tiny streets, as well as antiques, arts, and crafts stores.
Accommodation: Yara Galle Fort, Superior or similar
Meal: Breakfast
Today, you'll travel from Galle to Colombo. Travel time is about 2 ½ hours.

En route, spend time with a local family and learn about Sri Lankan cuisine.

Lunch (included) offers a traditional Sri Lankan cuisine experience. You can even learn to prepare a few Sri Lankan meals if you want. You will meet a local family in Bentota. When you arrive, you'll be greeted. You will learn how to prepare and cook Sri Lankan delicacies, such as. You'll also learn how coconut milk is made, how to split open and scrape your own coconut, and try each recipe as you go. The end result is a feast of seven distinct foods served in a lotus leaf, which you can eat with your fingers if you are up to the task. (If you like, spend the day with the host shopping for ingredients at local markets. You are welcome to attend in the morning.
Accommodation: Cinnamon Red, Standard, or similar
Meal: Breakfast 
Today, you will depart for Colombo Airport. The travel time is roughly one hour, depending on road traffic.
Meals: Breakfast

Price Includes

  • Transport by an air-conditioned private vehicle with an English-speaking chauffeur guide
  • Sri Lanka - Accommodation on mixed board basis as per itinerary
  • All relevant taxes at hotels
  • Entrance fees to sites as per the Itinerary
  • 24 hours local support in Sri Lanka
  • 100% financial protection & Security with TTA
  • Responsible Travel

Price Excludes

  • Tips for services
  • Lunch and dinners not mentioned
  • All other expenses in the hotel must be paid by the client when check-out
  • Anything else not listed in the itinerary
  • Optional excursions
  • No beverages included in Meal plans in Sri Lanka
  • Sri Lanka Tourism Visa
  • International Flights