Culinary Tour 2018

4 Day Culinary – Cultural Luxury Tour, 
23rd September – 6th October 2018

  • 3 Hands On Cooking Classes,1 Cooking Demo
  • Each couple have their own Air Conditioned Vehicle to explore the culture, environment, food and people of this exotic island paradise called Sri Lanka
  • Safari at Minneriya – Elephant Gathering
  • First Class train trip from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
  • High Tea in the hill country, among the sprawling tea plantation
  • 5 Star accommodation in some of Sri Lanka’s spectacular Boutique Hotels and Villas
  • A Degustation Dinner at one of Sri Lanka’s best boutique hotel by an award winning chef

$6800 pp Twin Share

(Single Supplement available)


Some of Sri Lanka’s best known Chefs will escort you to the local markets to pick fresh produce before each lesson. Cooking lessons aside, this tour is designed to give you plenty of time to rest, relax, explore and enjoy all that Sri Lanka has to offer. You will stay at the finest hotels and enjoy a scrumptious buffet breakfast every morning and dinner fit for kings and queens. There is no tour bus or tour group as such. Each couple (or family) will have a dedicated car and chauffeur / tour guide who will drive you where you want to go, when you want to go. Enjoy the culture, history, food, wildlife and people as you discover this beautiful Island Paradise that is Sri Lanka.


Some of the destinations you will visit

Negombo

Day 1 and 2 – The vibrant colours of Negombo, a small fishing village on the west coast of Sri Lanka. Visit the fish market with Chef. Your cooking class will commence on day 2, during this time you will be guided in your own Masterchef class through the traditional spices used to create the dishes that you will make for lunch. Using local produce.

Optional Activities – Enjoy a sailboat ride in a traditional fishing boat, walk along the beach or even shop at the many beach side strip shops

Sigirya

Day 3 – Proceed to your luxurious hotel in the Cultural Triangle where heritage and culture abounds. On the way visit the Dambula Cave Temples and the rest of the day is yours to enjoy your surroundings and explore your hotel and maybe indulge in an Aruvedic Massage.

Day 4 – In the morning before breakfast you will be taken to a real farmer’s market and a central trading hub in Dambulla.

Optional Activities – Sigiriya rock fortress, Dambula Cave Temples, Polonnaruwa ancient city, Minneriya National Park for an evening wildlife safari.

Optional Activities – Take a walk with your own naturalist along the Hiriwadunna Trek and a canoe ride on the lake. On the way visit a working farm and see how crops are grown, harvested, then milled and made into a mouthwatering Roti….this is a must do activity and is priceless.

Kandy

Day 5 – A 3 hr drive to Kandy will allow you to explore so much along the way. The Boutique hotel that you will stay in for 1 night in Kandy is nestled high up in the hills, the views are stunning and out of this world.

Optional Activities – Visit the famous and very religious site – Temple of the Tooth and the beautiful and lush Peradeniya Botanical Gardens and see a Cultural show at night.

Nuwara Eliya

Day 6, 7 and 8 – In the morning drive to your hotel located in the hill country of Sri Lanka. This area is famous for its tea plantations and drive along the roads is breathtaking. Stop along the way to see a number of waterfalls as the change climate and vegetation is refreshing.

This morning, you will be taken through the tea plantations, to a tea factory to witness and experience the age-old process of tea making. Once you return to the hotel, you will be having a Cooking Class.

Optional Activities – Take a long walk, through the many gardens and tracks of the Tea Plantation or have a game of Golf with some of the worlds most magnificent views as your backdrop.

Galle

Day 9, 10, 11 – After breakfast you will leave the hill country to travel down south – 6 hrs. The drive is relaxed and you can stop as many times as you like, visiting the many sights along the way. Once you arrive at your hotel, the rest of the afternoon is yours to rest and relax.

Day 10 – After breakfast you will be taken for your Cooking Class

Today you will make a unique dish that is famous to this region and it’s people. The dessert is also very traditional to the region and is the cherry on top of your final Cooking Class.

Optional Activities – Galle Fort and the infamous Cricket Ground where Sri Lanka and Australia have battled out many matches. Visit a Turtle Hatchery and a Cinnamon Plantation en route back to Colombo

Colombo

Day 12 and 13 – After breakfast you will be taken to Colombo, this is a short drive and along the way there are many things to stop and see.

On your last night a special farewell dinner will be hosted for you in a spectacular location.

Day 14 – All good things must eventually come to an end. Today you will be transferred to the airport (Approx. 40 mins) to catch the flight to your onward destination.

Thank you for visiting Sri Lanka, we look forward to seeing you again…
Ayubowan (May you live long)

Optional Activities – Last minute shopping as you will be in the Hub of Colombo…visit places like Barefoot(Clothing, Homewares, Handicrafts), Paradise Road (Homewares), Odel (Clothing), Lakpahana (Handicrafts), Suriya Collections (Homewares) for a vast array of local handicrafts and gifts.

What is included in the cost?

  • Accommodation at some Sri Lanka’s finest hotels
  • Private air-conditioned bus and an English speaking guide for the duration of the trip (all scheduled travel from Day 1 to Day 12, including airport transfers) – 12 Day Ladies Tour Only
  • Private air-conditioned car and an English speaking chauffeur-guide for the duration of the trip (all scheduled travel from Day 1 to Day 14, including airport transfers) – 14 Day Luxury Tour Only
  • Local government taxes & service charges
  • A grand breakfast every day and the meals prepared at each cooking lesson – As specified in the Itinerary
  • Preparation for cooking demonstrations at each hotel including shopping allowance for the requisite produce, meat and seafood
  • Cooking stations at each venue (no, you don’t have to do the washing up afterwards)

What is not-included?

  • Visas (please visit www.eta.gov.lk for visa requirements)
  • Vaccines (please consult your doctor)
  • Insurance
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Return Flights to Sri Lanka – there are always special airfares that run throughout the year. The cost is approx: $850 – $1100. Sri Lankan Airlines is now flying non stop to Colombo.
  • Airport taxes
  • Camera & Video permits at Cultural sights
  • All expenses of personal nature
  • Tips and portage
  • All entrance fees not specified above – including access to golf courses, cultural shows and other tourist attractions
  • Optional excursions (Wildlife Safari, Spa and Aruvedic massages)
  • Travel costs for extra travel (wildlife safaris, shopping excursions, etc. @ US$ 0.30 per Km)

Miris Trails – fired by her passion for Sri Lanka and its cuisine…

Miris Trails – fired by her passion for Sri Lanka and its cuisine…

Taking tourists on a culinary tour of Sri Lanka

Bringing tourists from her adopted homeland of Australia, to Sri Lanka, the country of her birth, is proving to be an interesting enterprise for Sonali Peiris. Sonali left Sri Lanka when she was a child and despite living away for almost 5 decades she still feels a great connection to Sri Lanka. I had the opportunity to meet Sonali in the salubrious setting of Villa Republic in Galle on her third Miris Trail tour of Sri Lanka. Miris Trails was created through her initial business Miris Products where Sonali creates gourmet artisan style condiments which are snapped by culinary enthusiasts. Explaining how Miris Trails evolved, Sonali said “I was doing cooking demonstrations and Sri Lankan cooking classes for my clients. Some of them mentioned if I was to take a tour to Sri Lanka they would come. It was a natural progression. The idea of a culinary tour was conceived in 2012 and our first tour took place in 2013.”

“During the last three years Miris Trails has brought several people to Sri Lanka, with many having returned as their initial experience of Sri Lanka through the Miris Trails tour had left a lasting impression on them. On this tour I have 10 people with me, they are all foodies and already two clients have expressed a desire to return next year” added Sonali.

For Sonali, bringing tourists to Sri Lanka and showing them the heritage, culture and of course the cuisine of Sri Lanka is a dream come true. She says that each time she returns the connection she experiences is stronger and her vision to showcase Sri Lanka has not failed her clients. Explaining how she first started Sonali says “My husband Vasee and myself research all the places, we talk to people in Sri Lanka and they might mention new villas and boutique hotels. Initially the hotels were keen but not the chefs. I had to come to Sri Lanka and visit all the hotels that were conducting the cooking classes and basically sell the concept to the chefs. Once I met them and told them what I wanted and once they saw my enthusiasm they jumped on board. The brief stipulated that the menu had to be traditional, using local produce. I asked them to come up with something they felt comfortable with. It had to be made as a complete ”hands on experience” in 3 hours where after cooking they would all sit and eat what they created.”

The Miris Trails tours are created so that the client has autonomy of how they want to see Sri Lanka within a structured itinerary. They offer five cookery classes. Clients can choose to do all 5 or none. They are also encouraged to climb Sigiriya, go on the Hiriwaduna Trek, visit Pigeon Island, Geoffery Bawa’s garden in Lunuganga and many other places that are enroute. “Ultimately this is a culinary tour which offers the experience to cook and sample some of these dishes like Dungassu Mas with a backdrop like Vil Uyana and finishing up with a spectacular class in the breathtaking Villa Republic, Galle, where we made prawn biriyani, pineapple curry, mint sambol and watalappam against a beautiful ocean backdrop. We have had a real diverse group of guests on this trip including a former Olympic rower who has just won 6 gold medals at the World Masters who joined us straight from his victory in Copenhagen. On this Miris Trails Tour we have visited Jetwing, Jungle Beach, Heritance Tea Factory, Vil Uyana, Cinnamon Lakeside and Villa Republic,” said Sonali.

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Oct 3rd 2016

Author: Tina Gunawardhana