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Colombo Food and Sightseeing Tour provided by Rustic Tour Guide

Colombo Food and Sightseeing Tour

Colombo Food and Sightseeing Tour
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About
Have you ever realized that Colombo is built on layer upon layer of history that runs back to the ancient Kingdoms ? There is so much to see and do in Colombo, hidden from the first glance. Colombo consists of breathtaking architectural sites built during the ancient Kingdom of Kotte and under the ruling of three European Colonials namely Portuguese, Dutch, and British. After gaining control over Colombo, the British Colonials, planned Colombo as a “garden city”. The Fort, the innermost area of Colombo, housed the Parliament and Governors’ House, and had been the administrative capital of British Sri Lanka. today’s Colombo is truly a multinational and multicultural city with historically important religious and sacred shrines. Since Colombo is the commercial hub and the center of culture and art of Sri Lanka, through a Colombo city tour you will be able to explore things that most visitors always wanted to know about sri lanka, but fail to do so before the end of their tour.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • Check in to your room in the thoughtfully decorated villa after refreshing welcome by your host. Get ready for the unique market experience. This visit will give you an experience of what Sri Lankan people will typically do before cooking. The tour starts by exploring local market where you will get to know how to select world-renowned Sri Lankan spices and ingredients by their smell, feel and appearance. In the traditional market, you will have a great opportunity of seeing and experiencing the real Sri Lankan culture and lifestyle.   Then return to your beautiful villa for the cooking class to begin. Start preparing your meal, first by learning the traditional Sri Lankan way of cutting, chopping, and grinding. Preparation is one of the most interesting and important aspects of Sri Lankan cooking, with two types of spice preparation, chop on a wooden chopping block or ground in a stone mortar before being cooked in a variety of ways. All prep work and cooking are hands-on experiences, performed entirely by you. Now it’s time to start real cooking as you make an array of delicious Sri Lankan dishes and pick up plenty of tips and techniques from your instructor, an experienced local chef. On completion of the class, you can enjoy your Sri Lankan feast of lunch/ dinner! We will provide a booklet with detailed recipes and instructions so that you can practice at home!
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Check in to your room in the thoughtfully decorated villa after refreshing welcome by your host. Get ready for the unique market experience. This visit will give you an experience of what Sri Lankan people will typically do before cooking. The tour starts by exploring local market where you will get to know how to select world-renowned Sri Lankan spices and ingredients by their smell, feel and appearance. In the traditional market, you will have a great opportunity of seeing and experiencing the real Sri Lankan culture and lifestyle.   Then return to your beautiful villa for the cooking class to begin. Start preparing your meal, first by learning the traditional Sri Lankan way of cutting, chopping, and grinding. Preparation is one of the most interesting and important aspects of Sri Lankan cooking, with two types of spice preparation, chop on a wooden chopping block or ground in a stone mortar before being cooked in a variety of ways. All prep work and cooking are hands-on experiences, performed entirely by you. Now it’s time to start real cooking as you make an array of delicious Sri Lankan dishes and pick up plenty of tips and techniques from your instructor, an experienced local chef. On completion of the class, you can enjoy your Sri Lankan feast of lunch/ dinner! We will provide a booklet with detailed recipes and instructions so that you can practice at home!
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 75374P11
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Local taxes
  • TripAdvisor Experiences brokerage fee
  • Bottled water
  • Light refreshments
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
5h
Departure details
  • Viharamaha Devi Park Buddha Statue, 7 F. R. Senanayake Mawatha, Colombo 00700, Sri Lanka
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Local taxes
  • TripAdvisor Experiences brokerage fee
  • Bottled water
  • Light refreshments
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Viharamaha Devi Park Buddha Statue, 7 F. R. Senanayake Mawatha, Colombo 00700, Sri Lanka
Duration
5h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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Denurtt
Adelaide, Australia17 contributions
Market shopping and cooking with Nim
Nov 2019
Outstanding service provided by Nim from the pickup and return to our hotel in Colombo, shopping for the ingredients at the local open air fresh food and spice market and the private cooking class in his beautiful home. Nim’s knowledge of the fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices was complete. No trip to Colombo would be complete without this tour. Well done Nim.👍👍👍👍
Written 18 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

hui yin
Vancouver, Canada3 contributions
morning colombo market tour & cooking in a group
Feb 2019 • Friends
It was definitely one of the best touring cooking classes i've gone before. I like that we didn't only visit the market to collect supplies. The rustic cooking class also let us explore the traditional market. I got to see and experience a real sri lankan lifestyle and culture along with its fineest dishes.
Written 3 April 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Anushri D
London, UK4 contributions
They really surprise me
Mar 2019
I have an Indian background. so I'm familiar with spicy Asian food. We use same spices and add-ons to make same type of curries.these guys they use ginger, garlic, cinnamon and many other same spices, but the taste!! it was amazing. I never had this much amazing taste. I wish I could stay for more lessons and learn something more of your secrets. Thanks guys.
Written 1 April 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

cathy
Manchester, UK4 contributions
The best meal of my one month trip
Dec 2018 • Friends
The meal we create was by far one of the best we had throughout our whole trip! If we get the chance to go back again Sri Lanka, this would be the very first thing we'd do again. What a wonderful, joyous, fun and delicious memories! worth it. don't miss when you are in Sri lanka.
Written 30 March 2019
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Sarah Lee
Perth, Australia3 contributions
Such a welcoming host & atomosphere
Jan 2019 • Solo
what a friendly, fun and welcoming host!! I met nice new folks in the cooking class and learned about Sri Lankan cooking. (Yum Yum) the chef shared the recipes with us, we kept those to bring back home for cooking with my own. I truly recommend this cooking class! It is a must experience!!!!!
Written 30 March 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

burton12120
Burton upon Trent, UK10 contributions
Fantastic experience
Mar 2019 • Couples
We had booked this for our first full day in Sri Lanka and it got our holiday off to a fantastic start.
We were given a very warm welcome from Nim and a tour of his wonderful house - modern, light and a pleasure to cook in. The atmosphere was very relaxed and, as the only two people on the course that morning, we felt as if we had our own private chef!
The trip to the market was amazing and made even better by having Nim explaining as we went along - we certainly weren't aware of the huge variety of fruit and vegetables available.
Nim's sense of humour made our preparation of coconuts and spices an experience we will never forget! The food that we cooked was delicious and varied. Nim emailed us the recipes later and we'll certainly be trying them out at home.
Altogether an amazing experience that we would thoroughly recommend.
Written 20 March 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

liam wilson
Toronto, Canada5 contributions
Traditional way to experience the local taste
Feb 2019 • Couples
Recently, we had an interest in cooking, so I ask my partner to join me in this cooking class. we were amazed because it is not a typical cooking class, it is more of traditional cooking. we enjoyed cooking on the traditional clay where we found the food more flavourful. market tour is fascinated experience we never had before, of course in a tuk tuk. The team was professional and experienced. must do activity when you are in sri lanka.
Written 6 March 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Keshav R
Mount Edgecombe, South Africa134 contributions
Cooking class
A good place to learn about sri lankan cusine.
Host was approachable from the start of messaging him.
Class was informative and fun.
All promises were delivered upon.
So all in all a good outcome for this cooking school.

Market tour was fun as we played spot the vegetable etc which got us looking around and trying to interact.
Written 25 January 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Miriam R
Hong Kong, China16 contributions
Fun, Educational Cooking Activity!
Sep 2018 • Couples
We were in Colombo for work, but wanted to take time to do something unique to Sri Lanka while we were in town-- with only two day's notice, we were lucky to be able to get a booking to take Nim's market tour and cooking lesson! Nim also helped us arrange transport to and from his house, which was about a 30 minute drive from where we stayed in Colombo 03.
The Villa is absolutely gorgeous-- clean, relaxed, and an amazing space for gatherings. There were only two of us for the class this time, but the space can very easily and comfortably take a group of up to 8.
We enjoyed the local market tour; Nim took time to answer all our questions about how to choose the produce, and was able to teach us about loads of new fruits and veggies. He got us involved in the buying process, but also made sure we got the best produce, from the best stalls. We really loved all the photography opportunities at the market-- it's gorgeous!
Back at the Villa, we had a menu of 7 dishes-- but we decided while at the market to add one more-- a Jackfruit curry-- and Nim happily adapted and added it in for us! His team did a lot of the basic prep to help move things along, and we learned tons of new cooking techniques, and how to create various curry mixes with variations.
Not only will I recommend Nim's cooking class to any friends visiting Sri Lanka, but my husband and I also hope to return so we can take the class again!
Written 29 September 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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KatharinaAmmersee
KatharinaAmmersee
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Perfect way to spend a day in Colombo
It was an awesome tour with lots of different food. Everything was included and you can also suggest food that you
KitSuffolk_UK
KitSuffolk_UK
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Wonderful introduction to Sri Lankan cuisine
Our excellent food tour was good preparation for the rest of our holiday. We started at 4.00 pm, by which time it
joerL837OK
joerL837OK
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Wonderful experience and get food
Our market tour and cooking school was an amazing experience and one we won’t forget soon! The tour showed us the b
WolfAUT
WolfAUT
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Great cooking class! Everyone go for it!
We had a great time! Nim was a great host and a superb teacher!! +hotel pick-up +market tour +flexible menu +a lot
kwornds
kwornds
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Fantastic foodie experience
I've done many a cooking class and this was one of the best. It started off with a wonderful market tour walking th
WalkerLogan
WalkerLogan
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Unmissable Experience
Initially This cooking class was not part of my Sri Lankan adventure. However, my friends told me about their terri
CarolineCoop
CarolineCoop
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Couldn't wait to leave a review!
During our second day in Sri Lanka, we booked the evening cooking class. The entire cooking class experience was ex
Ross N
Ross N
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Great Experience Great Host
Started the morning at the local market seeing unique Sri Lankan produce (I think they are called wooden apples).
Wandru
Wandru
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Faultless, great-value Sri Lankan cookery class
Having booked this class last summer (apologies for the delayed review, Nim!), I can confirm that the high ratings
Hirok1818
Hirok1818
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Brilliant Experience at Sri Lanka
It was an amazing and joyful experience to know and understand the way of cooking Srilankan Curry. I strongly reco
sakikoosawa
sakikoosawa
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Best cooking class for learning and communicating
The goal of my trip to Sri Lanka was to enjoy Sri Lankan curry. So it was a great experience to go to the market an
Jessica W
Jessica W
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Great experience
Nim is very knowledgeable about the local cuisine. My family, including a 5 year old, took the market tour and cook
334emmam
334emmam
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Excellent Food Tour in Colombo
Excellent pre visit communication from our guide Nim who met us promptly where agreed. We spent a wonderful 5 hours
Shannon K
Shannon K
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Amazing & Informative Cookery Class
This cookery class was very informative, during the market walk I learnt a lot about the local fruits, vegetables a
Caitlinbrod
Caitlinbrod
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Hands on cooking!
I have been keen to do a cooking class is Sri Lanka, so my sister-in-law and I booked this one online. We met Nim n