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Itinerary

Your Colombo food tour will start in front of the Colombo Fort Railway Station. The station is the centre of Sri Lanka’s railway network and hasn’t changed much since it first opened in 1908. From there, we’ll wander past the busy markets finishing up at the end of the day, and down a street that’s full of little shops and vendors selling everything from saris to leather bags to fake Tag watches.

Then, it’s time for our first food stop! We’ll visit a popular local eatery, where you’ll get to sample some traditional cuisine, including hoppers, egg hoppers, and other local savoury snacks.

Then, it’s back to walking (so we can burn off that food and make room for more!). Moving on, our Colombo tour will take you to the famous Red Mosque, which is a revered place for Colombo’s Muslim community. (Men on the tour may venture inside for a peek, but unfortunately women are not allowed.)

From there, it’s back to the treats! Colombo’s main street is home to the famous Bombay Sweet House, known for its falooda and saruwath drinks as well as its sweets. As well, further down the street we’ll stumble across some achcharu (pickle) carts with different kinds of pickles.
The Sri Lankan pickle is typically very spicy — are you adventurous enough to try it out?!

We’ll also see several shops selling varieties of what the locals call murukku. These are crunchy, flavoured, fried bits of flour or chick peas. Of course, we’ll stop at one of these shops to try some of these treats for ourselves!

As we keep moving, we’ll pass by the Khan clock tower (all road distances in Colombo are measured from this tower), the harbour, and the old colonial buildings such as the Grand Oriental Hotel and the Cargills building. We’ll stop at the Old Colombo Dutch Hospital, which is considered to be the oldest building in the Colombo fort area. It’s now a renovated complex and hosts some 5-star restaurants, fancy shops, and some decent bars and pubs. Those who want can stop for a quick beer or drink here.

We’ll continue toward the Galle Face Green, passing many street food shops and stopping to sample local snacks such as prawn and crab wade along the way.

Our final stop will be the famous Nana’s kothu shop, where we can have dinner and experience the Sri Lankan kothu (a Sri Lankan roti of vegetables or meat and spices). The Galle Face Green is where locals come to relax after a busy day, and we’re likely to see families and couples playing, flying kites, or just enjoying the cool evening breeze.

Your Colombo tour will finish here, but you’re free to spend more time at the Green or wander on to the many pubs or clubs that are easily accessible from here.

Locations visited
Colombo Fort Railway Station
Overview
Understanding Colombo means not only sightseeing but tasting its food—both more revealing when done with a guide. Sample the city’s attractions and snacks on this small-group food walking tour: learning more than possible alone. See the Red Mosque, markets, and more; and stop to try popular foods such as egg hopper and 'achcharu' (pickle) to gain a true perspective on local life and cuisine that most visitors never get.
Highlights
  • Experience Colombo’s sights and snacks on a small-group food walking tour
  • Learn and taste more with a guide to point out the sights and foods to try
  • See the Red Mosque and more, and try snacks such as hopper and vadai patties
  • Limited to 12 for a more personal, true take on the city and its food
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Excellent walk with a good guide

Surith was knowledgeable and friendly and I certainly enjoyed this three hour walk (with an Australian family of four). Some interesting snacks and drinks en route, this is most definitely a walk to be recommended. My only criticism would be the nature of the timing...More

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Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile
If you only have a day in Colombo...

Super guide and artist, Sujith, led us (family of four, two teenagers) through the streets of Colombo. Ate great food, ventured through produce markets, while hearing of Sri Lanka’s journey to today. The whole trip was really well planned, including an early evening stroll along...More

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colombourbanadventur, Manager at Colombo Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2018

Thanking you for your wonderful review. we are glad you experienced our BEST DAY EVER. we hope to see you again. :)

Reviewed 22 June 2018
Top notch introduction to food and culture by Mr. Sujith

This was one of the better food tours I've taken and highly recommended. Strolling through the bustling food and merchandise market gives you an insight into Sri Lankan daily life. Add to that the different foods and you have a a complete cultural immersion. Mr....More

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colombourbanadventur, Manager at Colombo Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2018

We are glad you experienced your BEST DAY EVER. we hope to see you again. Thank you :)

Reviewed 20 June 2018
Excellent introducton to Colombo and Sri Lanka

We were joined by one other couple making 4 in total on this walking tour with Surith. It was a great way to be introduced to Sri Lankan history and culture and Surith went the extra mile to answer our questions and to help make...More

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colombourbanadventur, Manager at Colombo Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2018

We are glad you experienced your BEST DAY EVER. we hope to see you again. Thank you :)

Reviewed 4 June 2018
Excellent intro to Sri Lanka

My friend and I did this tour at the end of our first day in Sri Lanka and each day since we have remarked how pleased we were to have started on such a great foodie note. Our guide Rikaz was terrific, he took the...More

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colombourbanadventur, Manager at Colombo Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2018

We are glad you experienced your BEST DAY EVER. we hope to see you again. Thank you for your review. :)

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