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    What to Expect
    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.

    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.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Henry Steel Olcott Statue, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Departure Time
    4:45 PM
    Duration
    3h
    Return Details
    Galle Face Hotel, 3, 2 ගාලු පාර, කොළඹ 00300, Sri Lanka
    Inclusions
    • Local English-speaking guide
    • Food and refreshment samples
    • Bottled water
    Exclusions
    • Additional food and drinks
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Charges for tuk-tuks (in case of heavy rain)
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • A maximum of 6 people per booking
    • Please wear light, but modest clothing.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Being in Sri Lanka all my life I as a Sri Lankan didnt know the history of the building and streets and the depth of food varieties available in Sri Lanka. Suji did amazing job with the tour!! I recommend this trip not only the foreigners but also the Sri Lankans to take on this
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    Response from colombourbanadventur, Manager at Colombo Walking Food Tour
    Responded 12 Oct. 2019
    Thanking you for the great review you have provided us. Suji is indeed a great guide and the walking street food tour is a treat to all guests to try out all of Sri Lankan local authentic foods. We hope to see you again. Thank you.
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    A wonderful taste of real Sri Lankan. Our guide Suj, was informative and friendly and took us to many food stalls and restaurants and a fruit and vegetable market. As we walked around he also gave us an informative overview of many landmarks. Highly recommended as an excellent 3
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    Response from colombourbanadventur, Manager at Colombo Walking Food Tour
    Responded 2 Oct. 2019
    It is a real pleasure to read your nice review and we thank you for taking time to give us your feedback. It is a real pleasure for the team to hear back from you that they have been able to meet your expectations. We will definitely keep Suji informed. We hope that you will be able to visit on another tour with Urban Adventures again in the near future and look forward to welcoming you back.
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    Would recommend as a beginners guide to Colombo street food and the historic building, also some history lesson on the side. Enjoyed our very personable Guide Dil-lee, quite a character and easy company. led us through markets and back streets where we would never had
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    Response from colombourbanadventur, Manager at Colombo Walking Food Tour
    Responded 15 Sep. 2019
    It is a real pleasure to read your nice review and we thank you for taking time to give us your feedback. It is a real pleasure for the team to hear back from you that they have been able to meet your expectations. We will definitely keep Dilee informed. We hope that you will be able to visit on another tour with Urban Adventures again in the near future and look forward to welcoming you back. Thank you.
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    I did the tour by myself with Dileepa and had an amazing time. A perfect way to be introduced to the city, delicious food and people of Colombo. Dileepa spent a lot of time talking about the food, culture, architecture and history of Colombo. The tour is a walking guide and
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    Response from colombourbanadventur, Manager at Colombo Walking Food Tour
    Responded 29 Jul. 2019
    Hi Benjamin, Dileepa in fact told us how fun the tour was and how amazing you were. We are really glad you have had a good time. We look forward to seeing you again. Thank you for your wonderful review.
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    This tour was excellent, our tour guide was very knowledgeable and quite nice, he introduced us to the many Sri Lankan foods and drinks during the tour as well as an introduction to the rich history of Colombo. It was really worthwhile, very glad I did i went on the tour and I
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    Response from colombourbanadventur, Manager at Colombo Walking Food Tour
    Responded 20 Jul. 2019
    Great to know you have enjoyed our food tour whilst thanking you so much for this wonderful review. It is indeed an Eat, Eat, Repeat itself. We hope to see you soon any of our urban adventures tours globally. Thank you.
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    By: Colombo Urban Adventures
    111 reviews
    LeonJo_21
    Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka
    22
    Amazing Experience around the Fort & Pettah Area
    Being in Sri Lanka all my life I as a Sri Lankan didnt know the history of the building and streets and the depth
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    Flospeth
    Porirua, New Zealand
    73
    Eat, Eat, Repeat
    A wonderful taste of real Sri Lankan. Our guide Suj, was informative and friendly and took us to many food stalls
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    suepritt
    40
    Five star
    Would recommend as a beginners guide to Colombo street food and the historic building, also some history lesson
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    BenjaminGomez5
    20
    Amazing tour
    I did the tour by myself with Dileepa and had an amazing time. A perfect way to be introduced to the city,
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    mipooch
    Vancouver, Washington
    167
    Eat Eat Repeat Food Tour
    We took the urban adventures “eat eat repeat” food tour in Colombo on our 2nd day in Sri Lanka, and it was a
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    898namita
    20
    More than just a food tour!
    This tour was excellent, our tour guide was very knowledgeable and quite nice, he introduced us to the many Sri
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    Jesm28
    21
    Don’t miss this fantastic way to explore Colombo
    This amazing street food tour of Colombo was our first activity on our first day and I can’t recommend it enough!
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    Sazma81
    Melbourne, Australia
    358
    Sri Lankan Food Experience
    We spent our first night in Colombo / Sri Lanka on the food tour with Suj which was a great introduction to Sri
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    3dkhurram
    Karachi, Pakistan
    51
    Excellent And Friendly
    If you are in colombo , you must book your tour with this co. Very professional and Friendly. HIghly recommended
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    Len F
    Sydney, Australia
    94
    Great Walking Tour & Food Experience
    We did this walking tour as an introduction to Sri Lanka . Our guide Suj was informative and very knowledgeable
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    MaddieBa
    60
    What a great tour
    We did the colombo city tour by tuktuk with our guide sujith. He did a great job and knows a lot about his city.
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    smcr2017
    Sydney, Australia
    40
    Our Introduction to Hoppers
    We spent our 2nd night in Colombo with Sujith early in June and had a wonderful food experience . It was a
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    Karen D
    Longfield, United Kingdom
    174
    A great snapshot
    We went around Columbo by Tuk Tuk and it was a great way to see the sights in a short space of time. Make sure
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    KSNT
    Darwin, Australia
    2225
    Good way to learn about local food and culture
    We chose to do this tour on our first day in Sri Lanka to learn about the local food and culture so that we could
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    loraham
    Sydney, Australia
    50
    explore the Colombo-fun way
    It was really fun tour with the tuk tuk driver Kuma. He know where to go how to go..... very enthusiastic guy, and
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