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Market Tour, Traditional Sinhalese Cooking Class and Meal with a Local Family provided by Traveling Spoon

Market Tour, Traditional Sinhalese Cooking Class and Meal with a Local Family

Market Tour, Traditional Sinhalese Cooking Class and Meal with a Local Family
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About
Shasikala’s family runs a catering business specialized in traditional Sri Lankan, Sinhalese village, Jaffna style, and western cuisines. This is a family business run by her mother, aunt and uncle.  Shasikala will welcome you into her family's simple, modest home with a warm smile. While you sip on milk tea or fresh juice, she will introduce you to the entire family. Her family has a wealth of knowledge on Sri Lankan food, local produce and cooking styles. Visit a nearby market to buy ingredients for your cooking class, then learn to cook three Sinhalese dishes and later sit down with the family to enjoy a meal you helped prepare.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
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
  • This is a unique opportunity to visit the home of a local and explore traditional culture and cuisine. Shasikala will welcome you into her family's simple, modest home with a warm smile. While you sip on milk tea or fresh juice, she will introduce you to the entire family. Her family has a wealth of knowledge on Sri Lankan food, local produce and cooking styles. You will take a tuk tuk to the nearby local market called Kirulapone. This market is where the locals shop for fruits, vegetables, spices, seafood and meat. Walk through the market taking in all the sounds, sights and smells. You may also taste a few fruits that are locally grown. Purchase a seasonal vegetable of your choice that you will later cook together during your cooking class.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
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
  • This is a unique opportunity to visit the home of a local and explore traditional culture and cuisine. Shasikala will welcome you into her family's simple, modest home with a warm smile. While you sip on milk tea or fresh juice, she will introduce you to the entire family. Her family has a wealth of knowledge on Sri Lankan food, local produce and cooking styles. You will take a tuk tuk to the nearby local market called Kirulapone. This market is where the locals shop for fruits, vegetables, spices, seafood and meat. Walk through the market taking in all the sounds, sights and smells. You may also taste a few fruits that are locally grown. Purchase a seasonal vegetable of your choice that you will later cook together during your cooking class.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 7626P409
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
Inclusions
  • Private market tour + cooking class + lunch or dinner with your host Shasikala
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • Colombo, Sri Lanka Please meet your host Shasikala at her home in Dehiwala Mount Lavinia neighborhood of Colombo. Exact address can be found in your ticket upon booking confirmation.
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Fully refundable up to 48 hours prior to experience; since our hosts begin preparing for your experience up to 2 days in advance, we cannot offer a refund for cancellations made within 48 hours of the experience
  • Menu may vary depending on the season
  • If any travelers in your party have any allergies, dietary restrictions or cooking preferences please advise at time of booking
  • Shasikala can offer vegetarian, vegan and halal meals on request, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Private, personalized experience
  • Please note, this is not a commercial cooking class, rather this experience is a visit into a Colombo home to meet a local who is an expert cook, and share Sri Lankan culture and cuisine together
  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Private market tour + cooking class + lunch or dinner with your host Shasikala
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • Colombo, Sri Lanka Please meet your host Shasikala at her home in Dehiwala Mount Lavinia neighborhood of Colombo. Exact address can be found in your ticket upon booking confirmation.
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Fully refundable up to 48 hours prior to experience; since our hosts begin preparing for your experience up to 2 days in advance, we cannot offer a refund for cancellations made within 48 hours of the experience
  • Menu may vary depending on the season
  • If any travelers in your party have any allergies, dietary restrictions or cooking preferences please advise at time of booking
  • Shasikala can offer vegetarian, vegan and halal meals on request, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Private, personalized experience
  • Please note, this is not a commercial cooking class, rather this experience is a visit into a Colombo home to meet a local who is an expert cook, and share Sri Lankan culture and cuisine together
  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas

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SNarjala78
Portland, OR2 contributions
Warm hospitality, home cooking in a period setting
Jan. 2019 • Friends
Our hosts, Kodi and Meena, were extremely warm and friendly and I immediately felt right at home with them. Kodi took us on a market tour and was extremely knowledgeable about the local produce. Meena is a wonderful cook and expertly demonstrated how to prepare several flavorful vegetarian dishes. Their home is a piece of history on a quiet lane in Galle - I believe it's a 300-year-old Dutch house. I enjoyed the setting of our meal tremendously as the dining table overlooked a sunny garden. The meal included a wide array of traditional Sri Lankan dishes, all simply prepared and full of flavor. Overall, I would highly recommend this experience to anyone who might be considering it. I was won over by the cooking and the warmth of the hosts.
Written 16 January 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review! We hope to serve you again on your future travels.
Written 23 January 2019
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About the operator

This experience only has a few reviews, but you can read what other travellers have to say about the operator.

By: Traveling Spoon
MarianneS325
MarianneS325
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Best 6 hours
Buddhima arrived at my hotel in a tuk tuk to take me to the local markets where we bought fruit and veges for our c
331saibals
331saibals
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Authentic Sri Lankan Cuisine with a Grandmother
This was a spectacular cooking class. We have attended cooking classes in many countries, but this was the best. I
Andy H
Andy H
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The highlight of My Sri Lanka trip
Buddhima was very friendly, knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. She was able to answer of all my questions n
Sangeetha V
Sangeetha V
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Sumptuous lunch in Galle
Kodi and Meena were warm hosts and spent a lot of time with our group... we visited the fish market, vegetable mark
rollingstone13
rollingstone13
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Traditional meal at Galle with friendly hosts
It was an enjoyable morning at Kodi and Meena's gorgeous heritage home in Galle. They were warm and welcoming hosts
kinakopic
kinakopic
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Great food experience with wonderful family
Shasikala と彼女の家族に感謝しています。ひとり旅だったので最初は躊躇していましたが、行ってみて良かったです。料理レッスンというよりプチホームステイをしている気分で楽しめました。 I received a warm we
LawandaK
LawandaK
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To learn about a culture, cook and eat in their home.
I am so happy to have met Mohara and spent an evening in her home. The afternoon started with a welcome into her h
DLWork
DLWork
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Amazing
We loved our cooking class with Mohara. Not only is the set up so professional even though you are in her home it w
Martin L
Martin L
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Cooking with Mohara, Colombo
Me and my girlfriend did a cooking class with Mohara at her home. It was a fantastic experience - she was very kind
77ko
77ko
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great experience and amazing food
It was brilliant. I love the fact that instead of spending endless time and debate while travelling with friends in
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