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Private Market Tour and Sri Lankan Cooking Class in Colombo with a Local

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USD 70.00
(Price varies by group size)
2 travellers
What to Expect

This is a unique opportunity to visit the home of a local and explore traditional culture and cuisine. Meet Duneeshya at her home and together take a tuk-tuk to the Dematagoda market. Duneeshya will help you discover the local and seasonal ingredients available and will teach you a few words in Sinhalese, so you can talk to the vendors yourself before purchasing ingredients for your cooking class. Return to Duneeshya's home and learn to cook home style Sri Lankan dishes. Duneeshya has an old, Sri Lankan style kitchen that does not have modern equipment or cabinets. The kitchen can get a bit crowded so she has set up a small table on the side where you will prep ingredients before entering the kitchen for the final cooking. You will start your cooking class by helping Duneeshya prep for the meal by cutting vegetables and grating coconut the traditional way. During your two hour hands-on cooking class, you will learn to make dhal curry (lentils), fish ambulthiyal (sour fish curry), gotu kola sambol (salad), coconut sambol, beans curry and watalappam (coconut custard pudding). Afterwards, sit down together with Duneeshya at her dining table to enjoy the meal you have just cooked.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Departure Time
9:00 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Private market tour and cooking class with your host Duneeshya
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Sri Lankan home-cooked meal
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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By: Traveling Spoon
Saibal S
San Francisco, California
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
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Andy H
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
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Sangeetha V
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
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Chennai (Madras), India
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
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Portland, Oregon
Warm hospitality, home cooking in a period setting
Our hosts, Kodi and Meena, were extremely warm and friendly and I immediately felt right at home with them. Kodi
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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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
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Napa, California
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
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Donna L
Melbourne, Australia
We loved our cooking class with Mohara. Not only is the set up so professional even though you are in her home it
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Martin L
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
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Khalid O
great experience and amazing food
It was brilliant. I love the fact that instead of spending endless time and debate while travelling with friends
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Key Details
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  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Languages Offered: English
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