Ella Spice Garden
Ella Spice Garden
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Ella Spice Garden Cooking Lesson is a unique experience that you can enjoy while you visit Ella town. Our program begins with a spice garden tour with an attractive explanation about the spices we use in our Sri Lankan cousin. After tasting a taste bud awakening spice tea we begin our Sri Lankan cooking session. We try to make it really interesting and enthusiastic so you will involve in different hands-on activities and funny competitions with other candidates. We give you a real insight into the history of Sri Lankan cooking and the different utensils used. you will get a recipe book which you will use to write down small tips and ingredient quantities used for our cooking. We will make Rice , Roti , and some mouth-watering Currys with hands-on activities for all the participants later you can enjoy the taste of Sri Lankan authentic spicy meal.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • yvonnecar
    London, United Kingdom118 contributions
    Hidden oasis!
    We went to purchase spices from the shop. It was a pleasant walk from the main road, round the outskirts of the spice garden. We got talking to the owner, a friendly guy. Sorry we didn't have enough time to attend your cooking class.
    Thanks 🙏🏻
    Written 15 March 2023
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    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 March 2023
  • mayac9222
    5 contributions
    Amazing experience!
    Such an amazing experience- I really recommend! Theeka‘s skill and passion for Sri Lankan cuisine shone through and the class was informative and entertaining. The food was absolutely delicious, really enjoyed the whole experience. Thank you
    Thanks a lot 🙏🏻
    Written 22 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 March 2023
  • Jessica B
    6 contributions
    Fun evening with delicious food
    We loved our experience with Theeka and his small team! You get a tour of the spice garden before helping to make 7 vegan dishes that you enjoy as a group at the end. It wasn't as hands on as other cooking classes I've done (a lot of the food is already measured out, chopped etc.), but we liked the relaxed vibe and it was fun and engaging. Importantly, the food was delicious! A great way to spend an evening and meet some other travellers, too.
    Thanks a lot 🙏🏻
    Written 4 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 June 2023
  • Jacquie
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates91 contributions
    A must do when in Ella
    We booked well in advance for Theeka's cookery class as we know he gets booked up quickly. His kitchen is located a short (uphill) walk behind Chill Cafe and starts with a really informative walk around his spice garden to understand the key ingredients used in Sri Lankan cooking. Then back to the kitchen to get our aprons and get starting. He is very good at getting everyone involved in small ways for each of the dishes until the feast is ready for everyone to sit down and try. Honestly the best Sri Lankan food we had on our trip and we have already tried making some of the dishes again when we got home!!
    Thanks a lot 🙏🏻
    Written 22 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 4 July 2023
  • JamieBTW
    Manchester, United Kingdom11 contributions
    Great experience
    We visited late afternoon to take a tour of the spice garden. The guide was the cutest old man who gave us a private tour and told us lots about his garden and the spices. We brought lots to take home with us!
    🙏🏻
    Written 18 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 October 2023
  • Honigbienchen07
    1 contribution
    Must-do in Ella!
    Highly recommended! Very friendly people, both the tour of the in-house spice garden and the cooking course were conducted in perfect English. The dishes were delicious and everything was explained in a very entertaining way. We prepared a variety of dishes, and if you've never had garlic curry before - it tastes fantastic. Great atmosphere, everyone had a lot of fun. Photos were taken automatically by the team, we didn't have to worry about it. You can also buy tea and spices there at a very reasonable price. Thank you for a wonderful evening!
    Thanks a lot 🥰🙏🏻
    Written 21 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 January 2024
  • KG
    40 contributions
    Best evening activity
    We love our cooking class. Theeka was a great host and brought a lot of humour and knowledge. We enjoyed the tour of the gardens and learning more about the spices we'd be using. We took turns in, making dishes and meant everyone got involved in the processes of the dishes made. Afterward, we got to taste our efforts. The food choices for the course meant we got to try some more unusual dishes, all of which were very nice. After the course we were what'sapp the ebook which has smaller portion size instructions go along with the paper book from the class.
    Thanks a lot 🥰🙏🏻
    Written 21 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 31 January 2024
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MiaBokmark
Gothenburg, Sweden19 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
After a tour of the herb garden with great explainations to each herb and spice we had a fun and enlightening lesson in Sri Lankan cooking. Easy recipies to follow with fantasic results which we all shared for lunch. Book well in advance as seats are limited and popular
Written 27 February 2024
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KG
40 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
We love our cooking class. Theeka was a great host and brought a lot of humour and knowledge. We enjoyed the tour of the gardens and learning more about the spices we'd be using.

We took turns in, making dishes and meant everyone got involved in the processes of the dishes made.

Afterward, we got to taste our efforts. The food choices for the course meant we got to try some more unusual dishes, all of which were very nice.

After the course we were what'sapp the ebook which has smaller portion size instructions go along with the paper book from the class.
Written 1 February 2024
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Thanks a lot 🥰🙏🏻
Written 21 February 2024
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Lisa M
4 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
It's located in a cute outdoor hut. All the spices and required steps were explained in a very good way and we were guided while cooking. We also got a booklet with all the recepies. The food was the best that i've tasted in sri lanka so far! Just a pitty that it's probably hard to find some of the ingredients in europe.
Written 28 January 2024
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Thanks a lot 🥰🙏🏻
Written 21 February 2024
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Honigbienchen07
1 contribution
Jan 2024 • Couples
Highly recommended! Very friendly people, both the tour of the in-house spice garden and the cooking course were conducted in perfect English.
The dishes were delicious and everything was explained in a very entertaining way.
We prepared a variety of dishes, and if you've never had garlic curry before - it tastes fantastic.
Great atmosphere, everyone had a lot of fun. Photos were taken automatically by the team, we didn't have to worry about it.
You can also buy tea and spices there at a very reasonable price.
Thank you for a wonderful evening!
Written 25 January 2024
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Thanks a lot 🥰🙏🏻
Written 21 February 2024
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Beatrice H
2 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Very informative guided tour through herbal garden, fantastic and fun cookery class followed by dinner with a lovely bunch of people! Thank you, Theeka and crew.
Written 4 January 2024
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Thanks a lot 🥰🙏🏻
Written 21 February 2024
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Aaliyah P
11 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
I had an incredible experience at Ella's Spice Garden cooking class. The host was warm, welcoming, and super friendly. The helpers were lovely, and together, we created an amazing meal. The best part? Feasting on our delicious creation afterward. Highly recommend for anyone spending time in Ella!
Written 21 December 2023
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Thanks a lot 🥰🙏🏻
Written 21 February 2024
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JamieBTW
Manchester, UK11 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
We visited late afternoon to take a tour of the spice garden. The guide was the cutest old man who gave us a private tour and told us lots about his garden and the spices. We brought lots to take home with us!
Written 8 October 2023
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Written 19 November 2023
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Ellie2103
Frimley, UK281 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
We found Ella Spice Garden on tripadvisor whilst we spent 3 nights in Ella on our honeymoon

This class is fantastic
Theeka the host is lovely and his humour is fab.
The tour of the spice garden is really interesting before you start cooking

The venue is set out ready for the class
You are all given aprons and a cooking instruction book to complete whilst the 5 different dishes are being made
Everyone gets chance to cook and you all become a team
We met others from
New Zealand , Australia , Germany and Denmark

We all sit down and ate what we cooked together and shared travelling stories

Amazing must do activity in Ella!
Thank
You Theeka and team!
Written 23 September 2023
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Thanks a lot 🙏🏻🥰
Written 25 September 2023
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Emma
Jeffreys Bay, South Africa10 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
I booked and confirmed this cooking class with the host 2 months in advance and was very excited to attend. We arrived the evening of the class to find out the host had forgotten our booking and the class was now full so we had to leave. The host was nice and apologised but we were very disappointed and would encourage others to double check their bookings and the host to prioritise advanced bookings.
Written 23 August 2023
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I’m really sorry for the inconvenience caused. We don’t have an online booking system so we take our customers bookings tentatively on WhatsApp, when they arrive in Ella they should confirm it to us so we can accommodate them for the session on the day , we can only accommodate up to 12 guests in our kitchen and we can’t afford to keep the booking open until the guest randomly shows at our place, we get fully booked someday s and when the guests don’t show up we have to run at a loss , this happens to us frequently so we have to get the booking confirmation several times on WhatsApp for us to confirm it , Im really sorry about the inconvenience caused and hope you understand my situation.
Written 26 August 2023
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sabine
2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
We had a super interesting cooking class here together as a family and an excellent dining experience. The tour of the herb garden was a highlight. Many thanks for that!
Written 16 August 2023
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Thanks a lot
Written 22 August 2023
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