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Sri Lanka has a rich culinary tradition that is influenced by its history, culture, and geography. Some of the special dishes and culinary specialities of Sri Lanka include:

Rice and curry

This is the most popular and traditional meal in Sri Lanka, and it typically consists of steamed rice served with a variety of curries made from vegetables, fish, or meat. The curries are made with a blend of spices and herbs, and are often quite spicy.


A popular street food dish made from godhamba roti (a type of flatbread) that is chopped and stir-fried with vegetables, meat or fish, and a variety of spices.


A type of bowl-shaped pancake made from fermented rice flour and coconut milk, and often served with a curry or dal (lentil) curry.


Sri Lanka is surrounded by the Indian Ocean and therefore seafood is an important part of the local cuisine. Fresh fish, crab, prawns, and lobsters are often used to prepare different dishes.


Sri Lanka is known for its tropical fruits, such as bananas, papayas, pineapples, mangos, and jackfruit, which are often used in desserts and sweet dishes.


Sri Lanka has a rich tradition of sweets, many of which are made from jaggery (unrefined palm sugar), coconut, and rice flour. Some popular sweets include kavum, thalaguli, and wattalapam.

It’s always best to try local food when travelling, as it’s a great way to learn more about the culture and the culinary traditions of a place.

Sri Lanka’s tropical climate offers fresh vegetables, coconuts, fruit, and spices in abundance. Being an island destination, Sri Lanka’s food includes a variety of fresh fish and seafood too. Whether you’re eating from a street vendor, a roadside food stall or in a hotel or restaurant, there is plenty of delicious food to try. Sri Lankan food has lots of mouth-watering rice & curries and many other dishes to discover. SriLankan Pearl knows where to take you to the best food experiences, whether it’s street food, local finger food or traditional rice and curry.


Tapas Dinner

Experience one of the most remarkable local restaurants of Kandy City and see a side to Kandy that visitors rarely get to know about. Visit this local place with your guide and enjoy the served drinks and your dinner with small plates of Sri Lankan Tapas.

Colombo Street Food Experience

Leading you through a maze of busy streets, let your senses explore the sights and sounds of the food – the vibrant colours of the concoction that creates a sweet beeda (a curious digestive aid originating in India), the bubbling of the fiery red curries and the sweet earthy fragrance of hot porridge. End the evening with a fresh fish meal at the ocean side.
Colombo Street Food Experience

Cooking Class

A traditional Sri Lankan Cooking Class gives you glimpses of the exquisite varieties of local spices and their uses. You will get an opportunity to cook with peculiar yet delicious local ingredients that you cannot find anywhere else on the planet! On the day of your class, you will be preparing a special local delicacy under the skilful guidance and supervision of a talented local. Once you have made the dish you will also have the opportunity to indulge in a delicious meal which will include the dish you cooked along with many other local favorites.

Things to do
in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s tropical nature is one of the most exotic natures in the world. Most tropical species like slender loris, leopards, wild cats and jungle cats, sloth bears and elephants can be witnessed in Sri Lanka. The Pearl of the Indian Ocean is also famous for migrating and indigenous birds.