A taste of history through the food and the architecture of the places we stay.
Mary's introduction to Sri Lanka came 25 years ago when buying tea for a supermarket chain. Often described as India for beginners, this country continues to surprise.
Mary loves Sri Lanka. Nowhere else can you so literally taste history:Sinhalese spices, Portuguese fish, Dutch curd, English bread and butter pudding and now the wonderful crab curries of the Tamil areas in the North.
Experience a country in recovery and change.
A cataclysmic tsunami struck Sri Lanka on Boxing Day 2004, wiping out whole villages and drowning thousands. We visit coastal areas aided by New Zealanders.
11 years ago peace returned to this beautiful island after years of civil unrest, allowing travel to areas previously out of bounds. Things were improving for local people until the Easter 2019 terrorist attacks;- the impact on local people's lives has been catastrophic due to the loss of income from tourists. The good news is that Government travel warnings have been relaxed.
Mary believes the best support we can give to this wonderful place is to return with others. Listen to Mary on Radio Live discussing Sri Lanka and why tourists should return.
Mary's promise: a daily food or architecture experience - usually both and usually more than one'.
Food Matters Tours: through focus on food, an insight in to another's world.
Food and Architecture Tours 2020
Sri Lanka was named the top destination for 2019 by Lonely Planet but after the 2019 Easter Massacre tourist numbers dropped, and Sri Lanka disappeared from the Top 10. Mary returned with small groups in May and September 2019; felt safe and was treated like royalty for returning to support locals.
" I love Sri Lanka and plan to return at least twice in 2020 and I would love you to join me - Mary"
Saturday 9 May -Sunday 24 May 2020
Saturday 3 October- Sunday 18 October 2020
Starting in Negombo, this tour moves from the West coast to the East coast, up in to the Hill country descends to the Southern coast, then around the South Western coast, before heading back to Colombo to fly home.
Expected itinerary highlights are snorkeling above coral untouched for 30 years, the views from the top of Sigiriya, time amidst tea plantations, wild elephants and time to walk the old Dutch fort of Galle.
Food-wise the promise of seasonal fruits and vegetables; rice and curries, spices, buffalo curd, Lion beer, Elephant ginger beer- and a chance to see food at source- cinnamon quilling, cooking class, tea plucking, fish markets - and more - much more - every day a new food experience!
Architectural highlights are seen in the places we stay - from relics of the Raj, to modern Bawa hotels (Bawa- often considered to be the founder of tropical modernism)
Historical Monuments include 5 of the 7 well-known UNESCO Heritage sites
Tour Costs - Land Cost for 15 nights
NZ$7,995 ea. twin/double share (single surcharge NZ$1,995 ea.)
- includes all accommodation, local transport and transfers, group activities, classes, entries, gratuities, almost all meals and local beverages with meals.
. Not included - international flights, visas, insurance (mandatory) and one lunch.
-Assistance for international travel can be arranged
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