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. No where 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.
10 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'.
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In May 2019 after the attacks our group was treated like royalty for returning to support locals.
31 August - 14 Sept 2019
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 snorkelling above coral untouched for 30 years, the views from the top of Sigiriya, time amidst tea plantations, 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),
Tour Costs - Land Cost for 31 August Tour
NZ$7,595 ea twin/double share (single surcharge NZ$1,995)
- 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.
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