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Sri Lanka Culinary Experience

Mar 08-19, 2022

12 days | Sri Lanka | alumni UBC Travel Club

Captivated by the scents of fruit, spices, tea and coffee, flowers, and the aromas of wonderful cooking? Entranced by the honey-gold colour of beaches, the luminous green of the plantations, the purple-blue of rolling hills? Intrigued by the cultural mix of Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, and Muslim?

Join Chef Vikram Vij on this alumni UBC Travel Club culinary trip to Sri Lanka, filled with fantastic food, magnificent monuments, and astonishing landscapes. The island of Sri Lanka may be small, but the diverse array of food makes eating a real pleasure. Much more than the island of rice and curry, a trip here is an opportunity to feast on its rich, melting-pot cuisine.

As we explore the island from the warm zephyr of the tropical coast to the misty tea clad slopes of the hill country, we’ll sample the complex and nuanced flavours of Tamil fish curries, Muslim mutton biriyani, and restyled Dutch and Portuguese dishes and get hands on preparing classic dishes like kottu, hoppers, and vada. This is food with a real sense of place: think lobster with chili onion jam, cashew nuts, and curry leaves. Everything is local and organic farm-to-table culture flourishes with ingredients worthy of an Instagram photo shoot.

Visit the sprawling ancient cities of the north-central highlands; ruins, sacred Buddhist monuments, restored temples, stunning frescoes, and five UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Experience the spiritual heart of the country in Kandy, home to the country’s most holy relic, the Buddha’s Tooth. Travel by train to the heart of tea country to wake up to misty dawns at a former British hill station looking over the dramatic peaks and deep green valleys of Sri Lanka’s tea-growing region. Explore the fort, boutiques, and beaches of iconic Galle and admire the stilt fishermen who perch on wooden poles to catch their wares.

Chef Vikram is renowned as an enthusiastic and insightful creator and commentator who will engage your senses as you discover this most flavourful cuisine.
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Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$8495
Group Size:
14 - 20 participants

What’s included: Airport transfers; accommodation based on double occupancy; most meals; all internal transportation by private coach; sightseeing with qualified English-speaking guides; all activities and entrance fees; cooking classes and special food experiences; taxes and gratuities; fully escorted by your Worldwide Quest tour director

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Meet in Colombo, relax at our seaside hotel
2Explore the thriving capital including a street food tour
3Morning fish market, drive into the "Cultural Triangle" to see Sigiriya
4Excursion to Polonnaruwa and Minneriya
5Dambulla Rock Cave, Matale Spices, Temple of the Tooth
6Cultural centre of Kandy, once an impenetrable fortress
7By train to the tea plantations
8Horton Plains National Park, High Tea at The Hill Club
9Scenic drive to Galle
10Preparing the best biryani with a chef
11Explore southern seaside villages
12Drive back to Colombo, depart
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Your Tour Leader

Vikram Vij is an Indian-born Canadian chef, cookbook author, and television personality. He is a passionate supporter of the sustainable food industry and has championed many causes including the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise Sustainable Seafood Program and the UBC Farm.

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alumni UBC Travel Club Culinary Cultural Explorations Alumni Expeditions
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$8495
Group Size:
14 - 20 participants

What’s included: Airport transfers; accommodation based on double occupancy; most meals; all internal transportation by private coach; sightseeing with qualified English-speaking guides; all activities and entrance fees; cooking classes and special food experiences; taxes and gratuities; fully escorted by your Worldwide Quest tour director

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