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    What to Expect
    Your Colombo food tour will start in front of the Colombo Fort Railway Station. The station is the centre of Sri Lanka’s railway network and hasn’t changed much since it first opened in 1908. From there, we’ll wander past the busy markets finishing up at the end of the day, and down a street that’s full of little shops and vendors selling everything from saris to leather bags to fake Tag watches.

    Then, it’s time for our first food stop! We’ll visit a popular local eatery, where you’ll get to sample some traditional cuisine, including hoppers, egg hoppers, and other local savoury snacks.

    Then, it’s back to walking (so we can burn off that food and make room for more!). Moving on, our Colombo tour will take you to the famous Red Mosque, which is a revered place for Colombo’s Muslim community.

    From there, it’s back to the treats! Colombo’s main street is home to the famous Bombay Sweet House, known for its falooda and saruwath drinks as well as its sweets. As well, further down the street we’ll stumble across some achcharu (pickle) carts with different kinds of pickles.

    The Sri Lankan pickle is typically very spicy — are you adventurous enough to try it out?!

    We’ll also see several shops selling varieties of what the locals call murukku. These are crunchy, flavoured, fried bits of flour or chick peas. Of course, we’ll stop at one of these shops to try some of these treats for ourselves!

    As we keep moving, we’ll pass by the Khan clock tower (all road distances in Colombo are measured from this tower), the harbour, and the old colonial buildings such as the Grand Oriental Hotel and the Cargills building. We’ll stop at the Old Colombo Dutch Hospital, which is considered to be the oldest building in the Colombo fort area. It’s now a renovated complex and hosts some 5-star restaurants, fancy shops, and some decent bars and pubs. Those who want can stop for a quick beer or drink here.

    We’ll continue toward the Galle Face Green, passing many street food shops and stopping to sample local snacks such as prawn and crab wade along the way.

    Our final stop will be the famous Nana’s kothu shop, where we can have dinner and experience the Sri Lankan kothu (a Sri Lankan roti of vegetables or meat and spices). The Galle Face Green is where locals come to relax after a busy day, and we’re likely to see families and couples playing, flying kites, or just enjoying the cool evening breeze.

    Your Colombo tour will finish here, but you’re free to spend more time at the Green or wander on to the many pubs or clubs that are easily accessible from here.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Henry Steel Olcott Statue, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Departure Time
    4:45 PM
    Duration
    3h
    Return Details
    Galle Face Hotel, 3, 2 ගාලු පාර, කොළඹ 00300, Sri Lanka
    Inclusions
    • Local English-speaking guide
    • Food and refreshment samples
    • Bottled water
    Exclusions
    • Additional food and drinks
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Charges for tuk-tuks (in case of heavy rain)
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • A maximum of 12 people per booking
    • Please wear light, but modest clothing.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

    Would recommend as a beginners guide to Colombo street food and the historic building, also some history lesson on the side. Enjoyed our very personable Guide Dil-lee, quite a character and easy company. led us through markets and back streets where we would never had...More

    Thank suepritt
    colombourbanadventur, Manager at Colombo Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

    It is a real pleasure to read your nice review and we thank you for taking time to give us your feedback. It is a real pleasure for the team to hear back from you that they have been able to meet your expectations. We...More

    Reviewed 29 July 2019

    I did the tour by myself with Dileepa and had an amazing time. A perfect way to be introduced to the city, delicious food and people of Colombo. Dileepa spent a lot of time talking about the food, culture, architecture and history of Colombo. The...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
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    colombourbanadventur, Manager at Colombo Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2019

    Hi Benjamin, Dileepa in fact told us how fun the tour was and how amazing you were. We are really glad you have had a good time. We look forward to seeing you again. Thank you for your wonderful review.

    Reviewed 19 July 2019 via mobile

    This tour was excellent, our tour guide was very knowledgeable and quite nice, he introduced us to the many Sri Lankan foods and drinks during the tour as well as an introduction to the rich history of Colombo. It was really worthwhile, very glad I...More

    Thank 898namita
    colombourbanadventur, Manager at Colombo Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2019

    Great to know you have enjoyed our food tour whilst thanking you so much for this wonderful review. It is indeed an Eat, Eat, Repeat itself. We hope to see you soon any of our urban adventures tours globally. Thank you.

    Reviewed 18 July 2019 via mobile

    This amazing street food tour of Colombo was our first activity on our first day and I can’t recommend it enough! It’s a great way to eat a lot of the tasty treats on offer and an equally great way to find your feet amongst...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Jesm28
    colombourbanadventur, Manager at Colombo Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2019

    Thank you for this wonderful review Jessica. We were pleased to see some of the great snaps on your social media platform as well providing it a great over view to all people. We are glad to have provided you the best in our BEST...More

    Reviewed 18 July 2019 via mobile

    We spent our first night in Colombo / Sri Lanka on the food tour with Suj which was a great introduction to Sri Lankan food. We enjoyed Sri Lankan curries, kotthu and snacks, and even stopped for a beer. Great way to learn and get...More

    Thank Sazma81
    colombourbanadventur, Manager at Colombo Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2019

    Thanking you for the great review you have provided us. Suji is indeed a great guide and the walking street food tour is a treat to all guests to try out all of Sri Lankan local authentic foods. We hope to see you again. Thank...More

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    cristinaclonda
    11 January 2019|
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    Response from UKMALETRAVELLER | Reviewed this property |
    3 hours more or less. Thoroughly recommended!
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    Kerron M
    24 September 2018|
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    Response from UKMALETRAVELLER | Reviewed this property |
    Best way would be by a metered tuk-tuk... tour starts from the Main station and finishes by the harbour. Well worth doing, in my opinion. Sampled a good variety of food!
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    DonaldG1258
    16 September 2018|
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    Response from UKMALETRAVELLER | Reviewed this property |
    I think then you would have to book it PRIVATELY through "Urban Adventures". Should be possible.
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