Travel along the picturesque southern coast to the historic city of Galle. En route learn about the growing of cinnamon, particularly suited to the gentle coastal hills of southern Sri Lanka. This major export of Sri Lanka is used in both cooking and medicine. A local cinnamon planter will greet you at the border of a vast cinnamon plantation and will take you on a walking tour through a working cinnamon. Later you can try your hand at cinnamon peeling and visit a cinnamon factory. Explore its Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Hours can be spent exploring the maze of narrow streets lined with Dutch and British period buildings still in use, the sturdy ramparts looking out to sea, the growing collection of art galleries, antique shops, cafes and restaurants. On your second day in Galle, learn to cook Biriyani, a native dish to the Indian subcontinent consisting of spiced rice usually served with meat and vegetable side dishes such as curried peas, malay pickle, cashew curry and raita. Learn to make this rich and delicious dish in the home of a local Muslim family with a long history in Galle Fort for an experience that is as cultural and authentic as it is delicious. With the assistance of her three daughters your host will take you through the basics of a biriyani, allowing you to take a hands-on role in the cooking process so that you will learn how to prepare, marinade, season, and cook the biriyani from scratch. Once you’ve finished cooking sit down for a meal with the family to enjoy the food you’ve made.
Soon it will be time to head up the motorway to the airport, full of good food and wonderful memories.