A southern cooking class set within the walls of an ancient rock fortress

Sri Lankan cuisine is one of the most complex cuisines of South Asia. What better place to learn to cook Sri Lankan dishes than within the walls of the historic Galle Fort? The Galle Fort was known as a hub from time immemorial where a multitude of foreign merchants and colonial powers were involved in the spice trade. They all brought their own recipes and ingredients with them and many were incorporated into the dishes seen today which are distinct to the Southern part of the island.

You will meet your host Mama at a lovely art deco style house in the Galle Fort. Your experience will begin with a visit to a local market, where you will learn how to select the best fresh produce. You will then proceed to the kitchen, which is set in a lovely semi outdoor court yard and learn how to prepare mouthwatering Sri Lankan dishes. Grab your copy of the recipes, and ask plenty of questions. Once the class is complete, you will have the opportunity to taste the prepared food in a very peaceful ambience.

Your Hosts

Mama: Mama and her daughters have been teaching Sri Lankan cooking techniques for curry hungry food enthusiasts for decades. She is a charming lady with a soft smile who has a real passion for sharing knowledge of Sri Lankan cuisine with her clients. She is a legend is the Galle Fort as the first to launch a cooking class for travelers 20 years ago. Her dream is to take the story of Sri Lankan cuisine to the world through her cooking class.

Number of PAX

1-10 PAX




3.5 hours

Suitable for children

6 years and above

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Things to know

Includes: Local market tour, cooking class and lunch. Dessert, king coconut, soft beverages. Tea/ coffee. Recipe book.
Meeting Time: 9.30 AM
What to wear or bring along: Notebook, pen/pencil, comfortable clothing, camera.

Important info

Remember that this is a very interactive cooking class. Please do not hesitate to question your host and ask for more tips and tricks on preparing Sri Lankan cuisine.

Making the most of it: Please let us know your dietary restrictions and requirements in advance.