Places to Eat in Sri Lanka

When it comes to Asian delicacies, Sri Lankan meals are like no other type of meal in the world! With such strong influence from the southern part of India, the cuisine of Sri Lanka still shows its native roots. Rice and Coconut Sambol are consumed daily in Sri Lanka, they are believe as the essential foods over there. Tip: Do not forget to try to eat with your hands! That is definitely a must!

Withlocals experiences in Sri Lanka are

100% With locals

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The Withlocals host you book is the
host that welcomes you.

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All Withlocals experiences
are private, meaning exclusively
for you.

a 100% taste of the city

From city highlights to hidden gems.
From food essentials to home dinners.
Our hosts share it with you.

Eat in Sri Lanka

  • Breakfast the Sri Lankan way with String Hoppers (Idiappa) accompanied by lunu miris, a mix of red onions and spices. Hoppers are made from a fermented batter of rice flour, coconut milk and a dash of palm toddy.
  • Milk and rice in one? This is not something that you eat everyday. Kiribath, meaning "Milk rice" is found in most Sri Lanka to be something recommended to travelers.
  • Kavum, Kokis and Asmi. Traditional juicy sweetmeats are normally prepared during Sinhala and Tamil New year or in special occasions.
  • For popular drink, Faluda is simply the second to none! A mixed cold drink with syrup, ice cream, jelly pieces and basil seeds.

Top food experiences in Sri Lanka

Best Cooking Lesson in Sri Lanka


€29.00 p.p.

Advantages to enjoy a home-cooked meal with a local

  • Meet new friends and get an authentic experience you will never forget
  • You get extra recommendations on what to do and what to try while you’re there
  • Your host can teach you how to cook local dishes and take home one of the best travel souvenirs: local recipes. Ask for a cooking class for an in-depth understanding of the cuisine you’re trying out
  • Taste and enjoy authentic local food prepared just for you by your host.
  • Taker in the flavors, history, and culture of Sri Lankan cuisine
  • You can always personalize your experience 100% for your food preferences and diet restrictions, simply ask for a personalized offer from your host.

This is what guests are saying about our hosts

Withlocals guest
Withlocals host
Florence Chandika

A customized trip with Chandika

You must book with Chandika, he was very efficient and had a good vehicle with air con. He kindly waited with us for our train tickets when the shop owner was out of town and we needed them to return.

Withlocals guest
Withlocals host
Clark Dushan

Sacred Day Trip to Anuradhapura with a Local

Overall very, very good. Dushan arrived spot on time in a clean, up to date, air conditioned vehicle. We reviewed the itinerary and set off. Along the way there were stories and explanations to enhance our time. Dushan has a lot of enthusiasm for his country and monuments and it shows. It was the New Year time when we went but Dushan could adjust timings and routes to take best advantage of traffic flow. He was sensitive to our desires and we saw the highlights but at 37° Dushan kept us cool by avoiding the less important sights.
We did a little shopping and he pointed out certain local things and explained how things were made.
Despite the long drive from Kandy the day was worthwhile and all the more so because of Dushan's professionalism and flexibility.
Anuradhapura and Mihintale are places not to be missed and Dushan is a top guide to get you there and back.

Withlocals guest
Withlocals host
Mark Chaminda Roshan

Amazing Waterfalls Day Trip by Tuk Tuk including Lunch

Chaminda is a really lovely guy, nothing was too much trouble, and he was keen to make sure we had a good time. The lunch cooked by his wife was Delicious and we ate it at a waterfall in the mountains with nobody there but us. Awesome!

This is a full day tour and you will be shaken about in a tuk tuk for many hours, but we didn't mind it, in fact the breeze was better than air conditioning in a taxi and we certainly got to see things close up. Chaminda took us to places tourists don't normally go, in fact we only saw one other tourist all day and she was only there because her driver was lost! We went on a Sunday which might be a good idea as the traffic was a lot less than it would be during the week, and everyone was in their Sunday best looking very glamorous.

We got to see four waterfalls but the star was really the countryside and the local people, mostly people who work at the tea plantations in the mountains. It was interesting to see how they live. We also went to see people working the rice paddies and that was fascinating too. It was a hot day but we got to swim in a waterfall pool which was lovely.

Safety: I think it is only fair to mention that getting to the waterfalls involved some pretty dangerous clambering over rocks and climbing steep hills etc. We are 58, and overweight, but we work out so are fitter than some people our age, and we struggled a bit at times. My wife twisted her ankle slipping on a rock and there are places where you could get badly hurt if you fell. It did add some adventure to the day, but if you are unsteady on your feet you might not see as many waterfalls as you would like. To be honest, in the dry season they are not so spectacular anyway, but it's worth taking the tour for the countryside.