While Sri Lanka’s reputation as a tropical paradise attracts plenty of surfers and beachgoers alike, travelers – especially the particularly culinary-conscious – would be remiss not to indulge in the island’s diverse and delicious cuisine. Drawing from its multi-ethnic makeup, rich history, and abundance of fresh, flavorful ingredients, Sri Lanka’s food is as colourful and fascinating as the island itself. Read on to see SISL’s top 10 reasons why Sri Lanka is every foodie’s dream!
Let me begin by saying that I’ve quite literally travelled all across Sri Lanka solo in every way you could possibly imagine. From cars, trains and buses, I have a lot of first hand experience as both a tourist and a resident. From my first solo trip 2 years ago (I travelled with family prior to this for over 13 years) to the guesthouse where I’m writing this in Jaffna, I have learnt so much between then and now.
As an ever enthusiastic advocate of local cuisine, every pocket of Sri Lanka has its own variation of classic national dishes. Having sampled (ok, scoffed) a multitude of crab curries across the island from Jaffna, Negombo, Bentota to Pasikudah, each equally delicious interpretation is unique whether it’s the type of crab, technique or spices used.…
Being ‘in the know’, what a wonderful thing. I find it a little daunting visiting a new country to begin with- as much as I want to partake in a couple of tourist related activities I don’t want to be sent on a full blown tourist trail without seeing a more authentic side to the country too.