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CNNGo shakes it up in the island nation of Sri Lanka. Starting in the capital city of Colombo we get a taste of Sri Lanka's freshest seafood with Chef Dharshan Mundisa. He takes us to his favorite place to get the freshest catch of the day, Negombo fish market, where seafood is sold just a few steps right from the sea. Then he shows why Sri Lanka is the king of crab at his restaurant Ministry of Crab. Dilshan Michaels and Ishara are known as lively media personalities in Colombo and they show us the newer side of the city. The Colombo Racecourse was built in the 1800s, but it's now been renovated into an international rugby pitch with plenty of stores and restaurants for people to enjoy. Then there's no better way to appreciate a city by the sea than a couple of sundowners, so we head to the Sky Lounge at the top of the Kingsbury Hotel to take in a classic Sri Lankan sunset. Then it’s off to some of the older parts of the city with Yamu founder Indi Samarajiva who was eager to show us some of his favorite spots. We start in the architectural gem of Colombo's old town hall where the intriguing yet slightly creepy model of the old town council is definitely worth the trip. Then it's a quick pit stop at Barefoot, a tranquil cafe that also sells handmade goods and has a vibrant art gallery. He wraps up his tour with a neighborhood known as Slave Island where you can find plenty of cheap food and drinks. From Colombo, we head to the south to meet up with spa consultant Roz Freeman-Attwood as she takes us around Galle. We have a morning tea at Wijaya Beach, an ocean side restaurant that is tranquil in the morning and gets lively at night. Then we go into the Galle Fort, a Unesco world heritage site, to do some shopping at Laksana Gems & Jewelry and Mimimango clothing store. And of course we stop for high tea at the elegant Amangalla Hotel. Just 30 minutes east we get a bit more adventurous when Thana Sritharan and Dee de Silva take us on a whale watching tour to try and catch a breathtaking glimpse of the blue whale. Then we take a break at the Ceylon Cafe that they claim is the best seafood in the country. Finally, our journey ends as we head up the hills to the Ceylon Tea Trails where Dilmah tea founder Merrill J. Fernando and his son, Malik, let us experience the tranquility of tea country.
Duration30 min
GenreCNN Travel & Lifestyle
Episode No.45
Production CountryUnited States
Production Year2014
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