Traditional Sri Lankan lunch at the home of a batik artist – Matale
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Lunch at this idyllic batik workshop is a must when travelling from the cultural triangle to Kandy. Enjoy the gardens, browse through some of the finest batik in the island before sitting down to a spectacular 25 dish lunch spread.
EXPERIENCE DESCRIPTION: You will be welcomed by the team who manage the workshop who will welcome you into this haven and treat you the most sumptuous meal you are likely to have in Sri Lanka, albeit a spicy one! The house is on a hill, some vehicles cannot reach the top in which case a tuk tuk is organized for the final stretch. Feel free to mingle into the kitchen and meet the lady who would win master chef hands down. Lunch usually lasts about 1 hour or 1.5 hours – take a walk around the house.
OUR HOST: The famous batik artist who once used this beautiful property as her workshop was the daughter of Sir Richard Aluwihare, the first Ceylonese Inspector General of Police and Lucille Moonemalle. The legendary batik artist began her lifelong devotion to art in the 1960s. Together with Laki Senanayake she started producing batik. In the 80s she returned to her ancestral home in Matale where she has been living ever since and where she founded the Aluwihare Heritage Centre in her own front yard, where she trained the villagers in carpentry, wood carving, abstract hand painting, brass foundry, batik, tie and dye and needlework. Her design work was inspired by traditional Sri Lankan art and crafts.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: The lunch includes bottled water but not alcohol.
Includes: Lunch, water and vehicle.
Duration: 1 to 2 hours.
Suitable for children: We would not recommend this experience for very small children.
Meeting Time: Lunch is served at 1pm.
What to wear or bring along: Light, cool clothing
Important to know: The lunch does not include alcohol. We’d recommend you have a light breakfast this morning in order to try a little bit of everything on the table!
Making the most of it: If you would like to witness the village ammas preparing your lunch, you would have to arrive by 12 noon. Ask your driver/guide to call up ahead and make arrangements.
Private or not? The visit is private. That said, there may be other people around at the site.