Where to Eat in Sabaragamuwa Province: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 24, 2017 Jana Sager

The Sabaragamuwa Province, (Sinhalese: සබරගමුව පළාත Sabaragamuwa Palata, Tamil: சபரகமுவ மாகாணம் Sabaragamuwa Maakaanam) is one of the nine provinces of Sri Lanka, the first level administrative division of the country. The provinces have existed since the 19th century but did not have any legal status until 1987 when the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka established provincial councils. The Sabaragamuwa Province contains two districts: Ratnapura and Kegalle. It is named after its former indigenous inhabitants, namely the Sabara, an indic term for hunter-gatherer tribes, a term seldom used in ancient Sri Lanka. Sabaragamuwa University is in Belihuloya.
Things to do in Sabaragamuwa Province

1. Ambepussa Avanhala

Kandy Road | Sabaragamuwa, Ambepussa 11212, Sri Lanka Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Takeout Sri Lankan, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +94 11 5 634573
Excellent
13%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
6%
Terrible
14%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 81 reviews

Ambepussa Avanhala

Reviewed By ambadkar - Vadodara, India

Stopped for breakfast on way to Kandy. The place offers assorted snacks, but I would suggest one sticks to only bakery treats. Service was excellent and the tea was fabulous. Would certainly visit this place again.

2. Wahalkada

Kandy Road, Ambepussa 11212, Sri Lanka Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Outdoor Seating Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +94 35 2 268068
Excellent
29%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
13%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 72 reviews

Wahalkada

Reviewed By Sirimewan - Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom

I discovered Wahalkada in a previous visit and was looking forward to returning. There are several features that interested me in the previous visit. Location and architecture are two of them. It's built on sloping land next on the bank of a small river / stream taking advantage of the view the site offers. In a country where most of the buildings are just reproductions of featureless square boxes the building itself is designed sensitive to the topography of the site, climatic conditions and taking cues from historic buildings of the country. High ceilings and open spaces take advantage of the natural convection making air-conditioning unnecessary. The building even encircles a massive tree adding to the ambience and feeling of space.
Wahalkada serves authentic Sri Lankan quisine, may be a bit spicy for the uninitiated western traveller. There is a reasonable spread of Sri Lankan food in the buffet making it possible not to be bored even if one returns soon.
Located about a third of the way between Colombo and Kandy it's conveniently located for a comfort-break clean and convenient. It's a pity they don't take full advantage of the location by offering snacks and tea in addition to main meals.
The staff polite and attentive, on the whole I would like to see this place prosper and serve the travelling public for a long time. I hope the management takes my criticism of the restricted menus to offer more options than just main meals.

3. Channa

Colombo - Kandy Rd, Kegalle 71000, Sri Lanka Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Reservations Asian, Sri Lankan, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night HK$94 +94 35 2 221009
Excellent
57%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
4%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 122 reviews

Channa

Boutique Restaurant very close to Elephant orphanage and Zoo in Sri Lanka. The only one Japanese food provider out of Colombo. Also providing high class wash rooms and toilet facilities. Apart from a restaurant there are a lot to fulfill tourist requirements. Elephant riding, Spice garden and many more packages included. Also accept online orders. Airport pick up and drop down facilities available.Sri Lankan, Japanese , Italian , Indian , Thai , Chinese , Sea Foods and Pizza Taste Ceylon Tea & International Coffee ......... You Can Takeaway Channa's foods and Drinks tooFrom News Paper Article‘Channa’ New wave in culinaryContemporary, yet understated elegance infused with simplicity is the new Channa Dining Kitchen and Gift shop situated in Kandy Road, Meepitiya Kegalle between Colombo and Kandy.With an ambience that is unique, Channa Nawarathna the Managing Director and Murai Mieko have joined hands in making their dream come by starting a restaurant, bringing a boost for Sri Lankan produce. Having lived for many years in Japan, Channa always had the urge to come back to his motherland. created the image of local cuisine in all their dishes.ChannaOne of the most inviting aspects of the restaurant is its pristine and friendly colour palette of white used in a very tasteful manner in all decorative elements from the furniture, soft furnishings, cookery, cutlery and everything at the restaurant is coordinated with the original structure, yet bringing in a modern touch to the space.The interior designing, building lighting arrangements landscaping are all works of Channa the creative force behind the entire concept.Both Channa and his partner Murai Meiko reflects ideas and concepts that compliment each other which is an additional factor to run this restaurant. Murai Meiko is bursting with creative ideas. Everything at dinning kitchen especially the shop arrangement and Japanese restaurant are her brain child.Set in a tranquil village Channa’s restaurant serves not only authentic local cuisine, but also traditional Japanese delicacies done to perfection. The exceptional dining experience is enriched with local produce, vegetables and fruits.‘You can enjoy a typical Sri Lankan meal in the soothing indoors or in the open air or a romantic dinner if that is your choice under a myriad stars where you can savour in the luxuries of the tropical breeze’ said Channa.The outdoor setting is the perfect spot of feast on a local banquet, red rice with mixed vegetables, papaw, salad, polos,ambulthiyal to mention a few. For desserts the home made ice creams with all the fruity flavours created by Mieko The ice cream with the rambuttans soaked in honey was popular among guests.At Channa’s restaurant the food is basically Sri Lankan is prepared with a sense of pride and personal attention by Channa and murai . He has experienced chefs but the underlying concept is personal supervision. The menu at ‘Channa’ also includes continental dishes and fusion food; these dishes are diverse and packed with flavours.‘We tasted some of his dishes but the selection available was impressive, offering everything from sea food dishes to meats. The restaurant opens for breakfast, lunch and dinner.’All meats served carry a halal certification said Channa. True enough Channa’s restaurant is an ideal venue for enjoyable dinner experience and to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.With its close proximity to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and only a 1� hours drive to Kandy , the restaurant has become major attraction amongst travellers to Kandy and back.‘Divine bliss awaits you in the revitalizing Ayurveda facilities available’ said Channa. ‘The therapists will pamper you in a variety of treatments especially created to suit your mood. What’s more these discerning guests can watch the Kandyan dance Performances which are a highlight every Saturday while you have dinner’ he added. To make the tour memorable and exciting, Channa’s vintage cars will take the guests around, driving by yourself or a honest chauffer who will be at your beck and call. Our open air area is perfect for team building, weddings or other events, tailor made to your individual requirements.BBQs, sunset drinks and product launches can also held without any hassle.A facility also available is a gift shop full of souvenirs, spices, Ayurvaeda +Products and many other fascinating objects d’art.

Reviewed By camfam21 - West Bridgford, United Kingdom

Title says it all really, other than rather pricey by Sri Lankan standards. Food was okay - big portions of things like fried rice but rather bland. Whole sections of food and even soft drinks just not available. Right on the main road so noisy too.

4. Foodlands Family Park

227 Kandy Road, Warakapola 71600, Sri Lanka Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Chinese, Sri Lankan, Arabic, Indian, Asian Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner +94 35 2 267262
Excellent
48%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
15%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 13 reviews

Foodlands Family Park

Reviewed By Sujeewa W - Colombo, Sri Lanka

They offer breakfast , lunch & dinner. Only halal food is served. Had our breakfast on our way to Kandy. There were about 12-14 items to select including fruits. Breakfast is in buffet style and cost 350 each . Its worth for money . Good thing is that they don't charge for small children and 1/2 rate for young ones. We tried there teas it was 50/- and the tea is fantastic. Definitely visit again if we are going to Kandy.

5. Saman Buffet & Catering

Embilipitiya, Embilipitiya 70200, Sri Lanka Seating, Waitstaff Asian Lunch +94 47 4 931260
Excellent
33%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
6%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 15 reviews

Saman Buffet & Catering

Reviewed By Malith D - Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Can have variety of foods and served as buffet style...just a restaurent located infront of the main bus stand...very easy to find and cant believe such a place fromembilipitiya area...LKR 250/-for each plate...recommend to any type of traveller!!!!!

6. Silver Ray

Lellopitiya, Lellopitiya 70056, Sri Lanka Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations Asian, Sri Lankan, Chinese, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +94 45 2 274764
Excellent
23%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 38 reviews

Silver Ray

As a first step in our diversification plans we established the Silver Ray complex. The complex holds 3 reception halls, a shopping arcade and a star-class restaurant. The Silver Ray restaurant is a popular destination for those seeking delicious cuisine

Reviewed By Malaka T - Colombo, Sri Lanka

Silver Ray is a natural stopover if your going to Bandarawela or beyond. Pastries, buns and cakes in abundance. Nothing extraordinary here. Decent rice and curry. There was a live pianist which was a surprise. Ample parking and decent washrooms.

7. Forest Edge

Lankagama Road, Mederipitiya, Deniyaya | Deniyaya, Deniyaya 81500, Sri Lanka Delivery, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards Chinese, Asian, Sri Lankan Brunch HK$78 +94 71 071 4444
Excellent
68%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 6 reviews

Forest Edge

Nestling in the tranquility of the famous Sinharaja rain forest, Sinharaja Forest Edge is situated in the rural Village of Deniyaya at the Mederipitiya entrance to the Sinharaja Rain Forest. Equipped with all the basic amenities, and enriched with true Sri Lankan hospitality this resort will be a simple touch of luxury yet preserving the simple lifestyle of the village by the forest. We welcome tourists, back packers, long/short duration tours or day tours.

Reviewed By Johnnyzbass - Anoyira, Cyprus

I loved staying here, the staff are a delight and the food was just amazing. This is where you get to enjoy Sri Lankan cuisine at its best. Quirky rooms with outdoor showers all add to this unique experience. A must stay, even if it's only for one night.

8. Green Park Restaurant - Mawanella

Ganethenna, Mawanella 71500, Sri Lanka Asian, Sri Lankan +94 35 4 932932
Excellent
44%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 7 reviews

Green Park Restaurant - Mawanella

Reviewed By The_Miri_Epicure - Miri, Malaysia

This restaurant is on the main road from Kandy toward Colombo.
Our tuk-tuk driver dropped us here for lunch.
It was busy with a local only clientele, but the manager made us welcome and we enjoyed the buffet of various curries.
Very clean, great food, and inexpensive.

9. Cafe Channa Pinnawalla

Elephant Bathing Road | No 1, Near the Tickting Gate, Kegalle 00011, Sri Lanka Japanese, Southwestern, Asian HK$94 +94 71 250 3166
Excellent
22%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
45%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 9 reviews

Cafe Channa Pinnawalla

Reviewed By Divs_Kataria - Mumbai, India

We stopped at this small cafe for tea- black lemon tea, after completing the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Its a very basic small cafe serving coffee / tea and snacks.
We paid Sri Lankan Rs. 360 for two cups of tea, which is on expensive lot. Overall a decent place to sit and drink and move on with the journey

10. River Garden

Colombo-Batticaloa Hwy, Belihuloya 70140, Sri Lanka Reservations Asian, Sri Lankan +94 71 066 2236
Excellent
44%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 14 reviews

River Garden

Reviewed By Vidula H - Colombo, Sri Lanka

We were stop by for Lunch on our way from Haputhale to Colombo and find out the place is reasonable in many ways.
There were not much food when we visiting as a group of 14 people, but they prepare and give us very quickly. Food is reasonable and tasty compare with the price of 650 including ice cream as the dessert. Place is good with good view of the Belihuloya River.
There are rooms to accommodate and left luggage service too. They do provide adventure rides too.

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