Sri Lanka Cricket Tours

$3499 / 10 Nights/11 days

Introduction:

Sri Lanka - a tropical island paradise - Lonely Planet voted Sri Lanka as the top destination for 2013 in its Best in Travel publication.

A small country the size of Tasmania, Sri Lanka boasts a variety of experiences that are all easily accessible: Beautiful beaches, tropical climate, ancient Buddhist culture, lush green hills, tea plantations, wildlife parks, exotic food ......and CRICKET!

There are not many places in the world that you can play on the same hallowed turf that Shane Warne, Murali and the great Don Bradman enthralled the locals. Our expertise and contacts allows us the use of these world class venues to host your matches against competitive local sides- be it school, university or club level.

What better way to discover a fascinating culture than to engage with the locals in a game of cricket. And there's sufficent time to see the sights and get some sun, sand and surf too.

 


Itinerary:


Colombo -  Kandy – Ahungala (Beach) – Galle – Colombo

Day 01
Arrival in Colombo.  Welcome at airport and transfer to the hotel Cinnamon Lake Colombo.
Dinner and overnight stay at Cinnamon Lake.

Day 02
Have a late breakfast at the hotel.
P.M – 01st Match – T20 game at the Sinhalese Sports Club. UNDER LIGHTS
Dinner and overnight stay at Cinnamon Lake.

Sinhalese Sports Club

The Sinhalese Sports Club Ground  is the headquarters of Sri Lanka Cricket, with the main administration offices located at the ground, but it has been superseded by the Premadasa as the premier venue in Colombo. The ground, which has belonged to the SSC since 1952, was used as an aerodrome by Allied forces during the Second World War, but hosted its first Sri Lanka match (against an Indian XI) in 1974.
Sri Lanka recorded their first ever ODI win, here, against a Test-playing country during the Asia Cup 1986, when they defeated Pakistan by five wickets. The ground has been a happy hunting ground for Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas (a one-day world record 8 for 19 against Zimbabwe and 14 for 191 against the West Indies in a Test)

 

Day 03
Breakfast at the Hotel. 2nd Match – A 50 over game at the P Sara Oval.
Dinner and overnight stay at Cinnamon Lake.

The P.Saravanamuttu Stadium - home to the Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club - hosted Sri Lanka's first Test, against England in 1982. In 1985, it was the venue for Sri Lanka's first-ever Test win, over India. It is a relatively small ground, half surrounded by lower-level stands and half by grass banks. The most famous feature is the ivy-covered scoreboard. In 1948 Don Bradman brought his Australian side to the ground en route to England. The ground regularly hosted international matches till 1994, but that was followed by a eight-year lull. In 2002, Australia and Pakistan played a Test there, with the series being played on neutral soil.

P SARA OVAL

Day 04
After breakfast proceed to Kandy.  Enroute visit The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage.The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, established in 1975, commenced with seven orphans. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their grandchildren born in the same location. The original objective of establishing the orphanage inclined more towards tourism, but is soon became a conservation and educational centre. With the help of local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawela started a scientific captive-breeding programme for elephants. The free movement of the herd enhanced the chances for respective individuals of both sexes to get together and mate. The nearby river played a dominant role in this regard, and in 1984, the first baby of Pinnawela was born. The success story of Pinnawela has drawn the attention of scientists from all over the world. A considerable number of books and research articles on Pinnawela have been published in several languages. The members of the Pinnawela herd have been filmed, videoed and photographed thousands of times by professionals.

Day 05
Breakfast at the Hotel. 03rd Match – A 50 over game at The Asgiriya International Stadium.
Dinner and overnight stay at Earls Regency.

The Asgiriya International Stadium, located in the heart of Sri Lanka's rolling hill-country, is the home ground of Trinity College, one of the most prestigious schools in Sri Lanka. Given the lack of flat space in central Sri Lanka, the ground was carved straight out of the hill behind the pavilion before being levelled by ten feet, and so the end result is one of the most beautiful venues on earth. Access is from the main town, which lies below, where the road takes a sharp jink across the Kandy to Colombo main railway line, before rising viciously and twisting to its left towards the Buddhist Research Institute that neighbours the ground.
Ironically, one of the most memorable matches at Kandy was also one of the feistiest in history, as England beat Sri Lanka in March 2001 in a game that descended into near-anarchy. The pitch, with its extra bounce, can offer more assistance to the pace bowlers than any other in Sri Lanka, especially when clouds hug the surrounding hills.

 Asgiriya International Stadium.

Day 06

After Breakfast at the hotel visit the Peredeniya botanical gardens. This Botanical Garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. Thereafter proceed to Nuwara Eliya for a day excurtion.
Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lankas most popular hill resort.  Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lankas tea country producing a significant share of the world s best tea.  Nuwara Eliya also has one of the finest 18 golf courses in South Asia.
Visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best tea in the world is produced.  Here you could observe all about the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory.  On completion do a city tour of Nuwara Eliya, proceed back to Kandy.
Dinner and overnight stay at Earls Regency.

Day 07
Breakfast at the Hotel.
04th Match – A 50 over game at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.
Dinner and overnight stay at Earls Regency.

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium also known as Muttiah Muralitharan International Cricket Stadium, is one of the newest cricket stadiums in Sri Lanka and the newest in the city of Kandy.  In July 2010, The Central Provincial Council in Kandy unanimously made the renaming decision to honour the legendary Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan, an Anthonian and Kandy native. The stadium was declared opened on 27 November 2009 and became the 104th Test venue in the world . The stadium is Sri Lanka's eighth Test venue and is located about a half-hour drive from Kandy.

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium

Day 08
 After breakfast proceed to Ahungalla. Your hotel is the Heritance Ahungalla.

You have the day free to enjoy the beachside resort.
Dinner and overnight stay at Heritance Ahungalla.

Day 09
After breakfast at the Hotel drive to Galle.
05th Match – A 50 over game at Galle International Cricket Stadium.
Dinner and overnight stay at Heritence Ahungalla.

Galle International Cricket Stadium  - With the Indian ocean visible on two sides of the ground and the famous clock tower of the 16th-century Dutch fort towering above, Galle's international stadium was one of the most scenic venues in the world, until it was devastated - along with the entire Southern coast of Sri Lanka - by the terrible tsunami that struck on December 26, 2004. For a time, the future of the venue was in some doubt - especially given the political schisms that had formed at boardroom level in Sri Lanka's cricket administration - but thanks to international support from such luminaries as Ian Botham and Shane Warne, who had taken his 500th Test wicket on the ground earlier that year, a pledge was made to rebuild the ground from scratch and that work was completed in time for the visit by England in 2008. Until the disaster, Galle had been something of a Sri Lankan stronghold, with six wins and two defeats in 11 matches, the majority of these engineered by Muttiah Muralitharan, who had taken 87 wickets in those games.

Galle
 

Day 10
After breakfast proceed to Galle to do a city tour of Galle, once the chief port of Ceylon. It is still well known for hand-made lace. You can also visit the Galle Fort (spanning 90 acres) which was originally built by the Portuguese and later extended by the Dutch in 1663.  This is a World Heritage Site. On completion play a T20 GAME.
P.M – 06th Match – T20 game - at Galle International Cricket Stadium. UNDER LIGHTS
On completion proceed to Colombo and check in to Kingsbury Hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay The Kingsbury Hotel

Day 11
Breakfast at the hotel and do a city tour of Colombo, like many capital cities in developing countries is fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood. Yet in some parts, the old world charm is retained.  For example, there is a 100-year-old clock tower and several British built colonial buildings.
Other places of interest are the Pettah bazaar - where one can shop for bargain, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Colombo museum, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH)- an outright gift to Sri Lanka from the People's Republic of China and the Dutch Museum.

Farewell dinner and leave for the airport for the departure flight.

Highlights:

Ayurvedic Medicine - Sri Lanka

6 Cricket matches: 4 x 50 over day games = 2 x T20 Dusk games underlights

All matches played at international cricket venues

Playing on the same grounds as Warnie, Murali and Bradman

5 star accommodation throughout

Pinnawella Elephant Orphanage visit

Tea plantaions of Nuwara Eliya

Beach at Ahungalla

 

 

 

Inclusions:

Sigiriya Mountain In Sri Lanka

10 night Twin share accommodation
10 Breakfasts  + 10 Dinners + 4 Lunches (during day games)

Umpires, ground staff and all venue fees

Mineral water for games (5 btls per player)
All sightseeing with English speaking guide

Transport in an AC vehicle
Monument entry fees
Economy international airfare including taxes

 

 

Not Included:

Wonderful Sri Lanka Tours

Travel Insurance
Visa (USD 30)

Tipping
Any other items not mentioned

AUD 3499 PP triple-share*

 

Other Information:

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Thank you for arranging a fantastic tour of Sri Lanka for us. You have always looked after our travel needs very well, but you clearly have a great knowledge and expertise when it comes to touring Sri Lanka and we definitely benefited from this. We were very well looked after by our driver Denver who was at the airport on our arrival and made sure we were looked after the whole time until our departure. He was a very safe and good driver and a wealth of information during the tour. The hotels we were booked into and the attractions we visited were all first class. We of course took many photos, but I attach one which is particularly good. It is of us having an elephant ride, just before the elephant squirted me with water. We would have no hesitation in recommending that our friends contact you to arrange their next holiday in Sri Lanka, and would love to get back there again as soon as we can. Regards

Peter Davis, Davis Lawyers
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