cricket tours in sri lanka

cricket tours in sri lanka

golf tours in sri lanka

golf tours in sri lanka

water sports in sri lanka

water sports in sri lanka

golf tours in sri lanka

golf tours in sri lanka


 

Life of Sports in Sri Lanka

 


Adventure & Water Sports

With over 1,600km of coast, Sri Lanka is an ideal location for wind-surfing, water-skiing, surfing, sailing, scuba-diving (including wreck-diving), snorkelling, speed-boating and banana-boating. Prime water-sports sites are located in the Negombo region on the west coast, Wadduwa, Kalutara and Beruwela on the south-western coast, and Bentota, Hikkaduwa, Galle, Unawatuna, Koggala, Tangalle and Hambantota on the southern and south-eastern coasts. Water-sports providers are run by local and foreign professionals (including PADI-qualified instructors) and rent state-of-the-art equipment.

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Adventure & Water Sports

Sri Lanka possesses over 100 hundred rivers, together with lagoons and ‘tank’ (irrigation lakes), so there are plentiful opportunities for year-round kayaking and canoeing, perhaps combined with a camping trip. Two popular locations are the Kalu Ganga and the Kelani Ganga (rivers).

The Kelani Ganga near Kitulgala has fast headwaters and rapids ideal for white-water rafting (from November to April only), with names such as Virgin’s Breast, Head Chopper, Killer Fall, Rib Cage and Slot and Drop.

Varied landscape, wildlife, and archaeological sites offers excellent opportunities for trekking. Nature trails of exceptional interest include the Sinharaja rainforest, the cloud-forests of Horton Plains, the Knuckles (mountain range), and Hakgala Strict Natural Reserve.

In addition, para-gliding, rock climbing, cave treks and mountain biking are possible.

Golf in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is relatively unknown in the field of Golf, but surprisingly the country has three of the finest 18 hole courses in Asia. In fact the association with golf Sri Lanka is more than a century and the Sri Lanka Amateur Golf Championship, which was instituted in the year 1891 follows the British Amateur as the oldest national championship in the world. The three courses are situated in Colombo, Digana and Nuwara Eliya, Colombo at sea level, Digana at 600 m and Nuwara Eliya at an elevation of 2'070m have distinctly different terrain and climate conditions. This contributes to the enjoyment and challenge as you could be playing golf in three different countries.

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Golf in Sri Lanka
  • The Royal Colombo Golf Club
    The Royal Colombo Golf Club, Sri Lanka: This course is 5'770 m long (par 71). A flat course with broad fairways which looks simple to beginners but there are many water hazards and well guarded bunkers which quickly change the opinion. The Royal Colombo Golf Club is easily accessible, being 20 minutes drive from all first-class hotels in the city. The Royal Colombo Golf Club is an Oasis in the city of Colombo surrounded by residential areas and business establishments. The Club provides its members with a facility that is beaming with historic golf memorabilia and a course that spans 96 acres. The scenic fairways, natural habitats of some rare species of fauna and flora and heart warming smiles are just some the characteristics that makes RCGC a true Oasis in the city.

    RCGC is the home of the Sri Lanka Golf Union, the governing body of Golf in Sri Lanka and only answerable to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrew’s in Scotland. There are only sixteen other Royal Clubs in the world which are older than RCGC and only three which are older outside the British Isles. The vibrancy around the club is not limited to the course, the verandah overlooking the course is a popular place to sit back with a chilled drink and celebrate a good round of golf or simply unwind after a hard day’s work at the office. RCGC has a host of facilities to cater to your every mood and fancy, whether you are a serious golfer or simply want to treat your family and friends in exclusive and tranquil surroundings.

  • Victoria Golf Club
    Victoria Golf Club, Digana, Sri Lanka: This course is 6'190 m long (par 73) a championship golf course designed by Donald Steel and inaugurated early in 1999. The fairways are rather narrow in a hilly country side. Stately trees and avenues of coconuts lend the course an immediate air maturity. Impressive natural outcrops of rocks are a distinctive feature and indeed a hazard of the course. The Victoria Golf Club is situated 25 km east of Kandy and 150 km from Colombo.

  • The Nuwara Eliya Golf Club
    The Nuwara Eliya Golf Club, Sri Lanka: This course which is reputed to be one of Asia's finest is 5'520 m (par 71). The fairways are long and narrow and bordered by fir trees and thick bushes. It demands skilful "position play" and the hilly terrain makes it essential that players can cope with up-hill and down-hill lies. The Golf Club is 10 minutes.

Cricket in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Cricket as formally known now, was first registered with Ministry of Sports on 30th June 1975 as a national sports body. It was initially called Board of Cricket for Sri Lanka (BCCSL) until it came to be incorporated as Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) in 2003. Sri Lanka Cricket has been the stamp of authority on local cricketing map under the mandate of Ministry of Sports and Public Recreation and is focused on upholding the cricketing heritage of the country.

As Sri Lankans have a passion for cricket being its most popular sport with international recognition, Sri Lanka Cricket is on course with multifaceted objectives in ensuring overall development of the sport from grass root level to international level. Due to relentless efforts by Sri Lanka Cricket, Sri Lanka Cricket has become one of our super brand names most known all over the world today
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Cricket in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Cricket is a major source of national income and has always been in the public eye and of interest. Sri Lanka Cricket therefore makes a pivotal contribution to the nation at large. Most significant fixture on Sri Lanka Cricket’s international calendar in future will be World Cup 2011 which will be co-hosted by Sri Lanka with India and Bangladesh. Sri Lanka Cricket is resourcefully well poised to host this event successfully.

Test / ODI

  • Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium - Colombo
    Capacity - 15,000
    First Test - 17 February 1982
    First ODI - 13 April 1983

  • Asgiriya Stadium - Kandy
    Capacity- 10,300
    First Test - 22 April 1982
    First ODI - 2 March 1986

  • Sinhalese Sports Club Ground - Colombo
    Capacity - 10,000
    First Test - 16 March 1984
    13 February 1982

  • Colombo Cricket Club Ground - Colombo
    Capacity - 6,000
    First Test - 24 March 1984

  • R. Premadasa Stadium - Colombo
    Capacity - 35,000
    First Test - 28 August 1992
    First ODI - 5 April 1986

  • Tyronne Fernando Stadium - Moratuwa
    Capacity - 15,000
    First Test - 8 September 1992
    First ODI - 31 March 1984

  • Galle International Stadium - Galle
    Capacity - 35,000
    First used - 3 June 1998
    First ODI - 25 June 1998

  • Pallekele International Cricket Stadium - Pallekele, Kandy
    Capacity - 35,000
    First Test - 1 December 2010

  • Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium - Dambulla
    16,800
    First ODI - 23 March 2001

  • Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium - Hambantota
    35,000 -

  • Pallekele International Cricket Stadium - Pallekele, Kandy
    35,000 -

Sri Lanka national rugby

The Sri Lanka national rugby union team represents Sri Lanka in international rugby union competitions. Sri Lanka has yet to make their debut at the Rugby World Cup. They have the longest tradition of organized club rugby in Asia, dating back to 1879, which was just 8 years after the founding of the world’s first rugby union in England. They regularly compete in the Asian Five Nations tournament and are currently in Division I. In the 2010 tournament, they made it to the finals beating Chinese Taipei 37 to 7.

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Sri Lanka national rugby

Sri Lanka Rugby has a long history, dating back to the days of British colonialism. The first High school to introduce Rugby to Sri Lanka is Kingswood College in Kandy. The Club Rugby was first played in Sri Lanka way back in the 1870s, with the first club, Colombo Football Club, being established in 28 June 1879

Home grounds

  • CR & FC Grounds – Colombo 7

  • CH & FC Grounds – Colombo 7

  • Police Grounds – Colombo 5

  • Army Grounds – Galle Face

  • Nittawela Grounds – Kandy

  • Air Force Grounds – Ratmalana

  • Navy Grounds – Welisara

  • Havelocks Grounds – Havelock Town

  • Maligawa Grounds - Kurunegala

  • Bogambara Stadium - Kandy

  • Peoples' Park - Anuradhapura

  • Slim Line Grounds - Pannala

  • Vincent Dias Stadium - Badulla

  • Army Grounds – Anuradhapura

Sri Lanka Tennis

Tennis was introduced to Sri Lanka by the British. The History of the association began when a few planters and tennis enthusiasts met together to foam the Ceylon Lawn Tennis Association in 1915. His Excellency Governor Sir Robert Chalmers, then, the head of the land was the President of the association. The Association continued to have governors as it's presidents till 1946. Governor being busy with state affairs, the responsibility for managing the association fell on the shoulders of the Secretary, Mr. R.g. Coombs, who later elected to vice president and president. The Association was managed by a general committee and a District committee represented by Uva, Dickoya, Nuwara Eliya, Gampola, Dambulla, Kandy, Ratnapura, Colombo, Galle, Kelani Vallvey, Kalutara districts and the Services represented by the Army and Navy.

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Sri Lanka Tennis

The Association had its headquarters at the "Chalet" in Nuwara Eliya.It conducted a number of tournaments on the courts of Colombo Lawn club, situated at Victoria Park on the Municipal Council Property. When the Municipal council wanted to expand it's park, the lawn club members were asked to seek membership of the adjoining Garden club. The members faced tough situation as the Garden club was the exclusive preserve of the European community. However on the intervention of the Mayor of Colombo, the lease of the Garden club was terminated and the tennis courts were made available to the Lawn Tennis Association in 1954 during the presidency of T.E. De Silva.

The year 1971 saw a major change in the constitution of the Association initiated by the President M. T. Thiruchittampalam, The association then composed of individual members with voting rights and representatives of affiliated clubs with out voting rights. This naturally did not meet the needs of a national body and hence numerous changes were incorporated. Today it is known as the Sri Lanka Tennis Association. Two years back, under the presidency of Mr. Lalith Within, a restructuring of the association was affected. The affairs of the Association are being managed by the president and a general committee elected by the membership at the annual general meeting. A Chief Executive Officer by the Association, is responsible for the administration of the office

Sri Lanka football

The Sri Lanka national football represents Sri Lanka in association football and is controlled by the Football Federation of Sri Lanka, the governing body for football in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka's home grounds are Sugathadasa Stadium and Kalutara Stadium. Sri Lanka was known as the Ceylon national football team until 1972, when Ceylon was renamed Sri Lanka.

A member of the AFC, the team have yet to make their first appearance in FIFA World Cup or AFC Asian Cup championship play. They have been South Asian champions once, in 1995. As is true elsewhere on the sub-continent, top-level football in Sri Lanka stands somewhat in the shadow of the country's test cricket team. However, the side did qualify for the second stage of Asian qualifying for the 2006 World Cup.

   
       
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