Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, one excellent way to while away your time spent on the island is playing golf. In Sri Lanka there are a number of golf courses – both bucolic and challenging – where you can try your hand at golf: established in 1879, The Royal Colombo Golf Club is thought to be the second oldest golf club outside Britain after India’s Royal Calcutta Golf Club. Sri Lanka is also known to host several international tournaments, including the SriLankan Airlines Golf Classic which takes place at Kandy’s famed much famed Victoria Golf and Country Resort. All golf courses charge a fee of around 30-60 USD and you should also expect to pay caddie and ball spotter fees as well if need be.
Cricket in Sri Lanka is played at professional level. Cricket is the most popular sport in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is one of the ten nations that take part in test cricket and one of the five nations that has won a cricket world cup. Cricket is played at professional, semi-professional and recreational levels in the country and international cricket matches are watched with interest by a large proportion of the population.
Sri Lanka (then called Ceylon) became a British colony in 1802. As everywhere that the British arrived in numbers, cricket soon followed and it is reasonable to assume that the game was first played on the island by 1800. The earliest definite mention of cricket in Ceylon was a report in the Colombo Journal on 5 September 1832 which called for the formation of a cricket club. The Colombo Cricket Club was formed soon afterwards and matches began in November 1832. Since then, the sport has grown domestically with major events such as the Premier Trophy (starting 1938) and Premier Limited Overs Tournament (starting 1988–89). Sri Lanka’s one day international debut came in the 1975 cricket world cup and were later awarded Test cricket status in 1981, by the International Cricket Council.
See Sri Lanka by bicycle on a bike tour. Known as the ‘Teardrop of India’ Sri Lanka is a vibrant country, home to a wealth of natural and cultural attractions. It boasts ancient cities, beautiful countrysides and dazzling beaches, along with impressive colonial outposts left by the Dutch. With it’s huge network of roads, routes and tracks, it makes it especially appealing for for cycling holidays in Sri Lanka.
White Water Rafting
Experience White Water Rafting in the picturesque Kelani River in Kitulgala covering 5 major rapids and 4 minor rapids. This activity is for anyone above the age of 10 years with safety gear, modern rafts, and a comprehensive safety briefing will be given by our white water rafting instructors beforehand. The distance covered is around 5 KM. The river and its surrounding will make you feel enchanted, with a memorable experience during your White Water Rafting Tour in Kitulagala.
A mere 2 hour drive from Colombo-Nuwara Eliya road, Kitulgala is a Rain Forest patch which attracts many resident and foreign tourists for its natural beauty. The Academy Award-winning movie The Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed on the Kelani River near Kitulgala, although nothing remains now except the concrete foundations for the bridge. Kitulgala is the base for White Water rafting in Sri Lanka but there are myriad of leisure and adventure activities that can be done in Kutulgala.
The KALU GANGA is a relaxing eco tourism destination and a relatively slow flowing river for most of the way, so there is no need for any specialist canoeing skills. Along the route you will be able to see many vegetation types and changing landscapes of Sri Lanka. Just passing the populated Ratnapura town area, the riverbank environment becomes more scenic and peaceful, with lonely sand collectors’ houses surrounded by thick vegetation and palm trees! During most of the ride the only noises you will hear are the birds’ calls and the sound of your paddle dipping into the calm water.