Weave all five one-day international England and Sri Lanka cricket matches into a comprehensive tour of Sri Lanka. Cricket is much more than just a game in Sri Lanka, with the sport having a history of over two centuries, a cricket-mad population and some beautiful cricket stadiums in exotic locations. Combined with stunning golden beaches, exciting wildlife and an array of cultural sites, Sri Lanka is a perfect holiday destination for any cricket fan.
Arrive and transfer to the Jetwing Blue for an overnight stay. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the hotel’s facilities and to relax on the beach. (N)
Drive the four hours from Negombo to Dambulla. Dambulla is in the heart of the Cultural Triangle and is the home of the first two one-day internationals. Spend five nights in the Amaya Lake hotel, located on the tropical banks of the scenic Kandalama Lake. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Enjoy the first one-day international match between England and Sri Lanka at the RangiriDambulla International Stadium, which seats 30,000 people and overlooks the Dambulla Tank reservoir and the Dambulla Caves. (B)
This morning experience the flagship of the Cultural Triangle, the Sigiriya rock fortress, which rises 200 metres from the scrub jungle below and was once the stronghold of a fortified town. There are some stunning views over the surrounding countryside, although the climb is steep and very narrow in parts.
In the afternoon, discover the ancient city of Polonnaruwa – capital of the Chola and Sinhalese kingdoms some 1,000 years ago. Today, it is an impressive archaeological site teeming with ancient structures including tombs, temples and stupas. (B)
Continue your tour of the Cultural Triangle with a visit to Dambulla, a first-century BC Buddhist temple complex known for its impressive and immaculately kept collection of Buddhist murals and statues. In the afternoon, visit Minneriya National Park, a habitat for elephants, deer, leopards, sloth bears and crocodiles. (B)
Today is the second one-day international match between England and Sri Lanka, so return to the Rangiri stadium before transferring back to the Amaya Lake for your last night’s stay in the Cultural Triangle. (B)
Drive to Pasikudah for a relaxing two-night stay on the east coast. Located directly on one of the most popular beaches of the east coast, the AnantayaPasikudah is a luxury property with excellent spa facilities. (B)
Day at leisure. (B)
After a leisurely morning spent at your hotel,drive to Kandy, a bustling city located in the hill country, once captured by the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British. The lake and the nearby Temple of the Tooth, which houses Sri Lanka’s most sacred relic – a tooth of the Lord Buddha – dominate the city. Kandy hosts the next two one-day internationals. Spend five nights at the Golden Crown Hotel. (B)
Head to the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium for the third one-day international.Built for the 2011 Cricket World Cup, the stadium has a capacity of 35,000. (B)
This morning visit the Temple of the Tooth in time for the puja, or prayers. The Temple of the Tooth dates from the 16th centuryand is said to contain the tooth relic of Buddha and is considered to be one of the country’s holiest sites. Rest of the day at leisure to explore Kandy’s bazaars, museums and myriad of streets. (B)
Today visit Peradeniya, the largest botanical garden in Sri Lanka. There is a fine collection of orchids and a stately avenue of royal palms that were planted in 1905. Proceed to a local and authentic tea estate to see how tea is grown, picked and graded before a tasting session. (B)
Return to the Pallekelestadium for the penultimate match of the one-day international series. (B)
Drive the 4 hours back to Colombo, the nation’s capital, for three nights at the Ramada Colombo. (B)
Like many commercial cities in Asia, Colombo is quickly changing and in many places skyscrapers have arisen where old buildings once stood. The old-world charm has nevertheless been retained, as is evidenced by the 100-year-old clock tower and several fine British-built colonial buildings. Other places of interest are the Pettah bazaar, the old parliament, and several Hindu and Buddhist temples. (B)
Today is the fifth and final one-day international between England and Sri Lanka. The R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium was established in 1986 and has hosted more than 100 one-day international matches. (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.
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CTS2018: 16 Nights