BEYOND THE BOUNDARY
Touring with Red Dot Sports gives you direct access to our intimate knowledge of the island. We bring Sri Lanka’s most celebrated tour experiences to life with our specialist guides, and we also love to uncover some of the island’s more hidden gems for you.
Whether it’s guided rainforest walks with local naturalists, cycling tours though the paddy fields, the best dining spot tips, behind-the-scenes stadium tours or guest speaker evenings with leaders in the field, Red Dot Sports is on hand to deliver the authentic Sri Lankan experience beyond simply the daily transfer from hotel to sports ground.
Sri Lanka’s capital city is fast emerging as one of South Asia’s most sophisticated metropolises and is undoubtedly the established sports hub of the island. We can take you on a tour of Colombo’s old and new cricket stadiums and arrange masterclass coaching sessions with Sri Lanka’s decorated coaches and former players, to better prepare for playing in Asian conditions. We can also point you towards the best cricket stores to gear up ahead of the season.
Colombo’s bar and restaurant scene boasts cuisine from all over the world, so let us book you in for an evening at the Ministry of Crab, built in the Fort district’s Old Dutch Hospital and co-owned by Sri Lankan cricket stars Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara. It’s something of a Red Dot tradition for our groups to dine out at the Cricket Club Café – a classic Colombo hang out that has recently relocated, but remains decorated with endless cricket memorabilia from teams of the past passing through the city.
Kandy & Around
Travellers from across the world flock to the old town’s famous Temple of the Tooth, but for a more private insight into the Buddhist traditions of Kandy, Red Dot can also guide you around some other fine ancient temple architecture for a less crowded experience of temple calm.
If you can drag yourself away from the award-winning golf course at Victoria Golf & Country Resort, visit the Millennium Elephant Orphanage en route to Peradeniya’s beautifully kempt botanical gardens. And for a real sense of traditional Kandyan cultural emersion, watch a traditional dance show followed up with an instructed evening dance class and Kandyan drumming lesson.
A day trip north of Kandy takes you into Sri Lanka’s ‘Cultural Triangle’. So wander the gardens before climbing the ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya for vast views across the surrounding plains and a close-up study of the restored ancient frescos. For the ultimate viewpoint of Sigiriya Rock and a wilder excursion through the jungle, climb the rocky outcrop at Pidurangala, before travelling further north to cycle the ancient ruins of Anuradhapura.
When touring Sri Lanka’s ‘Deep South’, you can jump back on your bike for another cycling tour through the rice paddies of Galle to stop off at private gardens and learn about cinnamon and coconut plucking.
You may take in an evening lecture with a Sri Lanka specialist marine biologist, then rise early the following morning and take to sea in search of the world’s only non-migratory whale pod off the most southern tip of Matara. Spot dolphins and visit Kosgoda’s turtle hatchery. You can also hear personal stories of the region as you explore Galle’s 17th century Dutch sea fort, with anecdotes told by long-time Fort residents. And back from the beautiful coast line, trek through rain forest in search of secret waterfalls.