Arranging a successful school tour is something that Red Dot Sports takes very seriously.
Over the years, some of the finest cricketing schools in England and beyond have trusted us to arrange their tour of Sri Lanka.
Schools, pupils and parents have come to value our proven cricket links, our flexibility, commitment to safety, determination to find suitable opposition in an increasingly crowded cricketing landscape, and ability to act quickly if things go wrong.
By making your tour arrangements directly from Colombo, we can offer both expert advice and value for money whatever your budget.
Schools needing to draw up detailed risk assessments and provide necessary information to concerned parents will find us keenly aware of our duty of care.
Thanks to the resources of our tailor-made holiday company, Red Dot Tours, we love nothing more than to arrange parallel tours for parents or camp followers also looking for some time in the sun.
Our list of potential activities in Sri Lanka – whether educational or purely for fun – offers as much as Sri Lanka can provide.
Away from the pitch, we are keen supporters of the Foundation of Goodness charity. And with our help, you can also explore stunning beaches, the historic ruins of ancient cities, trek in the spectacular hill-country, see elephants at one of the island’s game parks, or try a variety of water sports.
Subject to availability, clubs and schools touring with Red Dot Sports get the chance to play at a selection of Sri Lanka’s top-class international venues, such as the R. Premedasa International Stadium, the SCC Colombo and the Pallekele Stadium.
Top venues are in heavy demand these days, and arrangements in Sri Lanka can change at a moment’s notice, which means that a company with widespread contacts and first-hand knowledge is more important than ever.
Our individually-designed school cricket tours to Sri Lanka are further enhanced by a liaison officer and tour assistant, and we can offer the services of expert coaches at some of the island’s top training facilities.
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Day 01, 02, 03, 04
Arrive at Colombo’s International airport early on Day 1 – welcome to Sri Lanka! Head to the centre of this charming, compact city and rest and recharge by the pool. The following day is an Academy Day. Rest up in the morning before an afternoon of training and first-class coaching session at the NCC Cricket Academy. Spend your free time enjoying the sights and sounds of the island’s capital. Consider a trip to Cricket Club Café, the first stop for England cricket fans in Colombo.
Match Day | 01 at the P. Saravanamuttu International Stadium, Murali’s home club, which has a long international history. The ground is renowned for its large balcony dressing room and reaper-clad scoreboard.
Day 05, 06, 07
Sri Lanka’s famous cultural triangle offers plenty to fire both mind and body over the next three days. Explore the lion rock of Sigiriya and the ancient kingdom of Polonnaruwa, which was Sri Lanka’s royal medieval capital between the late 11th and 13th century. After visiting Polonnaruwa museum, which will provide an overview of this ancient city and its heritage, move onto exploring the ruins themselves. You might also consider a safari at Minneriya National Park to understand more about the way of life of the magnificent elephant. Arrange a cricket training session at either Kurunegala or Dambulla.
Match Day | 02 Play your second match at Dambulla’s impressive Rangiri International Stadium which is set by the banks of a lake.
Day 08, 09
Journey to Sri Lanka’s hill capital – the lakeside town of Kandy. Visit the Temple of the Tooth where a sacred tooth relic of the Lord Buddha is enshrined. The temple has decorative walls, a golden roof and fine woodwork. Religious services (pooja) with traditional music and drumming are held daily at dawn, mid-day and in the evening where guests can participate.
Match Day | 03 at the Asgiriya Stadium gives you a chance to enjoy one of the most scenic grounds in Sri Lanka. Once used as a Test venue, this historic school ground has now been superseded by Pallakele, but the mountain views remain glorious.
Day 10, 11, 12, 13
Head to the lively beach resort of Hikkaduwa on Sri Lanka’s south-west coast. The first day offers a splendid chance to see one of Sri Lanka’s finest charities, with cricket at its core. The Foundation of Goodness is based in the village of Seenigama just a few kilometres north of Hikkaduwa. This village was destroyed as a result of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami and redeveloped by the Foundation of Goodness charity, with the help of Surrey and MCC among others.
Match Day | 04 at the Seenigama Oval is set in the school grounds. The wicket is a well-kept artificial one, with a well-tended outfield. As a part of the Foundation of Goodness programme, the cricketers will be interacting, learning and helping out the local village community in various capacities, giving a memorable insight into island life. By evening, head back to Hikkaduwa and enjoy the beaches and the laid back lifestyle of this coastal town.
Match Day | 05 is at the Galle International Stadium with the 17C Dutch Fort looming large as a spectacular backdrop to this revamped international venue. This famous old ground was rebuilt after the tsunami, and received an outpouring of support and affection that confirmed it as one of the most loved venues in the world. Unsurprisingly, ground rental charges have risen to meet a challenging future – you may prefer to cut costs by playing your final game in Colombo instead – but the game has an undeniable resonance. On day 15, head up the motorway and your flight home from Colombo’s international airport.
Red Dot is entirely flexible. For example, if you wish to see more of the fast-improving capital Colombo at the end of your holiday, we can adjust to suit.
Note: We have priced this accommodation as affordable mid-market. Many other options are available on request from our range of more than 400 carefully-vetted and much-loved Sri Lanka properties.
Day 01, 02, 03, 04
Cinnamon Red offers comfortable accommodation in the centre of Colombo. This ultra-modern hotel spans 26 floors and has fantastic views across the city centre. It has a pool, gym and rooftop bar and is decorated throughout with vibrant bursts of crimson.
Day 05, 06, 07
Kassapa Lion’s Rock
Kassapa Lions Rock named after the legend that surrounds the magnificent Sigiriya Rock Fortress, is a peaceful holiday retreat with 51 individual chalets scattered over 10 acres of landscaped gardens in the heart of the Cultural Triangle.
Day 08, 09
Centrally located in Kandy town, OZO Kandy offers 122 stylishly-designed rooms with fantastic amenities for an affordable price.
Day 10, 11, 12, 13
Citrus is a mid-market beach hotel in Hikkaduwa, a chilled-out resort which sprang to prominence as a favourite haunt on the Sixties backpacker trail and is regaining its youthful, informal feel, with one of the best surfing beaches in Sri Lanka and a scattering of decent beachside bars, restaurants and sporadically-appearing nightclubs.