Rugby is embedded in Sri Lankan sporting culture with club matches regularly attracting large crowds and the game watched by big TV audiences.
Sri Lanka is the second largest rugby playing nation in Asia – only Japan can claim more players – which makes a rugby tour of Sri Lanka with Red Dot Sports an inviting proposition.
Schools rugby is huge in Sri Lanka and our close relationship with schools and rugby clubs puts us in an unrivalled position to organise an unforgettable tour for you. All standards of rugby are catered for.
Our specialist sports division arranges the tour to your exact requirements directly from Colombo, bringing you the expertise and value-for-money deals that come from being part of one of Sri Lanka’s largest tailor-made holiday companies.
Rugby on the Island of Sri Lanka is undoubtedly well supported and followed both at a semi-professional and schoolboy level. Since establishing rugby union status way back in 1879, there are now over 100,000 Rugby Union players in Sri Lanka, making Sri Lanka one of largest playing rugby nations in Asia.
Over the recent years, rugby in Sri Lanka has become more and more popular and is now contending with cricket in terms of popularity, especially in the schools’ circuit. Take nothing away from the level of school rugby either, as the country’s leading private schools compete throughout the calendar year in nationwide tournaments.
The popularity of rugby in Sri Lanka is underplayed internationally. Sri Lankan rugby is buzzing and Sri Lanka is now regarded as a genuine rugby destination.
There is so much to enjoy on the island with a little bit of everything: gorgeous tropical beaches, game parks, ruined cities, the stirring mountains of the hill country, and the lovable capital of Colombo.
If you are interested in a tailor-made rugby tour to Sri Lanka, trust Red Dot Sports to make it extra special.
On arrival in Colombo, you will be met by our local Red Dot representative who will act as your local tour guide during your holiday in Sri Lanka. You will then transfer to the OZO Colombo where you can recuperate and relax.
This morning head over to the Royal Sports Complex for a light training session. The rest of the day can be spent at leisure, you may like to head in to the heart of Colombo for a spot of site seeing.
Match Day | 01 – CR&FC
Home to the division A rugby team Ceylonese Rugby & Football Club (CR&FC) this ground is an ideal venue to host the first game of your tour. The stadium is fully equipped with 500-seat viewing deck, two dressing rooms an outside bar for members and guests.
Match Day | 02 – Race Course Colombo
The Colombo Racecourse grounds as the names implies used to be a former harness racing course during the Second World War. The stadium was redeveloped in the 2012 and now plays host to many of the leading school and club matches, it is also used by the Sri Lanka national team as a home venue for international matches.
On this morning drive up to Kandy which is considered to be the Sri Lankan hill capital. Here you will stay at the OZO Kandy. En route you will visit the Millennium Elephant Foundation (MEF). Spend a few hours with an elephant expert and animal rights activist who will give you the unique opportunity to meet, walk with, and bathe the elephants.
Match Day | 03 – Bogambara Stadium, Kandy
Dating all the way back to 1897 when this ground was converted from a lake into a playing field. After it was renovated in 1997 the venue was now been labelled as an international standard stadium. Since the revocations many sporting teams have opted to use this venue play for Rugby as well as other sports.
Match Day | 04 – Nittawela Rugby Stadium, Kandy
This venue is home to the Kandy Sports Club which is another division A rugby team. Kandy SC is renowned for being the most successful club team in Sri Lanka in terms of silverware. This is a great way to round off the Kandy sector of the tour.
This morning, begin your descent toward the southern coast of Sri Lanka where en route you will visit a Turtle hatchery. The Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery which primary operates as a hatchery, is a great place to observe collected and rescued eggs. During your time in the south you based at the Citrus Hikkaduwa.
This day has been kept at leisure in order for you to rest up for your final game. In the evening your guide can accompany you for a guided visit of the Galle Fort.
Match Day | 05 – Koggala grounds
On the penultimate day of the tour you will play your final game at the Koggala grounds. The rest of the day will be kept at leisure.
The final day of the tour will be spent at leisure, you will then transfer to the Bandaranaike International Airport where your tour will finally come to an end.
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
OZO Colombo is a contemporary city hotel with a vivid ambience. The hotel offers stylish bedrooms and modern facilities at a keen price. The rooftop bar and restaurants have great sea views which ensures their popularity. This international chain also has city hotels in Hong Kong and Thailand. There is also a second OZO in Kandy.
Day 05, 06, 07
OZO Kandy is the newest addition to the global OZO hotels family. Situated in central Kandy with scenic views of the tranquil Kandy Lake, the hotel is only five minutes from the Temple of the Tooth, the island’s most sacred temple, and the Kandy train station, an ideal stopover for those taking the train from Kandy into the hills. The hotel is contemporary in style and has 122 rooms furnished with modern amenities. OZO Kandy is suitable for both those who are on the go and those looking for a relaxing stay.
Day 08, 09, 10, 11
Citrus Hikkaduwa, formerly Amaya Reef, is now in the hands of it’s new owners and was reopened in December 2011 after a complete refurbishment. The familiar saffron coloured walls are now replaced with white washed exteriors and bright and airy interiors. A newly built wing houses 40 Deluxe rooms while 50 more rooms are housed in the old wing. Citrus Hikkaduwa provides a convenient base for the wide range of watersports available on this section of the West coast.