Why Sri Lanka is an ideal holiday destination for sports enthusiasts

by | Feb 28, 2023


Make your next holiday not just a vacation but an indulgence in your sporting passion as you give yourself a break from day-to-day life. Around the world there are several cities and countries that are linked to sports – from iconic cricket grounds to Olympic hosting cities – traveling to famous sporting destinations is a treat for all sports enthusiasts! Sporting events also take place throughout the year – so a good way to add sport-related sightseeing into your next vacation is to follow your favorite team to where they go.

Sri Lanka is home to legendary cricketing individuals, as well as some world-class rugby, hockey, and netball players. Perhaps you can try your skills at a true gentleman’s game – cricket, or enjoy a thrilling golfing escapade, rowing, surfing, scuba diving, canoeing, cycling, kayaking, badminton, football, basketball, whatever your passion may be, we have the facilities for it all.

Globally renowned for its natural beauty, hospitable people and a passion for sport, Sri Lanka promises a very memorable experience. Involve yourself in a game of cricket, arrange a netball fixture, or head to the beach for surfing, Sri Lanka is the most ideal all-round sporting getaway.

What are the types of sporting tours that can be enjoyed in Sri Lanka?

  1. Surfing Tour
    The southern and eastern coasts of Sri Lanka are an epic escapade for all surfers – from amateurs to advanced level surfers. Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Mirissa and Weligama are popular surf destinations in the south while Arugam Bay in the east offers rides ranging from 50-200 meters, leaving your legs feeling numb! Be sure to pump up your cardio levels before you surf so as to build up your stamina.
  2. Scuba Diving Tour
    Scuba diving has become an increasingly popular sport amongst locals and foreigners. Owing to the vibrant marine life on the coasts of Sri Lanka, Scuba divers are able to explore a charming plethora of colorful fish and corals in addition to the calm and pristine waters of the Indian Ocean. Along the southern, eastern and western coast, some popular scuba diving spots are Diyamba Gala, Derana Gala and Lobster Reef. In addition to that, Bentota, Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna and Weligama are also interesting locations for scuba diving.
  3. Canoeing Tour
    Canoeing lets you discover the natural hidden wonders of the island nation in a very peaceful and self-paced manner. You will be taken aback as you indulge in the mesmerizing scenery of Kalu Ganga, Belihul Oya or Mahaweli Ganga, as well as a collection of flora and animals during your canoeing tour in Sri Lanka.
  4. Cycling Tour
    with well-maintained routes and diverse, beautiful surroundings, Sri Lanka is the perfect destination for cycling. From welcoming locals to scenic roads, pleasant weather and coming across off-the-beaten paths, there is a lot to appreciate in cycling tours of Sri Lanka. Beginning from the Western coast of Negombo, you cycle slowly into central Sri Lanka and ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. Head to Kandy and Nuwara Eliya from there to explore the hills and then slowly cycle to the southern coast to enjoy the exotic beaches of Sri Lanka.
  5. Cricket Tour
    A cricket tour in Sri Lanka offers you the opportunity to play in world-class cricket stadiums with your group of family and friends! You can also visit during a tournament being played in Sri Lanka by your favorite cricketing team so you can plan your Sri Lanka tour itinerary in line with their matches. Dambulla, Kandy, and Colombo are the three destinations where international stadiums are located and where most of the matches featuring foreign cricket teams are played.
  6. Golf Tour
    Although Sri Lanka is a small country, it has made good use of its natural landscapes to create stunning golf courses across the island. Whether you are in busy Colombo, chilly Nuwara Eliya or on the southern coast of Hambantota, golf courses are available to enjoy a friendly game with your favorite people.
  7. Kayaking Tour
    Similar to a canoeing tour, kayaking lets you experience the tranquility of open waters at a relaxing speed that you are comfortable with.
  8. Water Sports Adventure Tour
    From white water rafting to jet skiing, banana boat rides, water skiing, para gliding, trekking, mountain climbing, camping and more, Sri Lanka has a wide range of water sports for sports enthusiasts and adventure seekers to enjoy. Intense sports such as wind surfing is popular in Bentota, Kite surfing in Kalpitiya, and surf boarding in Arugam Bay. Pick your itinerary based on which water sports interest you the most!

How to plan a sports-based tour in Sri Lanka?

Blue Lanka Tours plan trips for sports enthusiasts, loyal fans and team alumni to travel to tournaments and cheer your team in person. If you are a true and passionate sportsman, just let us know and we can deliver. In fact, some of our guides are also sports enthusiasts, so you can share your interests and make the most out of your Sri Lanka tour. We have carefully curated Sri Lanka tour itineraries based on the above sports; so, you can either select any one of those of get in touch with our team to create a tailor-made package exclusively for your travel group.