Sri Lanka November 2018 - Golf & Cricket Tour Review
We had an amazing time on our recent visit to Sri Lanka – where we joined our clients, Alan & Pauline and Mike & Brenda on the golf & cricket tour. It really is a lovely island, with some spectacular sights, beaches, and wildlife, and the Sri Lankan’s are warm and friendly, and make you feel very welcome.
Next we moved on to the beautiful Shangri-La Hambantota Resort on the south coast of the island. It’s a wonderful hotel and the onsite golf course is a really decent challenge. We played it twice – in hindsight it would have been better to play earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon – as it gets pretty steamy in the middle of the day. It was in great condition, and provides a good challenge to all standards of golfer. You need to stay straight, but if you do, the course is not impossible as long as you master putting on the tricky greens. It’s also home to a wonderful variety of wildlife, including peacocks, monitor lizards and monkeys?!
We also visited Yala National Park during our stay there – its only an hour away – and is one of the best places in the world to spot leopards – apparently! Needless to say the day we visited they had gone missing – but we were more than compensated by spotting crocodiles, monkeys, mongoose and lots of elephants. It was a fascinating trip – we took the afternoon tour which apparently is the better time to see the leopards – sadly not for us though!
Finally we headed back to Colombo. We spent 3 nights at the wonderful Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel. It has a lovely serene location on Colombo’s Beira Lake in the middle of the city – it’s wonderful pool and sundecks are the perfect spot to relax with a sundowner – we were fascinated to watch giant fruit bats flying around us from tree to tree in the late afternoon sun.
We played Royal Colombo Golf Course – the second oldest Royal Course in the world. It’s a wonderful parkland track and has the unique feature of a trainline running through it. It was in great condition and the caddies here were wonderful and knowledgeable, certainly contributing to our enjoyment and scores!