Pallekele International Cricket Stadium

Tenants: Sri Lanka Cricket

Opened: 2009

Capacity: 35,000

Address: Kandy-Mahiyangane Highway, Pallekelle (Click address for directions on Google Maps)

Ground

The ground (35,000 capacity) was built for the 2011 Cricket World Cup and also hosted 2012 World T20 matches, as well as previously hosting Test matches.

The ground has a large stand at one end, with a grass bank completing the rest of the bowl. The two ends are known as the Hunnasgiriya End and Rikillagaskada End.

Location & Travel

The ground is located in Pallekele, a suburb of the city of Kandy, approximately 15km east, with a taxi or tuk-tuk the easiest way to access.

Airport: The closest international airport is in Colombo, 116km away from Pallekelle.

Search & book your flights through Skyscanner here.

Bus: Buses go from Kandy to Pallekele, with the BOI bus stop a 10 minute walk from the stadium. The Goods Shed bus station is the main port of calls for buses in Kandy, with other services to Colombo (4 hours), Negombo (4 hours) and Nuwara Eliya (2 hours).

Train: The closest station is in Kandy, which is a station along the way between the scenic Colombo to Badulla journey, with stops at Nanu Oya for Nuwara Eliya and Ella.

Where to Stay

Although not the most central in Kandy, My City Hotel was a very modern hotel and was close to the bus and train station.

Rooms from £24 a night. Book your stay through Booking.com here.

Where to eat/drink

I can’t recommend anywhere for breakfast or dinner, but if you fancy an ice cream check out Cool Corner which offers the refreshing desert freshly made.

What to do in Kandy

I’ll be honest, I didn’t think much of Kandy. However, it does have a couple of sights to explore:

  • Take a leisurely stroll around Kandy Lake, although watch out for the monkeys and giant monitor lizards!
  • The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is home to the most important Buddhist relic. When visiting, ensure you cover up your legs and shoulders to show your respect.

Visiting Sri Lanka? Read my guide to Sri Lanka here.

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