Named after former Sri Lanka president Ranasinghe Premadasa, the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium is the largest in Sri Lanka with a capacity of 35,000. The ground hosted the finals of the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 and 2002 ICC Champions Trophy, as well as matches for the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
Tenants: Sri Lanka Cricket
Location & Travel to R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium
The stadium is located approximately 4km east of the Fort area of Colombo. A taxi or tuk-tuk is probably the most convenient method of getting from the city to the ground.
Airport: Sri Lanka’s main international airport is 30 km away north of Colombo. The cheapest way to reach the city from the airport is the bus, which is located directly opposite the arrivals terminal. The bus is approximately a 45 minute journey to the Central Bus Station.
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Bus: The closest bus stop to the ground is Kettarama, a 5 minute walk away. Bus information can be difficult to find out, therefore ask at one of the cities bus terminals for further information.
Colombo has 3 main bus terminals (Bastian Mawatha, Central Bus Station, Saunders Pl), each with links to many cities across the country.
Train: Dematagoda Railway Station is a 15 minute walk from the stadium, with trains from Fort Station in Colombo.
Colombo Fort Station is the main terminal in the city, being rather central. Trains from Colombo head on the scenic routes to Ella (via Kandy and Nuwara Eliya) and Galle (via Matara).
Where to Stay in Colombo
On my 2 night stay in Colombo, I stayed at City Beds The Regent. Although it didn’t look like much from outside or even inside when walking up the stairs, the room itself was very modern, clean and comfortable. I chose this hotel based on its central location and proximity to Fort Rail station and the bus station for access to the airport. Rooms from £30 a night.
Where to eat/drink in Colombo
The main hub of bars and restaurants I found to be located around Hospital Street, this included the reasonably priced The Dutch Pub for a few drinks. Luckily when we visited, the Colombo Street Food Festival was on, with plenty of food, drink and live music on offer and runs monthly.