The only remaining horse racing venue in Sri Lanka, Nuwara Eliya Racecourse is one of the highest racecourses in the world and has been hosting meets since 1875. Meets at the racecourse include the Independence Cup in February, Queen’s Cup and Sunquick Cup in April, Brown’s Cup in August and the Prime Cup in December.
The most prestigious of all the races however is the Governor’s Cup, a Class 1 race held each April over the Sinhala and Tamil New Year season.
General admission to races at Nuwara Eliya Racecourse is free of charge. VIP admission (inclusive of soft drinks/beer) are available for Rs 10,000 for the Governor’s Cup and Rs 5000 for all other races.
For further information, consult the official Royal Turf Club website here.
Getting to Nuwara Eliya Racecourse
Bus – The main Nuwara Eliya bus station is in the town centre with services to Colombo (6 hours), Ella (3 hours), Kandy (4 hours) and Matara (7 hours).
Train – Nanu Oya train station is approximately 10km away from Nuwara Eliya and you’ll need to catch a taxi or Tuk-Tuk into Nuwara Eliya. The station is on the line to Colombo, Kandy and Ella.
Walk – From Nuwara Eliya town centre, the racecourse is just a short 15 minute walk away along New Bazaar Street.