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Australian Cricket Tour To Sri Lanka 2025 | Cricket In Galle

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Tour: Galle ONLY
When: February 2025
Dates: 8 Nights
Hotel: Hikka-Tranz By Cinnamon Resort
Double | Twin Room*: A$2700pp
Single Room*: A$3900pp
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Visit: Sri Lanka Tourism

*Pricing is land only, based on 2024 hotel rates, and 2022 match ticket prices. 2025 Hotels subject to availability. No flights included.

Australian Cricket In Galle

The first match we saw in Sri Lanka was at Galle International Cricket Stadium, an ODI vs Sri Lanka at the start of the Australian Cricket Tour to Sri Lanka 1999; back in the day when tri-nation tournaments were common, and nations toured for 6+ weeks.

Our second match was against India, incredibly, the following day. How the game has changed. Playing ODI's on consecutive days is now unheard of. Teams don't play even T20's back-to-back as they need 'rest'. Training sessions last longer than some T20's so who knows what they are resting from.

Your Galle ONLY Tour Includes:

  • Airport Meet & Transfer
  • 8 Nights 4 Star Hotel*
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Match Tickets To All 5-Days
  • Match Day Transfers
  • Day-0 Dinner Party With Drinks
  • Day-5 Dinner Party With Drinks
  • Cool Sri Lanka 2025 Apparel
  • Return Airport Transfer
  • Our 30 Years Touring Experience

*We no longer offer twin-share unless you book to share a room with someone you know. If you are travelling alone, you must book SINGLE or phone a friend.

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Hikkaduwa Beach At Hikka-Tranz By Cinnamon Beach Resort | Hikkaduwa | Sri Lanka | Australian Cricket Tours

With 3 games in Galle in 1999, one test in each of 2004, 2011, 2016, and two tests in 2022, along with pre-tour tours, we have spent much time in Sri Lanka's south coast Galle. Although the test cricket ground is the worst of its kind for what it should be, lounging at this unique venue is one cricket's great pleasures.

It was a gift that the Australian Cricket Tour to Sri Lanka 2022 was played in Galle, giving us 17 nights at our beach resort in Hikkaduwa (below). It was also curse, as Colombo and Kandy are great places and we missed going, yet no one complained about living it large in this tourist hotspot for more than 2 weeks.

Hikka-Tranz By Cinnamon Beach Resort | Hikkaduwa | Sri Lanka | Australian Cricket Tours

Beaches, surf, bars, restaurants, cafes, well-being, turtles, diving, cooking, fishing, golf, and countless hotels are on the coast 15km either side of Galle.

From Hikkaduwa to the north, Koggala to the south, and Galle Fort in the middle, there is a world of options.

Hikkaduwa Beach At Hikka-Tranz By Cinnamon Resort | Cinnamon Hotels | Hikkaduwa | Sri Lanka | Australian Cricket Tours

We'll stay in Hikkaduwa in 2025 for the wealth of cool hotels, relaxed bars, safe beaches (above), and comfy dining, but it will depend on our hotel availability once we know the schedule. Until then, we are preparing for at least another week along on this awesome coast.

Hip Artwork In Reception Of Hikka-Tranz By Cinnamon Beach Resort | Hikkaduwa | Sri Lanka

We love the beach, but we suggest not swimming in this sea without lifeguards (they're at our resort). Lounging seaside is just as good as most hotels have a pool, and bar & restaurant serving Sri Lanka's red-hot cuisine.

When you fly in to join us in Galle, we meet you at Colombo's Bandaranaike Airport and drive you to Hikkaduwa. If already in Sri Lanka, we get you from Colombo, Kandy, or Arugam Bay (Coast to Coast Road Trip) for your 8 nights on the cool south coast.

Man Bicycling Past HIKKADUWA Sign Outside Hikka-Tranz By Cinnamon Beach Resort | Cinnamon Hotels | Hikkaduwa | Sri Lanka | Australian Cricket Tours

Along with the drive to Hikkaduwa, everyone on our hotel tour also receives cool Sri Lanka 2025 apparel, dinner parties (below) with drinks, match tickets, and drive to the game.

From Hikkaduwa we will drive you the 15km drive to & from Galle International Cricket Stadium each day. If we stay closer to Galle, you may have to make your own way but we will let you know.

Crab Shack Restaurant At Hikka-Tranz By Cinnamon Beach Resort | Cinnamon Hotels | Hikkaduwa | Sri Lanka | Australian Cricket Tours

The Australian Cricket Tour to Sri Lanka 2022 played both tests in Galle, so we prepare the same for 2025. We had 4 days scheduled break between tests, and with the first test ending in 3 days, we had 6 days to fill. It wasn't hard.

Galle Cricket Club Pavilion | Galle International Cricket Stadium | Galle | Sri Lanka | Australian Cricket Tours

You can, like some did in 2022, jet off to Maldives, do Sri Lanka cooking classes, tee-up at unique Eagles Catalina Golf Club at Koggala Airforce Base, along a live runway (below), visit rainforests or Yala National Park, go boating, learn to dive, surf, or simply while away the time before the 2nd test.

Eagles Catalina Golf Club | Koggala Airforce Base | Koggala | Sri Lanka | Australian Cricket Tours

Having 2 tests in Galle won't be ideal, but it will be fun; especially in swish Hikkaduwa, and the cricket where you have cold beer in a can, and hot lunch served to your seat.

If you don't want lunch at the ground you can, as we have always said, pop-out at the break for lunch at the markets opposite the ground, or enjoy a glass of misery at Sydney Hotel (below) and be back in your seat without missing a ball.

Sydney Hotel & Joe's Pub | Galle | Sri Lanka | Australian Cricket Tours

It's not often one says 'the best seats in the house are at square leg', but in Galle you have little choice. The ground is small with most of the vantage being open embankments, and one small grandstand at fine-leg.

For those that love to sit behind the bowler's arm, there are no seats that look up and down the wicket. The only way to do so is from atop the famous 16th Century Dutch Fort (below).

Embankment Of Galle International Cricket Stadium With Dutch Fort Backdrop | Galle | Sri Lanka | Australian Cricket Tours

This makes our preferred seats at square leg extremely limited and why we can only welcome 60 on our hotel tour.

If want to enjoy our Australian Cricket Tour to Sri Lanka 2025, it is first in, first ball. The tour is barely 18months away so in a flash you'll be waxing about your Sri Lanka tour... or not if you're too slow.

Australian Cricket Tourists After The Australian Cricket Tour To Sri Lanka 2022 In Front Of Galle Cricket Club Pavilion | Galle International Cricket Stadium | Galle | Sri Lanka | Australian Cricket Tours

After Galle, we get you back to Colombo or Kandy for the 2nd Test, or to Colombo for your flight home, or to Jaffna for 4 nights on the northern peninsula, after which you'll have a few more tales!

 

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