The Colombo Race Course- a Versatile Horse Track, Airstrip and a Rugby Union Ground

The Colombo Race Course is a famous landmark in the city of Colombo. While the venue is incredibly popular among the rugby fans and shopaholics of the modern day, this old attraction sure boasts of a very rich history!

Colombo Race Course

The Colombo Race Course was built by the British in the year 1893. Back in the day, it was recognized as one of the best race courses in the East. The complex included The Colombo Turf Club along with its own pavilion and club house. The addition of a totalisator in the year 1922 truly enhanced the prominence of the race course.

Colombo Race Course

History

In the year 1941 when the World War II began spreading to the East, the Colombo Race Course’s fate changed dramatically. Instead of welcoming masses of cheerful entertainment seekers, the race course started serving as an airfield in Colombo. The construction project was carried out by D. S. Senanayake, the Minister of Agriculture and Lands, who later became the 1st Prime Minister of Ceylon. The Royal Naval Air Station was also established here during those dark days.

Colombo Race Course

Once the brutal war came to an end, the Colombo Race Course resumed its operation as a race track. But the activities onsite came to a grinding halt as betting was banned in the country during the 1950’s. The majestic race course started to decay forlornly, stripped of its former glories. Large portions of the land were distributed among the University of Colombo, Department of National Archives, Royal Colombo Sports Complex and Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club. The remaining bits of the race course were largely neglected. Occasionally the Sri Lanka Army and Sri Lanka Air Force used the premises.

Colombo Race Course

New hope dawned for the Colombo Race Course with the extensive renovations that took place in the year 2011. Today, the Colombo Race Course serves as Sri Lanka’s first international grade Rugby Union grounds. A portion of the grandstand has been converted to a stylish shopping and dining venue too.

Colombo Race Course

You can easily visit this remarkable attraction when you are travelling in the island with Green Holiday Centre. Enjoy a sensational shopping spree, relish exquisite delicacies, watch a game of rugby and marvel at the splendour of this majestic place which has such an incredible history!

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MayG6451
2024-02-26
Memorable and enjoyable 15 days in Sri Lanka with Green Holidays The green holidays organised our whole trip to Sri Lanka according to our suggestions and requirements. We had a perfect, peaceful and enjoyable 15 days holiday. Pradeep and Rashmi booked the accommodation, vehicle for travel and the the driver/guide within a very short time. They were very prompt in responding to our messages and accommodating our last minute changes. The hotels they booked were comfortable, check in was so smooth and the service was good. We were able to do much more than we anticipated because of their coordination. Our guide/driver Romesh was very polite, trustworthy and punctual. We travelled with Romesh from Colombo to Batticaloa, Jaffna, Kandy and Galle in his car without any incidents and reached safely at the airport on time for our return flight. We thank Pradeep, Jay, Rashmi and Romesh for making our trip a pleasant and an enjoyable one.
Emmanuel P
Emmanuel P
2024-02-17
Travel in peace and with Personal contact of Green Holidays We used the services of Green Holiday for our stay in Sri Lanka. They arranged the complete tour picking us up at the Bandaranayaka Airport and taking us to Jaffna, Batticaloa, Bentota, Colombo and Kandy including Ella. Green Holiday provided us with a Chauffeur/ tour guide ( Upul) who knew so much about SriLanka and its History and personally took care of our safety and was with us to ensure our check in at the hotels was flawless. Upul is a honest trustworthy person to rely on and was very caring. Thanks to Green Holidays for providing a knowledgeable person to be with us throughout the trip. We had the pleasure of dealing with Pradeep who planned out our trip to our liking with several changes requested by us and was available on the phone anytime 24/7 to discuss and review options. Rashmi from Green Holidays was our local contact in case of any emergency or for information once we were in in Sri Lanka. We were glad to have the assurance of a personal contact while on vacation. Green Holidays has earned our trust to make our vacation relaxing and trouble free. We recommend Green Holidays as a reliable trustworthy company to book your vacation packages. Their team worked vigorously to ensure our vacation is pleasant, memorable and safe.
Koushik S
Koushik S
2024-02-04
We had such an amazing trip and we are back with lots of lovely memories. Thanks to Green Holiday for arranging a wonde We had been to Srilanka for 5 days and we did have such a fantastic trip. The whole place was very clean and the natural look was just fantastic
Sam B
Sam B
2024-02-01
Great driver, great Organisation My boyfriend and i took a two week holiday on sri lanka. One week on road, one week beach holiday. Apart from a little mishap at the start when our arrival time was wrongly put at 09.30 instead of 05.30. However all it took was a quick phone to Dilan our driver who rushed to pick us up immediately. Due to delays on the way here and a little visa issue (always double check your passport numbers twice people) we arrived in the arrival hall at 07.30…once we had called the adventure began at 08.15. Dilan was an absolute godsend. Kept us entertained with facts about the areas we were visiting, made good conversation during our long journeys and got us there safe and sound every time. Dilan would also help us plan out our day and was honest enough when something was either gonna be a rushjob or whenever he felt we weren’t gonna get the best bang for our buck at a certain attraction. which we really appreciated, since we had completely missjudged the traffic and the distances on this journey. He also helped us handle check-ins and check-out and as we later found out when we made excursions of our own, he also kept pesky scammers away whenever we went to visit a place on foot. As for the rest of the trip everything went incredibly smoothly. Hotel staff were super friendly with us and safaris and other tour providers were informed well in advance so that we would literaly rock up, get into another car or jeep or were handed over to a local guide and be on our way right away. So long story short, we would like to thank Green Holiday and Dilan for making our trip the adventure of a lifetime and wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone traveling in sri lanka.
Robert P
Robert P
2024-01-15
Skvělá zkušenost Naše zkušenost s touto společnosti byla skvělá. Náš pruvodce Upul byl velmi ochotný,trpělivý a vzdělaný. O historii Srí Lanky jsme se od nej dozvěděli snad úplně vše . Ten člověk znal odpověď úplně na vše opravdu úžasný průvodce a skvělý řidič. Mohu jen doporučit
Hana K
Hana K
2024-01-15
Absolutely reliable company with best guides. First of all, this company we used for arranging our whole vacation in Sri Lanka worked just perfect. We had no issue whatsoever. For travelling around the island for several days we had a guide Upul. He just was the best! Not only he was driving us around safe, he also knew about history, gave us all the explanations in a very interesting way. He took us in many great, beautiful and even fun places, always stood by our side, guiding us through crowds to the most interesting points and telling us all the information - about history, religions, politics, traditions, nature, you name it. Upul was truly able to answer any question we had. On top of that, he was always smiling, in a good mood, treated us with dignity and patiency. We truly appreciated it and thanks to him and a perfect organization we had the best time in Sri Lanka. I also want to say, that the company manager got in touch with us on the second day, asking how satisfied we were with Upul, checking if everything was ok. It was a nice thing to do. Overall, I truly recommend this company if you want to spend your vacatin with no hassle and great guiding.
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