Expatriates in Sri Lanka sit behind mahouts as they play elephant polo in the southern Sri Lankan city of Galle, February 14, 2004. With fewer traditional jobs like logging for domestic elephants, the animals are being recruited for pastimes like elephant polo. (Anuruddha Lokuhapuarachchi/Reuters)
The Galle international cricket stadium is closer to the equator than any other Test match ground, and it feels like it: The heat is stifling, usually over 40 degrees and with high humidity. This leads to frequent thunderstorms in the evening, but the rain is quite warm.
That said, with the fort close at hand and the bustling city centre on the other side it is both picturesque and chaotic. Facilities are distinctly third world (except the catering) but the cricket is fascinating as visiting teams try to survive the ordeal by spin on the dry and dusty pitch.
Equipment: Bring hat and suncream, and shades, especially if you are in the cheap (standing) areas.
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