England’s cricket team take on hosts Sri Lanka at Galle on November 6 at one of the world’s most beautifully situated Test grounds. Built in 1876 as a racecourse it switched to cricket in 1927. Next to the city’s 17th century Dutch fort, it has ocean on two sides – but that proved disastrous in December 2004, when the Indian Ocean tsunami caused terrible damage.
After the disaster, it was used as a camp for survivors and a helipad. It reopened three years later and is now back to its former glory. NT