Probably one of the oldest established colonial sports in the country, horse racing has taken place in Nuwara Eliya for over 160 years. Located at the foot of the picturesque Victoria Park, the Sri Lankan Racecourse at Nuwara Eliya is one of the highest in the world at 6,128 feet above sea level. It is home to race meets in the April season each year, especially for the Governor’s Cup which attracts racing enthusiasts and tourists alike, all of whom are keen to have a great old time while escaping the April heatwave in the other parts of the country. Apart from the April and August seasonal races, races are conducted almost throughout the year. The Racecourse is surrounded by elaborate British colonial-style houses and mock-Tudor, black and white buildings which create a unique, if kitsch, backdrop. Horse and pony rides are available here throughout the year.