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The oldest and largest green space in Colombo, Viharamahadevi Park is a natural oasis in the heart of a bustling metropolis. Built during the British rule of Sri Lanka, it was once called Victoria Park (after Queen Victoria), but was later renamed after the mother of the famous King Dutugemunu.
Set against the backdrop of the colonial-inspired Town Hall, the historic park is renowned for its variety of flowering tree species (more than 89 to be exact). Thanks to a recent makeover, there’s now comfy seating areas, well-maintained walking paths and manicured gardens for visitors to enjoy. Among the 50 acres of lush scenery is a golden statue of Buddha, a war memorial, lotus ponds and water fountains - what better setting for a leisurely stroll or picnic in the sun?
Just steps from the National Museum of Colombo and the city library, Viharamahadevi Park is ideally placed for taking a much-needed rest in between sightseeing. The walls and fences that once surrounded the park have now been taken down, bringing a sense of continuity between the gardens and the city.
If you’re looking to take a refreshing break from the bustling city centre, there’s no better place than Viharamahadevi Park. Grab a cool drink, take a seat beneath the trees and watch the world go by.
At Viharamahadevi Park, rest and relaxation is always on the agenda. Whether you’re going for a stroll along the palm-fringed paths, tucking into a picnic of local delicacies on the lawns or finding a shady spot to bury your nose in a good book, shedding your city skin has never been easier. If you fancy something more active, you can hire a bike and pedal your way through the landscaped gardens. Stop off at the food vendors and take your pick from an assortment of tasty snacks, from fresh pickles to piping-hot corn.
Though much of the park is dedicated to youngsters, including the playgrounds, pony rides, mini zoo and aquarium, there’s plenty of secluded spots where you can unwind and enjoy some quality me-time. It’s not all peace and quiet though - the open-air stadium is frequently used for music concerts and other events throughout the year. You might even spot some elephants grazing in the grass, as the park is often used as an overnight home for these majestic animals.
When you’ve had your fill of greenery, why not head across to the nearby National Museum of Colombo to browse the fascinating collections of ancient artifacts and antiques?
Centrally located in between the Town Hall and the National Museum of Colombo, Viharamahadevi Park is easy to reach on foot, by bus, car or tuk tuk.
The park is open for 24 hours a day, all year-round, but it’s particularly special during spring when the trees and plants are in full bloom.
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If you do visit during the day, remember to bring a sunhat and plenty of water!
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