Viharamahadevi Park is one of the many sites which made Colombo be known as The Garden City of the East. Named after Queen Viharamahadevi, mother of King Dutugamunu, this park is a remnant of the British colonial era in Sri Lanka. It also happens to be the biggest park in the city.
During the British era, Charles Henry de Soysa donated a large piece of land to the Colombo city on which this park was developed. Opposite to this massive green space stands the colonial Town Hall building. Initially it was known as Victoria Park, named after Queen Victoria and renamed during the 1950s. It was occupied by the British Army with Australian 17th Brigade during the World War 2, after which it was restored and opened for the public in 1951.
Inside the Park
A large statue of Buddha greets the visitors at the Town Hall entrance. If you come in from the Public Library’s side, your eyes will meet the tall War Memorial built here as a tribute to the European and Sri Lankan soldiers who died during both world wars. A lake, a suspension bridge over it, a series of fountains and a play area make this spot perfect for an evening picnic.
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