The Best Public Spaces and Parks in Colombo – Escaping the Hustle & Bustle

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Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, may be a cosmopolitan city full of urban development, but you will also find public spaces and parks here, where rest and recreation abound.

Independence Square
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Galle Face Green

One of the city’s most well-known public spaces, Galle Face Green lies near the ocean within easy reach of many hotels and apartments in Colombo. This vast open space is immensely popular in the evenings and at night; you can fly kites, hang out with friends and family, have picnics, walk along the shore and sample yummy street food!

Independence Square

Centred around the Memorial Hall building, Independence Square is another favourite amongst locals. Centrally located, within a 10 minute drive from the up and coming TRI-ZEN apartments, this public space is one of the best spots for exercising too and features paths for cycling and walking.

Viharamahadevi Park

A massive green oasis in the city, Viharamahadevi Park is an ideal spot to visit any time of day; enjoy some morning exercise, sit under a shady tree and read a book, have a fun family picnic or take a romantic stroll with that special someone. There are also play areas for kids along with biking and walking tracks too.

Beddagana Wetland Park

A hidden gem in Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, the Beddagana Wetland Park is perfect for those who love nature, especially birdwatching enthusiasts. Apart from the Migratory Bird Trail other highlights include the Butterfly Walk, Duck Pond and the Forest Trail.

Damon Starky is a creative nomadic travel writer, who is well informed and experienced on a wide range of interests that would connect to the needs of any type of traveler. Google+

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