Viharamahadevi Park

Formerly called Victoria Park, this expanse of vegetation in the heart of the city used to stretch uninterrupted from the town hall to Alfred Crescent .the Ceylon Agricultural Society held shows there in the area to the rear of the museum (now Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha). Today the park is multifunctional. At the western end is the War Memorial (where the November 11th Armistice Day parade happens).

Further to the south is the Colombo Public Library building (accessible from outside the park on Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha).Along the southern perimeter (across from the Art Gallery and former Garden Club building), one or two elephants can often be seen either bathing in a small pool or munching branches and leaves. It is from here the elephants that feature in the GanagaramayaPeraheradepart. Elephants are brought to Colombo from all over the island specifically for the perahera (procession) help in February each year. The park is a popular place for walkers in the mornings and early evenings. It is also a walk-liked destination for young couples on weekends. Families, with young children tend to gravitate to the children’s playground/ amusement selection on the Dharmapala Mawatha side of the park.

A pleasant walk in the park starts at the main entrance opposite Town Hall where there is a golden statue of Load Buddha. From here, you can work your way through the park, past the fountains and exit at the other side opposite the Art Gallery. On weekends, there are sometimes plant sales at the southeastern corner of the park. Enter from Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, as this area of the park has been fenced off.