Viharamahadevi Park

Viharamahadevi Park, Colombo: Hours, Address, Viharamahadevi Park Reviews: 4/5

Viharamahadevi Park
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Seevali D
Colombo, Sri Lanka8,484 contributions
I have been visiting the colourful Vihara Mahadevi park for over 50 years, then as a youngster and now as a retiree going there for a morning walk and relaxation. I have seen its evolution and the renovations since 1962. It continues to be an oasis in the centre of Colombo city and measures approximately 1000 ha. The walking path along the perimeter is approximately 2 km in length.
The park had been originally named after Queen Victoria with her statue adorning the northern entrance facing the colonial style Colombo Town (City) Hall. A large beautiful picturesque Buddha statue has since replaced the Victoria statue. The original Victoria statue now lies at the entrance to Laksala opposite the Southern park entrance. The park was later renamed after the famous historical Lankan queen – Vihara Mahadevi whose statue lies adjacent to one of the prominent walking paths. Buddha statue is a popular photographic location.
This oasis in the city is well maintained with its well-manicured green gardens, trees large and small, flowers and flower beds, fountains and many walking paths. In the centre is a little pond where ducks with colourful bills swim around with their natural grace. On the western side of the park is the children’s section with a play-train and a large colourful playhouse with swings, staircases and slides. Kids and adults too can enjoy a snack from the many kiosks that line the path near the playhouse. One can hire a bicycle that you can ride along the specified cycling path. There are many comfortable benches too - often occupied by young dreamy romantic couples.
Many people come to the park in the mornings and evenings for a walk. Near the pond are some exercise machines for aerobic exercising. Many families visit here to relax, picnic and spend the day with the family. Bridal groups too come here often early in the mornings for a photographic session.
At the south western corner are a war memorial for those who lost their lives during the second world war and the Colombo Public Library.
There are adequate public toilets within the park. Parking is available on the roads bounding the park.
I was prompted to write this article today (08/02/2020) as I found as many as 26 domesticated elephants at the southern section of the park. They had been brought to Colombo to take part in the colourful annual festival at the nearby Gangarama Buddhist temple. They were being fed with coconut leaves and mahouts were bathing them at a concrete lined pond. Many people had come to witness this spectacle of elephants in the city!
Written February 8, 2020
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Dani C
Boston, MA157 contributions
Couples
We spent a morning walking around this large city park (formerly Victoria Park) and had a funny experience of meeting a pleasant gentleman, who began talking with us and showing us various plants and trees and telling their stories (he claimed to have once worked there as a gardener). We had a feeling we were being lead into a money making situation, and we ended up giving him a few hundred rupees for his time, which was no problem for us, but might put others off. It’s a nice local vibe and there are fresh juices available in the central pavilion as well as a restroom (serviceable). A relaxing and fine way to spend a couple of hours.
Written February 10, 2020
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Hansi_sasha
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from 5 am onward the Park wakes up with people coming for their morning jog. Definitely the best place to have your walk in the central city.
Secure, clean, well lit, enough parking and plenty of space to do your own jog in peace
Written February 11, 2020
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Michael Morris
Palma de Mallorca, Spain37 contributions
Couples
The park is free to enter and the main entrance is opposite the new parliament building. Here you will find the big golden Buddha statue surrounded by palms and trees. The setting is peaceful and pleasant. Walking through the park is made easy with numerous pathways to follow. Towards the back of the park is an outdoor workout space and a few horses which can be photographed. There are no restroom or restaurant facilities available, so plan accordingly!
Written November 19, 2021
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Bhaskar_10
New Delhi, India2,543 contributions
Visited on 22/February/2020

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Centrally located this park is suitable for stroll in morning or evening. Walking tracks and benches for resting are available in the park. The entry is adorned by a golden statue of Lord Buddha.

Nothing unique, you may decide to visit this park if visiting any nearby area.
Written April 27, 2020
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Jennifer J
Malmo, Sweden34 contributions
Solo
Fantastic area for chilling, playing, walking...
Possibility for children to rent bikes and a nice play area that also has swings for children in wheelchairs.
Really large area to wander around, a clear favourite with the locals
Written February 4, 2020
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Pradeep srilanka
Colombo, Sri Lanka1 contribution
Family
This is an ideal place to relax your free time. When you enter the park you can see the image of lord Buddha and the image will make your inner peace.
Even at the hot midday you never feel the sun under the shady trees of the park.
Written May 8, 2022
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KodoDrummer
Yekaterinburg, Russia64,096 contributions
We took a walk through the park on a hot humid day, and had a drink at the restaurant in the centre of the park. There is a play area for kids, exercise equipment, and a dedicated bike lane.
Written May 11, 2020
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MikeJuliya
Colombo, Sri Lanka665 contributions
Friends
Place is very nice and comfortable.
It's recommended to visit with kids , there are lot of activities over there.
It's really nice to spend your evening
Written January 11, 2019
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Rohan A L F
Gampaha, Sri Lanka153 contributions
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The Viharamahadevi Park (formerly Victoria Park) is a public park located in Colombo, next to the National Museum in Sri Lanka. It is the oldest and largest park of the Port of Colombo. Situated in front of the colonial-style Town Hall building, the park is named after Queen Viharamahadevi, the mother of King Dutugamunu. The park was built during the British rule of Sri Lanka, and was originally named "Victoria Park" after Queen Victoria. The park features include a huge Buddha statue and a series of water fountains. It also includes a mini zoo, a children's play area and a BAC Jet Provost.[1]

The Viharamahadevi Park is the only large-scale public park in Colombo, and is maintained by the Colombo Municipal Council. Located at its western end is the Cenotaph War Memorial, Colombo and the Colombo Public Library. The Vihara Maha Devi Park Open Air Stadium is a venue for concerts and public events.
Written November 10, 2014
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