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Written by Amirthavarshini on June 26, 2023 Share on

The Viharamahadevi Park – Colombo’s Charm

Colombo, the ‘garden city of East’ is a mandatory destination to visit when you are in Srilanka. This city is famous for its pristine beaches, manicured well-maintained gardens, and magnificent temples. Viharamahadevi Park is one of the most popular attractions in Colombo city. Situated amidst the hustle-bustle, this lush-green park that offers peace and tranquillity is a must-visit place in Colombo.

Buddha statue in the Viharamahadevi park
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History of Viharamahadevi Park

The Viharamahadevi Park is considered as the oldest and the biggest park in Colombo. It is situated near various historical places such as the National Museum, Town Hall, and the Colombo Public Library. This park was built in the reign of the British Colonial Government, it has become center of attraction after the renovation work . The land was donated by Captain Charles Henry de Soysa in order to construct this park. It was initially named as the Victoria Park after Queen Victoria.  


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The park was used for different purposes during World War II. It holds pride in hosting the British Army and the 17th Brigade of the Australian Army. This park was also used as a cricket ground by the firs class team from 1927 to 1995. The famous match between the touring English team was hosted in this park during the 1930s. The Viharamahadevi Park was then remodelled after World War II into its current form. Post Independence, the park was given its current name, Viharamahadevi Park. This name was given in praise of Queen Viharamahadevi who was the mother of King Dutugemunu.

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The gigantic statue of Buddha in the park is a spectacular identity for this park. This park also holds a children’s play area and numerous water fountains. Initially, during the start of the 20th century, the charm of the amusement started to fade. The park, lakes, play area, and the fountains were left without proper maintenance. Later, during the year 2013, the park regained its glow. It was when the Government decided to host the 23rd Commonwealth meeting in Colombo.

Best time to Visit Viharamahadevi Park

This is a year-round place just like the Colombo city itself. You can visit the park at any time of the year. Its welcoming ambience and pleasant climate make this place a frequently visited attraction in Colombo. Visiting the park between June and September is a bad choice as this place receives heavy rains during this season. Do not miss the stunning sunset and sunrise view by the lakeside. 

How to reach Viharamahadevi Park

Make use of public bus services to reach the park easily. You can also hire the cool kangaroo cabs, ace cab, or rent a traditional taxi to get there. You can also try your hand in the tuk-tuk rickshaws to have an adventurous ride.

Entry Fees and Opening Hours

The entry fee of Viharamahadevi Park is 20 LKR for adults and for children under the age of 5, there is a discount on the ticket cost.

The park is open from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

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What not to miss?

  • After spending your day in this beautiful park, go for a Scenic Tour of Colombo in an airplane. This way you can take in the complete charm of the garden city.
  • Escape into the lush green tea and herb estates of Colombo and grab some Insta worthy pictures.
  • Learn the history of Sri Lanka, by visiting the International Memorial Hall.
  • Pay a visit to the Gangaramaya Temple, one of the iconic temples in the whole of Sri Lanka. 

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How big is Viharamahadevi Park?

The Viharamahadevi Park which is located in Colombo is around 50 acres and it is the largest public park in Colombo, it is close to National museum, town hall and library.

Who is the mother of King Dutugemunu’s?

Viharamahadevi, the Queen Viharamahadevi was the daughter of King Kelanitissa who ruled Kelaniya.

Who is father of Viharamahadevi?

King Kelanitissa of the Kingdom of Kelaniya, had a great respect for a Buddhist preacher, an Arahat, his teacher who had taught the Buddha Dhamma to him and his brother Uttiya. As a result the King made arrangements for the Arahat and his disciple to have breakfast, at his Palace daily.

what is the dress code at Viharamahadevi Park?

Both men and women are expected to dress modestly in conservative clothes and expected to remove their foot outside the shrines, temples and sacred places as a sign of respect.

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