Kala Pola Art Market
National Art Gallery
The grandest thing about the National Art Gallery is its name. Next to the National Museum, it has a small collection of portraits and...
A large 9th-century stone Buddha greets you with an enigmatic smile as you enter Sri Lanka’s premier cultural institution. In galleries...
Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre
This glossy venue built largely with Chinese aid is located in a high-profile spot south of Viharamahadevi Park. Its stunning design is...
Paradise Road Cafe
Part of the designer empire, this smart cafe serves coffee drinks, milkshakes, luscious cakes and a plethora of teas. Mains include...
Viharamahadevi Park information
Lonely Planet review
Colombo’s biggest park was originally called Victoria Park but was renamed in the 1950s after the mother of King Dutugemunu. It’s notable for its superb flowering trees, which bloom in March, April and early May. Elephants used for ceremonies sometimes spend the night in the park, chomping on palm branches. It has been given a major sprucing up and now boasts new benches (often occupied with caressing couples), walkways, landscaping and playgrounds.