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The green space of Viharamahadevi Park isn't all it could be but it still represents one of the city's largest open recreational areas. There isn't much to do here apart from walk in the shade of the trees and soak up the ambience. In the middle of the day this is a favoured spot for people to spend their time sleeping out of the midday sun, which conversely doesn't add to the restful ambience as you have to pick your steps through sleeping forms just about everywhere.
During the morning or early evening however it is a lot more pleasant. In the western corner is the city's large public library and the national war memorial. The white dome of the town hall can be seen just north-east of the park - you cannot visit unfortunately but it is one of the city's finest municipal buildings. Look out for the statue of Viharamahadevi, one of Sri Lanka's most popular former prime ministers, who usurped Britain's Queen Victoria as the person who the park is named after.
Colombo National Museum
Sri Lanka's National Museum occupies one of the city's finest buildings, although there are plans in place to move to the unoccupied parliamentary building. For the meantime it remains in its Cinnamon Garden home of a grand colonial palace, located south of Viharamahadevi Park.
The collection inside is eclectic, ranging from artefacts recovered from the Cultural Triangle's many archaeological sites, to gifts received by the premiers of Sri Lanka and a collection of the strange "fish-hook" coins once used as currency in the country. Larger items of interest include an ancient hollowed-out canoe recovered from a dredged estuary, masonry totems and pillars, and numerous examples of the fearsome curved swords favoured by the Sri Lankans over the centuries.
The most spectacular exhibit is that of the throne and crown of the last king of Sri Lanka - stolen by the British and only returned in 1934. Upstairs is the small and seemingly sadly neglected museum of children's puppets, rather incongruously capped by a full skeleton of a blue whale suspended from the ceiling. Most displays have information in English as well as Sinhalese.
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Before the British Came to sri lanka, it is where corresponding to Sunset avenue was covered with cinnamon cultivated areas. Today, on its stylish tree wrinkled lanes snuggle splendid rich dwellings of Sri Lanka’s influential privileged
There is a nice green tree area decorate a uprising of shade with flowering trees from mid of the year.
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Cinammon Gardens - Colombo 7
The name Cinammon Gardens evokes romantically exotic images of wide tree-lined avenues, shaded boulevards and colonial mansions. And that's actually a pretty accurate image.
Built from the huge profits reaped from the spice plantations, this is the most exclusive address in Colombo - home to the country's rich and powerful and full of enormous houses surrounded by high walls and armed security. You have to be seriously rich to live round here. Amid the guns and barbed wire are beautiful jacaranda and frangipani trees and quiet attractive residential lanes.
As you'd expect, some of Colombo's most fashionable and exclusive shops, bars and cafes are found here. There isn't really much to see but it's a good place for a shaded stroll to escape the heat and the spacious streets are much calmer and more relaxed than the rest of the city. At the centre is Viharamahdevi Park, the city's largest open space.
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The rather quaint name of Town Hall is in contrast to the very grandiose aspirations of the building's design. Very obviously modelled after images of Capitol Hill and Washington DC this was built in 1927 and is one of the administrative centres of the city and country, housing the Colombo Municipal Council.
As such you can't really go in and have a wander round, but it's worth a look from outside as it's one of the most recognisable and imposing buildings in the city. It's also located near Viharamahadevi Park and the brilliant white dome makes for a stunning contrast with the greenery of the park.
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This statue is Singhalese Queen Viharamahadevi and is in the Viharamahadevi Park (Cinnamon Gardens) opposite to the Town Hall.
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North-east from the Viharamahadevi Park (Cinnamon Gardens) you can find this lovely town hall built in 1927. It is a smaller imitation of the Capitol in Washington D.C.
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