Galle Face Green
The Galle Face is a 5 ha (12 acres) ocean-side urban park, which stretches for 500 m (1,600 ft) along the coast, in the heart of the financial and business capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo. The promenade was initially laid out in 1859 by Governor Sir Henry George Ward, although the original Galle Face Green extended over a much larger area than is seen today. The Galle Face Green was initially used for horse racing and as a golf course, but was also used for cricket, polo, football, tennis and rugby.Galle Face Green is the big city’s main park. It started out as a place for the British to host games of golf and horseracing, but today it’s where everybody rushes to, for some kite-flying, isso vade and ocean watching.The park is most popular among tourists and school kids. If you’re looking for bubble-blowers, beach balls, inflatable penguins and glow-in-the-dark toys, the Galle Face vendors are the ones to consult. Galle Face Green is as plebeian as it gets, on a Sunday at 4PM it feels like literally everybody in Colombo has gathered here on cue. This is probably because it’s the largest space in Colombo with activities (food, toys, kite flying) that has no entrance fee. Still, the wide view of the ocean, the sky changing colours at sunset and the harbour lit up at night have their undeniable charm.