Imagine being able to see the ocean from the land. To walk along its shore and to go play in the oceanic water. That my dear friend is what Galle Face Green offers you. Deemed as the largest open space in the financial and business city of Colombo, Galle Face Green as an ancient history dating as back as 1859.
It is five hectare ocean-side urban park, which stretches for half a kilometre along the coast of the Indian Ocean. It has a history dating back to 1859 when it was initially laid out by Governor Sir Henry George Ward.
It originally extended over a much larger area touching the boundaries of Beira Lake in the north, the ramparts of the Colombo Fort and the city’s cemetery, to the west by the Indian Ocean, whilst to the south by the Galle Face Hotel. The Galle Face Green was initially used for horse riding, as a golf course and was also used to play cricket, polo, football, rugby and tennis.
The race course area was approximately one and a half mile and was called Colpetty Race Course and was in use till 1893. The golf course was opened in 1879 and had to be moved in 1896 due to overcrowded population. The 1st official rugby match took place in 30th June 1879 and in July of 1879 the 1st cricket match also took place here.
These days this place offers the people a break from their daily life. People go there to relax and take a breath and for some time forget their worries. It’s a peaceful spot. It is surrounded by number of luxury hotels which give a beautiful view of the Indian Ocean.
So one can also stay there and come down the streets to gorge on some Lankan local cuisine, take a swim across the waves of the Indian Ocean and watch the sun rise and sun set. A lot of kite flying also takes place at the Galle Face Green. The wonderful colours across the orange of the sun rise and sunset makes the sky mesmerizing. After all it’s all about living and enjoying in the moment.