The Galle Face Green

Galle Face Green, a wide stretch of greenery along the coastline of Colombo. A popular park for its wide range of mouth watering street food, flying kites, exercise or simply relaxing spending evenings with family and friends with the sunset alongside the Indian Ocean.


  • Popular for street food, especially the famous ‘isso vade’, deep fried prawns on spicy lentil hot cakes
  • At night, vendors sell Sri Lanka’s signature street food – ‘kottu roti’ and other specialties drawing many a crowd
  • It was constructed in 1856 by former Governor of British Ceylon for recreation purposes for their families
  • Galle Face Green is always to go to place to fly kites with its windy atmosphere and open space
  • The Green also holds Sri Lanka’s National day on the 4th of February


Street food at its best. Deep friend prawns and crabs on a bed of spicy lentil patties topped with freshly cut up onions and chillies, tropical fresh fruit mixed with a traditional mix of spice, ice cream vendors and a ray of street food shops at night selling kottu, fried rice, fresh seafood and meats. Vegetarians and vegans, do not want to miss out on the lentil cones filled with chickpeas tossed in fresh coconut shavings and dried chilies. This is a place you definitely do not want to miss out in Colombo.

Galle Face is a wide stretch of greenery along the coast line in the heart of Colombo, neighboring the Galle Face Hotel and directly opposite The Shangri-La, Taj Samudra and the upcoming ITC Hotels. The promenade was constructed in 1856 by the then Governor of British Ceylon and later completed in 1859 to allow ladies and children to take in the fresh air and spend their time. The green has had a history of being used for horse racing, cricket, polo, golf, football, tennis and rugby.

Currently, The Galle face green is a popular park for the locals to buy food, fly kites, exercise or hang out and spend their evenings with the sunset with family and friends alongside the Indian Ocean in the hub of Colombo. If you are lucky, if you visit the Green when The National Festival of Kites is taking place, you will be able to experience thousands of people flying over 2000 kites to compete for the longest kite, the most innovative kite and so on. The Green also holds Sri Lanka’s national day on the 4th of February.