Viharamahadevi Park and Street Art

The Viharamahadevi park, formerly known as Victoria park is the oldest, largest and only central park of Colombo. Newly renovated and rehabilitated, it is beautiful and when lit up at night it makes the vicinity of Town hall stunning.



  • It is one of the oldest and largest parks in Colombo
  • It was remodeled in 2013 and a small aquarium, a play area and a suspension bridge were added
  • There is a dedicated area for the street art that has been done by various local artists
  • There is a stretch on the roadside that features an array of paintings done by young local artists showcasing their work


Viharamahadevi Park is one of the oldest and largest public parks in Colombo and was referred to as Victoria Park back in the days. Charles Henry de Soysa built this park during the British rule of our country and was named after Queen Victoria. During World War II, this park was occupied by the British Army and it was also the base of the Australian 17th Brigade. The park was then open to the public in 1951, after restoration and was named Viharamahadevi Park after the Queen Viharamahadevi; who was the mother of King Dutugemuna, a very important figure in our country’s history. This park used to consist of a cricket ground, used for first class cricket matches during the period 1927-1955. Although this park was a favorite and popular spot to hang out, it was slowly forgotten with the beginning of an era of technology. However, in the year 2013 since the 23rd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting was to happen in Colombo, the government decided to remodel this park. This park now features an extensive play area, a little aquarium, a suspension bridge over the lake and a World War Memorial, making it a great spot for walks and bicycle rides.
Opposite the Viharamahadevi Park is the Nelum Pokuna street art space. Here, you can find a long stretch of pavement consisting of hip and trendy paintings done by local artists which are full of colour, texture and styles which clearly reflect Sri Lanka’s changing art forms. Most of the paintings here are by young artists who showcase their work and these paintings can be purchased at a reasonable price. This roadside stretch of paintings is visited by tourists and art enthusiasts.