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Galle Face Green, Colombo: 5 reviews and 11 photos

  Galle Face 'Green' - in the evening it's packed
by mafi_moya

If the Galle Road is the main artery of Colombo, then the Galle Face is its heart. Galle Face Green is the social centre of Colombo - walk around at sunset and watch kids flying kites, athletes in training, cricket matches, young couples cuddling up under umbrellas, families on a day out, and all kinds of food stalls along the seafront. There's a small beach for swimming, playing football and so on.

At the southern end is Colombo's most famous hotel - The Galle Face, well worth sampling the colonial atmosphere of a drink on the verandah overlooking the Indian Ocean. The Green is more brown dust than green grass (although parts have been re-laid last year) but it's quite attractive at dusk. There are occasionally large pop concerts held here, which makes it even busier and livelier than normal.

If you want to experience the lives of normal Sri Lankans and don't have any local friends here then early evening Galle Face is the best place to start.

After dark, it used to have a small problem with drunken groups and could be a bit intimidating and sometimes dangerous. But now new laws prevent the consumption of alcohol on the Galle Face, making it much more of a family occasion. The only problem for a tourist is likely to be the numerous con-men and touts who swarm to a foreigner. It's a shame to say, as you can meet some genuine people (this is a very social place after all), but chances are nearly all lone men who approach you are after your money, despite what they might say.

Directions: At the north end of Galle Road,. just before you reach Fort.

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 16, 2004
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