Galle Face

The Green

The Green

Galle Face Green is a bit of a misnomer. It really should be Galle Face Brown, or Galle Face Dirt. Regardless of a more appropriate name it is one of the biggest public spaces in Colombo.

Swim

Swim

Kites

Kites

Built in 1856 the promenade and its seawall have sent it all, at one point they apparently served as a racecourse and a golf course for the British colonials. Those glory days are now a distant memory, the nags have left and the greens have turned to bunkers, time has been not been kind to the old lady of Colombo.

Tuk Tuks

Tuk Tuks

Bikes

Bikes

Stretching for 2km along the Colombo foreshore it’s the place to be on a weekend or public holiday. Along the ocean side, food vendors set up shops to sell traditional snacks like kothu rotti, chilli and salt mango, prawn rotti, fresh crabs and local pickled olives. Up on the dirt, small stalls sell kites, bubble blowers, cricket bats and all manner of toys for kids. There are the resident gang of snake charmers and monkey handlers who at the rate they charge for a photo must live in the Hilton penthouse. The green is guarded by a number of archaic canons that act as toilets for the seabirds rather than protection against an invasion from sunburnt tourists in the Maldives.

Snacks

Snacks

Crab

Crab

Toys

Toys

Plastic

Plastic

Protection

Protection

Cobra

Cobra

Money man

Money man

Sweets

Sweets

Every afternoon hundreds of people come down to play cricket, swim in the ocean, snuggle their lovers under umbrellas, or just have a bit of a snooze.

Army

Army

Parachutes

Parachutes

It hosts major public events, like the screening of the T20 final, the Sri Lankan X games and major military parades.

Kids

Kids

High

High

For sale

For sale

Flag

Flag

Regardless of how she now looks she is a Colombo institution and should hold strong against the tide of development for another 100 years.

Bubble and Crow

Bubble and Crow

Sunset

Sunset

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