Independence Square and Memorial Hall

Built to commemorate the significant event of Sri Lanka gaining independence from the British Empire in 1948, the present-day Independence Square includes a memorial hall, ponds and surrounding gardens. It has become a haven for many who are looking to escape the fast-paced life of metropolitan Colombo.

Often filled with picnicking families and fitness enthusiasts, the park is an ideal place to hang out if you have young kids. Adults and kids alike can engage in some leisure cycling along the dedicated cycling track. Should you be a fitness buff, do join the many workout groups that train along the jogging tracks and in the main square.

The venue also has an Independence Memorial Museum, located under the memorial hall. The museum commemorates those who fought to preserve the Sri Lankan identity during colonization and other historic invasions.