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Enjoy a walk at the Independence Square

A must visit place to witness the monument and relax in a pleasant surrounding

Written by
Swetha Rathnajothiee

An oasis of calm in the heart of the Colombo city, the Independence Square is a popular recreational destination to the residents and visitors alike. The wide green lawn is shaded by the sporadic tree, providing the perfect canopy to picnic under, or merely to relax with friends and family. Two sets of fountains add to the charm and a cycling and a jogging path runs around the premises. There is almost always a solitary jogger or a pair to be seen.

Wander into the lush greens of the Independence Square and sit awhile, away from the hubbub of the city or explore the many attractions the site offers. Independence Memorial Hall is constructed in the centre of the premises marking the site where Sri Lanka gained independence years ago. Discover the statue of D S Senanayake, the first Prime Minister of the country, and the awe-inspiring history of the battle for independence in Sri Lanka, in the Independence Memorial Museum.

Stroll along towards either side of the Square and explore the many food and shopping opportunities offered to you at the Arcade Independence Square Mall or the Race Course Mall, both with exciting histories.

The Independence Square is magical at dusk, when the street lamps and ground lights illuminate the dense green, and lights glint from the colourful water fountains. Visit for relaxing evening after a hectic day and take a quiet stroll with enchanting views.

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