The busy and crowded capital city of Colombo doesn’t have many spaces to relax and enjoy the outdoors unless you go to a club such as the Golf club or the Rowing club for which you would usually need membership. The concept of Diyatha Uyana was welcomed as a novel and refreshing change for Colombo city dwellers and tourists probably due to this reason.
When you come to the Rajagiriya town and head towards the Parliament the shaded white roofing of the Diyatha Uyana stalls could be seen from the main road. These premises are just next to the Waters Edge Hotel. It is ideal for a stroll in the evening or even jogging as there are jogging paths. You might also spot a cute duck or two waddling along the path looking for something to peck and eat, if you are lucky.
The premises are well kept and clean and it is a public outdoor space which gives the opportunity for people from all walks of life to hang around, have chat and enjoy their time at Diyatha Uyana. Many people go to Diyatha Uyana during the evening as the sun set and the shimmering waters of the Diyawanna Lake which is adjoining the Diyatha Uyana makes the experience all the more perfect. Kids and even adults go on boats rides in this lake and there is also a floating restaurant which is another attraction for Diyatha Uyana visitors.
On Thursdays Diyatha Uyana premises host the ‘Good Market’ which is essentially a market place for home- made eatables, home baked cakes and cookies, handicrafts etc. The items are slightly expensive but many frequent the Good Market as it is a novel concept especially in a city like Colombo and the eatables are good quality scrumptious items. Maybe on a hot afternoon if you are craving for frozen yoghurt, lime juice or a kulfi, Diyatha Uyana is the place to go if you happen to be in Colombo on a Thursday. Even the home -baked cakes, cupcakes, tarts, cookies and pies that are sold at Good Market should not be missed as the crowds keep coming for these mouth watering eatables. There is also a stall especially for pickles which has a wide range and many other stalls are available for Arabic food, dumplings, panini etc. Handicrafts are bought from Jaffna to be sold in Diyatha Uyana’s Good Market and the Aluthgama drum shop also has stall. So all in all it is pretty interesting mix of stalls to go through and shop.
The aquarium at Diyatha Uyana attracts many kids and especially during evening crowds gather around the circular aquarium as it offers a moment of tranquillity to the city dwellers’ lives. However this is not something gigantic and high tech as the aquariums you see in countries such as Singapore nor can you expect exquisite fish to swim to and from in these tanks. But the concept is a fresh idea to Colombo and it is very well maintained so a quick stroll around the aquarium would be nice on a lazy evening.More Info
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Kotte- Bope Road, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte 10100
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