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The Diyatha Uyana Park built in the banks of the Diyawanna Oya was opened in September 2012. Since its inception it has succeeded in attracting people from all walks of life from all over the country apart from those living in the vicinity. Built in a marsh land the park can be easily reached from the commercial capital. It is an ideal place for families to spend some quality away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The shooting colouful jets of water of the musical water fountain add much vibrancy to the whole setting.
The lush greenery and the peaceful environment as the waters of the Diyawanna Oya flow placidly, in addition to the water fountain close by, have provided the public with an ideal place in which to unwind, whatever time of day. A reservoir was also built close to the Water’s Edge Hotel to take in rain water so as to prevent floods during monsoonal rains.
As one passes the Diyawanna Oya one cannot help but notice the green garden chairs placed in strategic locations for the public to relax in, take the weight off their feet, and enjoy the surroundings.
As you are walking in the park you will find beautiful flower shops which are located on the banks of the Diyawanna oya waters. This was recently opened to the public. You will have the ability to walk along the riverside. You can even take a river-boat ride. Here you will find a leaf shaped bus stop, cement seats and tables and a central water fountain. There is a fountain with changing colors and children’s play areas.
Many individuals enjoy the park because of its relaxing environment. You will see numerous students sitting studying. They have been known to say that it was an excellent place to study because of it being so relaxing. You will even find a floating restaurant and a floating hotel. The floating restaurant is an excellent place for weddings, receptions, and even corporate events. You can do walking, jogging and cycling along paved pathways. Sail boats and paddle crafts offer water sporting and sightseeing opportunities. While you are at Diyawanna oya park you will feel so relaxed and enjoy the breathtaking view. Walking along the water will calm you and rejuvenate you. There are so many different attractions for individuals to enjoy that there may not be enough time to see them all. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy while you are visiting.
The park also consists of walking paths. It is a perfect setting for a walk in the evenings for the young and the old alike. The place is already popular with all who not only come here to shop but also to have a walk and relax. Food outlets are also available to cater to the needs of the visitors. The visitors can refresh themselves with a snack and drink in a healthy and relaxed atmosphere.
The aquarium at Diyatha Uyana attracts many kids and during the evenings crowds gather around the circular aquarium as it offers a moment of tranquility 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.