Galle Face Green is a 5 hectare land area lying between the Galle Road and the Indian Ocean. The area is now one of the largest in the city and is one of the city’s main attractions. The original Galle Face Green spanned a much larger area than it is today. This walkway was originally designed by the Dutch for military purposes. They used it to activate their artillery tactical fire against the Portuguese. One version of the derivation of the name Galle Face is the original Dutch name for the forts. After years of planning and hard work, the Sakman courtyard was completed in 1859.
Galle Face Green in Sri Lanka was originally used for many recreational purposes. This includes activities such as horse racing and golf. It was also used to play cricket, polo, soccer, tennis and rugby.In the early 1820s, during the reign of the then British Governor, Sir Edward Barnes (1776–1838), horse racing was held at Galle Face Green. The first Royal-Thomian cricket match was played at Galle Face Green, 15-17 July 1879. It is today the site of the Taj Samudra Hotel.
The weekend is full of kids, joggers, kite flyers and lovers and is very busy. With so many food stalls selling so many different foods and delicacies, there is no chance of hunger. After all, this place is ideal for all people. Youths who play cricket or football are not a rare sight here. Kids screaming and playing around the area. Parents and adults alike have more fun than having fun with their busy lifestyles. The Ceylon Intercontinental Hotel and the Galle Face Hotel are also located near the Galle Face Green. In addition, Galle Face Green is an occasional green beach, where trippers from all over Sri Lanka visit the Galle Face Green Park daily. Today the Galle Face Green is under the control of the Urban Development Authority of Sri Lanka. The UDA Administration Service in Sri Lanka is to be commended for its excellent service.