The Cinnamon gardens District, approximately a block inland
(east) from galle Road, shows not a trace of the spice plantations
from which it gets its name, but is now the city's university
and diplomatic quarter and its wealthiest residential area.
With its boulevards lined with jacaranda and frangipani
trees, it is in sharp contrast to the grime, commerce and
visible poverty of the pettah area to the north. The white-domed
Town Hall, said to have been modelled
on the US White House, is a major landmark, overlooking
the semicircular expanse of Viharamahadevi
Park, colombo's largest and most elegant and attractive
green space. The park is at its prettiest from March to
may, before the Monsoon arrives, when its brilliant flower.
In the centre of the Park a statue od Queen
Victoria comemmorates her rule over the island, while
on the lawns near the Town Hall a golden image of the Buddha
represents an even older heritage.