Public Places in Colombo You Can Go to for Free Workouts

With the dawn of the new year, many of us want to get back into shape. Well, here are a few public places where you could go workout for free. Why should you choose free workout places? Well for one, it saves you a huge amount of cash, as you won’t be worrying about spending endless amounts of cash on gym memberships. And guess what? It’s freely available at any time. So, check out these places around Colombo and give them a try!

Free Workout Equipment and Classes

Ministry of Defense Fitness Kiosk

Maintained by the Ministry of Defense and Urban Development of Sri Lanka, this is a fitness centre that is available to the public, free of charge. The Gym is situated in Independence Square, Colombo, and is open from 6.00 am – 10.00 am and 4.00 pm – 8.30 pm daily.

Bellanwila Jogging Track

A track that consists of many benches along the track for the public to come and appreciate the scenic site. This jogging track consists of free exercise classes that are being conducted by instructors from the ministry 3 to 4 times a week (the timetable for the classes is mentioned at the park’s noticeboard).

Ministry of Defense Walking Track

Situated near the army headquarters in Sri Jayewardenepura, this track was constructed by the army. It is situated adjoining paddy fields and urban greenery. A perfect ambience to go for a workout after a hectic day at work, to ease your mind. The eye-catching scene also consists of many workout equipment installed by the army to engage the public in more physical exercises.

Jogging, Walking and Cycling

Parliament Ground Walking Path

Located right near the New Parliament in Battaramulla, there are multiple free-to-use walking paths and jogging tracks around the area. The jogging path along the Japan Sri Lanka Friendship Road also offers stunning sunset views complete with the Diyawanna Lake.

Diyatha Uyana Walking Track     

If you want to take an evening stroll or you’re looking for a place to go for a Jog, this is the perfect spot for you. Most of the people come here to enjoy the sunset, visit the endless number of stalls or simply visit the open aquarium. Diyatha Uyana consists of many footpaths that are perfect for you to jog while enjoying a breathtaking view.

Kimbulawala Track

Situated around the paddy fields, kimbulawala jogging track provides a sense of relaxation to the public. Early mornings and late evenings are ideal for using this track.

Independence Walk

Situated in the heart of Colombo, Independence Square walking track is a heaven to the ever-busy city people. This historic landmark in Colombo provides the perfect setting for your morning or evening stroll. The track is located amid two beautiful water fountains that are beautifully lit in the night. It’s a perfect spot for you to carry out your daily workout routine whether it be alone or with your friends. It is complete with a cycling track for cycling lovers. It also includes plenty of space for people to do Yoga as well as meditation.

Viharamahadevi Park

One of the biggest and oldest parks in Colombo, Viharamahadevi Park is situated near Town Hall. It has turned out to be one of the preferred places for people to go for walks and cycling. Well, don’t have a bicycle but would love to go cycling? Viharamahadevi Park consists of small places where you could rent out bicycles and enjoy your evening ride.

Nawala Wetland Walking Track

Found in Nugegoda, this wetland park consists of a jogging and cycling path. This too is perfect for your morning and evening jogs.

Bellanwila Track

Consisting of a walking and cycling path, this is a lovely walking area around the Verassa river. With the cooling breeze, this track is sure to raise up your spirit and bring a sense of calmness, while burning your calories. This is another area that doesn’t require you to bring your bicycle with you as you could rent out a bicycle at a really reasonable price, to get your blood pumping.

Colombo Fort

Being one of the oldest parts in the city, this is a perfect spot to take that evening stroll to ease your mind after a hectic day. While taking a walk at Colombo Fort, you can also view the Galle Face Green, Lighthouse Clock Tower, Dutch Hospital and Red Mosque (Red Masjid Mosque), among others.

Cinnamon Gardens

Situated in the very heart of Colombo, near the Racecourse grounds, this very leafy neighborhood conceals the hullabaloo of city life. Whether you go early in the morning or in the evening, this stroll promises to put your mind at ease, away from all the daily stresses.

Crow Island Beach Park

Located in Mattakkuliya, this park doesn’t just consist of walking tracks, but also small freshwater lakes and a play area for children. A perfect spot for both adults and children to enjoy an evening.

Mount Lavinia Beach

Located just outside of Colombo city, this beach stretch includes several restaurants as well as relaxing areas. The ideal time to visit the Mount beach would be in the evening. Locals and foreigners alike, choose the Mount beach as an ideal spot to walk or jog and get their blood pumping, while enjoying a beautiful setting sun in the horizon.

Gangaramaya Park

Maintained by the Sri Lanka Army, this park is situated around the Beira Lake. It is a great place to have an evening or morning walk while enjoying the greenery. While walking or jogging, you could also enjoy the many species of birds that roam around in this area.

Reach your fitness, health and wellness goals for 2022 without breaking the bank with this list. Have we missed any spots? Do let us know in the comments!

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