How to reach
Negombo is a major city, located in Western Province, Sri Lanka,just 10km from Bandaranayke International Airport.
The city is known for its great and olden trawling industry with busy fish markets, sandy beaches, hotels and restaurants. Due to bounty of seafood, the town restaurants are a gourmet’s delight. There are also local handicrafts, batiks and jewellery boutiques on the beaches and shops in the city. Negambo consider as one of biggest fishing ports,more than 500 edible species of fish reside the sea and inland lagoon.
Things to do
Fishing and tourism is the main economy of this city. Negambo beach consist with a colourful array of coral reefs. These area most ideal for a variety of water sports such as diving and wind surfing.
Dutch Cannel Boat Ride
The Dutch Canal, also known as the Hamilton Canal, is a fascinating waterway which functioned as a supply route to the Dutch administration during the time of colonization. Currently, the renovated Canal features a suspension bridge for pedestrians designed like a castle tower and boats to hitch rides on. With its coloured ribbons of light, it is especially picturesque at night.
The boat ride/safari that takes one along the old Dutch canal which runs through Waikkal presents visitors a glance at bird life, essentially comprising waders, stunning kingfishers, rare pied kingfishers, bee-eaters, Brahminy kites, etc. Water monitors bearing an uncanny resemblance to crocodiles are also bound to make an appearance. The boat journey can be prolonged by following the canal in to the sea, where one can continue onwards to Negombo and hop into the town to do some shopping and return via boat to Waikkal.
Negombo Fish Marcket (Lellama)
Fish markets are one of the main attractions in Negombo. There are two new and old, without visiting them, familiarity with the city will be incomplete. However, you need to be ready for the “spicy” fish smell on the way to the markets and not too clean atmosphere on the trading floor and around.