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DUTCH FORT

DUTCH FORT

Close to the seafront near the lagoon are the ruins of the old Dutch fort, which has a fine gateway inscribed with the date 1678. Also here is a green, called the Esplanade , where cricket matches are a big attraction. As the fort grounds are now occupied by the town’s prison, the only way...
ANGURUKARAMULLA TEMPLE

ANGURUKARAMULLA TEMPLE

The Angurukaramulla Temple is a better place visit if in Negombo. Because of Buddha statue, and its dragon-entrance – inside you find detailed murals that date back centuries. There is also a 300+ year old ruin of a historic library here, covered in moss.The Buddha statue out front is six meters tall. You walk through...
SRI MUTHUMARIAMMAN KOVIL

SRI MUTHUMARIAMMAN KOVIL

Sri Muthumariamman Temple is one of the famous Mariamman temples in Negombo built in a facet clicking back to the syles of Dravidian architecture. The temple still remains in an old fashioned pose. The engravings of the granite architecture in the temple is what that holds…
HIRE A CATAMARAN

HIRE A CATAMARAN

One of the most charming part of the Negombo fishing culture are the locally made catamarans the fisherman use. I was never able to get the capture I was looking for like the picture linked below or the local poastcards with the catamaran returning at sunset but it was fun trying though.
MUTHURAJAWELA

MUTHURAJAWELA

About 15km south of Negombo lies a large tract of land set aside partly for wildlife, partly for humans and industry. The marsh is in the part set aside for wildlife; it’s mostly a huge, shallow lake with inlets and islands. It links the river and the sea, making the water brackish and the birdlife...
ST MARY’S CHURCH

ST MARY’S CHURCH

Negombo has been given the name ‘Little Rome’ due to the highly ornate Portuguese-era Roman Catholic churches such as St. Mary’s Church. St. Mary’s Church is the biggest cathedral in Negombo and has a painted ceiling as well as alabaster statues of various saints. It is also one of the larger cathedrals in Sri Lanka.
FISH MARKET

FISH MARKET

The fishermen who are based at the Negombo lagoon live in abject poverty in shanty thatch palm villages along the water’s edge. They rely mainly on their traditional knowledge of the seasons for their livelihood, using outrigger canoes carved out of tree trunks and nylon nets to bring in modest catches from September through April.
NEGOMBO BEACH

NEGOMBO BEACH

Negombo offers one of the best beaches on the west coast of Sri Lanka, and draws tourists who stop over for a day on their way to or from the airport. Some quiet stretches of the beach are maintained by the tourist hotels, while others are always busy with fishermen and their equipment.
DUTCH CANNAL NEGOMBO

DUTCH CANNAL NEGOMBO

The Dutch showed their love of canals here like nowhere else in Sri Lanka. Canals extend from Negombo all the way south to Colombo and north to Puttalam, a total distance of over 120km. You can hire a bicycle in Negombo from various hotels and ride the canal-side…

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