Negombo Lagoon – A home of its own

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Its convenient location, rich historical and biological value makes it a must-explore attraction that offers amazing learning opportunities.

Negombo Lagoon| Img by: Ronald Saunders via Wikimedia Commons,  CC BY-SA 2.0

About the lagoon

There is no denying of the importance of Negombo Lagoon. Travelers to just about any luxury resort in Sri Lanka are fascinated by this famous lagoon and choose to explore it during their stay. The lagoon is famous for its rich biological diversity and its strategic location. The majority of accommodation options in this area including Arie Lagoon allow travellers to explore the lagoon and its natural beauty.

The function of the lagoon

The Negombo lagoon receives a great deal of rain from March – April, May – September and October – November. The run-off from the Muthurajawela catchment also flows into the marshes remains there for some time, filters and is then discharged into the Negombo Lagoon. After heavy rains, the salinity, seepage and runoff in the lagoon drop until the water can almost be classified as fresh.


The Negombo lagoon is home to a vast variety of plants and animals. There are more than 24 species of crustaceans, molluscs, polychaete worms and sponges in the kadol roots alone. The reproduction of the famous barramundi also takes place in the lagoon as they return from the sea.


Being ideally located close to the city of Colombo and the airport makes it a great destination for nature-loving travelers. Most Negombo lagoon tours take place in the mornings or evenings to avoid the harsh sunlight of midday. These tours include a fascinating boat ride, an explanation of the lagoon’s significance and natural assets as well as a chance to watch animals such as birds, monitors, crocodiles, painted bats, toque monkeys, spotted cats and even otters on occasion.




Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers. Google+

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