The sleepy fishing town of Negombo is still resplendent of the vast Portuguese and Dutch influence it experienced as far back as the 17th century. The old Dutch Fort located between a lagoon and beach is home to the ancient clock tower which like the natives of Negombo is a legacy to the Dutch occupancy of the land. If you are considering a stay in this historic town consider booking a hotel Negombo is well known for, since the sandy beaches and glistening oceans have given way to a number of seaside resorts within the hamlet. In this regard one of the best to consider would be Club Hotel Dolphin.
Situated in Waikkal Negombo, this expansive beach resort is ideal for a relaxing holiday in the tropical climes of Sri Lanka. The hotel is conveniently placed just 30 minutes from the Bandaranaike International Airport and is very family oriented. Laze the day away at one of the islands largest resort pools and indulge in plenty of pampering at the in-house spa. Savour the best in local and international cuisine at the restaurant and ask the tour desk for boat cruises, fishing expeditions and water sports. The accommodation in typical Sri Lankan fashion is relaxed and comfortable; choose from superior rooms, garden villas and beach front villas where you soothing sound of the ocean will lull you to sleep.
The Old Dutch Fort in Negombo was built on a former Portuguese Fort that was destroyed in 1644. The British in turn destroyed much of the Dutch Fort leaving much to the imagination of all history buffs. The fort stands between a beach and lagoon under balmy skies. A moat, ramparts and a few towers are all that’s left of the once magnificent fort city. However the clock tower which guards the entrance is still preserved and is a testament to the heritage Negombo holds of its colourful past.
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