A visit to a fishing village is indeed an experience that is both enlightening and entertaining; what is more, there is sure to be a treat of the best of the freshest sea food on offer…and in tropical Sri Lanka, the Indian Ocean Island, there is no better place to go to explore the lives of fishermen and their culture than Negombo in the western coast of Sri Lanka. It is very close to the country’s international airport and therefore even a visitor on transit can take a quick trip to this amazing yet almost untouched region.
Negombo is a coastal town located in the western coast of Sri Lanka about an hour’s drive away from Colombo, the capital of the country. Apart from the almost untouched and unspoilt beaches, the area boasts of many other unique places of attraction in the region. They range from churches to historic sites, mangrove forests to lagoons and sacred Hindu temples. For any visitor who is keen on experiencing lifestyles of the fishing community and the hullaballoo of a fish market early in the morning this is indeed the best place to go.
To enjoy the spectacle and the fish market at its peak of activity one has to be an early riser as the catch is brought to the beach early in the morning. The small scale fishermen await with their bicycles and their wooden boxes to buy the fish and to take it to their own areas and the long lines of fishermen in identical bicycles riding back with their goods for the day is a pleasant sight indeed; although the setting of a fish market and its smell is not so pleasant even though it is a one of a kind experience. One can be sure to be caught in the thick of action with the boats coming in, the nets being pulled from the sea and buyers and sellers haggling to get the best deals, and this is surely the place to go for all that.
Those who intend to catch the fishing activity in the region can stay at a hotel in Negombo, and one convenient and comfortable Negombo hotel that one can choose is the Club Hotel Dolphin, which will ensure that you have a superb beach holiday.