The beaches in this town are wide, with golden sands and make up for a relaxing beach holiday. Those who want more from their holiday are in for a treat too as the town showcases quite a few interesting attractions. When looking for accommodation you’ll see, in Negombo, hotels are aplenty, ranging from luxury resorts to lodges. If you wish to be by the beach and enjoy great service and comforts, consider staying at the Amagi Lagoon Resort & Spa Negombo, it’ll place you close to many of the town’s attractions as well.
On your sightseeing tour of Negombo, you’ll see why this town is called “Little Italy”. Many Portuguese-era Roman Catholic churches and buildings dot the area, with the St. Mary’s Church leading the way. Dating back to over 140 years, this is one of the most important churches in Sri Lanka. Gorgeous paintings adorn the ceiling and the stained glass works too are a treat.
The ruins of the Dutch Fort are located near the Negombo lagoon with the inscription 1678 on the gateway. The fort was occupied by the Dutch, Portuguese and British through the years. Most part of the fort is now a prison, so you may have to commit a crime to have a look inside. The Dutch Clock Tower too is intact.
The Angurukaramulla Temple with its 6m-long reclining Buddha statue and the picturesque Duwa Island, known for its annual Easter Passion Play too are interesting attractions.
If you are looking for some adventure, take a boat ride through the Muthurajawela Marsh, the country’s biggest saline wetland and home to purple herons, cormorants and kingfishers. Also, visit the Negombo fish market, the biggest in the country.
A boat ride on the Dutch Canal too is a relaxing experience. Spanning over 100km, the canal extends all the way to Colombo from Puttalam. Sailing, diving and whale and dolphin watching too are very popular in the region.
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