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Top attractions in Negombo – A mosaic of history, beauty and so much more

Located in close proximity to the Bandaranaike International Airport, Negombo is a favourite destination among tourists to Sri Lanka no matter how short their stay. Below are the reasons why.

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Beaches

Beaches

Negombo is a quaint little coastal city that has some of the most beautiful golden sanded beaches and even a lagoon to call its own. A place for some fun in the sun, Negombo's beaches have the perfect amount of waves combined with an ambience that echoes tranquillity making it well suited among those looking for relaxation as well as adventure. With a string of hotels along the beach, many find Negombo the perfect coastal getaway even if they have a limited number of days in this paradise of an island. That is not all, even if you are based in a hotel in Colombo you can easily make a day trip to Negombo to experience its beaches and all of the other attractions it has in store.

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The Dutch Canal

The Dutch Canal

Strongly infused with a colonial touch, Negombo was yet another favourite city among the Dutch who made their home in their island. You need not read history books to discover this fact for every nook and corner of this charming little town has something baroque to admire and hence the city is often referred to as 'Little Rome'. Apart from breathtaking buildings the Dutch also created a very useful waterway that criss-crosses through the Negombo town. Known as the Dutch Canal this once commercially significant canal today serves ideally for cruises where one can witness the quaint everyday life of the locals in Negombo. Located some 10 minutes by car from Amagi Lagoon Resort & Spa that belongs to Amagi Hotels & Resorts, boat trips on these waters can be organized from the resort itself and is indeed a pleasurable activity to undertake.

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Dutch Fort

Dutch Fort

If you want a good dose of the historical side of Negombo, pay a visit to the Dutch Fort with a tour guide. You will learn how this cinnamon infused city attracted a train of nations starting with the Arabs who came as early as the 6th century and going all the way to the Dutch and the Portuguese. Of course the Dutch and the Portuguese made sure they left their mark here and hence came iconic structures such as the Dutch Fort. Constructed in the year 1678, what remains of the fort has somehow withstood the storms of time. Adjoining the Fort is a green, called the Esplanade where cricket matches commonly take place. Surrounding this picturesque area is a series of centuries-old Portuguese and Dutch houses and administrative buildings that are now largely converted to bungalows and shops.

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St. Mary's Church

St. Mary's Church

Now if you are curious to learn more about the unparalleled Baroque architecture you can witness here pay a visit to the St. Mary's Church. Negombo is dominated by a majority Catholic population and this church testifies to the spirituality evident in the city yet is a masterpiece of structure and design. Yet another creation of the Dutch, the church dates back to the 17th century and is among the most visited buildings in the city. In addition to ardent visitors, the church is still very much functional as a place of worship and enjoys a number of devout worshippers throughout the week that peaks quite obviously on Sundays.

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