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Things to do in Negombo – Sleepy Fisher Village, Charming Colonial Town

Negombo in Sri Lanka is a town resplendent with sandy beaches, colonial time relics and a thriving entertainment scene. This is a cosmopolitan beach resort to enjoy.

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Capture the Beauty of Local Catamarans

Capture the Beauty of Local Catamarans

The locally constructed catamarans are an integral part of traditional fishing in Negombo. These vessels leave at dawn and return at sunset. Snapping up the simple crafts with their sails in full swing across the backdrop of the Indian Ocean is quite a reward. So, take along the cameras folks and head to the nearest beach for snapping up these traditional vessels as they bob on the ocean. Make it in time for the return trip at sunset and you will be rewarded with photos of a fiery sky and the silhouette of a catamaran on a rolling sea.

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Experience the Negombo Fish Market

Experience the Negombo Fish Market

The fishing culture of Negombo is its most iconic feature and savouring a stint at the traditional fish market is quite a treat for loads of local flavour. Daily catches are brought in to be auctioned off at the fish market and it is the best place to purchase a variety of fresh fish at reasonable prices. Enjoy the hustle and bustle, the haggling and general camaraderie that takes place around this precinct.

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Check Out Arankele Monastery and Forest

Check Out Arankele Monastery and Forest

Arankele is home to a lovely 6th century cave hermitage that sits at the top of a forest covered hill. The place is a treat for culture buffs as it's home to many ancient creations that were added in order to assist the meditating monks. The trek is also loved by nature lovers as the surroundings are rich in exotic foliage and a collection of wildlife. Visiting the monastery is one of the favourite things to do in Negombo besides chilling at the beach.

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Explore the Muthurajawela Mangrove Forest and Wetlands

Explore the Muthurajawela Mangrove Forest and Wetlands

Negombo is a fine coastal town promising loads of sunshine and sandy beaches to laze around on; but did you know that you can head inland sail around the vast Negombo Lagoon ad discover a wilderness that's astounding. The Muthurajawela Wetlands is easily accessed from your Negombo beach resort. Many of the hotel chains like Amagi Hotels & Resorts provide tours to the site and back including boat trips on the lagoon. The area is home to a wide range of wildlife such as saltwater crocodiles, egrets and herons while the over 6,000 hectares of lush mangrove forests make this a paradise for all nature lovers.

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Boat Safari Around the Ancient Dutch Canal

Boat Safari Around the Ancient Dutch Canal

At the time the canal was built is stretched for over a 100kms covering most part of the island; this was used for easy transport of precious cinnamon and other spices harvested in Negombo. Today a tour on this canal is ideal for experiencing the everyday life of the town people. Along the way, you will come across fishermen hard at work readying their nets while the banks and waters hold many types of wildlife and reptiles that skulk around the shoreline.

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