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Things to Do Around Marawila - A Charming Coastal Town

The town of Marawila is an interesting place to visit, with many interesting attractions to be found in proximity to the town. You will find many engrossing things to do in the environs of Marawila.

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Dutch Fort

Dutch Fort

The intriguing ruins of the Dutch Fort may be found in the nearby town of Negombo. This fascinating site is noted for its handsome gateway which will capture the interest of the sightseer. This striking fort which was constructed in 1672 dates from the nation's colonial period and provides an entrancing insight into this era in the history of Sri Lanka. You will notice several interesting buildings dating from this period here. Another attraction at this location is an appealing green known as the Esplanade, at which you may have the opportunity to view one of the cricket matches frequently staged here.

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St. Mary's Church

St. Mary's Church

The splendid St. Mary's Church is sure to capture the imagination of the sightseer. Since the vast majority of the residents of Negombo are Roman Catholics, it is not surprising that the town contains a host of striking churches. One of the best known is St. Mary's Church, a handsome shrine that is regarded as being one of Sri Lanka's largest and most significant cathedrals. You will see that this place of worship boasts majestic architecture as well as a host of remarkable paintings. These prominent religious paintings cover the nave of the church. Visitors will notice that this church features three principal levels.

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Snorkelling and Scuba Diving

Snorkelling and Scuba Diving

These water activities are popular pastimes in the environs of Marawila as well as nearby Negombo. The primary season for diving here commences in November, continuing until the month of April. Although you should always be careful with regards to the strong sea currents you will find that the area is a pleasant environment for snorkelling and diving. The tranquil waters of the Negombo lagoon feature attractive underwater scenery as well as a host of exotic marine creatures. In the local waters, divers will encounter angelfish, striped damsels, powder blue sturgeons, turtles and more. As you experience the local attractions an accommodation choice that you may consider would be one of the hotels in Marawila such as the well-located Amagi Beach Marawila.

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Boat Ride

Boat Ride

Visitors are sure to enjoy a tranquil boat ride along the Dutch canal and the Muthurajawela Marsh. The Dutch Canal can be considered to be something of an attraction in its own right; as its name indicates it was constructed by Dutch colonialists in times past. Your boat ride will take you along this canal all the way to the marsh and the local lagoon. Along the way you will notice a host of interesting animals including crocodiles, water monitors, monkeys, Brahminy kites and many other fascinating creatures. You may also have the opportunity to see various water birds like egrets and herons. Nature lovers will be enthralled by the natural wonders that may be seen.

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Fish Markets

Fish Markets

Negombo has traditionally been known as a fishing town with a large number of its residents depending on fishing for their livelihood. Every day the local fishermen head out into the expanses of the ocean to secure their daily catch, presenting a picturesque sight as they return to the shore together at the end of their trip. Visitors will be able to observe fish and other sea creatures being sold at the principal fish market, although the blood and distinctive smells make it not for the squeamish. You will find a second fish market at another location which is renowned for crabs, lobsters and prawns from the Negombo lagoon.

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