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Five fun things to do in Negombo

Negombo, Sri Lanka is an interesting place located in the south of Sri Lanka. It holds many little surprises that will give you charming memories to take home with you.

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Relax

Relax

Negombo is the perfect location to relax and unwind and to forget the woes of your busy life back at home. Read a book by the poolside and sip on a king coconut and slowly ease into your holiday. The succulent dishes at Jetwing Sea are truly special and their romantic outdoor dining experiences adds splendour to it. Taking a stroll down the sandy beaches with the wind on your face too is a mystical adventure of its own.

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Hamilton Canal- Boat rides and cycling

Hamilton Canal- Boat rides and cycling

The Dutch-made Hamilton Canal is one of the attractions in Negombo that has earned it the name, ‘Little Rome.’ It is a 14.5 km stretch of water body that was used in the past to transport cinnamon to Colombo. Today it exists as a tourist attraction and has its own charm and beauty. Club Hotel Dolphin offers guided tours and safaris along the canal that runs through Waikkal and taking this route is a great treat for bird watchers. The boat keepers resemble those in Venice and the boat-keepers take pride and joy in showing tourists the best joys of Negombo while on the boat journey. The option of cycling on the street alongside the waters of the Hamilton canal is just as adventurous and fun.

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Hit the beach

Hit the beach

If you’re an adrenaline junkie and ache to surf and hit the beach as soon as you get to the destination, then Negombo is an ideal place for you. The sapphire waters are inviting, and the Aquatic Water Sports Centre offered by Jetwing Lagoon is your fix for a fun filled holiday. If kids are tagging along with you then you ought to carry a beach ball and a bucket of spades to keep them involved too. The windy beaches of Negombo are also perfect to fly kites and it’ll keep the little and the old entertained.

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Fish Market

Fish Market

The freshest catch of fish come on to the shores at 6 every morning. This is a great opportunity to buy gleaming fish and to mingle with the locals. An array of the finest prawns, crabs and seer fish can be bought at a much lower price than usual. Many hotels offer a tour to the morning fish market and this is a wise choice because you’ll be allocated a local guide who can bargain in the native language.

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St. Mary’s church

St. Mary’s church

Painted pink on the exterior, St. Mary’s church is a Roman Catholic place of worship in Negombo and is famously known for its spectacular artistry inside. It is said to be one of the largest churches in Sri Lanka and is set in a safe and beautiful stretch alongside the beach and adds the perfect setting to an evening walk. It serves the Catholic population alongside several other churches in Negombo. Though not heavily decorated this place of worship is great for reflection.