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Exotic Places to visit in Negombo – a different side to Sri Lanka

Happen to be touring through Sri Lanka? Then you must make allowance for spending some time in the vibrant fishing hamlet of Negombo; an oasis for the curious and laidback alike.


1. Dutch Fort

Though, only remnants remain, the Dutch Fort in Negombo is one of the classic examples of colonialism that once prevailed in the country. Currently, the site remains a good place to go sightseeing, learn of the town's intriguing past and also an excellent way to do some photography.


2. Hamilton Canal

Canal rides are quite popular in this part of Sri Lanka and none quite captures the imagination than being part of such an activity along the waters of the Hamilton Canal. Thought to have been constructed during the times of the Dutch, the canal best serves those who wish to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and uncover the ways and practices of the locals.


3. Fishing Village

Arguably the heart and soul of Negombo is its fishing community and those seeking to experience just how serious the locals take their fishing, a visit to the Fishing Village will surely be to their benefit. Located a short distance away from the main town, one might wander through the village, and gain an invaluable insight into how the fishing community makes the most of a craft that has been perfected and relied upon for years. In the event one is residing at Heritance Negombo which is one of the Negombo hotels in the region, then paying a visit to the village will be a good way to begin one's adventures.


4. St. Mary's Church

Since Negombo is heavily populated with Catholic devotees, it is not hard to include one of its most treasured shrines in terms of the most sought after places to call by when holidaying here. St. Mary's Church, though lavish in appearance and architecture is a hallowed place of worship which attracts a large number of worshippers and travellers throughout the year. The three levels of the church which can be easily made out from a distance are but a prelude as to what lies within the premises, fit only for those keen on equipping themselves with as much knowledge of their newly discovered surroundings.


5. Negombo Beach

Ideal playgrounds for the young as well as the young at heart, the beach area will surely have you spending as much time possible, out working on that tan, swimming in the cool ocean waters or picnicking with those who matter the most to you. Sights of children flying kites and playing cricket are all too familiar occurrences here, especially during the weekends and one may even attempt to join in the fun too.


6. Muthurajawela Marsh

One's travels within Negombo will be incomplete if one does not partake in a boat ride along the waters of the Muthurajawela Marsh. With over 190 species of flora that include grasslands, swamp, shrubland and mangrove forests coupled with the varying species of fauna that range from reptiles, birds, fish and much more, one is confronted with a one of a kind boating ride to delight in.

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