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Iconic Landmarks in Negombo – Discover a charming beach town!

While Negombo is renowned for its beautiful and expansive beaches, it has so much more to offer than some coveted seaside fun under endless blue skies. Negombo, a town located on the west coast of the island – barely one hour from Colombo, is well worth your explorations. Read on to discover some key landmarks to take in during your time there.


Negombo Dutch Fort

Initially a Portuguese creation, the Negombo Dutch Fort offers a glimpse into Sri Lanka's rich colonial past. Located by the Esplanade and the lagoon, the ruins of the Dutch Fort today are witness to many a cricket match. After capturing the fort from the Dutch, the conquering British, the fort was converted into a prison. Upon visiting one will get the opportunity to take in gran bastions, a clock tower and extensive ramparts which exhibit influences an amalgamation of both British and Dutch architecture. The best time to visit this landmark is in the late afternoon or early evening. The ramparts are ideal for a stroll and for watching a great sunset.


Negombo Beach

No visit to Negombo is complete without taking the time out to take in the Negombo beach. Here sun-kissed golden shores are fringed by palm trees, and serve as a quiet retreat to kick back, and relax. The best part is that Negombo Beach does not get overly crowded and one can enjoy a peaceful time by the sea soaking up the sun. The beach is also lined with some great restaurants, cafes, pubs and Negombo hotels the likes of Heritance Negombo to check out.


St. Mary's Church

Known to be one of the largest cathedrals in the country, the beautiful St. Mary's Church is located in the very heart of Negombo. Featuring cream-yellow walls and contrasting black and white marble detailing, St. Mary's Church is certainly a sight to behold. During the day, the interior of the church is stunningly lit by the daylight streaming through its stained-glass windows. Some key feature, to take in while visiting this 140-year-old church apart from the stained-glass windows, and intricately decorated ceilings is the magnificent church organ. Do note that photography is strictly prohibited within the church. To take part in the early morning prayers, consider visiting around 7-8 am.


Negombo Lagoon

A large lagoon with several small rivers and canals, with the Indian Ocean towards the north, Negombo Lagoon is home to numerous varieties of lobsters, crabs, and fish. To learn more about the lagoon's rich and flourishing biodiversity sign up for a tour!


Hamilton Canal

Another landmark built by the British during the early 19th century, the Hamilton Canal is another great attraction to check out! Extending over nine miles, Hamilton Canal was once used to the heartline of Negombo and was used to transfer goods to the port during the colonial era. To take in the Hamilton Canal also known as the Dutch Canal consider hiring a boat come late afternoon and simply cruise down the waterway with the breeze in your hair.

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