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05 Amazing Things to Do in Negombo - Blissful times in the modest beach city of the west

Just north of Colombo, away from the bustle of the capital city, is the seaside city of Negombo. Life takes a much calmer pace on this part of the west coast, where those who choose to venture out of the heartland are greeted by a host of delightful activities that make for blissful times.


Beach bumming at Negombo Beach - beach basking on the city's finest sands

Any holiday spent in any coastal city of Sri Lanka wouldn't be right if the holiday didn't kick off on the city's main beach. Negombo Beach is both the city's finest and main stretch of beach — something almost all tourists to the beach city on the west coast look forward to. For those that dreamed of basking in the sun while sipping on tropical cocktails, these palm-fringed shores are meant for it. Craving a bit of adventure? The welcoming yet thrilling turquoise waters guarantee your much-awaited rush of adrenaline.


Go shopping at the Negombo Fish Market - feed your appetite for both authentic shopping and local fish

Negombo was long a fishing village before the city took on its touristy appeal. While the seaside city's fishing scene may not be as apparent as it was back in the day, you could still experience it in full swing at the Negombo Fish Market. Heaps of local fishermen gather at the bustling marketplace along with their day's catch. A visit to the Negombo Fish Market is sure to feed your appetite for some authentic shopping as well as for local fish.


Let yourself loose at Guruge Park - get your fill of fun and thrills

About 20 kilometres north of the city of Negombo is a place oozing fun and excitement, the incredible Guruge Park. The sprawling amusement park is home to a slew of adrenaline-pumping rides, indoor games, and a massive waterpark — perfect for taking refuge from Negombo's, or more fairly, the entire south's scorching heat. Let yourself loose and unleash both young as well as the young at heart to enjoy a day of fun.


Go bird watching at the Muthurajawela Visitor Centre - get up close and personal with the fascinating birdlife

The 3068-hectare marsh of Muthurajawela Visitor Centre is a haven for hundreds of local birdlife, who roam freely around the serene nature reserve. It is a must-visit for advocates of preserving wildlife as it is an establishment dedicated to promoting true environmental tourism as opposed to "caged" animal viewing facilities. Hop onboard a boat and meander down the unruffled waterway as droves of beautiful birds await on verdant banks.


Meander down the Hamilton Canal - experience the epitome ofthe Dutch's love of canals

The 14.5-kilometre Hamilton Canal, connecting Puttalam to Colombo, passing through Negombo, is one of the Dutch's finest creations bestowed upon the island nation of Sri Lanka. Hop on a boat and meander down the labyrinth of canals or ride the canal-side paths, treating your eyes to the breathtaking views of the surrounding villages. After a day of revelling in the glories of the idyllic seaside city, retreat to one of the finest Negombo beach hotels such as the Club Hotel Dolphin.

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