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Top 10 Things To Do in Negombo – West Coast Wonder

Sri Lanka's West Coast is fast becoming a tourist hotspot on the island and this is mainly due to the laidback seaside city of Negombo. Drenched in sunshine and home to idyllic stretches of shoreline bordered by refreshing ocean waters, this slice of paradise also has a rich history and heritage and those visiting here have much to do.

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Relaxing on Negombo Beach

Relaxing on Negombo Beach

Soft golden sands abound at Negombo Beach where one can lie back, build sandcastles with the kids, work on that perfect holiday tan or watch a magical sunset as you whisper sweet nothings to that special someone. One of the best ways to enjoy this coastal getaway is to stay at Negombo hotels that are located on the shore itself such as Jetwing Blue.

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Kite Surfing

Kite Surfing

Thrill seekers can look forward to harnessing the power of the wind as you ride the waves in freedom on an exciting kite surfing excursion; enjoy life with the wind in your hair and the promise of adventure all around.

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Visiting Historical Churches

Visiting Historical Churches

Referred to as ‘Little Rome’ due to the prevalence of Roman Catholic churches, Negombo is home to historical places of worship such as St. Mary's Church which dates back to colonial times.

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Seafood Dining

Seafood Dining

Due to its coastal locale, Negombo is the perfect place to sample some of the island’s most delectable seafood cuisine with prawns, lobster, fish and crab providing some exotic gastronomy.

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Witnessing Fish Auctions

Witnessing Fish Auctions

Taking place on the beach, the fish auction is a lively and somewhat noisy spectacle giving you the chance to see fishermen auctioning off their daily catch which includes a wide array of fish.

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Cruising the Dutch Canal

Cruising the Dutch Canal

Constructed by the Dutch as an easy way to transport goods, the Dutch Canal today is the perfect place to embark on a boat cruise and engage in some bird watching as well.

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Catching a Glimpse of The Dutch Fort

Catching a Glimpse of The Dutch Fort

Remnants of the once mighty Dutch Fort can be seen today, most notably the gateway that dates back to the latter half of the 17th century. While here you will also see the Esplanade used for local recreation.

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Experiencing Ayurvedic Healing

Experiencing Ayurvedic Healing

One can find many places offering traditional Ayurvedic therapies and treatments in Negombo which will help you unwind and experience the holistic healing of this ancient wellness practice.

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Exploring the Muthurawajawela Marsh

Exploring the Muthurawajawela Marsh

This historic marsh boasts a rich biodiversity and is where one can find protected wetlands as well as a large range of bird species that call this ecosystem home.

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Shopping

Shopping

Take time to shop around the city where you can join in the hustle and bustle and seek great bargains from roadside stalls and shops selling everything from batik items to local handicrafts.