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Top Places to visit in Negombo – witness the beauty of Negombo

Negombo is without a doubt one of the most pristine little cities in all of Sri Lanka. Adorned with history and sparkling golden beaches, this is one part of Sri Lanka that you can never get enough of.

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Dutch fort gate

Dutch fort gate

In close proximity to Negombo's picturesque seafront, near the famous Negombo lagoon stands the ruins of an old fort which was created during the Dutch era in Sri Lanka. Built in the 17th century, the highlight of this fort is its massive gateway which was once the entrance to the Fort. Inscribed on the gateway is the date 1678 which is actually the year when the fort was constructed. Around the vicinity of the Dutch fort is a green called the Esplanade where frequent cricket matches are held which is a big attraction in the area. The forts grounds however are now occupied by the town's prison hence are not readily accessible... unless you steal something of course!

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Dutch Canal

Dutch Canal

The Dutch canal is a picturesque water based network which was once used as the transportation route for the Dutch colonial administration. The Dutch canal runs for over 60 miles in total and only part of the route actually winds through Negombo. Today the biggest use of the Dutch Canal is tourism. Boats sail on this canal which tourists use to explore this quaint city. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery a trip down the Dutch canal is an interesting way to relax while enjoying the exquisite backdrop.

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Munneswaram; a Hindu temple,

Munneswaram; a Hindu temple,

The Munneswaram Kovil is one of most venerated ancient Isvarams of Lord Siva located in Sri Lanka. At a distance of roughly 15km from the city of Negombo, half a mile from Chilaw, the temple is a popular stop over for all those interested in visiting historic places of worship around Negombo. Considered as the temple where the great Śrī Rama Bhagavan found solace in respect of the many deaths that had been caused in the Ramayana episode, the legends behind this temple is just as interesting as the structure of the temple itself.

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Negombo Beach,

Negombo Beach,

The highlight of all Negombo's attractions is its long stretches of golden beaches which boast an array of the finest Negombo Beach Resorts. A coastline ideal for relaxation and water sports, there is really nothing that you cannot do in such a perfect strip of land. While holidaying in Negombo stay at the Heritance Negombo for here you can experience the best that these beaches have to offer.

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Muthurajawela Marsh

Muthurajawela Marsh

Apart from Negombo's other amazing attraction it is also home to a rich and an abundant flora and fauna that happens to be most evident in the city's Muthurajawela Marsh. These exquisite marshes are perfect for quiet relaxing boat rides for you will be surrounded by the sound of chirping birds and some of the rarest species of plants. In fact the Muthurajawela Marsh is an extremely popular attraction for all those who like to appreciate the richness of Sri Lanka's inhabitants in such a small stretch of the island.