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Top Things to Enjoy in Negombo – things not to be missed

Most travellers have a reason to fly in the direction of this small island called Sri Lanka. They are fond of its coastal belt and the activities embedded therein. If you happen to visit there simply because you are fond of the coastal belt, just do not forget to take your camera. The rest, you are yet to experience over there.

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Catamaran photography

Catamaran photography

Catamaran is part and parcel of the Negombo fishing culture. Towards early mornings, you can see how fishermen take out the locally made catamarans for their job. A catamaran returning by the sunset will mean quite a lot, if you are a photographer.

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Fish Market

Fish Market

Negombo is renowned for its fish market. If you look for noise, you won't get the usual noise here. Sometimes it is amazingly peaceful here. If you reach there during an early morning, you will see the beehive behaviour of the fishermen back from the sea.

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Boating in the Muthurajawela Marsh

Boating in the Muthurajawela Marsh

When you travel about 15 kilometres south of Negombo, you can see a big plot of land. In that land roams wildlife free and gay. The land connects the river to the sea. Hence the water is brackish and you can see quite a lot of birdlife. You can also take a wildlife-viewing boat which will ride you for about three hours.

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Hire a Catamaran

Hire a Catamaran

Well, enough of viewing it in pictures. Have one for yourself, though for a short while. If you are clueless how to hire one, you can inquire from a Negombo Resort such as Club Hotel Dolphin. Most resorts offer catamarans with local sailors.

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Dutch fort

Dutch fort

Dutch Fort is an interesting place to visit, especially if you are a history enthusiast. In the past this had been a trading port for the Portuguese and the Dutch. You can see various other attractions along with the Dutch Fort. The Dutch Fort gate built in 1672 is now a part of the prison. The Dutch Canal used to be a supply route to the Dutch administration, old churches and fishing villagers. The 100km long canal runs through the town. And it is still an attraction for travellers who view the country from a different viewpoint.

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Angurukaramulla temple

Angurukaramulla temple

This temple is very much noted for its giant sized Buddha statue. You can also see old paintings and murals as well. Another special feature of this temple is that you can get some information of most kings of ancient Sri Lanka.

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Delta boat trip

Delta boat trip

You must have taken many a boat along the beach. But the Delta boat trip stands alone. It is a unique journey. These boats belong to fishermen, who willingly offer them for a fee. They will take you around the delta in about three hours. During the trip, you can see the rainforest, the mangrove and a local farm. You can also give local liquor a try. Local liquor such as arak and raa are available upon request.