Main Fish Market
Each day, fishers take their oruvas (outrigger canoes) and go out in search of the fish for which Negombo is famous. They’re a fine sight as they sweep home into the lagoon after a fishing trip. Fish auctions on the beach and sales at the fish market near the fort are a slippery and smelly affair, but one that’s well worth forgoing some pool time for.
Even though it could never compete in a beauty contest against many Sri Lankan beaches, Negombo's beach, which stretches north from the town right along the hotel strip before fading into a palm-tree distance, is pleasant enough and makes for a good sunset stroll. The water does have a distinct brown colour thanks to estuary run-off and pollution, but it's no longer bad enough to stop people swimming.
The Dutch showed their love of canals here like nowhere else in Sri Lanka. Canals extend from Negombo all the way south to Colombo and north to Puttalam, a total distance of over 120km. You can hire a bicycle in Negombo from various hotels and ride the canal-side paths of the Hamilton Canal, enjoying picturesque views and small villages along the way.
East of the town centre the Angurukaramulla Temple, with its 6m-long reclining Buddha, is worth seeing; take a three-wheeler for around Rs 200.
the Negombo Lagoon where the fresh fish market or “Lellama” is situated literally on the lagoon shores. Here one can observe every type of fresh catch - fish, cuttlefish, crabs, lobsters, shrimp and even shark. You can also be one with nature at the mangroves, the famed Muturajawala Marshes; spot interesting wildlife like monkeys, water monitors and an abundant of birdlife such as Egrets, Herons Kingfishers and Cormorants eagerly waiting for their catch of fish.
© 2018 TheVillaGreenInn. All Rights Reserved.