Although renowned for its golden beaches, in Negombo, sightseeing opportunities are also plentiful. Predominantly Roman Catholic, it’s referred to as “Little Rome'' due to the many ornate Catholic churches. However, Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim landmarks of significance are also found - often almost next to each other. Several relics that date back to the Dutch and Portuguese colonial era remain, like the ancient Dutch Fort gate built in 1672.
The 100 km long Dutch Canal is still in use, and a boat ride will offer a whole different view of Negombo and the suburbs.
Places to visit
Negombo Fish Market
The ‘Lellama’ as it’s known, is the heart of any fishing town. The catch of the day is traded here with much gusto.
Built by the Portuguese in 1588, fortified by the Dutch from 1649, this World Heritage site has truly withstood many tests of time.
Built in 1804, this busy waterway is in use to date. A boat ride along its Negombo stretch is a very scenic one.
Witness one of the oldest and biggest Buddhist festivals in Sri Lanka as the Sacred city of Kandy hosts an annual pageant which is an explosion of color and light, during the period of the Full Moon in August in which the Tooth Relic is paraded on an elephant back heralded by traditional instruments and troupes of dancers.
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