A fishing village with a difference. Visit the 17th century Dutch Fort, Negombo Lagoon and the Fishermens Huts, Hamilton Canal and St. Mary’s Church adorned with beautiful paintings of the ceiling. Sun,Sand,Beach and exotic seafood to suit every tastebud. Authentic Sri Lankan Sea Food prepared with a difference could be experienced in this little village.
Departing location: The tour can be either started off from Colombo or the South Coast.
17th Century Dutch Fort:
The Negombo Fort was built by the Portuguese to defend Colombo. It was captured by the Dutch in 1640. Thereafter the Portuguese made several attempts to recapture it, and succeeded in 1643. The Fort was located on a narrow strip of land between the lagoon and an inlet of the sea. In 1796 it was occupied by the British and they subsequently decided to demolish it and build a Prison. This site is still used as a Prison by the Department of Prisons.
This beautiful lagoon is developed by a series of small rivers and a Canal. It is also linked to the mighty ocean. There are many paddy lands, coconut plantations and large areas of grassland. The lagoon has extensive mangrove swamps. This lagoon also attracts many Water Birds, Commorants, Herons, Egrets, Gulls and other attractive birds. Fishing in this lagoon is the main attraction of the Fisher Folk in Negombo. Lagoon Crabs & Prawns are top of the list in any of the menus. Many Star Class Hotels and Restaurants around Sri Lanka, patronize this lagoon for their purchase of Crabs & Prawns, and served as specialities.
The community of Negombo was survived by a group of poor people mainly the Fishermen. One morning when the fishermen left their huts and were ready to go out to sea, they saw a massive tide that was rising. Fr. Antonio who was a man of prayer, boldly made a cross with two pieces of wood and planted it on the shoreline. Kneeling down along with the fishermen and their families, they remained in prayer for three days and nights. But the fishermen were constantly glancing at the shoreline in doubt as they were illiterate. On the third night the threatening waters began to recede and this was the first miracle in this location.
Many poor families lived along the Dutch Hamilton Canal with their fishing boats. The Portuguese were the first outsiders to establish a base here, but subsequently lost it to the Dutch. This whole area was developed as a very important land for the growth of Cinnamon and Cloves. History of the canal goes back to the King Parakramabahu, who ruled the kingdom of Kotte. The King constructed the canal connecting outlying villages with Colombo to the Negombo Lagoon. This was done mainly to ease the transportation of Spices and other important commodities to the Kingdoms main Ports,
St. Mary’s Church:
Negombo – known as “Little Rome” is a little village consisting of many Churches, Temples and Mosques. And among the Roman Catholic Churches – St. Mary’s Church is the oldest Church. Other Catholic Churches are Katuwapitiya Church, Grand Street Church, St. Stephen and St. Sebastian’s Church. This town is a melting pot of different cultures, pertaining to the Buddhists, Hindus and the Muslims. The are approximately 25 Churches in Negombo itself, many of which are Roman Catholic Churches. St. Mary’s Church is adorned by beautiful Paintings and Statues. Many devotees flock to this Church as it has miraculous powers, and the most famous church in Negombo.
- Transport to Negombo from Colombo and back
- Lunch on Tour
- Boat Ride at Hamilton Canal
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