Negombo is a modest beach town located nearly about 7Km from the Bandaranaike International Airport. Negombo has a small port, and its economy is mainly based on its centuries-old fishing industry and tourism offering some of the better beaches on the west coast of Sri Lanka. The Dutch captured the town from the Portuguese in 1640, lost it and once again captured it in 1944. During the Dutch era Negombo was one of the most important sources of cinnamon. Also was a the trading port during the periods of Portuguese and Dutch colonization. In 1976 the city was taken over by the British. Attractions in the city are the Old Dutch fort, the lagoon, old churches and fishing villagers. Negombo is also home to the country\'s second-largest fish market. * Old Dutch Fort - The fort was originally constructed by the Portuguese but was destroyed during a Dutch siege of the town in 1644. On the ruins of the fort, the Dutch Fort was constructed. It was constructed on a pentagonal pattern instead of the regular square pattern. It had only four bulwarks. It didn’t have a fifth bulwark. The open side faced the Lagoon and a recess of the sea there is a narrow portion of landmass. A drawbridge was used to access the gate. However the landmass on which the Old Dutch Fort Gate, Negombo was constructed was regularly washed by the sea. The landmass gradually took the shape of a peninsula. Presently only the ruins of the Fort can be seen. The British destroyed the Fort in the later half of nineteenth century. The stones of it were used to create a prison. * The Lagoon - The Negombo Lagoon has an area of 3 164 hectares and is situated some 40 km north of Colombo. It is part of a much larger Muthurawajawela Marsh. Apart from at the single narrow opening to the sea at its northern end, the water depth within the lagoon is less than 2 m. The lagoon is fed by a number of small rivers and a canal. It is linked to the sea by a narrow channel to the north, near Negombo town.
Hot Air Ballooning
Whale & Dolphin Watching
Royal Botanic Gardens
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