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Negombo has many things to offer you when you are on your holiday. Visit Village Temples, Old Churches, Historical buildings built by the Dutch, enjoy a lagoon boat trip, Visit Negombo Fish Market, Toddy Tapping and Coconut Plantation in the Surroundings of Paradise Holiday Village. That’s not all there are myriad of attractions and activities around the area. Are you a sporty type? Get wet with water sports such as Sailing, Windsurfing, Water Skiing, Snorkeling, Diving and many water based fun filled activities. Kalpitiya, famous for Dolphin watching, is easily accessible from Negombo. For longer excursions and trips, Wildlife parks such as Yala and Udawalawe to see the Elephants and Leopards, Cool climes of Tea country and visiting declared world heritage historical sites for longer excursions would be for you.

 

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Negombo Fish Market
Visit the second largest fish market in the country, locally called the 'Lellama'. The busy Negombo fish market is worth a visit if you want to see fresh sea food such as hundreds of varieties of fish, crabs, lobsters, squid and prawns being brought in from the nearby boats. See how the fish is cut and cleaned, listen to the price negotiation between buyers and sellers and buy some to take back to the hotel, to be prepared for dinner.
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Negombo Beach
The wide, golden beaches, turquoise ocean waves, swaying coconut palms and colourful fishing boats has made Negombo a popular and one of the major tourist destinations in the Sri Lanka. Boasting of some of the finest and un-spoilt beaches, it provides plenty of opportunity for sea bathing, diving and adventure sports. Play a game of beach volleyball or just relax under the sunshades listening to the endless music of the ocean. Let the blue of the ocean blending gracefully with the golden sands and the setting sun which slowly fades away be an inspiration to the body and soul.
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Historical Temples
Visit the many historical Buddhist temples around Negombo. The most popular of the Buddhist temples is the Bodhirajarama Maha Viharaya (Angurukaramulla Temple with its beautiful shrine room decorated with paintings and sculptures that depict the life of the Buddha and inspiring Jathaka stories. The room that holds the statues called the 'Pilima Ge' contains gigantic statues of all the ancient Kings of Sri Lanka. Observe Buddhist monks dressed in saffron robes, devoted worshippers dressed in white and others meditating under the shade of the Bo tree. Enjoy the peace and tranquility!
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Historical Churches
Negombo is home to a large Catholic community that has its roots from colonial times. Being sometimes called 'Little Rome' Negombo is the hub for catholic culture and boasts of nearly 50 churches and shrines; the more popular ones being the St Mary’s Church with its attractive paintings, St. Sebastian's Church the architecture of which is similar to the Reems Cathedral in France and the St. Stephen's Church by the picturesque lagoon are just a few of them. There are many church activities such as the colourful processions taking place during the year and if you are lucky you too can be part of it.
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Clay Tile Factories
Visit a traditional factory that produces environmentally friendly clay tiles. Clay tiles have been used for hundreds of years in Sri Lanka and are much in demand for its naturally cooling and healthy attributes in addition to its aesthetic appeal. Watch men and women folk skillfully turning out roof tiles using local machinery and firewood kilns. Learn and experience this 'piece of architectural heritage' being produced from a lump of clay to a fully fledged roof tile.
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Munneswaram Kovil
The Munneswaram Temple is an important Hindu temple complex in Sri Lanka consisting of five temples with one being a Buddhist temple. There are many myths surrounding the temple, one being associated with the popular Indian epic the Ramayana and the hero-king Rama. The temple with its overwhelming architecture is well known for its celebrations of Navaratri and Sivaratri which lasts for nine days and attracts hundreds of devotees each year.
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Deep Sea Fishing
Set out to sea for a truly fulfilling deep sea fishing experience. The Negombo Sea identified as an excellent fishing zone is well known for Grouper, Snapper, Mackerel, Tuna and many other varieties of fish, making it the ideal place to indulge in some rewarding fishing. Pre arranged trips in fishing boats modified for game fishing, equipped with safety gear and fishing gear (optional) is available. Manned by experienced professionals they will ensure you enjoy every moment of it while instructing on how to lure the big catch.
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Dutch Canal Boat Ride
Take an interesting guided boat trip down the 100 meter long historical Dutch canal. This canal was once used as a supply route by the Dutch administration ruling the country and is today a major tourist attraction and a means to an interesting sightseeing expedition. Comfortable private boats equipped with safety gear and knowledgeable personnel will take you through traditional fishing villages that go past old churches and other historical buildings right down to the Muthurajawala marshes; an interesting wetland that is home to a unique coastal ecosystem.
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Lagoon Boat Safari
Take a boat safari with a difference. Paddle through the Negombo estuarine lagoon with its extensive mangrove swamps. The unique ecosystem of the mangroves is known to be home to hundreds of species of flora, fish, birds, reptiles and mammals. A boat ride is a golden opportunity to observe these birds and animals in their natural habitats. This trip most often takes about 2 hours covering approximately 14 km.
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Cycling
A great way to explore and experience the region at grass-root level. Get closer to the rural villages; explore the paddy fields, cultural sites, the fish market meet and interact with the rural folk, you will most certainly want to visit a rural home, and enjoy a cup of tea and homemade sweetmeats. Peddle to your heart’s content at your own pace... explore, enjoy!
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Diving
Negombo is a diver,s dream comes true. Surrounded by the Indian Ocean, you can pick from two options; the closer dive locations situated just 6 to 8 km from the shore and the deeper ocean dives, the more intriguing and advanced diving sites situated approximately 20 – 25 km from the shore. Explore the unspoiled reefs and coral beds; see shoals of reef fish, sting rays and many underwater wonders. It's a golden opportunity for some splendid underwater photography too. Diving in Negombo is indeed a pleasure!
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Train Ride
Take a train ride from Negombo the 24th station on the Puttalam rail line from Colombo Fort. Catch a window seat if you can and experience the rural countryside; lush green rice fields, coconut plantations, busy towns and quaint villages. Talk to the friendly Sri Lankan,s on board the train, munch on some salted peanuts or bite into succulent pineapple sold by the mobile vendors outside your train window. Share, talk smile…enjoy a true Sri Lankan train ride!
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Muthurajawela Bird Sanctuary
It is the island’s largest saline peat bog, its rich biodiversity making it home to a large number of species of flora, fauna, fish and birds both resident and migratory. It is the ideal place to spend a day observing nature while acquiring knowledge from the trained guides. You can also take a boat ride through the marshes and lagoon if desired.
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Negombo Fort
The Dutch fort in Negombo, remnants of which can be seen bearing the date 1672 is used today as a prison. Originally this was a Portuguese fort which was destroyed in the Dutch siege in 1644 and later built on where the present fort stands. It is located in a narrow strip of land between the lagoon and the sea and as history tells us, it was once surrounded by moats, large gates and drawbridges.