Negombo, with its cathedral, fort, and lagoon, sits just north of Colombo.View St. Mary’s Cathedral and the exterior of the Dutch fort, see the canal and lagoon-side fishing communities, all with private return transport from your hotel. See Negombo’s highlights on a private tour from Colombo.
All Fees and Taxes
English speaking driver
Hotel pick up and drop off
What's Not Included
Food and drink
ADULT: Age: 8 - 90
Suitable for all physical fitness levels
Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
Transportation options are wheelchair accessible
All sales are final. No refund is available for cancellations.
What To Expect
You will start your tour upon being picked up from your hotel in Colombo.
Negombo City: Negombo is a city on the west coast of Sri Lanka, north of the capital, Colombo. Near the waterfront, the remains of the 17th Century Dutch Fort now houses a prison.
Negombo Lagoon, lined with fishermen’s huts, feeds into the Dutch-era Hamilton Canal. The canal leads south to Colombo.
Fish Market: Negombo is a traditional fishing town of Sri Lanka. The fishermen of the Negombo lagoon live in abject poverty in small, thatched palm houses in villages on the water’s edge. They rely on traditional knowledge of the seasons for their livelihood.
Dutch Fort: One of the most distinct tourist attractions in Negombo is undeniably the Old Dutch Fort. This is a structure with a history dating back to Sri Lanka’s colonial days when the nation was once under the rule of initially the Portuguese, and then the Dutch. The city was encircled by an earth wall. Eventually, the landmass on which the Old Dutch Fort Gate was constructed, was regularly washed by the sea.
St. Mary’s Church in Negombo: The coastal town of Negombo is an area in Sri Lanka that is dominated heavily by Christian Faith and one of the town’s most important structures is St. Mary’s Church. This sacred building is lavish and grand in nature, standing tall amidst other structures in the town. The church consists of three main levels which are immediately apparent when approaching the structure from the front.
Dutch Hamilton Canal: Between 1802 and 1804, when the Island was under British governance, a new Colombo-Negombo canal was built, conceived by Garvin Hamilton, British Agent of Revenue and Commerce. The Hamilton Canal ran west of the old Dutch Canal, quite close to the sea from the mouth of the Kelani River at Hekitta, all the way to the southern edge of the Negombo Lagoon at Pamunugama; an astounding distance of 14.5 kilometres.
Upon reaching the end of the tour, you will be dropped off back at your hotel In Colombo.
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