- Elakanda Canal
- Muthurajawela Wetland
Negombo is in the heart of Sri Lanka’s fishing industry. Negombo town has several buildings dating back to the Dutch and Portuguese colonial days. The sea and catamarans is the backdrop of the Negombo scenery. The lagoon is famous for its harvest of lobsters, crabs and prawns and the fish auctions on the beach are worth a look.
Get a better sense for the colonial history and thriving wildlife of Negombo and its surrounding area during this tour.
Receive a morning pickup from your Negombo hotel. Start your Negombo excursion with a boat ride on the Dutch canal. This key transportation artery, first built by the Dutch colonial administration runs for more than 96 kilometers (60 miles) through the Negombo area. You’ll soon progress into a lagoon fed by several local rivers and linked to the sea by a channel to the north. The lagoon is known for its mangrove swamps, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the water birds like herons, cormorants, terns, gulls, and egrets that call the area home. Leave the lagoon behind and proceed into the Elakanda Canal, which provides access to the Muthurajawela Wetland. This protected wildlife area is known for harboring a wide range of plant and animal life, including a diverse collection of migratory birds. It’s an area of increasing significance given the rapid industrial development of the surrounding countryside. You’ll finish your trip around 12:30pm and receive a ride back to your Negombo-area hotel, arriving around 2:30pm.
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Private boat with life jackets
- English-speaking nature guide
- Light snack during the boat ride
- One liter water bottle per person
- All taxes
- Gratuities (recommended)