Negombo Fish Market/ Dutch Fort

Starting from    :    Negombo 

Time Duration   :    Approximately 1 ½ hrs

Meals               :    Not Included

Negombo is a popular and major city in Sri Lanka, situated on the west coast in Western Province. It is just 38 km from Colombo via Colombo – Katunayake Expressway and is located at the mouth of the Negombo Lagoon.

Negombo is known for its long sandy beaches and centuries old fishing industry. Negombo has a large bilingual population dominated by Roman Catholics. The second largest fish of the island is found here which is popularly called as ‘Lellama’ by the locals.

Lellama fish market is something that attracts the interest of foreigners because they will get a chance to experience the day to day activities of a busy tropical fish market. Visitors can take a peaceful walk on the beach watching the fishermen untangling their fishing nets, watch the fishermen auctioning fish, and capture those moments into their cameras.  You will get an insight into how a real fish market in a tropical country will look like.

The Dutch Fort in Negombo was a small but important fort in Negombo, approx. 30 km north of Colombo. The fort was built by the Portuguese to defend Colombo. In the year 1640, it was captured by the Dutch forces. In 1643, it was recaptured by Portuguese and strengthened. In 1644 it was recaptured by the Dutch.

The fort was found on a narrow strip of land that connects a lagoon and an inlet of the sea. It was surrounded by a dry moat. In February 1796 it was captured by the British and in the late 1800s the British authorities decided to demolish the fort and build a prison in its place, constructed from the stones of the fort.

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