Tour Level: Moderate
Tour Comfort: Standard
Tour Period: 0630 hours
One of the main tourist attractions of Negombo, also known as Sri Lanka’s Little Rome, is the canal that flows across the busy coastal town, which was constructed during the Dutch colonial era to transport spices into ships docked out at the sea.
During the Dutch era it was one of the most important spots of the country’s transportation route but today the canal that runs for over 60 miles is used by the local fishermen to get out into the sea. On this canal boat ride, cruise past the homes of the fishing families living on the edge of the canal. See villagers going about their routine, getting their fishing nets ready for the next sail, while the playing children wave at the passing boats. Many water birds such as egrets, herons, kingfishers and cormorants can be spotted along the canal as well as in the wetlands of Muthurajawela, which are located on the southern part of the Negombo lagoon. Once entering the fishing port in Negombo, you will be impressed by the number of boats getting ready for another fishing trip out to sea.
As the tour name suggests, this experience offers a first-hand look at an alternative way of life in Sri Lanka. The highlight of this trip is getting an intimate look at local life in a fishing village to learn more about how important fishing is to their existence and experience the diverse nature surrounding the canals and lagoon.