Tour Level: Moderate
Tour Comfort: Standard
Tour Period: 0630 hours
One of the main tourist attractions of Negombo – Sri Lanka’s little Rome, the Canal that flows across the busy coastal town 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. Although it is called the Dutch canal it was constructed by the Portuguese in the 17th century and completed later on by the Dutch. If you happen to visit Negombo, don’t miss the chance to visit the canal by taking a boat ride to see the most interesting perspectives of the town and its locals. One could even opt to sail further to see beautiful scenery of Mangroves and the wildlife surrounding it.
As the tour name suggests, this experience offers a first-hand look at a contrasting region of Sri Lanka as opposed to the culture, beaches, wildlife, hill country and so on. A highlight here would be seeing the local life of the fishing village, how fishing is their main source of income in the region and the diversity of nature surrounded by the canal and lagoon.