Negombo City Walk
Negombo City Walks is an experience that is perfect for that first day in the island and equally good as the last taste of Sri Lanka, before flying home as it allows you to wind down while still enjoying the rich diversity of the island. The town of Negombo is fondly referred to as ‘Little Rome’ as a number of catholic churches and cathedrals were established by the Portuguese centuries ago. Many of the town’s residents are Christians and the first stop on this tour is a visit to one of the largest and grandest places of worship, the 19th century St. Mary’s Church – noteworthy for its intricately painted ceiling frescoes, stuccoed cream columns, colourful stained glass, and alabaster statues of saints.
From here you will explore the 17th century fort (built by the Dutch) that now serves as the city prison, the little British church on a hill, the Bell Tower, and the old fort walls; although with the last, you really must use your imagination! Negombo is also famous for its fishing industry and this experience would not be complete without a visit to the town’s vibrant fish market. The dry fish market is located on the beach adjoining the fish market, and the process, using salt and sunlight, is fascinating to witness. The tour then culminates on a boat ride on the Hamilton Canal and Negombo Lagoon where you can observe the local fishermen hard at work. Fishing can also be incorporated on request at the end of this tour