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The Beach – The fine sandy beaches of Negombo are unspoilt and mostly unexplored. Thus, you will have the beach mostly to your self. Nevertheless those who have identified its secrets have been visiting the town year after year. While some beach stretches are superbly maintained by the hotels, others are always busy with fisherman and their equipment. Equipment for water sports such as diving and wind surfing are available at most hotels and private vendors. A few schools offer diving courses.

Muthurajawela Marshes
–The Muthurajawela Marsh is located just off the Negombo lagoon to the south of the town. Popular with eco enthusiasts, it is a unique wetland habitat and the largest marsh in Sri Lanka.
 
 
 

     
 

Churches - So successful was the conversion of the inhabitants to Catholicism by the Portuguese that the town is known as ‘little Rome’. As a result, churches are plentiful, most of which are highly ornate. Their feasts are dedicated to various saints.

Tile Factories - Day or half day excursions could be arranged to visit tile factories located to the north of the town.

 
     
 

 
     
 
Dutch Fort – The Portuguese built the fort at the end of 16th century. Even though not a strong fort, it was important for the defence of Colombo.
The Dutch took the fort by storm on 10th February 1640 but on 9th December 1640 the Portuguese succeeded in retaking it. Negombo was finally captured by the Dutch in January 1644. In February 1796 the English occupied it.
There are some remains of the walls and an arched gateway of this fort. Opposite the fort is an ancient Dutch cemetery with 9 monuments of the Dutch period.
 
     
 

 
     
     
   
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