Negombo Lagoon

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Negombo: Dutch Canal, Negombo Lagoon, Muthrajawela Boat Tour

1. Negombo: Dutch Canal, Negombo Lagoon, Muthrajawela Boat Tour

Start your memorable boat ride through the Dutch canal. This was at one time an important link in the transportation route which supplied the Dutch colonial administration. You will continue your ride through the Canal to the lagoon which is fed by a number of small rivers and a canal. It is linked to the sea by a narrow channel to the north, near Negombo city. It is surrounded by a densely populated region containing rice paddies, coconut plantations and grassland. The land is used for fishing and agriculture. The lagoon has extensive mangrove swamps and attracts a wide variety of water birds including cormorants, herons, egrets, gulls, terns and other shorebirds.  Finally, you will reach Muthurajawela Wetland that provides a home for a diverse range of flora and fauna, some of which are endemic and threatened. It is also an important area for migratory birds, making it a primary recreational and educational destination in Negombo. 

Negombo: All-Inclusive Lagoon Fishing Tour & Seafood Lunch

2. Negombo: All-Inclusive Lagoon Fishing Tour & Seafood Lunch

After a 9:00am pick-up from your hotel, visit Negombo fish market and buy your favourite fresh seafood for your lunch. Start your boat tour in Negombo lagoon. Here, you can engage with traditional and modern ways of fishing, while enjoying complimentary refreshments. At midday, experience the live preparation of your lunch in an Island in the lagoon. Rice and two grilled seafood items will be served, plus any additional seafood you may have purchased during your visit to the fish market.  Take a Catamaran ride with an experienced driver through the lagoon area while you relax and see the beautiful scenery, before transferring back to your hotel.  

From Colombo: Negombo Beaches 5-Day Break & Catamaran

3. From Colombo: Negombo Beaches 5-Day Break & Catamaran

Day 01 You will be picked up from your hotel or the airport in the selected cities and greeted by your personal guide and take you to Negombo. Accommodation is in a 4 star hotel in Negombo on bed & breakfast basis. Day 02 After breakfast, you will drive to enjoy a wetland bird-watching tour in Muthurajawela Sanctuary. Muthurajawela wetland - “Swamp of Royal Treasure”, one of the main bird watching locations situated towards the southern part of Negombo in Sri Lanka. The region supports 192 distinct species of flora and 209 distinct species of fauna, including Slender Loris. The mixture of vegetation types and aquatic habitats in Muthurajawela has made it an ideal eco-zone for a variety of birds. After the tour, you will be moved back to your hotel and relax in the evening. Accommodation is in a 4 star hotel in Negombo on bed & breakfast basis. Day 03 After breakfast, you will be witnessing a fish lagoon tour in Negombo. A trip through the buzzing local fish market of Negombo. You can buy fresh fish for lunch, explore the mangroves by boat, do some fishing and experience how local fishers carry out traditional fishing. Then take a catamaran ride and have a picnic lunch with Live cooking on an island with grilled seafood. Refreshment will be provided during the boat trip. Take a Catamaran ride with an experienced driver through the lagoon area while you relax and see the beautiful scenery. End of the lagoon trip and drop you to the hotel. Accommodation is in a 4 star hotel in Negombo on bed & breakfast basis. Day 04 After breakfast, you will spend the day at leisure relaxing and enjoying the hotel facilities. Negombo is a beautiful beach resort on the western coast of Sri Lanka. The wide sandy beaches and the safe sea are the major tourist attractions of Negombo bringing locals and tourists to enjoy a memorable beach holiday. Accommodation is in a 4 star hotel in Negombo on bed & breakfast basis. Day 05 There is no itinerary planned today. You will be driven to Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo or the selected cities.

From Colombo: Negombo Lagoon Boat Excursion with Lunch

4. From Colombo: Negombo Lagoon Boat Excursion with Lunch

Escape the hustle and bustle of Colombo with a private boat excursion through the Negombo Lagoon. Feel relaxed on calm waters and idyllic scenes of local life and nature. Your driver will pick you up in Colombo and take you on an approximately 2-hour drive to Negombo. Board your boat and push out into the lagoon and through the mangroves. Enjoy the breeze and bright sunshine of the late morning. As you cruise along the water, watch as fishermen cast their nets and float beside sailing boats as they make their way out to the sea. See a wide range of water birds and waders. Depending on the tide and season, have the chance to see the gull colony on the sand flats. During your boat excursion, refreshments will be provided. Also delight in a Sri Lankan seafood lunch. At the conclusion of your boat excursion, safely return back to Colombo.

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What people are saying about Negombo Lagoon

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 5 reviews

The tour was very well organized and met expectations. Unfortunately the fish market was closed (Sunday), so we had to rely on our fishing luck, which also worked thanks to the careful guide. Unfortunately, the weather conditions were not so good that we could not fish in the deeper water, where larger fish would have been expected. The tour with the catamaran was also very interesting, but it would have been useful to point out that normal sun protection is not sufficient. You are completely in the sun all the time, so pack a cloth for protection or at least 50 sunscreen. On the final tour of the lagoon, there were still many animals and the mangroves to see, partly how the fishing families live. Overall recommended, especially Norman as a guide.

Nice morning sailing

Very enthusiastic and knowledgeable boat driver / guide. Lovely trip to lagoon. The Dutch Channel was contaminated by waste to great frustration for our guide who also told of a government turning a blind eye to the massive pollution and poverty that is. If you want to experience the contrast in Sri Lanka, then book a trip.

Very knowledgable and caring guide. You get a good understanding of the native life around the islands and mangroves of the lagoon plus a great description and presentation of local life and fishing.

Great experience

Norman was brilliant.. such a great guide.. made sure we were looked after the whole trip.. and his knowledge and enthuisim for the lagoon 8s brilliant to hear and see

Great tour of the wetlands and canals

What a lovely person. Very knowledgable about the wildlife and local history and geography. Plenty to see. Well worth the money