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Dutch Canal, Negombo

Dutch Canal Overview

Running through the town of Negombo is a canal, built by the Dutch, which presently serves as an important means of transportation as well as tourist attraction. Many private tour operators and hotels offer boat rides in this canal to show you around the city from a different perspective.

The route
The Dutch Canal covers a route of 120 kilometers passing from Colombo in the south to Negombo in the west and moves towards Puttalam in the north. On a boat ride here, you will be surrounded by mangroves on both the sides. There’s a good chance that you will spot many birds such as Herons, Cormorants, Kingfishers, and a variety of prey and perching birds. So don’t forget to take your cameras along for capturing the beautiful views of the journey. It is advised that you wear comfortable clothes, preferably in earthy colors.

In the past
When the Dutch invaded this country in the mid-seventeenth century, they recognized the value of several lagoons crossing the lands and harnessed these water resources by building canals. During those days, the canals were used for carrying cargoes of precious gems, pearls and spices till the main sea port of Negombo for export.

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