Negombo Fish Market
Meet Sanota Walkers Guide & visit the Negombo Fish Market is interesting because it takes place right on the beach, fresh from fishing boats. Crowds of fishermen are seen untangling their fishing nets, playing with their kids, and stretching out miles of fish to dry in the sun on Negombo's shore.
It was a Sunday when we visited so the fish market was 'closed' since Negombo's predominant Catholic population goes to church on this day. The main gate was closed to show this, but it's a beach so you can just walk around it and wander around anyway. You'll see long blue sheds on the way to the shore where they store fishing baskets and the lot.
St. Mary's is Negombo's best known church and is one of the biggest attractions on the island. It is about 140 years old and has got amazing religious depictions painted all across its ceiling.
People go here even when the main church is closed in the afternoons. It's a must-visit in the evenings just to see light falling through stained glass. Go downstairs from here to a quiet prayer space alongside striking gold and red statuettes of angels.
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Muthurajawela Marsh Nature Reserve Negombo Lagoon
The marsh is in the part set aside for wildlife; it's mostly a huge, shallow lake with inlets and islands.
It links the river and the sea, making the water brackish and the birdlife abundant. Up the river a bit are mangrove forests, home to monkeys and estuary crocodiles. You can only get around by boat.
You can take a 2-3 hour wildlife-viewing boat tour (complete with animal spotter) from the Muthurajawela Visitor Centre, located down a stretch of Dutch Canal. Their boats carry about 12 people, and have louder-than-optimal motors. Also at the centre is a tiny museum, and an interesting, if unfocused, video introduction to the area.