Dutch Canal, Negombo

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Flowing through the heart of the city, Dutch Canal once acted as an important transportation and trading route. Today, the long canal still allows transportation, but mostly for tourists looking for a unique way to explore the city. Various tour operators conduct boat tours on the canal, which typically include several stops along the way and end at Negombo Lagoon. Alternatively, approach a local boatman to inquire about a tour. Put Dutch Canal at the forefront of your travel plans using our Negombo travel itinerary maker.
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  • August 17, 2017
    good place to hire a catamaran ride on the lake. further up on the bridge, you could hire fishing rods and cast them.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    We took a boat down the canal there wasn't much to see except people living in extreme poverty. Made us realise how lucky we are but do these people really want to be gawped at by tourists. I don't th...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    A collection of all possible and imaginable, but a priori waste like it the Malay varan which we saw a fine specimen. Run the boat ride and bring up the reason may be that the municipality will do something. !
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