Dutch Canal, Negombo

1.7
#9 of 19 in Parks in Western Province
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. To visit Dutch Canal and get the most from your holiday in Negombo, create itinerary details personal to you using our Negombo itinerary planner.
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  • Interesting cruise down the canal but the highlight is the trip round the mangroves and watching the thousands of roosting crows  more »
  • We looked forward to this trip when we been looking forward to experiencing wildlife up close. In a way, we got well it together with rubbish in quantities that floated in the water both in the channel and in the lagoon. Boat driver parked the boat at a small island in the lagoon and also where it dozed garbage. It didn't seem that they noticed this problem, but it was this that was left after the trip. Small crocodiles and Dragon, we got to see, but they lived in a garbage dump. Sad.
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  • Gentle cruise through the area's faded landmark, seeing mostly the houses and gardens with coconut trees that face the canal. Nothing spectacular but when you reach the Kochchikade end of the canal yo...  more »

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