Dutch Canal, Negombo

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#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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  • We requested this tour. Its amixed bag. You see life along the canal, but its not always attractive or picturesque. There is lots of wildlife, including mo itor lizards, kingfishers and wading birds, ...  more »
  • We went on a boat trip along the canal with Sarath Boat Tours. After travelling 50 metres along the canal, we were sorry we had booked. The canal is a dirty, garbage-infested body of water which the a...  more »
  • Not very nice to look at honestly. Impressive in terms of it's scale but could really use better looking after.  more »

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Its proximity to the airport and its coastline mean that Negombo now offers a long list of places to stay. The mix of accommodations in town remains pretty good, with the focus of many lying understandably on the coast. Family-run guesthouses and welcoming homestays provide the best options for those looking for budget-friendly accommodations, with some right on the beachfront, and others just behind on the side streets, nestled among shops and restaurants. Luxury options come in the form of resorts, set both on the beach and on the side of tree-lined boulevards inland.
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