Negombo's notable attractions centre around its location on the mouth of a large lagoon, so the areas very verdant and was a hub for cinnamon production – one of the more romantic of the traded spices. The Dutch were very involved in the history of this town, and the Old Dutch Fort looks beautifully dilapidated when seen from aboard a boat, cruising the lagoon of an evening.
You'll also want to go to the markets, which still thrive, especially the daily fish auctions.
Negombo also has some of the best beaches on the western side of the island, and this is a good place to do a spot of diving – there's a wreck just off shore.
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