Negombo is a major city in Sri Lanka, located on the west coast of the island and at the mouth of the Negombo Lagoon, is the fifth largest city in the country. It has a population of 128,000 inhabitants (2001 census).
The economy of Negombo is mainly based on tourism and its centuries-old fishing industry, though it also produces cinnamon, ceramics, and brass ware.
The remains of an old Dutch Fort can be seen near the new Fish market. It was built in 1672 and nearly destroyed in the nineteenth century, for the construction of the prison.
Negombo Fish market; Held every day of the week except Sunday, this colourful and authentic fish market is a great place to observe the local fishing trade and see the amazing variety of fish and seafood that is offloaded from the boats. The catch includes lobster, crab, prawns from the lagoon and even sharks.
Negombo has a moderate fish port, used during the periods of Portuguese and Dutch colonization.
St. Mary’s Cathedral is considered one of the largest Catholic churches. Negombo has more than 20 such churches that confirms a rich historical past of the Portuguese and Dutch period of influence. This Church stands out with its simple architectural ensemble, beautiful frescoes and figures that adorned the interior of the Cathedral. The construction of the Cathedral had a long history and began in 1874 and was completed only in 1922.
The city has many Buddhist and Hindu temples. Unfortunately I didn’t enter these temples.
As once Portuguese, Dutch and British had been living in this area, the city also has many churches here.
After a brief stay in the city of Negombo, I left for next destination Anuradhapura.