Negombo Western Province, Sri Lanka

Photos on the way to Negombo City from Uswetakeiyawa village; Beach of Uswetakeiyawa village, Negombo Lagoon, fishing boat on the lagoon and Christ Church of Kurana Town

Photos on the way to Negombo City from Uswetakeiyawa village; Beach of Uswetakeiyawa village, Negombo Lagoon, fishing boat on the lagoon and Christ Church of Kurana Town

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).

Negombo Map

Negombo Map

Arrived at Negombo City; Railway station and bus terminal of Negombo.

Arrived at Negombo City; Railway station and bus terminal of the city.

The economy of Negombo is mainly based on tourism and its centuries-old fishing industry, though it also produces cinnamon, ceramics, and brass ware.

Negombo city center and main street.I don't know the name of the place.Because Sri Lanka does not have the map for sightseeing.

Negombo city center and main street. I don’t know the place name. Because It is difficult for me to pronounce the words of Sri Lankan.

Dutch Fort, Negombo

Dutch Fort, Negombo

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

Negombo Fish market

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.

Local women work in Fish market.

Local men go for fishing and women work in the fish market.

Negombo has a moderate fish port, used during the periods of Portuguese and Dutch colonization.

St. Mary Church Negombo

St. Mary Church Negombo

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.

Buddhist Temple Agurukaramulla, Śrī Muthu Mari Amman Hindu Temple, Sri Sithi Vinayagar Hindu Temple and Kandawala Ananda Vivekaramaya Buddhist Tempe

Buddhist Temple Agurukaramulla, Śrī Muthu Mari Amman Hindu Temple, Sri Sithi Vinayagar Hindu Temple and Kandawala Ananda Vivekaramaya Buddhist Tempe

As once Portuguese, Dutch and British had been living in this area, the city also has many churches here.

St. Sebastian Church, St. Peter Church, St. Joseph Church and Ulu Ambalama Church (Catholic Church)

St. Sebastian Church, St. Peter Church, St. Joseph Church and Ulu Ambalama Church (Catholic Church)

At a street corner in Negombo; modern computer shop, traditional market, vegetable shop, snake tamer and brave girl.

At a street corner in Negombo; modern computer shop, traditional market, vegetable shop, snake tamer and brave girl.

After a brief stay in the city of Negombo, I left for next destination Anuradhapura.

Flowers from Negombo

Flowers from Negombo

 

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