Dutch Canal, Negombo

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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 Western Province, create itinerary details personal to you using our Western Province itinerary planner.
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  • I did the Dutch Canal Boat tour in Negombo with Darshana Tours in April and loved it. What an amazing engineering feat in such a beautiful place. Informative and yet so peaceful-so restful it was like...  more »
  • The Dutch canals run over 120 kilometres along the coast of Sri Lanka around Negombo. The Dutch built the canals to move the trade quickly around around. The canals now are little more than sewers wit...  more »
  • A long canal which goes to Chilaw. Can have boat ridings with beautiful surrounding
  • Its OK! Nothing special about it unless there's someone out o tell you about the history of the canal network and you are naturally interested in irrigation system and historical creations. . . .
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