Boat Trip – Negombo Hamilton Canal and Maha Oya River
Something exciting for the adventurer in you. Take a trip down the old Hamilton Canal for an experience like no other. The 200 year old canal running through the town of Negambo that was once used to transport goods to Colombo, is a 14.5km stretch of water connected to the complex of canals running from Puttlam to Kalutara. Dutch canal boat ride negombo surely enlighten you as you ride past the riverine village life of fishermen towards the majestic Maha Oya to witness the true beauty of nature with bamboo forests and birds.
Fishing at Vaaya
It is a unique, fun and exciting experience for you and your family during your stay here with us at Vaaya. We give you the rare opportunity like no other to pick what you want to have for your next meal right from Negombo’s very own MahaOya. Bring us your catch of the day and our skilled chefs will spice it up and put together a really special dinner at Vaaya Hotel Negombo for you and your travel companions. Make sure that you don’t miss out this wonderful experience
We want you to make your stay at Vaaya Hotel the most memorable experience you have ever had. And what can be more memorable than a BBQ night under the Negambo skies. We will arrange a special night jam-packed with mouth-watering BBQ dishes just per your request accompanied with music by a Calypso band to make your evening more colourful. The food, the music and the stars- the entire atmosphere is set to cater you for your unforgettable night at Vaaya.
Take a boat ride or a bike ride down the old canal which was once used to transport goods during the
colonial times. It’s a perfect opportunity to witness where history meets the modern day lifestyles of the
fishermen living on the banks.
Negambo’s well known fish market also known as ‘lellama’ is where the nights worth efforts of the
fishermen are being rewarded as they are sold on the shore in one of the largest fish markets in the
country An early morning visit to lellama is a must see as the fish auction take place as the fishermen
compete to sell the daily catches to the highest bidder. It is an experience like no other.
A true call out to the Mother Nature where the beautiful MahaOya meets the majestic Indian Ocean.
While providing a perfect opportunity for bird watching in their natural habitat it is also home to many
other wildlife such as monkeys and water monitors. With estuarine water with its own fauna and flora
and the surrounding greenery it is definitely a trip worth its time.
Roman Catholic Church
Known as the “little Rome”, is home for many Roman Catholic churches in Negombo which are
centuries old. Out of all of them St. Mary’s church in the heart of Negambo town stands outs as a
landmark of edifice. This 140 year old architectural masterpiece is one of the largest cathedrals in Sri
Lanka. The stained glass windows and the religious depictions painted all across the ceiling is definitely
The new court complex in Negombo brings many courts spread out in different locations under one roof.
The white building with the gigantic columns and the stairway leading up to it is proof of modern-day
Dutch fort Negombo is Close to the seafront near the lagoon mouth are the ruins of the Old Dutch
fort, which has a fine gateway inscribed with the date 1678. Nearby is the ground, called the Esplanade
is famous for local cricket matches. As the fort grounds are now occupied by the town’s prison, the only
way you’ll get a peek inside is by committing a serious crime. You’d need to be very interested in Old
Dutch architecture to go to such lengths.