Explring “little Rome “ this Negombo Heritage Walk i a very different Walking Tour In Sri Lanka as you find out about this main harbor in Ancient era.
Negombo is known as “little Rome “for centuries. Well-known sea entry to the country and used as the main harbor during Kotte era. Negombo is the name given by Portuguese after the Tamil word “Neercolombo”. The old fort, colonial buildings, and churches still carrying Portuguese, Dutch, and British legacies, and Negombo was the main fort during Kotte Era (1412 AD – 1597 AD) to export the country’s main export – Cinnamon and other spices, Gemstone & pearls. The Fishing community and roman Catholicism highlighted the heritage of the city. Her majesty queen Elizabeth visited Negombo in 1954 A.D and tasted the Negombo sea food & enjoyed the famous Negombo Easter Drama (Duwe Pasku) and also stayed at the same lodge her farther king George stayed in 1901 AD as per the history.
WHAT WE DO IN NEGOMBO
As Negombo Multi cultural city we start this walking Tour In Sri Lanka from the Sri Mutthu Mari Amman Temple on sea street. And we walk through the Local market where the vendors sell Vegetables and fruits in stalls. King George’s drive named after the King George’s visit to the city. The road goes parallelly with the Indian sea where the angler’s activity area & dry fish processing center are.
When we get enough dry fish smell we walk through the fish market (Lellama). And next to the prison (Before the Dutch fort). We will pass the famous Kothlawala bridge here you can take a nice picture of the fishing boats. Then we walk back again to the opposite side and the next stop will be St. Mary’s Cathedral in Negombo. Then travelers can get quick Sri Lankan spicy snacks or sweets with refreshments. Our Negombo-born guide will show and explain every stop. Will be a great experience for travelers to get an in-depth picture of the country’s history and culture.
Places visited during Negombo Heritage Walk
• Sri Mutthumari Amman Temple.
• Local Vegetable and Fruits Market.
• King George Drive to the dry fish center and fish market.
• Famous Negombo Rest House
• Old Negombo Dutch Fort & St. Stephen's Church.
• Negombo Fishing Harbor & Kothalawala Bridge over the Lagoon.
• St.Mary’s Cathedral.
• Street food tasting with refreshments.