‘Lellama’- Negombo’s Iconic Fish Market

If one tells you that you should visit the famous fish market in Negombo while traveling in the city, you would certainly dismiss the idea.After all, who would want to visit a noisy and smelly fish market even before the break of dawn while holidaying! But if you pass up on the opportunity, you will miss the chance to witness one of the most fascinating sights that Sri Lanka offers. ‘Lellama’, Negombo’s legendary fish market is certainly a place that richly deserves to be visited and the article below will explain why!

Negombo Fish Market

Negombo has nurtured a flourishing fishing community since ages past. A large number of locals living in the region have made fishing their occupation. Generation to generation they have navigated the deep blue seas that have generously offered them their precious living. The famous Lellama, which means ‘Place of Bargain’. It is the heart of this fishing community in Negombo. When you travel with Green Holiday Centre you will be able to easily visit this place.

Negombo Fish Market

Negombo Fish Market

The market comes alive long before the sleeping city stirs awake. If you want to catch the full action of the market, you will have to visit it around 3:00 a.m. Rest assured. You will not regret the visit! Once you reach the market, all your senses will experience the character of the place!
The smell of loads of freshly caught fish, the chill of the morning breeze, the din of the noisy fishermen and the sights of fish both large and small. All these will contrive to create a truly unique experience, just for you.

Negombo Fish Market

You will even get the chance to see large, ferocious sharks lying lifeless, their cold, brutal eyes, glazed in death. Most of the buyers who visit the market at this hour buy fish in large quantities. The fish is first weighed then cut up after the buy and seller agree on the price. And this process of agreeing on the price is what causes such a big racket in the market! Any one can bargain here with zest and enthusiasm, the relentless energy of men who battle with the foamy waves of the sea, coming on in full force!

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