The city of Negombo has played an important role in the country for many centuries. The city’s lagoon which was used to provide shelter to many vessels heightened the city’s prominence by great degrees. Negombo was an incredibly important city during the colonial era. Many developments took place in the region under the patronage of these invaders of the west.

History of the Dutch Canal

Dutch Canal, which was built by the British, is one of the most prominent attractions in the city. The construction work of the canal began in the year 1802 and the project was completed in 1804. This glistening body of water that snakes its way through the city for 14.5 kilometers is a charming sight that richly deserves to be seen and admired.

It runs west of the old Dutch Canal. Which is believed to have been built by the Portuguese and fortified by the Dutch. The Sri Lankan government has recently commenced restoration work in the canal.



Dutch Canal was built with the primary goal of draining salt water out of the Muthirajawela wetlands which are located in the city of Negombo. This was done because the British intended to grow paddy in the Muthurajawela marshes. But they found that the sea water that flooded the area with the changes in tide, gave rise to unfavorable circumstances for paddy cultivation. The project was initiated under the guidance of the British Agent of Revenue and Commerce, Garvin Hamilton. So the Dutch Canal is also known as the Hamilton Canal.

This majestic canal is used today to transport tourists across the city. There are lots of tour operators in the area that you can get in touch with if you desire to enjoy an idyllic boat ride that covers some of the famous attractions in the area. When you travel with Green Holiday Centre you will be able to enjoy a relaxing boat ride in the stunning Dutch Canal and create memories of exquisite beauty with your loved ones.


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