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Negombo, Sri Lanka

West Coast Waterfront

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Negombo is a city on the west coast of Sri Lanka, north of the capital, Colombo. Near the waterfront, the remains of the 17th-century Dutch Fort now house a prison. Negombo Lagoon, lined with fishermen’s huts, feeds into the Dutch-era Hamilton Canal. The canal leads south to Colombo. Neoclassical St. Mary’s Church, completed in the 1920s, features a ceiling decorated with vivid religious paintings.

Here is a sample of the money they use in Sri Lanka. It seems very colourful with intricate designs compared to other countries I have visited so far.

5000 rupees = $43.76 NZD
1000 rupess = $8.75 NZD
100 rupees = $0.88 NZD



After arriving in Negombo at 9.30am this morning I was able to check in to the hostel that I am staying early (Molley`s House) which was great because check in is normally 2pm. So I decided to have a look around and got talking to some of the locals (the Sri Lankan people are amazingly friendly) One guy even showed me around on the back of his scooter. I found out that there is a big following for the catholic church in Negombo, which surprised me given that the largest religion here is Buddhism at 70%. here are some pictures of just one of the churches that I walked past.


The coastline which is about 500m from where I am staying.


I also went to a fish market. As Negombo is a fishing town the market was huge and the amount of fish they catch everyday is astounding. Below I have posted some pictures of fish drying in the sun, they have them on a type of net to dry but look how many there are.


I went back down to the beach at sunset and snapped some more pictures. I could not decide which ones were better some here are all the pictures I took of the sunset at Negombo on the beach.


As Negombo has a huge following of the Catholic church, there are some very large and beautiful churches dotted around the city. Here is just one of the churches that I came across while looking around last night.


Trying to get anything done in Negombo is like pulling teeth. I have been here 2 days and already considering going to another country.
Wifi where I am staying is terrible so I am not able to get anything done online. I tried to get a local sim card this morning and they kept asking what my phone number is, I finally got through to them and said I needed a sim card as I do not have a phone number. They then said I need your passport to activate the sim card, after walking around for about an hour trying to sort this sim card out I just about lost my shit. (nobody that I know walks around with their passport) I asked why they needed my passport to activate a prepaid card that I am paying cash for and they said so we know your name, I said I can tell you my name but according to them that is not acceptable. Passport or no card. It annoys me that all the reviews you read online about different countries only say how beautiful they are, nobody seems to have the balls to tell the truth about all the little things that will drive you crazy.

Next stop is Anuradhapura.

Posted by Geete01 02:38 Archived in Sri Lanka

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That's how they do it in UAE as well... they need to get a copy of your passport to buy a sim so that they can link the number to your identity. In case the number is used on a fraudulent activity, they will know who the owner is. :-)

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