Experienced Sri Lanka holiday makers know: Negombo is not the nicest beach, it is dirty, noisy and currents are dangerous. Most travellers come to Negombo only for a few days after arrival or before departure, because it s located close to the airport. However, there are some really nice coastal areas in the vicinity of Negombo. Sri Lanka’s largest brackwater swamp, Muthurajawela, at the southern end of the Negombo Lagoon is quite popular among nature lovers and really worth a visit.
Less guests know: there is a second picturesque area to the north of Negombo, just behind the fishermen and hotel area of Duwana, which belongs to the Kochchikade municipality. Here you can see the picture book river mouth of the Maha Oya, surrounded by coconut trees and sand dunes. Indeed it looks more like a small lagoon or a lake than a river. Surprisingly, the river seems to stop in front of the beach, only after heavy rainfall it is connected with the ocean. But during most of the time the water flows through the sanddunes, invisibly, below the surface.
The Dutch channel connects this river mouth with the small and idyllic lagoons behind a well-known holiday resort called Dolphin. Boat trips on the river or on the Dutch channel can be organized by asking local fishermen. Usually they do not speak English, but Team sightseeinglanka members can organize it or other local friends helpt to translate.
This part of Sri Lanka is densely populated. But you will rarely see humam settlements during a boat trip on the Maha Oya, since people avoid to settle at the river banks due to the risk of floods. This is why the Oya appears to be a rain forest river, though it isn’t. But it’s really scenic.
134 km long, the Maha Oya is one of the 10 most important rivers of Sri Lanka. Many tourists know another location at the Maha Oya, 75 km further inland, namly the Pinnaela Elephant Orphanage.
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