Hamilton Canal and Maha Oya Boat Trip
The Hamilton Canal is a 14.5 km waterway that was originally constructed by the Dutch and later fortified by the British in 1802, being named after Gavin Hamilton, the then Government Agent of Revenue and Commerce. Taking a boat ride down the Hamilton canal means you are on your way to experience some interesting moments in the life and culture of the fisher folk living on the banks of the canal intertwined with some scenic views and eco friendly habitats. The interesting journey commences from the popular seaside village of Negombo, aboard well-equipped boats with safety gear and knowledgeable personnel at hand. The first leg of the cruise is on the calm waters of the historic Hamilton canal. Take a leisurely cruise that goes past the homes of the fisher families situated at the edge of the canal; get a glimpse of the adults at their various chores like getting ready their fishing nets for the next sail, while little children smiling playfully wave at the passing boats. Enjoy the serenity and cool breeze as the boat takes you down to the beautiful Maha-Oya. Benefit from some relaxing moments at the wetland watching the monkeys, water monitors and an abundance of birdlife such as Egrets, Herons Kingfishers and Cormorants before sitting down for an appetizing lunch at one of the charming riverfront restaurants. After an intriguing 2-3 hour boat ride headback to Negombo with good memories and plenty of beautiful snapshots to take back home.