Dutch Canal
Dutch Canal
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helendrabbe
Westlake, South Africa14 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Unfortunately full of litter. Nothing that is redeeming. Rather go to the beach. I honestly can’t see any point in including this. We had this included in our trip of the lagoon an after a few minutes out guide said that there was another 10 Kms of the same. We turned around and ended our tour😂
Written January 15, 2020
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Whitfield2003
Nottingham, United Kingdom43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Great informative trip down a stretch of the Dutch canal in Sri Lanka. Went with our tour guide and boat driver. Both detailed background knowledge of the area and animals and birds in and around the water.
Written January 25, 2020
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Tateshikazmi
Koriyama, Japan6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Went for a boat ride while im in negombo for my second visit to srilanka. Saw many birds and some monkeys on the forest dutch canal was nice. Finish the ride by staying in the lagoon for the sunset.
recommended
Written February 8, 2020
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Jo O
Muscat, Oman372 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
Sarath got some great write ups and the guide called Jude in particular, so we decided to give it a go.
We decided to go for the longer trip as we love any opportunity to see monkeys.
Jude did not disappoint and clearly has the eyes of a hawk. The canal was fascinating, seeing monitor lizards, kingfishers and even an owl, along with many many other species of birds. The only sad part was the significant litter in the canal and at the entrance to the lagoon. The government MUST do something about this via education and incentive. It was very sad to see, but is a fact of Sri Lanka currently and I am sure action will be taken. Don't let it put you off.
The lagoon was beautiful and the monkeys were wonderful to see.
I would highly recommend Sarath Boat Tours and Jude in particular.
The better feedback these guys receive, hopefully the busier they will become and therefore better equiped to lead action in addressing the litter issue.
Thankyou so much Jude, for a wonderful experience.
Written August 24, 2018
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Sameera K
Ella, Sri Lanka291 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Solo
Negombo is a traditional fishing town of Sri Lanka. The fishermen of the Negombo lagoon live in abject poverty in small, thatched palm houses in villages on the water’s edge. They rely on traditional knowledge of the seasons for their livelihood, using outrigger canoes carved out of tree trunks and nylon nets to bring in modest catches from September through till April.
Written March 12, 2015
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CaroleGray
Morpeth, England, United Kingdom22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Couples
If you have the chance take trip on this canal they say canal but it is water ways with every kind of bird and water reptile on it. We had a great time and the guide stopped off at gap in the mangroves and ended up in a cafe in the jungle and given a cool beer and some fresh deep fried cashew nuts with curry leaves i have never tasted anything like this before they were great. I would recommend this tour to anybody. Just ask Sam the hayes and Jarvis rep and he will sort it all out for you.
Written March 21, 2014
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Ian W
Montreal, Canada334 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
We visited the Netherlands last year and were amazed on how similar this canal is. The water is very dirty, but the boats are colorful. You can walk along the canal. A must-see attractions while in Negombo.
Written August 9, 2019
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KarenBonavita
U.S.214 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
We felt sorry for the very poorly paid (we’re sure) young boatman who took us on this boat tour. His engine kept failing because of the garbage that got stuck in the engine. And we felt disgusted, hoping none of the filthy water would splash on us. The entire canal is filled with sewerage and garbage. It absolutely stinks. Sorry, but this is awful. I feel very sorry for people who live on this canal and for those trying to make a living here.
And this ‘tour’ generally makes it’s way to a little more open water, equally filthy, and then onto ‘Monkey Island’ and I’ll just say that Monkey Island is unethical and horrendous. It’s a horrid tourist trap that is abusing monkeys and is extremely upsetting to us.
Written April 11, 2019
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jamaal58
Kuwait City, Kuwait127 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Solo
Negambo is a town 15 min drive from the international airport. Its a nice town to start or end your tour in Srilanka. The Dutch Canal is very interesting site to see and experience. Its a very long Canal which runs from the center to the far north of the town. Residential houses on both sides and several bridges to cross. On my arrival to this lovely beach town, too many rainy days so parts of the Canal was flooded. No boat ride allowed so I enjoyed walking a long the Canal
Written June 16, 2016
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maite
Sydney, Australia21 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
If you have never seen canals and you are interested it might be for you, but having extensively travelled Europe it just doesn’t compare.
Written September 2, 2019
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