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The Sri Lanka Travel Specialists
The Portuguese and Dutch settlers who came in the 17th/18th centuries were intent on introducing Christianity to the north-west coastal villages and, as a result, this area is scattered with several colonial-period churches. As well as old churches, the Negombo Fort and the five bastion fort of Kalpitiya, both built during the colonial period, still remain. Negombo is also home to an old network of canals covering about 130 kilometres which was developed by the Dutch, linking Colombo’s seaport to the North Western coastal towns for transporting cinnamon and spices, still function as active waterways full of life. These canal paths winding through the villages can be pleasantly explored by bicycle.
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