Sri Lanka’s north-west coast is often overlooked in favour of its south-west coast, which attracts a number of visitors annually, to its golden beaches, reefs, and laid-back, tropical atmosphere. However, the north-western coastline has plenty to offer travellers looking for a relaxed vacation, from great beaches and lagoons to wildlife. Located north of the city of Negombo, is the town of Marawila, a quaint fishing village that not only offers visitors a seaside getaway, but serves as a central location to reach well-known tourist spots in the area.
Accommodation wise, there are plenty of good hotels in the area, such as the Amagi Beach Marawila, for example, a noted beach hotel in Sri Lanka. The Marawila coast has a few decent beaches where you can enjoy water sport activities. Diving and snorkelling are popular during the peak season between November to April; the waters off the coast are home to several varieties of fish which include angelfish, striped damsels, powder blue sturgeons and even turtles.
Moving away from the open seas, a more laid-back activity is a boat ride down the historic Dutch canal. As its name suggests, the canal was built by Dutch colonialists and winds its way through the Negombo city, all the way to the Muthurajawela marsh and then out into the open lagoon. Nature lovers can enjoy the sight of monkeys swinging overhead, water monitors lounging along the banks, various water birds and even the odd crocodile.
If you just want to chill or perhaps head into town to visit the celebrated Kurusa Church, the location of a statue, famous for performing miracles or St. Mary’s Church in Negombo, a beautiful cathedral that boasts stately columns, painted in pink. The interior walls feature intricately painted images of saints along with finely detailed sculptures. End your day with a walk through the open air markets in Marawila, from fresh fish to colour fruits, the markets make great photo opportunities. Whether you want a quiet vacation by the sea or plan on exploring the surrounding areas, the town of Marawila is perfect for both.
Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world. Google+