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A canal that takes you back in time to the 17th century.

Hamilton Canal

Built in the 19th century by the British colonials, the Hamilton Canal initially served just one purpose, which was to facilitate the transport of commodities to the harbour. Though still in use, the canal serves as an exciting day adventure as you can explore along its waterways, observing local life thrive as you go along. Our team at Taru Villas can plan your excursion to the Hamilton Canal, should you require assistance.

The Hamilton Canal, sometimes known as the Dutch Canal is a great place for the entire family, friends, and your significant other to embark on a journey to understand the heritage and biodiversity of the canal.

Nearest City
Negombo
Key Highlight
A boat ride along the canal
Distance from Negombo
7.9km

A Look into the Hamilton Canal

  • Although known as the Dutch Canal, it was built by the British in 1804 to drain out the saltwater from the Muthurajawela Wetlands.
  • During the colonial days, the canal was used as a major hub for transporting spices and many other commodities for trading purposes.
  • The canal starts from Puttalam and ends at the Negombo Lagoon, making it a 14.5 km waterway.
  • The Hamilton Canal is 10 minutes away from Taru Villas - Riva.

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Negombo Fish Market

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