• Duration: 6 hours
  • Moderate
  • eTicket

  • Pick up available
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Take a day trip from Negombo in the Hamilton canal and majestic Maha Oya to experience a tropical countryside boat trip to witness the riverine village life of fishermen, a Bamboo forest, and birds. 

Follow the historic route of the spice traders along the Hamilton canal and then cruise upstream on this spectacular Maha Oya river to experience a tropical countryside boat trip and witness the riverine village life of fishermen, a Bamboo forest, and birds. 

We can stop at a sandy beach for a swim in the freshwater. 

The British Agent of Revenue and Commerce in 1802, Garvin Hamilton started a new canal to the east of the earlier cut canal by the Sinhalese king and the Dutch. 

This canal was meant to link the Dutch canal by a series of parallel canals designed to drain the Muturajawela, what happened was the opposite as the high tide brought salinity not only from the Negambo lagoon but also from the Kelani River. 

Thus the Hamilton Canal was born, named after Garvin Hamilton and stretching 14.5km from Colombo to Negombo. 


Maha Oya River Boat safari & Hamilton Canal and in Negombo

  • Pick up from Colombo at 8.30 AM approximately
  • Transfer to Negombo - 1-hour drive approximately 
  • Commence the boat trip by 10 AM from Negombo pier
  • Lunch at a beachside or riverside restaurant (Optional)
  • Return to Negombo by 3 or 4 PM approximately

Pick up locations

What's included

  • Spanish/English speaking guide for the entire tours
  • Transportation in a Comfortable A/C Vehicle
  • Fuel Charges
  • Mineral Water Bottle
  • All Government Tax & Charges

What's excluded

  • Entrance fees
  • Any tours to cities not mentioned above
  • Any other services not mentioned above

Important information

  • Passport required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not stroller accessible
  • Not suitable for pets
  • No public transportation nearby
  • Infants must not sit on laps
  • Infant seats unavailable
  • Recommended for People with Good Physical Fitness 

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellation fee of 90% if cancelled 1 day or less before departure
  • Cancellation fee of 60% if cancelled 7 days or less before departure
  • Cancellation fee of 50% if cancelled 21 days or less before departure



Guided Language

  • Español
  • English


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