A picturesque West Cost Resort, Negombo has grown up around a fishing village of distinctive charm and character. One of the leading sights here is the ‘Catamaran’ fishing fleet coming home, as well as age old techniques of long net and lagoon fishing, one of Sri Lanka’s few predominately Roman Catholic areas, Negombo is an enduring relic of Portuguese colonialism of the 16th & 17th centuries.The Negombo Fort originally built by the Portuguese was later occupied by the Dutch who claimed it as their stronghold. This historical monument was thereafter used by the British as a jail, which it still is, to date.