Negombo Lagoon

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Negombo Lagoon
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Negombo Lagoon
Location Western Province, Sri Lanka
Coordinates 7°09′N79°51′E / 7.150°N 79.850°E / 7.150; 79.850 Coordinates: 7°09′N79°51′E / 7.150°N 79.850°E / 7.150; 79.850
Type Lagoon
Primary inflows Ja-Ela
Attanagalu Oya
Old Dutch Canal
Primary outflows Indian Ocean
Surface area35.02 square kilometres (13.52 sq mi)
Max. depth1 metre (3.3 ft)
Surface elevation Sea level
Settlements Negombo

Negombo Lagoon is a large estuarine lagoon in Negombo, south-west Sri Lanka.

The lagoon is fed by a number of small rivers and a canal. It is linked to the sea by a narrow channel to the north, near Negombo city. It is surrounded by a densely populated region containing rice paddies, coconut plantations and grassland. The land is used for fishing and agriculture. The lagoon has extensive mangrove swamps and attracts a wide variety of water birds including cormorants, herons, egrets, gulls, terns and other waders. Negombo, Katunayake, Seeduwa are some nearby towns. Lagoon fishing is popular among the fishing community in Negombo. Lagoon crabs and lagoon prawns are in high taste and demand.

Negombo Lagoon natural harbour Negombo Lagoon natural harbour.jpg
Negombo Lagoon natural harbour
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Negombo Lagoon Wildlife

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