The World Famous Negombo Fish Market Sri Lanka

Negombo is located on the westcoast of Sri Lanka.This is their famous fish market, the Lellama, serving over 100,000 people in the area.This is the second largest fish market on the island. Negombo is on most stops for visitors to Sri Lanka as it is the closest major city to the international airport.

You will find just about everything from the sea here.Tuna, cuttlefish, crab, shrimp, lobster, even shark and rays. Wear a pair of rubber flip flops or some footwear you can easily wash.It’s guaranteed you will walk away from this place smelling like everything from the sea.

This is definitely a worthwhile visit. It’s free, it’s an exciting environment and you will meet many friendly, curious Sri Lankans. Above all it’s a truly authentic non-touristy experience. Arrive early, no later than 6:30 to see the most action. The auctions start as early as 3am.

Negombo has been heavily influenced by the Catholic Church and has the highest concentration of Christians on the whole island. It’s Christmas eve morning and it’s especially busy as people get ready for the holiday.

The men that work here are professional fish carvers.For a few rupees they will expertly slice up your fish for you. Very convenient, as most fish sold here is whole.

Lellama, means place of bargain, and even if you don’t understand the language you can still appreciate the art of negotiating as seen here.

For this is John Saboe from the Negombo fish market in Sri Lanka.

About the Author John Saboe

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