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Main Fish market, Negombo Cheap Buy, Variety of Fish Etc on Display Can See Fish Drying Procedure.

This was enjoyable to visit and the people were friendly. We saw the fish are being dried in the... read more

Reviewed today
Titus D
Sri Lanka
If only I had a kitchenette..........

Certainly need to see it for the envy of the cheap prices compared with those here. Wish I had a... read more

Reviewed 12 June 2018
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed today

This was enjoyable to visit and the people were friendly. We saw the fish are being dried in the sun or obtaining the fullest clothing saturated smell of fish. We witnessed being sold most of the fish, crabs, prawns, huge tunas were glistening as they...More

Thank Titus D
Reviewed 12 June 2018

Certainly need to see it for the envy of the cheap prices compared with those here. Wish I had a kitchenette that I could have brought some (selected) product to cook fresh. Yes it smells, but interesting to see and experience.

1  Thank amr100
Reviewed 29 April 2018

Went here by Tuk Tuk and a local came up to us and gave us a tour even though we didnt ask for a guide but the information he gave us was interesting but what we didnt like was when he told us what tip...More

1  Thank TammywBoston
Reviewed 8 April 2018

We were joined by a man while looking around the fish market who told us a few things about the drying process even though we did not invite him. We then felt obliged to give him a tip but the smallest note we had was...More

Thank biggles51
Reviewed 4 April 2018

Both me and my wife do not eat much fish, but we had read about the market and wanted to see it. We went later in the morning when it was a bit quieter and were given a short tour by an unofficial guide. He...More

Thank Richard S
Reviewed 13 March 2018

This is a very local place where you get to witness auctions for fishes in a wet and smelly market. It is part of the Sri Lankans lives and if you want to be part of the local lives, this is definitely one of the...More

Thank Danny T
Reviewed 18 February 2018

The fish market is an eye opener, all the nights catch are processed that day, and yes there is a smell but it cleans out your sinuses. There are snake charmers there with a cobra 500R per picture. Fish are gutted and laid out to...More

2  Thank chickweed100235
Reviewed 14 February 2018

Having arrived in Sri Lanka, Negombo was our first stop. The fish market is a hit on your senses. Yes there is a strong smell, but what is going on is truly a spectacle. To see them land those boats and figure out just what...More

2  Thank Sharon C
Reviewed 9 February 2018 via mobile

Important part of Negombo life is live on fish. It is food and income and employment. I als think mankind should not exploint nature like this. I found the total area confirming this. BUT also it is Negombo life and people are so friendly and...More

Thank hsi58ta
Reviewed 6 February 2018 via mobile

The fish market and the beach around it are well worth a short morning visit. The market itself is interesting just to see the variety of fish caught - be prepared for the smell though ! Around it you have the fishing boats, people sorting...More

Thank Martn C
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21 January 2018|
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Response from MusesMm | Reviewed this property |
Be patient and watch what locals pay and be prepared to bargain. I did not actually buy any prawns so not sure of a relevant value. It is still cheap.
12 June 2016|
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Response from outofofficereplyon | Reviewed this property |
I went to this market just after 11am and it was bustling with energy, both around the stalls and on the beach. But it was very hot so early mornings are better for that reason too. Enjoy!