Negombo Lagoon

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Negombo Lagoon
Location Western Province, Sri Lanka
Coordinates 7°09′N 79°51′E / 7.150°N 79.850°E / 7.150; 79.850Coordinates: 7°09′N 79°51′E / 7.150°N 79.850°E / 7.150; 79.850
Type Lagoon
Primary inflows Ja-Ela
Dandugam Oya
Old Dutch Canal
Primary outflows Indian Ocean
Surface area 35.02 square kilometres (13.52 sq mi)
Max. depth 1 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 shorebirds. Negombo, Katunayake, Seeduwa are some nearby towns.


  • S.W. Kotagama, Leonard Pinto and Jayampathi L. Samarakoon. "Sri Lanka" (PDF). Wetlands International. Retrieved 23 May 2009. 

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