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Negombo Lagoon

  Province Western
  District Gampaha
  Nearest Town Negombo
  Primary inflows Ja-Ela Damdugam Oya Old Dutch Canal
  Primary outflows Indian Ocean
  Surface area 35.02 square kilometers
  Max. depth 1 meters


Negombo Lagoon is a very popular and large estuarine lagoon in Gampaha District, 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 town. The lagoon 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. The lagoon attracts a wide variety of water birds including cormorants, herons, egrets, gulls, terns and other shorebirds.