Located just half an hour from International Airport, Waikkal is a scenic North West coastal town 7km from Negombo. The beaches are untouched and not so over run with tourists so great for romantic strolls as it’s quite remote. This is an excellent location to explore the exotic flora and fauna of the area, in a scenic and idyllic setting. Visitors can experience the unique Mangrove Ecosystem, the rare and protected "Nypa fruiticans", the only palm that grows naturally along the riverbanks. There are also over 90 species of bird life, typical of the wetlands and 50 resorded species of butterflies. It is a natural paradise of waterways, rivers and pristine forests.
A long narrow sandy beach borders the coastal road where the resort hotels are located. Watersports are available in the summer months. The town of Waikkal is dominated by its two large catholic churches and several more exclusive private villas, that contrasts with the less opulent accommodation of the locals. The nearby village of Kochikade is worth a visit to soak up the atmosphere of its local Sunday market as is Negombo, just 8 kilometres south of Waikkal.
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