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“dry fish”(7 reviews)
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All reviews tuna dry fish seafood prawns interesting visit daily fish fresh catch of the day drying process busy market different kinds of fish shown round worth a visit for sale big fish local fishermen our tuk tuk driver sri lanka
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Reviewed today via mobile

If you can't stand the smell off fish, then perhaps this is not the place for you. For the rest it is fine. It is a fish market, nice to see how they dry fish.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank BaibarsGrimm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great fun! Just mind out you don't step on a crab! The whole world is here from early morning sorting, selling and drying every kind of seafood you can imagine - along with hundeds of birds looking for a free breakfast!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank normannorma1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice local market with all kinds of fish. Lots of friendly people who like to explain everything to you. We got a tour from a local and he showed us the complete proces of drying the fish, and ofcourse, we give hem some money. It...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank jg766
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our driver suggested we visit this fish market, and I was rather ambivalent, however it turned out to be fascinating. A vast expanse of drying fish of every type was mesmerising. We were blessed to be shown round by the most interesting fisherman, who was...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank AngieNewZealand
Reviewed 9 October 2018

it is amazing how these people work - and very hard they work too, thank you to Bernard for showing us around. I never knew they caught, sorted and dried their fish in this way. Amazing to see all the different species of sea food...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank 679janb
Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

We were taken by our tuk tuk driver and a local took us around- rather adopted us looking for his tip.We didn’t ask for him but he was very informative on what was going on.The sting was In the tail when he was asking for...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank paulgray1
Reviewed 28 August 2018

it is good to see ! make sure u have 2 shirts with you so you can change your shirt after you finish your visit ! it s nice to see in Negombo.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Georgico2013
Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

This whole area is fascinating. The fisherman work so hard and you see their toil here. On rhe beach directly in front of market you see an expansive area where fish are salted and dried. People are very pleasant. You will be approached by someobe...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank the_finchley_lees
Reviewed 22 July 2018

A real Gem Got to see how the fish was gutted and dried Bernard’s enthusiasm and knowledge made this extra special

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank fawkey1
Reviewed 11 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.

Date of experience: June 2018
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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!