The Dutch arrived in Sri Lanka back in 1602 mainly for trade. But later on, the Dutch took control of the country and made it part of their colony. Along with this, the Dutch began to make their mark by constructing various forts and buildings.

Dan arndt, Galle Dutch Hospital 003, CC BY-SA 4.0

The influence on religion

At the time the Dutch arrived in Sri Lanka, it was Roman Catholicism that had been newly introduced to the island. Although it was so, the Dutch built churches right from Point Pedro to Dondra Head and introduce the Dutch Reformed Church to Sri Lanka as well. Wolvendaal Church built in 1749 has survived to this date.

Hamilton Canal

This canal extends 60 miles long and is located in Negombo. It was originally constructed by the Portuguese and later reinforced by the Dutch. It used to be the route for the transportation of spices. But it is now used by the local fisherman to get to the sea. If you happen to be staying at Heritance Negombo, this is one of the best things to do in Negombo.

Galle Fort

This is one of the most iconic places to visit in the southern part of the island. The ramparts of this fort are so thick that one can walk on them too. There are also patches of green where the locals often hang out and have picnics or play cricket.

Old Dutch Hospital

Located in the heart of Colombo, this used to be a hospital used by the Dutch. It is now a place of entertainment with bars and restaurants within the premises. You will see many youngsters hanging out here with friends every evening.