Fish Market

Welcome! Before you dive into this noisy, vibrant Fish market, let me tell you a little about the lives of these Fisherfolk.

The men who supply these ocean treasures, depend largely on the skill and courage learned through years spent on the water. Fishing is an art that relies on knowledge passed down through generations. Their vessels of choice range from small motor boats to traditional catamarans, that have been used for centuries. Sailing out at dawn and drawing in the heavynets manually is back breaking work, and as often as it is rewarding, there are times when the nets come back empty.

Fishing in Sri Lanka is seasonal. From May to September the seas turn rough, and the waves become too big and dangerous to venture out to sea to fish. So, it is very common for the fisherman to invest in gold during the fishing season, and then pawn off the gold to survive during the monsoon seasons. They live off that money until the catches are big enough to buy back the family jewels, and the cycle continues.

Here, in addition to the wet fish market you will see jute mats laid on the sand, with row upon row of dried fish. Dry Fish is a delicacy in Sri Lanka, and a dish you must sample during your stay. It is a popular food choice of many Sri Lankans who rely on it sometimes as the main source of protein in their diet.

The best dry fish in the country is made right here, using an ancient method of open air drying. The fish are taken straight from the boats, and then washed and coated in salt and laid on the mats. They are then turned over manually by hand to ensure that it dries properly. During the dry season, the sun is so hot the fish is completely dry in a few days.” This method stops the growth of bacteria and extends the storage life of the fish to a couple of years.

You can now proceed into the market. Once you have completed your wonder around, proceed to walk towards stop 2, the cricket pitch

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