In particular, the Northern Province is an ideal destination for the fishing industry because of its unique geographical characteristics, which include several lagoons located along the coastal belt, a deep sea close to the coast, and other features. In fact, this area is considered one of the marine resource paradises by many people around the world. It is a haven for not only fish, but also corals, pearl oysters, and other sea creatures.
An annual event takes place in the village of ‘Nayaru’ in the Mullativu district, and it is a rare occurrence. Nayaru fishing village is an excellent destination for tourists who want to learn about the fishery, the fishing community, and their culture, as well as gain new experiences in addition to relaxing and participating in beach activities. The fact that it is primarily populated by migrants distinguishes this village from others. Essentially, it means that the migrants come to this area on an annual basis during a specific time period of the year. The majority of them are from the Chilaw and Kudapaluwa areas, and they construct temporary houses along the Nayaru coastal belt. They are akin to gypsy people in appearance. From March to October, the migration season is in full swing. There are a variety of reasons for people to migrate to this area, including its depth, the reduction in fuel costs due to the high abundance of fish within 2 or 3 kilometers of the beach, and the ability to conduct research on the abundance of fish from the coast.
The Northern Province is considered one of the marine resource paradises by many people around the world. It is a haven for not only fish, but also corals, pearl oysters, and other sea creatures. The majority of migrants are from the Chilaw and Kudapaluwa areas.
They are housed in temporary housing in the coastal belt for nearly six months. The unique feature of these houses is that they are entirely constructed of coconut leaf. These huts made of coconut leaves provide shelter from the rigors of their daily lives. Despite the fact that these houses appear to be beautiful to tourists, the people who live in them live miserable lives that are hidden from the rest of the world. After about 6 months, they return to their home villages with the harvest in their hands. This community distinguishes itself from the other communities by identifying themselves as Sinhala Tamils rather than Tamils. Essentially, this means that these people are fluent in both the Sinhala and Tamil languages, and their dialect is distinct from other Tamil dialects.
Around Nayaru’s coastal belt, there are nearly 200 homes and boats that can be seen during the fishing season. Previously, they used both traditional and motorized boats to get around. At the moment, motor boats are used for fishing by approximately 99 percent of the fishermen. One thing that can be observed is that most of the fishermen have given their boats names, such as Vigini, Awe Mariya, Maleesha, and so on. Traditional methods of subsistence and traditional ways of life can be observed in this village. They leave early in the morning to sail to sea, and by noon, they can be seen on the beach enjoying the sun. Then they put their harvest on ice and use the excess fish to make dry fish, which is a popular dish in Japan. During the day, they repair their nets and store them in the boats in preparation for the next journey.
There are numerous experiences to be had while sightseeing in this area. In addition, one can participate in recreational activities such as Ma dal fishing tradition, how the fishermen launch their boats, the dry fish industry, which includes watching how they wash, cut, and dry their excess harvest under the hot sun, and have a simple conversation with the fishermen. It is common to see women working in the dry fish industry in coastal areas, particularly in the evenings.
They make a living by working in conditions that are far from ideal. As a result, this is the region where you can learn about aquaculture while enjoying the beauty of nature.
Around Nayaru’s coastal belt, there are nearly 200 homes and boats that can be seen during the fishing season. This community distinguishes itself from the other communities by identifying themselves as Sinhala Tamils rather than Tamils. Most of the fishermen have given their boat names, such as Vigini, Awe Mariya, Maleesha, and so on. Traditional methods of subsistence and traditional ways of life can be observed in this village. After about 6 months, they return to their home villages with the harvest in their hands. They use the excess fish to make dry fish, which is a popular dish in Japan.
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