Negombo

Negombo is a serene beach town which lies on the western coast of Sri Lanka, just a few kilometres north of Colombo. It is the closest major town to the airport and thus is a convenient place to either begin or end your trip to the country. In earlier times, Negombo was ruled by the Portuguese, Dutch, and British colonizers. Remnants of their influence present evidence in many places, such as the beautiful canals built by the Dutch and the churches built by the Portuguese.  Negombo has a small port and its economy is mainly based on tourism and an age-old fishing industry, although its history began with spices. Even today it produces cinnamon, ceramics and brass ware. Sea food is very popular and is caught fresh daily by the town’s experienced fishermen. Negombo is considered to be an excellent destination for a family holiday to Sri Lanka. Tourists can relax and sunbathe on the beautiful, golden beach and experience incredible sunsets while enjoying a plate of fresh seafood, sitting under the cool shade of palms.

Things to do in Negombo

  • Take a boat ride down the Muthurajawela Marsh
  • Visit the Negombo Fish Market
  • Visit the Angurukaramulla Temple
  • Visit St. Mary’s Church
  • Take a boat ride down the Dutch Canal
  • Visit the Negombo Beach
  • Walk down Sea street
  • Visit the Dutch Fort
  • Go dolphin and whale watching
  • Take a dive or go snorkeling
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