Negombo is a quaint fishing village best known for the soft sandy beaches that stretch along the coast and the natural lagoon. Only 7kms away from the Bandaranaike International Airport, many tourists choose to start their holidays here before exploring the rest of the island. Locals too find comfort in escaping the hustle and hustle of city life taking a drive up to Negombo for the weekend. The coast is strewn with five-star hotels offering a relaxing stay as you take in the cool sea breeze and dig your feet in the soft sand.
Known to locals as Little Rome because of the large population of the Catholic faith, the town is known for its flourishing tourism industry as well as its cinnamon plantations that were revived during Portuguese colonisation, brassware, and ceramics. Due to its natural lagoon, the fishing village is also known for high quality seafood sought by many of the hotels and restaurants in the area for delicious dishes. Touring the city of Negombo is always recommended to take in the influences of settlers over the centuries, from architecture inspired by the Portuguese, Dutch and British, as well as traders who stopped by and settled in Sri Lanka as Negombo was also utilised as a trading port during those times.
There is much to see in Negombo when you are not relaxing by the beach with a cool King Coconut drink or cocktail in hand. Don’t miss out exploring the Dutch fort and exploring the various canals when you stay here and be sure to add it into your Sri Lankan travel itinerary. If you really want to get a feel of this fishing city, mornings at the fish market is a must. For the wildlife enthusiast, a trip to the Muthurajawela marsh would definitely be a thriller. Don’t forget your camera and a good lens to capture the flora, fauna and foliage of the marsh. Home to a diverse culture; be sure to play respect to the various religious sites in Negombo too.