Negombo is a modest beach town located close to Bandaranaike International Airport. With a stash of decent hotels and restaurants to suit all pockets, a friendly local community, an interesting old quarter and a reasonable (though polluted) beach, Negombo is a much easier place to get your Sri Lankan feet than Colombo.
The Dutch captured the town from the Portuguese in 1640, lost it, and then captured it again in 1644. The British then took it from them in 1796 without a struggle. Negombo was one of the most important sources of cinnamon during the Dutch era, and there are still reminders of the European days.
The busy center of Negombo town lies to the west of the bus and train stations. Most places to stay, however, line the main road that heads north from the town center, running almost parallel to the beach.
Things to Do:
Enjoy in Beach Park / Enjoy in Negombo Lagoon / Marawila Beach / Diving / Boat Rides / Fish Market / Dutch Canal / Dutch Fort / Dutch Cemetery / Dutch Clock Tower / Portuguese period Catholic churches / Muthurajawela Marsh / Tattoos / Photo Shoots / Walking / BBQ Nights
Approximately Time & Distance from Colombo: 46 min (37.0 km)
Province: Western Province | District: Gampaha District
Luxury Hotels in Area:
Jetwing Beach | Approximately Price Range: 150 to 160 USD | Click here to see the hotel
Jetwing Sea | Approximately Price Range: 150 to 160 USD | Click here to see the hotel
Normal Hotels in Area:
Camelot Beach | Approximately Price Range: 100 to 110 USD | Click here to see the hotel
Choys Water Front Residence | Approximately Price Range: 70 to 80 USD | Click here to see the hotel