Negombo was a trading centre for the Portuguese and Dutch and at one time was a cinnamon producing region. However, as an easy stop for the airport and the pristine beaches, Negombo is a popular place to stay.
Nowadays Negombo relies heavily on tourism and it also produces ceramics and brassware. Fishing is key for the locals and they can be seen in their carved out canoes or catamarans. As the lagoon is no longer as plentiful, nowadays the fishermen head out into the ocean for their catch.
Attractions in the city are the old Dutch fort gate built in 1672 , which is now a part of the prison, and the Dutch Canal once a supply route to the Dutch administration, old churches and fishing villagers. The canal runs through the town and is still being used today. Muthurajawela Marsh off Negombo lagoon just south of the town is a unique wetland habitat and the largest marsh in Sri Lanka. The Buddhist temple in the town is an unique structure where beautiful statures depicting various Buddhist events are built beneath a giant Buddhist statue.
If you are planning a Negombo holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Gateway Airport Garden Hotel Negombo
The Gateway (formerly Taj) is a modern hotel, with spacious and elegant rooms. The restaurant has a a selection of local and international favourites.
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
Negombo Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Negombo.