Traditional Sri Lankan fishing boat on the sandy beach in Negombo

Negombo Tours and Travels

About Negombo

Negombo was originally 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 boasting some pristine beaches, Negombo is a popular place to stay. Nowadays, Negombo has an excellent tourism infrastructure and is packed with all kinds of hotels and restaurants to meet every budget. Fishing is key for the locals and they can often be seen in their carved out canoes or catamarans, seeking out the catch for the day. While the lagoon used to be a hotspot for fishing, most fishermen now head out into the ocean for their catch.

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Negombo Hotels

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

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Gateway (formerly Taj) is a modern hotel, with spacious and elegant rooms. Queen sized beds adorn the standard rooms and the decor consists of a calming, neutral palette, ensuring a good night's sleep. The restaurant has a selection of mouth-watering local and international favourites. The hotel is in a 38-acre coconut plantation bordering the tranquil Negombo Lagoon, situated in Seeduwa - Katunayake, conveniently close to the airport and other regional attractions.

Jetwing Beach Hotel Negombo

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Jetwing Beach Hotel is a luxury hotel with elegant and spacious rooms that come complete with great facilities. The hotel also boasts speciality cuisine at three gourmet restaurants and also has a large out door pool and a spa that offers Ayurvedic treatments to complete the experience and help guests feel relaxed and rejuvenated. Two bars ply guests with a generous selection of beverages in the evenings. The hotel is on the beachfront and only a short drive from Colombo airport.

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.

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Accommodation on Tour

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!

Tailored To Suit You OTG Independent
Tailored To Suit You

On this range you won’t be joining other travellers, but will be on your own private itinerary. Accommodation, pace of travel and the style of trip is tailored to your individual needs. From pre-priced packages available off the shelf to fully curated tailor-made holidays, this range also includes our selection of one-night stopovers, day-tours and short breaks.

The OTG Independent range gives you all the great service aspects of our Signature range with the flexibility to create a truly unique and bespoke holiday or adventure to a variety of destinations around the world.

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