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.Read More
Attractions in the city include the old Dutch fort gate, built in 1672, which is now a part of the prison; the Dutch Canal, once a supply route to the Dutch administration; old churches and fishing villages. 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. It is home to a number of beautiful species of birds including purple herons and kingfishers.
The Buddhist temple in the town is another intriguing feature of Negombo. It is a unique structure with beautiful statues depicting various Buddhist events, all built beneath a giant Buddhist statue. For those looking to get the adrenaline pumping during their stay in Negombo, there are plenty of watersports options available from a range of different tour operator. Visitors can also try their hand at snorkelling or diving in order to experience the marvellous marine life that inhabits this region.
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. 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
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.