Negombo - A Warm Welcome to Sri Lanka
This popular beach town’s close proximity to Bandaranaike International Airport (Sri Lanka’s main international airport) makes it the first and last stop on many Sri Lanka tour itineraries. You don’t need to blow though quickly! Not to be mistaken for a transit stop, Negombo charms visitors with many great restaurant, beaches perfect for sunset strolls and a friendly laid-back vibe that offers a pleasing contrast to busy Colombo an hour away.
Favorite Things to Do in Negombo:
Visit the beach! While not the best spot for swimming, you can stroll the long beaches of Negombo for hours, mingling with local families and gazing at gorgeous sunsets.
Take pictures at the busy fish market in old town, full of character and activity.
Enjoy a leisurely tour around the lagoon on a traditional oruwa catamaran.
Play in the water! For the adventurous, Negombo watersports offerings include diving, sailing, windsurfing, kite surfing and more!
A unique blend of many cultures and religions, Negombo was one of the first to be taken by the Portuguese. Their influence made Negombo a stronghold of Christianity in Sri Lanka, as you’ll easily notice by the many churches and colorful catholic shrines spread through the area. The Dutch transformed Negombo into a vibrant commercial port, building a canal to transport spices – such as the valuable cinnamon – from the interior to the coast.