Negombo is the most popular coastal town north of Colombo. A combination of resort town, fishing village and an enchanting lagoon makes it an ideal holiday destination.
Originally Negombo had been a famous cinnamon producing area and so it became a popular port under the Portuguese and Dutch rule. The influence of colonization is still visible in the area with ancient churches as the main religion in the area is Roman Catholicism. The old Dutch Fort Gate is now used as part of the local prison and the 100km old Dutch Canal which runs through the town is still being used. The stretch of beach closer to the main town features popular sea front lodging options. The waters are generally busy with fishermen on the `Oruwas`, a local version of a canoe, but afford excellent conditions for swimming. Those seeking adventure can dive to explore the wreck of the WW II British plane which is off the shores of Marawila.The Muthurajawela Wetlands off the lagoon features a unique coastal ecosystem. This is the Island`s largest marsh and home to pythons as well as other birds, butterflies, reptiles and fish. Negombo`s main industry being fishing it is the ideal place for a scrumptious seafood fare.
MOST POPULAR HOTELS IN Negombo
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From $74 per night
For a genuine Ayurvedic holiday near the beach, the Jetwing Ayurveda Pavilion in Negombo is a sanctuary of comfort and luxury. The resort has 12 villa...
From $91 per night
Step in to an oasis of complete relaxation when you stay at the modern Hotel Pledge3 in Negombo. The unique hotel provides a world of harmony and secl...
From $120 per night
Jetwing Beach is a small luxury hotel located in Negombo. It is a great location for an exclusive beachside getaway, as it was designed by the well kn...