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Negombo

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Best Time: February to April Read More

Ideal duration: 2 - 3 Days

Nearest Airport: Bandaranaike International Airport, Sri Lanka Check Flights

"City of tranquillity!"

Negombo Tourism

Negombo is a quiet town on the west coast of Sri Lanka located 10 km from Bandaranaike International Airport. Deriving its name from the Negombo lagoon, the modest village is known for its white sandy beaches and refreshing blue waters. The town is also one of the commercial hubs of the country of Sri Lanka.

Having a rich history of the trade of spices and seafood, the town today has become one of the most visited places in the country. Even today, one can see the reflection of the 'city's Dutch and Portuguese history, in its food, architecture and people. While the town is most famous for its blue waters, there are other attractions and activities such as the Old Dutch fort and the canal, the Angurukaamulla temple, boat trips and canal sailing that are sure to leave one amazed and with memories of a lifetime.

The town is also known for its shopping. This shopping does not include any high-end malls but hand-made products and jewellery that are not only cost-effective and charming, but they also tell one about the years of ancient traditions of the country. The town is also bliss for food-lovers because of its availability of various seafood items and spices that make up for the ingredients of gourmet food. The city is also known for its hand-made ceramic and brassware items, a practice going on since the Dutch and the Portuguese invasion. Negombo is a must-visit town.

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Currency Exchange in Negombo

The currency used in Negombo is the Sri Lankan Rupee (Rs). The travellers can get their native currency changed into the Sri Lankan rupee at the airport itself. There are various banks and currency exchange companies that exchange currencies based on the exchange rate. One can even get it done in multiple jewellery shops and hotel and resorts.

Local Food and Restaurants in Negombo

The town is mainly famous for its seafood cuisine, but there are other cuisines available including Indian, Thai, Chinese and Italian to satisfy 'everyone's taste buds. There are various cafes a well. Some of the best restaurants in the town are Black Coral Restaurant, 'Papou's Restaurant, Moya and The Mid Galley Pub and Restaurant. One can get an idea about the culture and tradition of a place by tasting in local delicacies and specialities. Various local food-chains and restaurants give its customers the taste of 'town' local delicacies such as the seafood, Sri Lankan curry, etc.

Local Shopping in Negombo

The town is full of hand-made products, which one can buy as souvenirs; these include jewellery, ceramic and brass pots, paintings, cotton clothes, etc. These are some of the products that symbolise the culture of the town and the country. There are also various tea gardens where one can buy and drink the rejuvenating tea.

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St. Mary’s Cathedral, Negombo

FAQs on Negombo

What is the best time to visit Negombo?

The best time to visit the town is in from February to April. During this time, both the hotel and flight rates drop down. The weather also is ideal during these months, giving the tourists an opportunity to freely roam in the town without worrying about the blazing sun as the temperature recorded during these months was varying from 23 degree Celsius to 30 degree Celsius, also because there is no rainfall during these months, one need not worry about the weather conditions at all. During these months various holidays and occasions are also celebrated such as the 'country's Independence Day, wherein one can experience the traditions and the culture of the country by themselves, by witnessing the celebrations and the people.
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What are the things to do in Negombo?

The top things to do in Negombo are Guruge Park, Negombo Lagoon, St. Mary’s Church, Negombo Beach, Angurukaramulla Temple (Bodhirajaramaya), Browns Beach, Negombo. You can see all the places to visit in Negombo here

What are the places near Negombo?

The top places near to Negombo are Colombo which is 30 km from Negombo, Kandy which is located 84 km from Negombo, Galle which is located 133 km from Negombo, Anuradhapura which is located 136 km from Negombo, Nuwara eliya which is located 104 km from Negombo

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