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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 turquoise-blue waters. Popular for being a beach resort town, it is also one of the important commercial hubs in the country.

Having a rich history in 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 reflections of the city's Dutch and Portuguese history in its food, architecture and people. However, Negombo's most distinct attraction is its thriving Fishing Village, where you can enjoy seafood, shop at the fish market, stroll the beach and go on guided deep-sea fishing tours.

Make a stop at the city's most prominent shrine, Angurukaramulla Temple, displaying a giant Buddha, and St. Mary's Church, studded with old paintings. All three can be explored via scenic boat rides on the Hamilton Dutch Canal, which runs through the heart of the town. You can also unwind at the Negombo Lagoon and Muthurajawela Marsh, where posh resorts offer scenic eateries.

Near the waterfront, the remains of the 17th-century Dutch Fort now house town prisons. The city's most popular beach with turquoise blue waters is Negombo Beach, presenting opportunities for kitesurfing, sailing, windsurfing, catamaran dining and more. Browns Beach is coveted for midnight swimming sprees. Further inland, you can shop for handicrafts and trinkets at Beach Road Market and sample local curries at Negombo Shopping Plaza.

Must Know Before You Travel to Negombo

  • Getting Around: Tuk-tuk is the most common and popular way of exploring Negombo. Be sure to negotiate the price before the ride. You can also rent a bike.
  • Accommodation: Negombo has accommodations to suit all budgets. Most of the budget hotels are located at the southern end of the Negombo Beach area in Lewis Place. The mid-range and upscale hotels are concentrated to the north along (or just off) Porutota Rd.
  • Negombo is known for cinnamon. You can buy cinnamon and vanilla at any roadside shop.

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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 hotels 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.

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 rejuvenating tea.

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Boats anchored in Negombo Lagoon
The beautiful Negombo Beach
Negombo Fort

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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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