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1. Negombo Beach

Negombo Beach

2 km
from city center
1 out of 15
things to do in Negombo

Negombo Beach is an attraction that lures in tourists from all over the world. It is a cluster of smaller beaches, each stunning and mesmerizing. It is a popular coastal destination in Western Sri Lanka. The beach has a very long stretch that make it suitable for long walks while enjoying the gorgeous palm trees.

2. Negombo Dutch Fort

Negombo Dutch Fort

5 km
from city center
2 out of 15
things to do in Negombo

Negombo Dutch Fort, as the name suggests, is located in Negombo. Initially a Portuguese creation, it was rebuilt by the Dutch after they seized it. Although the fort now lies in ruins, it has played quite a role in the colonial history of the country.

3. Negombo Lagoon

Negombo Lagoon

0 km
from city center
3 out of 15
things to do in Negombo

Negombo Lagoon is a large lagoon in south-west Sri Lanka with several small rivers and canals, with the Indian Ocean towards the north. The water body is full of numerous varieties of fish, crabs and lobsters that make it an excellent location for fishers. Tourists enjoy the relaxing boating ride on the lagoon and escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

4. St. Mary’s Church

St. Mary’s Church

0 km
from city center
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St. Mary’s Church is one of the largest cathedrals in Sri Lanka, located in the heart of Negombo. Even though Negombo is a multi-religious city, the majority of the people are Roman Catholics.

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5. Angurukaramulla Temple (Bodhirajaramaya)

Angurukaramulla Temple (Bodhirajaramaya)

0 km
from city center
5 out of 15
things to do in Negombo

The Angurukaramulla Temple is one of the most famous Temples in Negombo. It is popular for the statue of Buddha and a magnificent dragon entrance. To get into the temple, one has to go into the dragon’s mouth, which is believed to get rid of any evil spirits.

6. Browns Beach, Negombo

Browns Beach, Negombo

0 km
from city center
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Browns Beach is one of the popular beaches in Negombo that is famous among the tourists as well as the locals. It is one of the few unspoiled private beaches in Negombo. Browns Beach is famous for its luscious golden sands, turquoise blue water and gorgeous palm trees. The beach is very close to the fishing village of Negombo and boasts of being the most popular seaside resort in Negombo.

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7. Guruge Park

Guruge Park

0 km
from city center
7 out of 15
things to do in Negombo

Guruge Park is the first theme park in the country that not only has fun and exciting rides but also depicts the rich history of the country that dates back to 547 B.C. This park also has unlimited amusement rides, indoor games and a big water park. The Guruge park is open 365 days a year.

8. Morawala Beach

Morawala Beach

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from city center
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things to do in Negombo

Situated in Negombo, Morawala Beach is one of the popular attractions in this small town. Located just 10 minutes from Bandaranaike International Airport, Negombo is as a day's stop-over while visiting Sri Lanka. Nestled in Pitipana village in Negombo, Morawala Beach is known for its sweeping views of the sunsets and is a great place to visit throughout the year.

9. Negombo Fish Market

Negombo Fish Market
4.0 /5

5 km
from city center
9 out of 15
things to do in Negombo

The Negombo fish market is where tourists can experience the wide range of seafood fishermen bring in every morning. The dry fish market sees fish being laid out to dry under the sun, before being salted and shipped. The adjacent wet fish market sells tuna, mackerel, squid, sardines, sharks and the like. Early morning visitors can witness fishermen laying out their catch, and get the freshest of fish on sale. Along with the fish, tiny churches can be spotted around the market.

10. Cooking Class in Negombo

Cooking Class in Negombo
4.3 /5

0 km
from city center
10 out of 15
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Food forms an important part of Sri Lanka’s culture, and cooking is one of the best ways to experience the wide range of foodstuff on offer. Negombo provides multiple cooking classes to tourists looking to explore its culinary side. Negombo Cooking Class offers to teach visitors the intricacies of local cuisine in small batches, while some services such as Ceylon Rustic Guide’s Rustic Cooking Class offer pick-up facilities to their classes.

11. Hamilton Canal

Hamilton Canal
3.4 /5

2 km
from city center
11 out of 15
things to do in Negombo

This canal, named after Government Agent of Revenue and Commerce Gavin Hamilton, connects Puttalam to Colombo, passing through Negombo along the way. It was designed to drain saltwater out of the Muthurajawela wetlands and facilitates transport to the harbour. Visitors can walk or bicycle along the paths alongside Hamilton Canal, taking in the beauty of Negombo and its small villages along the way. Locals offer boat rides on the canal as well.

12. Bird Watching in Muthurajawela

Bird Watching in Muthurajawela
4.3 /5

19 km
from city center
12 out of 15
things to do in Negombo

The diverse wetland ecosystem of Muthurajawela harbours herons, cormorants, kingfishers, lapwings and the like, along with birds of prey such as kites and sea eagles. Tourists could take early morning or evening boat rides through the marshlands. They could also catch sight of the Toque Macaque, fishers in the lagoon, catamarans returning from sea, and the over 194 species of flora the region houses.

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13. St. Sebastian's Church

St. Sebastian's Church
4.5 /5

1 km
from city center
13 out of 15
things to do in Negombo

Almost destroyed by a suicide bomber in 2019, St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo was reconsecrated three months after the attack. This church, built in Gothic Revival style and based on the Reims Cathedral in France, is one of many across the country dedicated to St. Sebastian, considered a martyr in the region. Visitors could experience the church’s annual festival on January 20 and, on other times enjoy its architecture and twin spires.

14. St. Stephen's Anglican Church

St. Stephen's Anglican Church
4.4 /5

8 km
from city center
14 out of 15
things to do in Negombo

St. Stephen’s Church, set on lush green scenery by the Negombo lagoon, overlooks an ancient Dutch fort. The church was built in the Gothic Revival style of architecture and features small stone crosses on each ridge tile on top. Multiple windows provide good lighting inside the church, and visitors can spot a vestry and a belfry at the north transept.

15. Wilpattu National Park

Wilpattu National Park
4.5 /5

141 km
from city center
15 out of 15
things to do in Negombo

The Wilpattu National Park, home to the elusive Sri Lankan leopard, is characterised by natural sand-rimmed water basins called “willus” that fill with rainwater. Tourists on safari can spot the Sri Lankan Sloth Bear, elephants, spotted deer, numerous colourful birds, and a number of species of butterflies. Of course, there always is the chance of catching one of the big cats in the middle of a hunt.

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What are the top sightseeing places in Negombo?

The top sightseeing places in Negombo are Guruge Park, Negombo Lagoon, St. Mary’s Church, Negombo Beach, Angurukaramulla Temple (Bodhirajaramaya), Browns Beach, Negombo.
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