The 100 km long canal network running through the city is still used, and outrigger canoes and modern water-craft ply this route daily, for trade and tourist purposes. Remains of colonization include the Dutch fort built in 1672, as well as centuries-old Portuguese and Dutch houses, Administrative buildings, Churches and the ceiling frescoes of St. Mary's cathedral church. Negombo is the centre of Sri-Lanka's Catholic community, and you can expect to see many shrines during a visit.
Negombo is also home to the country's second-largest fish market, the "Lellama", at the north end of the town's lagoon. There are daily fish auctions, which give tourists a chance to meet the area's fishermen and even organise fishing trips into the lagoon and the ocean beyond. Other nearby attractions open to visitors include Muthurajawela marshland, which is part.
Bandaranaike International Airportis closer to Negombo than the capital Colombo.
Getting there: Taxi costs 1500 LKR which can be pre-booked at taxi counters in the departure hall. A trishaw will cost 400 - 800 LKR. Besides, most hotels in Negombo can arrange pickups, but usually it's a pricey option - around 1500 to 2500 LKR.
There used to be a free shuttle bus from the Arrival Terminal to Katunayake bus stop, but it's no longer available. This bus now goes to Colombo. You may try your luck asking driver to drop you off at Katunayake, but he may ask for the full fare to Colombo, anyway.
Otherwise, it is 15-min walk to the "Airport" bus terminal. A regular bus fare to Negombo bus terminal is 22 LKR (May 2015). Then take bus #905 to Negombo Beach for 12 LKR.
By busBuses leave the main Negombo Bus Stand to Colombo every 30 mins. The journey costs 75 LKR and lasts one hour to one and half, depending on the traffic.
To Kandy: buses depart every 30 minutes from the main bus terminal, 220 LKR, 3-4 hours.
To Sigiriya/Polonnaruwa: one bus daily at 14:00 from the main bus terminal. Trip lasts 4 hours to Sigiriya and 6 hours to Polonnaruwa.
To Anuradhapura: buses depart from Periyam Mulla junction bus stop in Negombo, journey takes more than 5 hours.
By taxi or trishawTo reach Kandy, 100 km east of Negombo, one can take a tuk-tuk to Veyangoda and then get a 2-3 hours train ride.
Trishaws or "tuk tuks" available to travel around. Be sure to negotiate your price ahead of the ride. These days, drivers tends to charge "fixed price" for tourists (Eg. 200 LKR from the Negombo Bus/Train Station to hotels in lewis Place Street) and especially from Lewis Place it is difficult to catch the passing ones carrying locals if these "stationary" drivers are around.
Renting a vehicle. One can find international companies at the airport or local one in Negombo streets, where you can easily rent tuk-tuks, Vans, 4x4 or motorbikes, providing you have an international driving license.
Also similarly just before leaving the county most of the visitors select Negombo to have a peaceful time before they take long journeys back to their mother countries.
St. Mary's church
Katuwapitiya Churchaddress: Katuwapitiya RdDedicated to the city's patron saint, St. Sebastian. Modeled on the Reims Cathedral in France. Built in 1990s.
Sea street church
Grand Street Church
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saintsaddress: intersection of Ave Maria street and Old Chilaw street
Negombo Grand Jumma Masjid
Agurukaramulla Raja maha viharaya Buddhist templeaddress: Temple rd
Sri Sudarshanaramaya Buddhist temple
Asapuwa Buddhist temple
Dutugamunu viharaya Buddhist temples
- Negombo Dutch fort built in 1672.
- Boat rides in shallow waters of the Negombo lagoon.
- Nice sandy beaches.
- Handicraft and other interesting gift hopping.
- Diving. Gives a chance to see reefs and experience the beauty of the underwater sea (Indian Ocean) and get the fun and adventure. There are two diving centers along the main strip, with boats departing from the beach, and roughly 30 dive sites.
Souvenir shops selling generic Sri Lankan items:
- Handicraft items
- Jewellery created with Sri Lankan gems
- Batik clouds, etc.
Local curry houses offer authentic dining for ~200 LKR. Cheaper, local restaurants are inland from the main strip, Porutota Rd. Roti Talk, on Porutota Rd and opposite Jetwing Blue, offers excellent local roti and chutney for 200-300 LKR, and local curry and rice for 700-900-LKR.
A mid-range destination, recommended by locals, is "King Coconut" located on the southern end of Jetwing beach. It offers Sri Lankan curry & rice, but is most recommended for its pizzas. Expect to pay ~1000 LKR for a meal.
Lords, on Porutota Rd opposite Jewting Blue, is somewhat pricey by local standards, and is very much for western visitors. It also showcases local art, and has a cultural show on Wednesdays. Expect to pay ~2000 LKR for a meal.
The three Jetwing resorts dominate the upper end of dining. Expect to pay ~3000 LKR for a meal.
Fine dining is one of the most satisfying factor enjoyed by any visitor who comes to Negombo.
- Finest sea food can be tasted in Negombo. Fresh fish, Lobsters, crabs, prawns and shellfish can be ordered in many restaurants and many enjoy seafood platters irrespective of their age or culture of origin. Crabs are sourced from the local lagoons.
- At the same time visitors who are interested can go and have visit to its popular fish markets which are active every day.
- Also any juicy topical fruits can be purchased at Negombo food markets. Tropical fruits have become a popular search of Negombo’s visitors.
All types of hot/cold drinks and cocktails are available to one's choice. Specially Sri Lankan fresh kind coconut as a drink can be ordered at a very low cost. If you search a bit you will be lucky enough to taste fresh toddy from area.
The local beers are Three Coins and Lion lagers. Locals are generally indifferent, although Three Coins is somewhat more full bodied. Arrack is the local spirit, made from coconut and tasting similar to rum.
Woodside Villaphone: +94 777808831address: St Sebastian Place, EthukalaGuesthouse just a short walk from the beach. The rooms are all spacious, clean and equipped with AC. There is a large garden and lounge areas with wifi throughout. Rooms have AC. The staff are fantastic and can cook breakfasts.
Dion's Guest Housephone: +94 31 22 37373address: Guesthouse Address 137 Lewis PlaceHas a nice large lawn and a spacious dining area. Rooms are equipped with flat screen TV, air-conditioning and in-room free WiFi. Can arrange pick-up drop from airport, bus or railway station.
phone: +94 76 7286 788address: No 477 Negombo RoadOffers spacious accommodation, 24-hour front desk service, free WiFi and parking, and airport transfers and tours can be arranged upon request at a surcharge.
phone: +94 715641827address: 118 Lewis Place
Mr Silal Fernando Homestayphone: +94 31 2222481address: Just outside NegomboMr Fernando is an amicable gentleman who runs this small homestay. He offers airport pickups for 800 rupees. Meals available.
Prince Residencephone: +94 11 3 10 10 10address: 91, Lewis PlaceVery clean accommodation next to the beach, with A/C, TV, mini-fridge and 24 hours hot water.
phone: +94 11 4766350address: St. Lachlans Beach Villa, St. Anthony's Lane, EttukalaThe hotel comprises 16 guest rooms and suites, all of which have LED TV, DVD player, mini-bar, and tea/coffee making facilities. Some of its amenities are a pool bar, swimming pool, and a gift/souvenir Shop.
Star Beach Hotelphone: +94 31 2222606address: 83/3 Lewis Place