Negombo - Sri Lanka
Negombo, located on the western coast of Sri Lanka, approximately 37 km north of commercial capital Colombo and perfectly located within the 7 km from the Bandaranaike International Airport. It is a town famous among many tourists for its beautiful beach resorts. Many tourists used to come straight into one of the beach hotels here after long fly, or stays here as a last stop before flying home.
Negombo contains a long, sandy beaches surround by blue sea, draws tourist from all over the world. And safe place for swimming and various water sport activities. There is also a 100 km long canal network in Negombo that is also used by locals for transport using canoes and small boats. Negombo is a well established tourism infrastructure with some of the luxurious hotels, restaurants, clubs and pubs in the country located here.
- Centuries ago, Negombo was referred by Sinhalese as 'Meegamuwa' - The village of honey/bees.
- Early 16th century, Portuguese captured Negombo and took over the cinnamon trade and built a fort for protection.
- In the 1640s, Dutch captured both Negombo and cinnamon trade from Portuguese.
- In 1796, The British took control of Negombo, and involved in building up trade with the west.
Things to Do:
- Dutch Canal Tours.
- Visit the Dutch Fort.
- Kitesurfing and Windsurfing.
- Visit the Fish Market and the Fishermans Bay.
- Visit St. Mary's Church.
- Muthurajawela Bird watching.
- Visit the Angurukaaramulla Temple.