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  • Negombo is located north of the capital, Colombo, on Sri Lanka's western coast and is ideal for a stop at the beginning or end of a visit, since the Bandaranaike International Airport is located only 6 miles from here. This former fishing centre was transformed into a commercial town by the Portuguese and the Dutch, whose influence can still be seen today in its numerous colourful markets, churches ...
    © Filip Fuxa / 123RF
  • Streetscape with treewheeler taxis in Negombo, Sri Lanka.
    © Filip Fuxa / 123RF
  • The fishermen of Negombo rely mainly on their traditional knowledge of the seasons for their livelihood, Negombo, Sri Lanka.
    © Filip Fuxa / 123RF
  • A church in the fishing town of Negombo , Sri Lanka.
    © Filip Fuxa / 123RF
  • Negombo beach, Sri Lanka.
    © Filip Fuxa / 123RF
  • The fishermen of Negombo rely mainly on their traditional knowledge of the seasons for their livelihood.
    © Filip Fuxa / 123RF
  • Even though it is a modern construction, St. Sebastian's Church is impressive for the number of followers it has, who can be seen in large numbers during the various masses.
    © Filip Fuxa / 123RF
Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Sri Lanka

Negombo is located north of the capital, Colombo, on Sri Lanka's western coast and is ideal for a stop at the beginning or end of a visit, since the Bandaranaike International Airport is located only 6 miles from here. This former fishing centre was transformed into a commercial town by the Portuguese and the Dutch, whose influence can still be seen today in its numerous colourful markets, churches and colonial buildings. The evangelistic efforts of the Portuguese colonists were such a success that the locals are still Catholics.
Nearly 5 miles long, the sandy beach surrounded by a forest of coconut trees is especially popular for seaside holidays. Here visitors will find a multitude of hotels, inns and restaurants. The local population survives on its tourism and fishing industries. Something visitors might find interesting about Negombo is that the Dutch built a canal here that crosses the city parallel to the coast.

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Negombo: the key figures

Surface area : 65600.0 km2

Population : 19700000 inhabitants

Negombo Reviewedhotels
  • 8.15 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    The Beach
    Negombo - Sri Lanka
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    Very new, this hotel is ideally located for enjoying the beach ...

  • 7.7 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Ranweli Eco Resort
    Negombo - Sri Lanka
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    Ranweli Eco Lodge will enchant lovers of nature and enthusiasts ...

  • 7.45 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Club Dolphin
    Negombo - Sri Lanka
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    The Dolphin Club is a very pleasant and airy hotel. Vast spaces ...

  • 7.4 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Blue Oceanic
    Negombo - Sri Lanka
    Hotel Hotel 3 Etoile(s)

    The Blue Océanic hotel is well situated on the Negombo beach ...

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