Tourism / Sri Lanka / Negombo


Negombo (Negombo, "honey village") - a popular tourist resort, located about 40 km from Colombo. It is the fifth largest city in the country, known as a major fishing center. Negombo Fish Market is famous for almost the whole of Sri Lanka. But the main attraction Negombo - a wonderful sandy beach.

Sometime around Negombo it grew wild cinnamon, which was called the best in the world. Several centuries overseas merchants, eager for spices, became anchored in a convenient harbor of Negombo. And until now, cinnamon - one of the main production facilities of the city (along with ceramics and bronze objects).

The long picturesque sandy beach is located north of the city center. There are many comfortable hotels built and offers a huge amount of entertainment, both on land and on water: windsurfing, scuba diving and kite surfing. The latter is quite true, as the sea is usually turbulent, wavy. What is more interesting to do in Negombo? Inspect the Dutch Canal, a fort and a church to go to a wonderful mangrove park or visit a bird sanctuary 50 km from the resort.

How to get to Negombo

Colombo International Airport is even closer to Negombo than Sri Lanka's capital. Therefore, most of the hotels offer pick-up service to its customers, but at very high prices (from 2000 to 3000 LKR). Where would be cheaper to get to the bus stop to the airport (from the building there is a free shuttle in the path of 5 minutes). And there - take a tuk-tuk to Negombo center, which will cost from 400 to 500 LKR.

Prices are listed on page July 2016

To get from the main train / railway station to the hotel in Negombo tuk-tuk will have to "lay out" about 250 LKR.

Directly from Colombo to the resort runs express bus (shuttle / LKR 57/100 with air conditioning, en route from one hour to two, departures every 20 minutes). Trains departing from the w / d station of the capital, much slower buses. Before Candy can be reached by bus to the Veyangoda town (Veyangoda, LKR 153, in 2 h), where the seats on a direct train.

Cuisine and restaurants

South Beach Negombo - a popular place for fish and seafood lovers. The local bay fishermen caught an incredible number of lobsters, crabs and shrimp. The beach is open many taverns, where all the seafood cooked over an open fire.

Entertainment, excursions and attractions Negombo

Negombo - known center of Catholicism on the island (it is even called "Little Rome"). It is not surprising that in a city so many churches and cathedrals, the largest and most beautiful of them -. St. Mary's Cathedral.

In addition, you can make a very real trip back in time to see the Dutch Fort ruins, built in 1672, the Dutch Canal, serving in those days, an alternate route to the Dutch administration, old churches and a cemetery, and pristine nature, and colorful fish market.

The new wharf will be built in Negombo to the end of September 2010. It was from curious tourists can make boat trips on the lagoon, and enjoy beautiful views, extraordinary flora and fauna and mangroves. The new marina is at the Custom-House Road, close to the Hamilton Canal, which in turn originates at the source of the Maha Oya river.

Where to stay: the newlyweds and loving couples - in Bentota, away from the savages and hippies - in Beruvella wishing to live close to the entertainment capital and at the same time in a quiet place - Mount Lavinia. Kalutara and Negombo to lovers of water sports, well, Colombo - those who can not imagine life without the metropolitan bustle. What to see: one of the oldest cities of the island of Ceylon Anuradhapura, "Lion's Rock 'Sigiriya, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy, cave monasteries Dambulla, Dutch fort of the 17th century in Galle, a city-museum of Polonnaruwa, and the mountain resort of Nuwara Eliya, also often referred to as "little England". Finally, it is worth to spend a couple of days in the vibrant and bustling capital of the country - the city of Colombo. You may also be interested in Vietnam, India, Indonesia, China, Japan. The most popular destinations and resorts of the country: Bentota, Galle, Negombo, Kandy, Colombo.