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Negombo (Sri Lanka)

Practical information about Negombo

  • Family
  • Relaxation
  • Beach / Seaside Resort
  • Viewpoint
  • Port
  • Water Sports
3 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
40km north of Colombo by car
When to go
From January through April
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Negombo

Travel writer
49 travel articles

Lying just a stone's throw from Colombo International Airport, Negombo is a large coastal resort extending for several kilometres along the Indian Ocean coast.

My suggestion:
Negombo is a good place to go to rest and recuperate from travelling before then continuing on with the rest of your tour of Sri-Lanka. Avoid the sea front and instead opt for accommodation away from the beach, which will both prove less expensive and give you more peace and quiet.

Beach Road and the area around it inevitably look just like any other of the world's coastal resorts, with a rows of beach bars, souvenir shops and hotels located along the edge of the beach. But if you take the trouble to venture away from the main roads and cross the town in a southerly direction, you'll discover a whole other side to Negombo.

I really enjoyed riding along Lewis Place on a hired bicycle, towards the fish market. If you head past the old Dutch Fort and the clock tower, you'll come to Negombo Lagoon. Cross the bridge and make your way through the multitude of narrow little streets, past the charming houses and tree-filled gardens that characterise this pretty area.

Negombo Beach is not the most beautiful in Sri-Lanka, but it does have plenty to offer. Fans of wakeboarding can indulge their passion cheaply here, before then heading on to the western part of the island. Everyone else can take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy a candlelit dinner in one of the many luxury hotel complexes located next to the beach. A special mention goes to the Rice and Curry served at Lords restaurant.

Negombo Lagoon
David Debrincat Travel writer
459 travel articles

40km to the north of Colombo, Negombo is a very pretty fishing village which stretches the length of a beautiful beach in the Indian ocean.

My suggestion:
Situated only 7km from the international airport, it is much more pleasant than staying in Colombo.

For me, the ideal place to end your trip to Sri Lanka. With your feet in the water, you are very close to the airport when it's time to think about your return.

The whole of the southern part of Negombo is dedicated to fishing. There the picturesque fish market starts up every morning. The northern part really enjoys its tourism. Little by little hotels and restaurants are creeping along the coast and ruining the landscape. Fortunately, it is still possible to unearth little guesthouses, and even rooms to rent, directly on the beach, practically in the water.

In the evening, the splendid sunset over the ocean with the dhows sailing on the water is a magnificent moment. It is an ideal place for lovers to proclaim their undying love for each other.

Fish market in Negombo