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Negombo Tours

Negombo is a bustling beach town with plenty of opportunities for rest and relaxation! Nestled on the rim of Negombo Lagoon, the town boasts a long stretch of buzzing yet beautiful beach, and is located close to Colombo. Originally named as the Group of Bees in the local language of Sinhalese, Negombo enjoyed pride of place for centuries as one of the biggest and best producers of wild cinnamon. Traces of Negombo’s colonial history are still evident in the ornately crafted Roman Catholic churches that are strewn around the town. It’s for this reason that the town is affectionately known as Little Rome. Negombo offers safe swimming and ample diving opportunities, including to a 50 year old shipwreck that houses coral reefs and an array of fish. There’s also an abundance of fresh and delicious seafood for you to feast on.

Themes

  • Adventure
  • Beaches
  • Heritage
  • Wine & Food

Highlights

  • Beach
  • Relaxation
  • Buzzing Bars
  • Al Fresco Dining

Activities in Negombo

Boat ride Dutch canal

Enjoy the sights and sounds of life in Sri Lanka with a boat ride along the Dutch-made Hamilton Canal. Once a supply route for the Dutch administration, old churches and fishing villages, this 100km long still used Dutch Canal running through the town, is an ideal way to gain insight of the area from a different perspective. Along the way, see water monitors, crocodiles, monkeys, varieties of fish and birds. Visit Muthurajawela and take a nature trip to Negombo lagoon in a small boat.

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

Spend a half day at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, a three hour drive (80km) from Negombo. Witness the biggest herd of captive pachyderms in the world who journey to the river twice a day to bathe. Managed by the Sri Lanka Wildlife Department, Pinnawala encourages both breeding and aiding the recovery and release of injured wild elephants back into the forest. The little jumbos, orphaned as their parents were victims of poachers/accidents, also splash about. Learn how they are tamed, reared and trained by their human keepers (known as mahouts) who bottle feed and bathe them.

Negombo City Tour including fish market

Negombo boasts several buildings dating back to the days of Dutch and Portuguese presence in the country. The beautiful sea shore and the ocean are dotted with catamarans. The Negombo lagoon is famous for its harvest of lobsters, crabs and prawns. The seafood auctions on the beach are a must-see on this half day excursion. Pretty canals built by the Dutch still buzzing with activity snake their way through this fishing village. Other highlights of the city are the Dutch Fort and historic Catholic Church.

Places to Stay

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Goldi Sands Hotel

Style: Beach Resort

Goldi Sands Hotel, just fifteen minutes away from the Bandaranaike International Airport, is a charming property nestled on the golden beaches of Negombo.

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Heritance Negombo

Style: International

Heritance Negombo is situated just a few sandy footprints away from the vast Indian Ocean and a 20 minute drive…

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Horathapola Estate

Style: Boutique

Horathapola Estate, within an hour's drive from the airport, is situated amid a vast open landscape in serene rural Sri Lanka. Savor the grand architectural design and Sri Lankan antique furniture, with some pieces as old as the building itself! Stay in one of five airy ensuite bedrooms at the bungalow, each providing spectacular views of the garden and ample privacy.

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Hotel J

Style: International

Hotel J is located close to the western coastal town of Negombo, which, with its golden beaches and wonderful views of the Indian Ocean, is a true paradise if you are seeking a little Sri Lankan sunshine.

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Jetwing Blue Oceanic

Style: Beach Resort

Situated near the small fishing village of Negombo, this hotel is ideal to rest and catch your breath after a long flight.

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Thalahena Villa by Jetwing - Negombo

Style: Boutique

Thalahena Villa by Jetwing – Negombo is an elegant accommodation right next to the blue Indian Ocean. Set by the Negombo lagoon, this boutique style villa offers picturesque ocean views and sumptuous hospitality.

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The Notary’s House

Style: Boutique

The Notary’s House, less than an hour’s drive away from the Colombo International Airport, is a boutique hotel set among…

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The Wallawwa

Style: Resort

The Wallawwa is a boutique hotel located by the sunny Negombo beach, just 15 minutes from Colombo’s international airport. Stay…

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Villa Hundira

Style: Boutique

Overlooking Negombo lagoon, Villa Hundira is an oasis of calm, away from the hustle and bustle, an hour north of…

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