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Negombo Travel Guide: 87 reviews and 194 photos

Negombo has made its name as an youthful and western-influenced resort.

A new century has brought new ambition for a resort that had catered largely for the budget traveller. Its first five-star hotel – The Beach – has been followed by the opening of a Mark Warner watersports centre and that is already stirring new investment elsewhere.

Negombo’s proximity to the airport (and, don’t worry, that does not mean Heathrow noise levels!) makes it the first port of call for many backpackers and ensures that it retains a relative buzz for much of the year.

One hour north of Colombo, it also offers the chance to mix a beach holiday with forays into the capital.

Negombo is a relaxed environment where holidaymakers and Sri Lankan's haggle over this and that, flock to the numerous bars and restaurants, loll on a mile-long strip of broad, sandy tropical beach and generally mingle to an extent rarely seen elsewhere.

The broad, sandy beach now rivals all but the best on the west coast. For a convenient, value-for-money tropical holiday, there is no denying its appeal.

The Dutch colonial influence is most marked in the system of canals that extend all the way from Negombo south to Colombo and, more appealingly, north to Puttalam. You can hire a common-and-garden bicycle easily in Negombo to explore these canal paths,

Up the coast is Marawila, where the beaches are much quieter. Or you could visit Chilaw, a sleepy, picturesque fishing village, which attracts rather more prawns than tourists.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Freindly Peoples
  • Cons:Underdeveloped Infrastructure
  • In a nutshell:Nice Place to be for once
  • Last visit to Negombo: May 2010
  • Intro Updated Jun 27, 2010
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  • xaver's Profile Photo
    Feb 15, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    interesting tips, specially the budget hotels

  • Mozumbus's Profile Photo
    Sep 25, 2011 at 11:33 PM

    a friend is visiting SEA with wife and daughter. I suggested him to stay at negombo before going to kandy for a couple of nights. your page is quite helpful for that :) Thanks for sharing :)

  • jimcam64's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    asda uk will never be the same again

  • ViajesdelMundo's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    Great pics of the sea!! (you might like my Negombo sea pics too) I have lots of good memories in Negombo with local friends, usually for a day or wknd outing fr the city.

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Negombo -- what a nice name for a place...Greetings from Arizona, Norman :)

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