Negombo is a must visit if you’re interested in visiting Sri Lanka – Discovering Sri Lanka’s Idyllic West Coast

Tucked away along the West Coast of Sri Lanka, one will come to the enchanting town of Negombo. An idyllic coastal getaway, this town is a great spot to have fun in the sun, sand & surf.

Negomb | Image Credit - Luboš Holič, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikipedia Commons

Negomb | Image Credit – Luboš Holič, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikipedia Commons

Explore Historic Hotspots

As a seaside hamlet with a colonial past Negombo is littered with the historic point of interest dating back to the days when the city was under the Dutch and Portuguese rule. A boat ride along the Dutch Canal is the perfect way to uncover this history as the tour takes visitors on a colonial trading route that is still used to this day.

Relaxing on Negombo Beach

Its location along the coast means that Negombo is the perfect place to enjoy long lazy days sunbathing in the glorious tropical sunshine. Those who are planning to holiday in Sri Lanka doesn’t have to travel far to look for accommodation by the beach. There is a myriad of hotels near Colombo airport the likes of Heritance Negombo which gives easy access to the beach.

Cruising the Dutch Canal

Constructed by the Dutch as an easy way to transport goods, the Dutch Canal today is the perfect place to embark on a boat cruise and engage in some bird watching as well.

Visiting the Fish Market

Being a traditional fishing town, Negombo is where one can experience the frenetic excitement and lively hustle & bustle of the local fish market. Part of the fun is seeing fishermen bringing in their catch to shore.

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Shopping Experience in Negombo – Everything you need in a one small town.

Colombo International airport

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Besides the spellbinding beach views and palatable dishes, Negombo is also popular for shopping. Here’s a breakdown of the shopping experience offered by this little town.

Last minute clothes shopping

Negombo is only minutes away from the Bandaranaike Airport thus is the best place to get everything you need before the start of your trip to this exotic island, from beachwear to summer hats and etc. Shopping centers like Fashion Bug, LUV SL and Molly Boulevard are some the options you can choose from in Negombo.

Last minute souvenir shopping

In Negombo Sri Lanka, hotels offer gift shops with a collection of stunning jewelry and souvenirs. Ranging from leather bags, pouches, wooden elephants, seashell souvenirs and so much more, Negombo will help you find the perfect gift. Apart from hotel gift shops, LUV SL and 4 Seasons are other places with some nice stuff.

The fish market

The Negombo fish market is an impressive sight as it is right on the beach and in close proximity of most beach hotels such as Hotel J Negombo. Thus if you want to taste freshly caught exotic seafood, this is where you should go. The prices in the market are also quite reasonable and are often negotiable.

Tea shopping

Ceylon tea is known around the world for its exotic flavour and classic texture and is definitely worth taking back from your trip. Get your hands on some of Sri Lanka’s best tea at Tea Zone, O.K Negombo Craft Jeweller or Dewon Tea Shop.

 

St Mary’s Church in Negombo – A holy fortress in the heart of Negombo.

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The St Mary’s Church been a major religious monument in the city of Negombo, is one of the largest cathedrals of Sri Lanka. This is a Roman Catholic Church with a rich history of 140 years, thus is a major tourist and pilgrim hotspot of the island.

Build prior to the 16th century, this is a majestic edifice elaborate with religious depictions painted across the ceiling. The church is located in the grand street of Negombo town and is twenty six minutes away from the Katunayaka International airport. This makes it easily accessible from any of the Colombo airport hotels or resorts, some of which are close to the Negombo Beach such as Jetwing Blue.

The church has the epic feel of an ancient cathedral on the onset with lean pillars on both sides and great ivory walls. Indoors is a grand and serene prayer room with more ivory pillars and beautiful statuettes of red and gold angels placed alongside the prayer space. This is a long praying space decorated with ancient architecture. It is filled with benches for pilgrims to sit on, during services.

The outside of the aisle is packed with vibrant religious statuettes dispersed throughout. The magnificent and intricately detailed sculpture of Mother Mary being made the queen of the heavens, placed in the end of the aisle is picturesque sight to see. The charming paintings of Mother Mary, god and angels painted gracefully across the ceiling are of course the highlight if the premises.

Next to the church, stands a small beautiful building with a remarkable central portrayal of Christ. The building is surrounded by stained striking glass windows which is a delightful sight in the evening as the light falls through the glass. This is an area visited by guests and pilgrims in the afternoon when the main church is closed.

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