St. Sebastian’s Church Negombo – One of the Island’s Most Beautiful Churches

The Negombo area of Sri Lankan is widely known for its Catholic majority, so it comes as no surprise that some of the island’s most beautiful churches are situated here.

St. Sebastian's Church Negombo | Image Credit - Bernard Gagnon, CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

St. Sebastian’s Church Negombo | Image Credit – Bernard Gagnon, CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Background

The design of the church was conceptualised by Father G.Shannon, was a parish priest at Sea Street, which is situated close to the metropolitan area of Colombo. The foundation stone, however, was laid by the Archbishop of Colombo at the time, Pierre-Guillaume Marque.

St. Sebastian’s Significance

St.Sebastian is considered the patron saint of Negombo, so there are many churches in the district that were built in his honor. Out of these many churches though, this is the most significant.

The Festival

Every 20th of January an annual festival is held in memory of St.Sebastian, and it takes place within this church. During the course of this festival, processions are formed to feed the poor. A decorated flagstaff is also commonly placed within the premises of the church.

Location

The church is situated in Negombo city, along the eponymous street. It is a mere 6km from the island’s international airport. Since it is close to the Colombo-Chilaw-Puttalam highway, one can easily it reach from Marawila hotels as well, such as Amagi Beach.

Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.

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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

Colombo International airport | shankar s. , Flickr ,  (CC BY 2.0)

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.