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Negombo has a strong historical Catholic impact as a result of its Portuguese, Dutch, and British colonizers. The southern part of the bay is home to the country’s major fishing port, while the northern part is home to the tourism sector. Probably the finest site in Sri Lanka to see the magnificent sunset near the beach.

Because Negambo beach is only 10 kilometers from the airport, it may be the start or end day of a Sri Lanka travel itinerary.

Negombo’s highlights include the Negombo Lagoon, the historic St. Mary’s Church, and the Fish Market.

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Nearby Attractions

  • Fishing Port and Fish Market

Though not a scenic location, it is a good site to watch the lifestyle of a tiny fishing town, but only in the early morning hours. The fishing harbor is one of the largest and oldest in Sri Lanka, and it is teeming with vessels of all sizes.

Distance: 5 Km

  • Negombo Lagoon

It is the largest estuary lagoon in Negombo, having a diverse aquatic habitat. The lagoon’s most popular attraction is boat riding, where you can see herons, egrets, gulls, cormorants, terns, and other shorebirds.

Distance: 5 Km

  • St. Mary’s Church and St. Stephen’s Church

St. Mary’s Anglican Church is the largest church built in the style of Renaissance and Baroque architecture.

St. Stephen’s Church, built in 1880, is the oldest church edifice in Negombo.

Distance: about 4.5 Km

  • Hindu Temples

The shrines are distinguished by a lofty entrance tower adorned with several sculptures of the gods representing the celestial homes of the gods.

Distance: 5 Km

  • Negombo Dutch Fort

The British nearly completely dismantled the Dutch Fort in order to construct a prison. The prison is still operational today, with just the clock tower, rampart, and bastions remaining.

Distance: 5 Km

  • Colombo City

Colombo is Sri Lanka’s main metropolis and commercial center. Beautiful colonial architectural evidence can be observed throughout the city center. Beaches, foreign fusion restaurants, casinos, nightclubs, retail malls, and historical temples, churches, and Hindu temples are all found here.

Distance: 37 Km

The most popular nearby attraction: Colombo City (33 Km)


within 10 Km

Star Classified Hotels- Yes

Boutique Hotels- Yes

Resorts- Yes

International Chain Hotels- Yes

Ayurvedic Hotels- Yes

Villas- Yes

Eco Hotels- Yes

Camping- No

Unclassified Hotels- Yes

* You might still find preferred accommodation in nearby cities.


CMB Airport- 13 Km (travel time: 30min)

Colombo City- 41 Km (1hrs)

Sigiriya Rock Fortress- 150 Km (3hrs 10min)

Kandy City- 110 Km (2hrs 45min)

Galle Dutch Fort- 161 Km (2hrs 40min)

Anuradhapura Ancient City- 168 Km (3hrs 20min)

Polonnaruwa Ancient City- 198 Km (4hrs)

* The time and distance are only given to give you an idea. There are stopovers between the two locations. The cities listed above are some of the most popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka.

Best Time

November to March


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