Negombo town is the closest attraction to the Bandaranaike International Airport. It provides the most convenient break for weary travellers who first arrive in Sri Lanka. It is not a destination many take time to explore, perhaps due to its proximity to the airport. Negombo has some of the best beaches on the west coast of the island. Negombo became strategic for cinnamon trade during the Dutch period, and the European influence is very much still visible here. The town has an exquisite collection of churches, and it is a reflection of the town’s strong catholic influence. And if you thought, this seaside town is all about beaches; wait till you discover the Negombo lagoon.
There are several mesmerising beaches in Negombo. They are perfect for strolls, swimming, for children to play, and even for watersports.
This estuarine lagoon has extensive mangrove swamps where a variety of aquatic birds reside. It is famous for traditional lagoon fishing.
It is Sri Lanka’s second-largest open-air fish market. Hundreds of boats bring their daily catch here, and fish get distributed across the country.
Only the eastern ramparts of the fort remain. Built by the Portuguese, it was captured by the Dutch and later by the British, who made it into a prison.
St. Mary’s Church
The church is one of the biggest cathedrals on the island and displays the amalgamation of neoclassical European and Sri Lankan architecture.
The canal connects Puttalam to Colombo and passes through Negombo. It was built by the British to drain saltwater from Muthurajawela Wetlands.