Things to do in Negombo
Negombo is also known as ‘Little Italy’ because it showcases heavy influence from the Dutch and Portuguese colonial eras. Immerse yourself in some of the key attractions such as:
Occupied by the Dutch, Portuguese and the British over the years, most part of the Dutch Fort is today a prison. The gateway has the year 1678 inscribed on it. Some of the buildings belonging to the fort are still in use as governmental offices and boutiques.
One of the most popular churches in the country, St. Mary’s dates back over 140 years. It features fascinating works of art such as stained glass and breathtaking paintings on the ceiling. There are a number of such churches all over the town.
The specialty of this temple is that it houses a 6m-long reclining Buddha statue.
Joined to Negombo Town by the lagoon bridge, this picture=perfect island is renowned for its annual Easter passion play.
Known as the ‘Supreme Field of Pearls’ in English, this marvelous wetland is situated on the southern end of the lagoon. It is also Sri Lanka’s largest saline wetland. It is very popular with birdwatchers with a large number of purple herons, cormorants and kingfishers frequenting it
During their period of rule in Sri Lanka, the Dutch built a large number of canals. Looking at the canal network in Negombo, it may seem like they focused most of their efforts in this town. The Dutch Canal extends all the way from Colombo to Puttalam, and a boat ride is a fantastic way to enjoy a view from a different perspective. Speak to our reception to book yourself a boat tour and be well on your way to a relaxing day.
Behold the busiest fish market in Sri Lanka! Located just off the northern end of the lagoon, the fish market features a wide array of seafood such as lobsters, crabs, prawns and a number of species of fish, all at nominal prices. Take a trip to the market by 6am and you will witness the fishermen returning to shore with their catches.
Negombo is a very popular diving location among tourists and locals. There are a good number of well-preserved coral reefs which are absolutely beautiful. Also, there is a 50-year old shipwreck too that you can get near! The wreck is home to many varieties of colourful fish. If you visit during the period between November and March, be sure to talk to us to arrange a whale watching tour for you. The amazing sight of water giants like the Blue Whale and the Sperm Whale is a sight that will remain etched in your mind forever. You can also hire a sailboat for a couple of hours if you wish to bask in the sun, enjoying the wind and seaspray.