Negombo is located approximately 37 km north of the commercial capital of Colombo in Sri Lanka. It is located at the mouth of the Negombo lagoon. The major beach resort in the West Coast is Negombo. The wide sandy beaches and the safe sea are the main attractions of Negombo, and it is perfectly located within 7 km from the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake, Sri Lanka. Negombo has a small port, and its economy is mainly based on tourism and its centuries-old fishing industry. Negombo is a traditional fishing town in Sri Lanka, and no wonder the town is a gourmet food lover’s paradise with seafood available in plenty. Negombo also produces spices, ceramics and brassware. The town has most Roman Catholics along with Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims while it has been given the name “Little Rome” due to the highly ornate Portuguese-era Roman Catholic churches found within the township. The town has several buildings that date back to the Dutch and Portuguese colonial era. Attractions in the city include the old Dutch fort gate built in 1672 now a part of the prison, the Dutch Canal which was then a supply route to the Dutch administration, old churches and fishing villages. The 100km long canal running through the town is still being used and is an attraction for those who want to see the country from a different perspective.
The Negombo Lagoon covers an area of 3164 hectares. It is situated some 40 km north of Colombo. The Lagoon is part of the much larger Muthurawajawela Marsh and Negombo Lagoon coastal wetland. Apart from the single narrow opening to the sea at its northern end, the water depth within the lagoon is less than 2 m.
Negombo is one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka, frequented by international visitors as it is very close to the airport. The city of Negombo still shows Dutch characteristics in its architectures and is a must visit on your trip to Sri Lanka. Negombo, more affectionately known as the “Little Rome” of Sri Lanka is a romantic little coastal town. Home to some of the oldest churches in Sri Lanka, fresh seafood and untouched beaches, it’s a great stop either as soon as you come into Sri Lanka or just before you leave. with a range of beach activities, such as kite surfing, and an active nightlife, there is always something to do in Negombo. With its golden beaches and multitude of luxurious beachside hotels and restaurants, Negombo is a tourist hotspot which is great to charge up your batteries on your way in and out of Sri Lanka.