Attractions

Market in Negombo

Main Fish Market

Each day, fishers take their oruvas (outrigger canoes) and go out in search of the fish for which Negombo is famous. They’re a fine sight as they sweep home into the lagoon after a fishing trip. Fish auctions on the…
Beach in Negombo

Negombo Beach

Even though it could never compete in a beauty contest against many Sri Lankan beaches, Negombo's beach, which stretches north from the town right along the hotel strip before fading into a palm-tree distance, is pl…
Canal in Negombo

Hamilton Canal

The Dutch showed their love of canals here like nowhere else in Sri Lanka. Canals extend from Negombo all the way south to Colombo and north to Puttalam, a total distance of over 120km. You can hire a bicycle in Neg…
Market in Negombo

Fish Market

Across the lagoon bridge is Negombo's second fish market. If you can stagger out of bed at 6am, it’s a good place to watch big fishing boats return with their catches.
Ruins in Negombo

Dutch Fort

Close to the seafront near the lagoon mouth are the ruins of the old Dutch fort, which has a fine gateway inscribed with the date 1678. Also here is a green, called the Esplanade, where cricket matches are a big att…
Beach in Negombo

Negombo Beach Park

Foreign tourists can normally access the beach in front of most big hotels even if you're not staying, but for a more colourful (and noisier) scene join the locals at this municipal beach.
Buddhist Temple in Negombo

Angurukaramulla Temple

East of the town centre the Angurukaramulla Temple, with its 6m-long reclining Buddha, is worth seeing; take a three-wheeler for around Rs 200.
Church in Negombo

St Mary’s Church

The fading pink chamber of St Mary’s Church, in the town centre, has some thunderous religious ceiling paintings covering the nave.
Island in Negombo

Duwa

Joined to Negombo by the lagoon bridge, Duwa is famed for its Easter passion play.