Welcome to Negombo


The Dutch captured the town from the Portuguese in 1640, lost it, and then captured it again in 1644. The British then took it from them in 1796 without a struggle. Negombo was one of the most important sources of cinnamon during the Dutch era, and there are still reminders of the European days.

The busy centre of Negombo town lies to the west of the bus and train stations. Most places to stay, however, line the main road that heads north from the town centre, with the beachside hotel strip starting about 2km north of town.


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$110 Day Trips & Excursions

Galle Full-Day Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Weligama Fishtheraphy, Weligama, Matara, Southern ProvinceComplete your Galle day tour with a visit to see the amazing Stilt Fishermen in Weligama. The fishermen sit on a cross bar tied to a vertical pole which is planted in the coral reef and the stilt with one hand while seated and carry out rod and line fishing with the other hand. The practice of stilt fishing started about 50 years after the end of the Second World War when fishermen found that fishing off the rocks that protrude over the sea was not enough to catch fish in large numbers, so they started planting discarded metal pipes into the reef and using them to lean against and fish. Over time the fishermen discovered that timber worked just as well as developed the poles into the more modern day versions that we see today. It is a unique sight to behold and one that should not be missed as we watch and marvel at Man's dexterity to overcome any hurdle.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Jungle Beach, Unawatuna, Galle District, Southern Provinceclimbed down toward the true destination of your day trip — Jungle Beach. Not another person in sight, just twin stretches of deserted sand trapped between the ocean and Rumassala Rock. Having just experienced the soul-crushing lameness of Unawatuna, this beach was exactly what we needed. Peace, solitude and gorgeous nature.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Galle Fort, Galle, Galle District, Southern ProvinceGalle Dutch Fort - After learning about the sheer determination of the people through the art displayed at the Tsunami Photo Museum, let us now head down to the Galle Dutch Fort. With a tumultuous history dating back to several centuries, the city’s strategic location made it a hub for trade by sea and subsequently a landing point for the island’s colonial rulers. A fort was built to ensure protection and preservation of the city the Portuguese in early 16th Century and then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century. Originally the fort was an earthen structure with palisades, a rampart and three bastions and a moat surrounding it. Under the control of the Dutch, they built impregnable fortifications with coral and granite stones and the Fort resembled a small laid out walled town with a rectangular grid pattern of streets full of low houses with gables and verandas.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Tsunami Photo Museum, Telwatta, Western ProvinceTsunami Photo Museum - Your next stop will be at the Tsunami Photo Museum which is located in Talwatte. After the devastating Tsunami of 2004, which struck Sri Lanka along with many other countries, the recovery process has been slow, long as well as arduous. The coastal areas were the worst hit and re-development still continues with physical as well psycho-social rehabilitation being one of the most important areas. To ease the process so that people can talk and articulate about the horrors of the Tsunami as well as to provide a place where beauty and art is still in abundance, the Tsunami Photo Museum was established. It is a completely charitable museum which provides free entrance and has drawings, paintings, photographs – art in all its glory – to tell a story of every individual to lived through the Tsunami of 2004.Duration: 1 day 6 hoursStop At: KOSGODA Turtle Conservation and Research Centre, Kosgoda, Galle District, Southern ProvinceTurtle Hatchery - Your day trip to Galle starts with a visit to Turtle Hatchery. Sri Lanka is home to many different wildlife creatures including sea- life and of the seven species of marine turtles in the world; five of them make their way to Sri Lanka to nest throughout the year. The five species of marine turtle nesting in Sri Lanka include the Green Turtle, the Leatherback, and the Hawksbill, the Loggerhead and the Olive Ridley. Established to protect turtles that nest in the Sri Lankan beaches from extinction, the marine turtle hatcheries are operated by the Wild Life Protection Society of Sri Lanka and rely on volunteers to help with their conservation project. You can help release the turtles back into the sea and find out how we can help these endangered species live a little while longer..Duration: 1 hour

$45 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Southern Sri Lanka Sightseeing Private Day Trip

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Galle Fort, Galle, Galle District, Southern ProvinceYou will be picked up from your hotel in Negombo, Colombo, Mount Lavinia, Kalutara, Bentota, Beruwela or Galle and then transfer to visit Dutch Fort of Galle. The fort is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument, which even after more than 423 years maintains a polished appearance, thanks to extensive reconstruction work done by Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Ariyapala Mask Museum, Ambalangoda, Galle District, Southern ProvinceNext stop is Ambalangoda, known for its exquisite collection of native masks, carved throughout the generations of professional carvers from the region. Don's miss the variety of masks available for sale, as the current productions are more garish and vibrant in colour.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Madu River, Balapitiya, Southern ProvinceLater on you will visit Balapitiya and have lunch at Gangabada Asiriya Restaurant. After lunch, you can discover the unique beauty of Maduganga River on a boat trip. A relatively unspoiled lagoon, the Maduganga estuary is a 915-hectare complex coastal wetland ecosystem that opens to the Indian Ocean. Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Kosgoda Turtle Care, Kosgoda, Galle District, Southern ProvinceLate afternoon, you will visit a Turtle Hatchery in Kosgoda. Here, these almost-extinct turtles are breed and cared for. extinct form Sri Lanka. Visitors can see the new born turtles and even be a part of the process of releasing them in the sea. You will be taken back to your hotel at the end of the tour.Duration: 1 hour

$40 Outdoor Activities

Muthurajawela Bird Watching Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Muthurajawela Marsh, Negombo, Western ProvinceYou will be picked up from your hotel in Negombo for a tour riding a TukTuk to Muthurajawela Wetland, and a bird watching tour by boat. Your TukTuk is a very typical form of public transport, part of the everyday street scene. On the TukTuk, you can sit and stretch out, protected from the sun, and rain, and with a great breeze. You will soon arrive at Muturajawela wetland marine sanctuary, famous for its mangroves, salt water crocodiles and avi fauna. You will take a boat ride through the vast Negombo lagoon. Extending over 6,000 acres and over 29,000, and rumored to provide home to over 40 species of migratory and 85 indigenous bird species. Mangrove forests that line the footpath are great places to observe birds as well as baby crocodiles and fiddler crabs. On completion of this visit, your TukTuk rider will take you back to the hotel.Duration: 3 hours

$90 Outdoor Activities

Lagoon Escapes Negombo Fishing Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Negombo Fish Market, Negombo, Western Province8:00 am - Pick up from your hotel in Negombo9:00 am - Visit Negombo fish market and buy your favorite fresh seafood to cook for your lunch in addition to the seafood we provide during the trip.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Negombo Lagoon, Negombo, Western Province10:00 am - Start boat tour in Negombo lagoon. Here you can engage with traditional and modern ways of fishing in lagoon. . Refreshment will be provided during the boat trip.12:30 pm – Live cooking of your lunch in on an Island in the lagoon which you can participate in. Rice and two grilled seafood items will be served, plus any additional seafood you may have purchases during your visit to the fish market.2:30 pm - Take a Catamaran ride with an experienced driver through the lagoon area while you relax and see the beautiful scenery.4:30 pm – End of the lagoon trip and drop you to the hotelDuration: 6 hours

$14 Transfers & Ground Transport

Private Arrival Transfer from Colombo International Airport CMB to Hotels in Negombo

Upon arrival at Colombo International Airport (CMB), also known as Bandaranaike International Airport, your driver will greet you at the airport and transfer you directly to your hotel in Negombo. Most hotels are concentrated in the area called Lewis Place and we conveniently take you their. Your drive/guide will also give you some introduction about Negombo city's attractions, the best places to eat, Where to do some bargain shopping, reasonably priced souvenir shops and any other information you are interested. Especially for the first time travelers, learn more about Sri Lanka's customs, traditions and travel ling tips from your friendly driver!

$28 Day Trips & Excursions

Sacred City of Kandy Private Tour with Royal Botanical Gardens

You will be picked up form Colombo, Colombo International Airport (CMB) or your hotel in Negombo, Kochchikada or Waikkal and then proceed to Kandy.   Kandy is the cultural symbol of Sri Lanka and you will visit the famous temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy Lake and Kandy market for handy-craft shopping. When it's lunch time, feel free to ask your driver for some recommendations for local restaurants. After lunch visit the Gem Museums and see a cultural show that includes an exciting live fire walking performance. Also stop by the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens that is renowned for its collection of a variety of orchids. It includes more than 4000 species of plants, including of orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees. Attached to it is the National Herbarium of Sri Lanka. and then return to Colombo city, the Colombo International Airport (CMB) or your hotel in Negombo, Kochchikada or Waikkal.