Must-see attractions in North of Colombo

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Muthurajawela Marsh

    North of Colombo

    Muthurajawela Marsh, which evocatively translates as ‘Supreme Field of Pearls’, is a little-known gem of a wetland at the southern end of Negombo’s lagoon…

  • Wilpattu National Park

    Wilpattu National Park

    At 1317 sq km, Wilpattu is Sri Lanka’s largest national park. Hidden in the dense, dry woodland, you'll (hopefully) find an array of wildlife that…

  • 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,…

  • Alankuda Beach

    North of Colombo

    Alankuda is the peninsula's busiest and best beach for non-kitesurfing beach bums. If you squint your eyes and blot out the string of giant wind turbines…

  • Kalpitiya Beach

    North of Colombo

    Kalpitiya Beach at the northern end of the peninsula consists of a long spit of sand most easily reached by boat across the Kalpitiya lagoon. It's a…

  • 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…

  • Dutch Fort 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • Kalpitiya Fort

    North of Colombo

    The remains of this 17th-century Dutch fort are impressive, but are currently occupied by the Sri Lankan navy, so the interior is off limits.

  • 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.

  • Murugan (Kataragama) Temple

    North of Colombo

    About 7km south of Chilaw, this roadside Hindu shrine has building-sized statues of Vishnu and Hanuman.

  • Duwa


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