Negombo Overview
  • Country: Sri Lanka
  • Location: Western Province
  • Mean Sea Level: Approximately 2 meters (6.5 feet) above sea level
  • Type of Activity: Beach relaxation, cultural tours
  • Area: Approximately 30 square kilometers
  • Coordinates: 7.2083° N latitude, 79.8350° E longitude


Negombo is a bustling coastal city located close to Sri Lanka’s Bandaranaike International Airport. Known for its sandy beaches and vibrant fish market, Negombo offers a blend of relaxation and cultural experiences. The Dutch Fort, built in the 17th century, and St. Mary’s Church are notable historical landmarks. The lagoon is famous for its seafood and picturesque boat rides. Visitors can also enjoy water sports such as diving and windsurfing. The Hamilton Canal, originally constructed by the Dutch, is a great spot for a boat tour.

Negombo’s nightlife features beachside bars and restaurants that add to its appeal as a lively destination. The city is also renowned for its multicultural influences, evident in its architecture, cuisine, and festivals. The Negombo Fish Market, or Lellama, is one of the largest in the country, offering a unique glimpse into the local way of life. With its proximity to the airport and a range of accommodation options, Negombo is a convenient and vibrant starting or ending point for any Sri Lankan adventure.

Top Activities in Negombo

  • Beach Relaxation: Enjoy sunbathing and swimming on Negombo's sandy beaches.
  • Water Sports: Engage in water sports such as diving, windsurfing, and jet skiing.
  • Boat Rides: Take a scenic boat ride on the Negombo Lagoon.
  • Fishing Tours: Experience traditional fishing methods and join a fishing tour.
  • Visit Historical Sites: Explore the 17th-century Dutch Fort and St. Mary’s Church.
  • Fish Market Visit: Visit the Negombo Fish Market (Lellama) to see the local fishing industry in action.
  • Bird Watching: Discover the rich birdlife in the Muthurajawela Marsh.
  • Lagoon Kayaking: Go kayaking in the lagoon for a more active adventure.
  • Seafood Dining: Savor fresh seafood at local beachside restaurants.
  • Enjoy Nightlife: Relax at beachside bars and enjoy the vibrant nightlife.
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