5 Best things to do in Negombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is one of the best places for your next family holiday because of its tropical environment, tea plantations, and golden beaches. Negombo was an important commercial harbour for both the Portuguese and the Dutch. This lovely beachfront resort is just a short drive from Colombo, the capital city, and is a great escape for tired travellers seeking peace and tranquillity away from the city’s hectic throngs. Here in this blog, I will tell you some best things which you can experience in the city – Negombo.

1. Canal Boat Hire:

When the Europeans started to colonize Sri Lanka, they built canals to transport commodities swiftly from one trade station to the next. Though commodities are no longer transported via these canals, they are nevertheless available to the public for a fast boat trip that is both enjoyable and exhilarating! You can also opt to take a city tour if you have some time. 

2. Visit to St. Mary Church:

In Negombo, it is estimated that 99 per cent of the population is Christian. As a result, it’s no wonder that churches are a dime a dozen in Negombo. St. Mary’s Church, one of Sri Lanka’s largest cathedrals, is not only well-known among locals but also draws a great number of tourists. This church’s architecture is absolutely magnificent and beautiful.

3. Negombo beach:

A visit to Negombo’s stunning beach is a must-do on every vacation to Negombo. Set out early in the morning with a picnic basket and relax on the beach while watching the fishing boats leave the shoreline. The golden beaches invite you to take a brief afternoon nap or participate in various Negombo beach activities.

If you’re looking for something more to do in Negombo Beach, you might head to the nearby market and get some fresh seafood, crab, or lobsters.

4. Fishing Village:

Negombo was originally established as a fishing village, and it has been a vital part of the local community ever since. On an evening, take a stroll around the little fishing towns on the outskirts of Negombo. One can request the hotel to organise a family fishing trip on the lagoon. 

Bring your camera since you won’t be able to leave without taking pictures of the amazing views you’ll see. This is one of the most enjoyable things to do in Negombo.

5. Dutch Fort:

As the name suggests, Negombo Dutch Fort is located in Negombo. It was initially a Portuguese creation. It was reconstructed by the Dutch after they seized it. Although the fort is now in ruins, it played an important part in the country’s colonial history.

While you can’t get inside since the fort grounds have been taken over by the town’s jails, there is a lawn called Esplanade, a cricket ground that hosts numerous matches. It is close to the well-known Negombo fish market.

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