Negombo is a ideal place to start and end your Holiday in Sri Lanka. Sun worshippers, prepare to stretch out, curl your toes in the fine yellow sand, and get a glorious tan on sundreched palm caressed beaches in Negombo 10 Minutes drive of the Bandanaraike Airport. You can start tours from Negombo to Kandy, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Anuradhapura, Galle, Hikkaduwa, Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee, Yala National Park, Kosgoda.....
PL Tours and Travels offers the following day trips from Negombo:
Day trip Negombo to Kandy and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
Day trip Negombo to Sigiriya and Dambulla.
Day trip Negombo to Kosgoda and Galle.
Day trip Negombo to Anuradhapura.
Day trip Negombo to Wilpattu National Park, Wild Life Safari.
Day trip Negombo to Ratnapura.
Day trip Negombo to Kalpitiya Dolphin Watching.
Negombo City A characteristic fishing town north of Colombo, it is a mere 6 km. from the International Airport. Set amid lush groves of coconut palms, it breathes the spirit of the sea. Negombo is a gourmet paradise with sea food in plenty. Old world fishing craft like the outrigger canoe and the catamaran bring seer, skipjack, herring and mullet, promfret and amber-jack while lobster and prawns caught in the lagoon. Apart from beaches and sea-food Negombo has a unique charms of its own with narrow streets, small boutiques and Catholic Churches dotting the landscape.
The Dutch captured the town from the Portuguese in 1640, lost it again the same year, then captured it again in 1644. The British then took it from them in 1796 without a struggle. During the Dutch era Negombo was one of the most important sources of cinnamon, and there are still reminders of the European days. Many people make Negombo their last stop in Sri Lanka before flying out, as it's conveniently close to Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport at Katunayake.
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The Fish Market in Negombo:
The fish marketis held every day in the week excepting on Sundays. You will find a great collection of colorful fishesA vast expanse of sea shore in Negombo remains covered with small species of fishes. The fishermen use the sea shore for the drying purpose of their fishes. The fish market is held in the down town near the Old Dutch Fort Gate. It is at a distance from the main tourist area of Negombo.The stink of the fish market bothers the visitors. One can find fishes and sea creatures of all shapes and sizes displayed.It is an amazing sight to be sure. Large and small quantities of all these fishes are displayed every where. The traders can be found seated in front of the heaps of these fishes. They can be found busy attending the customers. Some traders can be found selling one very large fish. When the customers mentions how much fish they wanted, the traders would cut slices or chunks of fishes accordingly.
Close to the seafront near the lagoon mouth are the ruins of the old Dutch fort with is fine gateway inscribed with the date 1678. Also here are a Dutch cemetery and a green with a magnificent banyan tree, where cricket matches are a big attraction. Several old Dutch buildings are still in use, including the lagoon resthouse. The Dutch also revealed their love of canals here as nowhere else in Sri Lanka. Canals extend from Negombo all the way south to Colombo and north to Puttalam, a total of over 120 km. Enjoy watching the old world fishing crafts like the outrigger canoes and the catamarans bringing a variety of marine fishes like seers, skipjacks, pomfrets and amber-jacks. In the lagoon lobsters and prawns are caught and served as fascinating delicacies in the restaurants. On Negombo's long Beach you'll find many seafood restaurants, bars and shops.The town itself shows its interesting colonial past which was heavily influenced by the Catholic Church.
Fine sandy beaches of Negombo has been mostly unexplored but less crowded as most tourists use the town for the first or the last night of their stay in Sri Lanka. That is where the advantage where you have the beach mostly to your self. Nevertheless those who have identified it's secrets have been visiting the town year after year. Fine beach stretches are superbly maintained by the hotels while some are always busy with fisherman and their equipment. Equipment for water sports such as diving, kite surfing, wind surfing are available at most hotels and private vendors. And with a little luck you can see dolphins from the beach.
Are you in transit or you stay only one day in negombo. We offer you boat tours, you can take a dutch canal tour or a river trip, fishing trip or a snorkeling trip, Take a look at our Boat Trips in Negombo or step aboard of a typical sri lankan catamaran for a fishing tour.