Negombo is a major city in Sri Lanka, located on the west coast of the island and at the mouth of the Negombo Lagoon, in Western Province, Sri Lanka. Negombo is the fourth largest city in the country after the capital Colombo, Kandy, and Jaffna, and it is the second largest City in Western province after Colombo. Negombo is also the administrative capital of Negombo Division. It is one of the major commercial hubs in Sri Lanka of about 128,000 inhabitants in the city limits, approximately 37 km north of Colombo city. Negombo is known for its huge and old fishing industry with busy fish markets, and nice sandy beaches. It is one of the most liberal city in Sri Lanka with modern life style and it’s nightlife in luxury hotels, guest houses, finest restaurants and pubs
Negombo Beach was Sri Lanka’s first beach resort and is not only an ideal place to start or end your holiday in Sri Lanka. Conveniently located only 15 km from Sri Lanka’s International Airport, Negombo offers wide beaches, a great selection of hotels and guesthouses – ranging from budget to 5* resorts, excellent restaurants, well stocked supermarkets and many watersport facilities.
Used by the Portuguese, Dutch and British as main export harbor for cinnamon you still can see many historical buildings.
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.