Negombo is a popular travel destination for beautiful and modest beaches. It is a quite small town located in between beaches and closer to the Bandaranaike International Airport. Negombo is highly popular for its jewel blue dreamy sea that gives a heartwarming experience to both locals and tourists. The ‘Lellama’, the second biggest fish market in Sri Lanka, is also situated in Negombo.
Travelling time and mode
Negombo is situated approximately 10 kilometers away from the Bandaranaike International Airport. It is located 37.5 kilometers away from Colombo and usually takes around 48 minutes of a drive via the Colombo-Katunayake Expressway. You can take a taxi straight from the airport to Negombo through one of the popular taxi services in Sri Lanka namely Uber, Pickme, or Kangaroo. An uber car will cost from Rs. 700-800. Pickme will also cost a similar amount. Kangaroo taxis may be a little costly than Uber and Pickme but will give a much more comfortable and cozy ride which would be worth the price. From Colombo to Negombo a taxi will cost an amount between Rs. 2,500-3,500. If it’s a trishaw taken from the road without a meter, make sure to negotiate the price before getting in.
There is a wide range of hotels in Negombo to choose from depending on your budget. Places of accommodation will start from low-cost guesthouses to five-star hotels that provide luxury services. The majority of the low-cost hotels are situated in Lewis Place, at the southern end of the beach area. Most of the luxury and high-end hotels are located in the northern part of the beach area. Some of the high-end hotels available for accommodation are Jetwing Lagoon, Heritance Negombo, Jetwing Blue, and Wattura Resort and Spa. Mid Range hotels are Arie Lagoon, Amagi Aria, Pledge Scape, Avenra Garden, Jetwing Sea, and Tranquil Negombo Boutique. Some of the budget hotels available are Hotel J, Tropical Villas, and Amaluna Resort.
Things to do
There are several top attractions for visitors traveling to Negombo. If you are wondering what are the best places and things to do in Negombo here are some of them.
Negombo beach is a beautiful place to relax in the evening and will provide a traditional beach experience to visitors. The best beach areas can be found closer to the main hotel drag. The visitors have the chance to purchase water sports equipment and learn diving for a reasonable price. You will be able to witness the boats ready to go to the sea which is a mesmerizing view. The beach is less crowded and you can enjoy the sparkling water, palm trees, and amazing tropical weather. The beach area also possesses many famous churches like St. Mary’s Church, Katuwapitiya Church, Sea Street Church, etc. You can also fly a handmade beautiful kite on the beach which can be purchased from one of the shops around the beach.
Muthurajawela Marsh is located in the southern region of the Negombo lagoon. It is a coastal wetland created together with the Negombo lagoon. It is a magnificent ecosystem that is also a homeland for a wide variety of flora and fauna. The most amazing part of visiting the Muthurajawela Marsh is the boat safari to the wetland. Throughout the journey, you will be able to witness a large number of bird species like purple herons, cormorants, and kingfishers, and animals like crocodiles and water monitors. A variety of mangroves and other endemic plants can also be seen throughout the ride. There are more than 75 species of birds and 48 species of butterflies in the wetlands.
A private boat safari cost will start from $33 and it will vary based on the size of the group. It is usually a 2-3 hours private boat ride around Muthurajawela marsh. A bird watching tour will start from $16 which will vary based on the number of people. Most importantly, by visiting here you can even get a chance to go on a fishing trip or a boating excursion with local fishermen and have a unique experience.
Negombo Fish Market
Negombo Fishmarket is the second-largest fish market in Sri Lanka and it is named ‘Lellama’. If you can visit the market early in the morning, you will be able to watch the stunning view of boats sailing back to the port after spending a full night in the sea. You will be able to buy a large variety of fish especially prawns, shrimps, and lobsters.
If you want to see how the entire operation works at this legendary fish market you will have to visit it at around 3.00 am in the morning. Most of the buyers who purchase bulk quantities of fish visit the market at this time. Extensive bargaining of prices is what makes the market different from other ordinary fish markets.