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Negombo city - 10 minutes

Negombo  is situated 7 minutes drive from our Airport Residencies. The city of Negombo is located at the mouth of the Negombo Lagoon and it is considered as one of the oldest beach resort in Sri Lanka, popular with tourists for many years. Negombo is Famous as a fishing town and as a tourism based city. It is 7 km from the  Bandaranayake International airport and so became popular for stays on arrival or before departure from  Sri Lanka.  There are hundreds of restarants, hotels and water sports centres along with Ayurveda centres in Negombo.

Negombo beach - 10 minutes - Explore the Sun & Sand with sea bathing

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Negombo offers some of the better beaches on the west coast of Sri Lanka, and draws tourists who stop over for a day on their way to or from the airport. Some quiet stretches of the beach are maintained by the tourist hotels, while others are always busy with fishermen and their equipment. Water-sports and diving are also popular among visitors, with a few well-preserved coral reefs and a 50-year-old shipwreck (Kudapaduwa) that serves as an artificial reef for many varieties of fish.


 


Negombo lagoon
- 15 minutes

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The Negombo Lagoon has an area of 3 164 hectares and is situated some 40 km north of Colombo. It is part of a much larger Muthurawajawela Marsh- coastal wetland.For generations the Negombo lagoon has provided the fishermen with a plentiful supply of crabs, shrimp and many of the native species of fish, Dense mangroves and bird life is very attractive for nature lovers. Favourite activities are boat tours, canoeing, fishing and bird watching near the mangroves.

Excursions we can arrange from Shady Villa

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Fishing tours to the sea and lagoon


Thanks to its position between the rich ocean waters and the Negombo Lagoon inland, Negombo has also developed into one of the most important fishing ports on the island. Fishing still dominates the local economy with the sea providing plentiful supplies of tuna, shark and seer while the lagoon is the source of some of the island's finest prawns, crabs and lobster. Negombo is also famous for their unusual fishing boats, known as Catamaran. 

   
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Bird watching at Muthurajawela

Near the Negombo lagoon you'll come across an unusual wetland environment that contains the country's largest marsh. It's popular with eco-tourists as its habitat provides a comprehensive view of the wildlife and plant life indigenous to Sri Lanka's coastal wetlands. Bird watching in Muthurajawela is very popular among bird and nature lovers.

   
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Explore the ancient Churches and dutch construction

Negombo has been given the name "Little Rome" due to the highly ornate Portuguese-era Roman Catholic churches such as St Marys church found within the township. The Katuwapitiya Church and the Grand Street Church are two biggest parishes in Negombo. The legacy of the Dutch colonial era can be seen in the Dutch Fort, constructed in 1672, a number of other buildings and the extensive canal system is there.
   
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Visit the fish market

Negombo is home to the country's second-largest fish market, the Llelama, at the north end of the town's lagoon. There are daily fish auctions, which give tourists a chance to meet the area's fishermen and even organize fishing trips into the lagoon and the ocean beyond

   
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Shopping in Negombo

There are hundreds of shops selling handicrafts, leather products, gems and jewellery while the regular shopping items such as clothes, tea and knick-knacks are available. The handmade pieces are often charming and there is something for every budget. You can pick up stuff for as little as a couple of dollars and go up to a couple of hundred dollars.

   
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Ayurveda treatments


There are plenty of places in Negombo offer traditional Ayurvedic wellness packages.Rejuvenate your senses at an Ayurvedic spa and let the healing ways of traditional Ayurveda pamper you and cleanse both mind and body.

 

Other attractions nearby

Botanical Gardens - Gampaha

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The Gampaha gardens showcase about 1,500 types of other plants. Here is the place to view the Kithul palm that supplies Sri Lanka’s rich brown raw sugar, jaggery, and alcoholic toddy. Tall Mahogany and Satinwood trees abound, as well as Figs and even some Eucalypts. The orchid house is also worth a visit to marvel at the variety of colours and forms that these exquisite flowers can take, from pink to blue, brown and green. In addition it exhibits the first
rubber plant of sri lanka.


   

Other Excursions

  • Dolphin & whale watching at Kalpitiya – 2 and half hours drive

  • Visit the ancient cities of Anuradhapura & Polonnaruwa – 2 and half hours to Anuradhapura & 3 and half hours to Polonnaruwa

  • Explore wild life and nature at Wilpattu National Park – 3 hours drive

  • Visit Kandy – the cultural hub and the hill country capital of Sri lanka – 3 hours

  • Galle & down south - 2 hours