Negombo Tourism

A Sri Lankan delight far from the commercialization of the capital and a burgeoning tourist industry, Negombo is wonderful beachside delight. Being the fourth-largest city in Sir Lanka, along with being an administrative capital centre of Negombo Division, the significance of the city in the tiny islet nation of Sir Lanka is unmissable.

Once home to invaders including the Portuguese and the Dutch among a few more, Negombo’s several facets like culture and architecture beckon colonialism. This is depicted even in the attractions of the city like the Dutch Canal, various churches and the Muthurajawela Marsh. With most locals leading a basic life, one cannot miss the prominence of fishing as an occupation. This further contributes to how some places and fish markets have become a popular tourist spot. It is given, that seafood is indeed the staple food here, along with being a specialty. Hence, indulgence in myriad preparations is a must, while in Negombo.

Your sojourn in Negombo will feature a major amount of staying-in at some incredible places. Featuring a good blend of AirBnBs, homestays, budget, affordable and luxury accommodation, you are certain to be spoilt for choice. Choose your pick from a sea facing, uber breezy hotel or a heritage villa, all this at a dynamic price range.

Some indulgences you must undertake include lots of walking around the town, seeing local fishermen catch a catch in the mornings and lots of local rendezvous’! 

Essential travel information and Negombo tips for your visit

  • Time Zone- Sri Lanka Time Zone; UTC+05:30
  • Currency- Sri Lankan rupee
  • Electricity and Internet- The voltage is 230 V/ 50 Hz. Internet in the form of wi-fi is available at most of the hotels, restaurants and places of interest.
  • Languages- Tamil is the dominant language. English too is spoken.
  • Security- Dial 119/118 for police, 110 for ambulance, 011-2421052 for Tourist Police.
  • Tipping- Although not customary, tipping is appreciated as a form of gratuity.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Negombo

  • Know the pollution level of Negombo before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 54.29 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 62.62 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 53.25 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 48.02 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 36.14 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 58.25 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 49.27 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 37.63 (Low)
  • How safe is Negombo for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Negombo.

    • Burglary and Theft 42.81 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 34.94 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 35.54 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 67.86 (High)
    • Car Stealing 31.92 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 37.92 (Low)
    • Attacks 33.65 (Low)
    • Drug offense 48.25 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 79.38 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 57.28 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 40.06 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 28.28 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 44.02 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Negombo is 76.42 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 60.57 (High)
    • Climate Index 59.11 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 60.22 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 74.86 (Very High)
    • Cost of Living Index 33.92 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 71.61 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 29.98 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 21.84 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Negombo

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.01 USD
    • International Movie per seat 3.85 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 19.25 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 56.95 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 26.49 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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