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.
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