Visit Negombo - Best of Negombo

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’! 

Negombo Travel Tips

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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Facts and Stats for Negombo*

  • Pollution Statistics in Negombo

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

    • Air Pollution 52.7 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 60.51 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 51.47 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 47.46 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 32.97 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 55.8 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 46.13 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 33.21 (Low)
  • Negombo: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Negombo for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Negombo.

    • Burglary and Theft 43.9 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 35.37 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 35.86 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 67.01 (High)
    • Car Stealing 32.85 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 38.43 (Low)
    • Attacks 34.09 (Low)
    • Drug offense 48.13 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 78.69 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 57.52 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 39.55 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 29.13 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 45.9 (Moderate)
  • Living in Negombo - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Negombo is 88.01 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 60.12 (High)
    • Climate Index 59.11 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 57.66 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 58.59 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 36.19 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 71.79 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 29.89 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 26.95 (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.

  • Cost for Essentials in Negombo

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

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.02 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4.02 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 22.55 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 57.53 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 33.22 USD

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

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