Best Things To Do in Negombo, Sri Lanka

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Things to do in Negombo are an incredible melange of many relaxing activities, spiritual enlightenment and some fun place to visit. Owing to a presence of various religions; Hindu, Christian and Buddhist, you will come across several sights in the city that depict the smooth blend of these cultures and regions. Some are ancient attractions while some nature’s wonders.

Religious and spiritual delights include the churches of St Mary and St Anne, as well as temples such as the Angurukaramulla temple and the Abhayasekararama temple. Get close to the nature in absolut wilderness of the Negombo lagoon with attractions like the Dutch canal and the Muthurajawela Marsh. The Main fish market and the Negombo beach give some brilliant insights into the main occupation of the city as well as leisure opportunities. 

Below we have a list of things to do in Negombo and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Negombo getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Negombo with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Negombo

Here is the list of things to do in Negombo and tourist attractions in city.

  1. St. Mary's Church

    4.3 (207 Votes)
    St. Mary's Church

    Church, Religious Site

    A very inviting pink chamber that you will notice while strolling through the streets of Negombo, the St Mary’s church is a must on every list of things to do in Negombo. A lovely, vintage church with lots of paintings inside, can be covered in a short span of time owing to its compact size. This is a one of the few churches that caters to the minority of Catholics in Sri Lanka, owing to ...Read more
  2. Muthurajawela Marsh

    4 (283 Votes)
    Muthurajawela Marsh

    Leisure, Boating

    This is one spot where the 2004 tsunami beckons. Literally translating to Supreme Field of Pearls, this Negombo attraction is a wetland perched southerly on the city’s lagoon. A creation of the Portuguese, this canal was previously the ground of a very rich lands reaping rice. Today, the marsh and wetlands are home to some beautiful species of birds including kingfishers, herons, cormoran...Read more
  3. Angurukaramulla Temple

    4.5 (296 Votes)
    Angurukaramulla Temple

    Religious Site, Temple, Statue

    If you think 6-meter long reclining Buddha statue perched in the ruins of an ancient temple would interest you, then a visit to the Angurukaramulla Temple has got to be on your list of things to do in Negombo. You are greeted by a very characteristic dragon face at the entrance, only to intrigue you further in the temple’s insights. The interiors are also notable of ancient murals, that a...Read more
  4. Main Fish Market


    One of the attractions in Negombo with prime importance the Main Fish market is a must visit. An interesting place to see not just the diverse varieties of catches here but also the dealings and sale of them. This could also turn out to be a great opportunity for photographers. A not very pleasant sight to be at, owing to the not-so-pleasant smell, but well worth the enlightenment. Some people ...Read more
  5. Dutch Canal

    4.1 (304 Votes)
    Dutch Canal

    Water Body, Landmark

    Essentially a canal created right in the midst of the city’s lagoon, the Dutch canal also doubles up as one of the most picturesque landmarks of Negombo. To get the most of this Negombo attraction sign up for a canal or river tour, that further enlightens about various features of this very alluring canal. Most of the tour guides speak English, so communication is not a barrier. As per hi...Read more
  6. Negombo Beach

    Beach, View Point, Leisure

    One of the most resorted to attractions in Negombo for recreation, the Negombo Beach is a favourite of not just the locals but visitors too. The best time to visit this beach would be either early morning or evenings. If you visit in the mornings, you are likely to see some fishermen at work. While this is great sight to see experience, it also makes for a brilliant photo opportunity. The beach...Read more
  7. St. Anne's Church

    4.7 (44 Votes)
    St. Anne's Church

    Church, Religious Site, Architecture

    A church with stunning architecture, the St Anne’s Church in Negombo is one of the very few churches the city has. Fringed with lots of palm trees, the church makes for a rather inviting vista. There is an interesting mix of paintings inside that will leave you delighted. The peace inside the church makes for a very conducive environment to pray. Sundays hold special prayer services. The ...Read more
  8. Abhayasekararama Temple

    Religious Site, Temple

    A striking, all-white (almost) temple, nestled in the lusciousness of a verdant lawn, the Abhayasekararama Temple is a must should you be seeking a distinct solace in Negombo. With so many statues insides and such a placid environment, this Buddhist temple is a nirvanic getaway. Don’t judge this Negombo attraction by its size, for there lies so much inside. Divided into two part, this tem...Read more
  9. Dickman Resort

    4.4 (6 Votes)
    Dickman Resort


    Dickman Resort is indeed a paradise to stay in when you want a super comfortable stay with all the facilities at your doorstep. It is a perfect blend of beautiful surroundings and luxury rooms which will add lots of charm to your vacation. If you get a chance to stay in the purple room, it will be nothing less than what you see in the movies. Huge room, open air bathroom and stunning furniture ...Read more
  10. St.mary's Church

    4.6 (1 Vote)
  11. Hamilton Canal

    2.8 (4 Votes)
  12. Negombo Railway Station

    4.2 (4 Votes)
  13. Krishan Villa

    3.7 (4 Votes)
    Kadirana-Katuwapitiya Rd, Negombo, Sri Lanka
  14. Porutota Road, Ethukale, Negombo 11500, Sri Lanka
  15. Sea St, Negombo, Sri Lanka