Negambo

The Sinhalese refer to Negombo as Meegamuwa “The village of honey” (or bees) due a story about a swarm of bees that had settled in a boat pulled ashore here. However, it was not honey or bees that made this town known but cinnamon. Discovered by the Moors (a term first used during the Portuguese period to refer to Muslims) who settled on the west coast cinnamon soon became the source of conflict between nations vying for a stake in its lucrative trade. The Portuguese ousted the Moors from Negombo towards the end of the 16th century and took over the cinnamon trade, even building a fort to protect their interests. Under the rigid control of the western coastal areas, Negombo became a busy commercial port and since the soils of Negombo are so fine and sandy, the cinnamon produced in the area was considered the sweetest and therefore most prized. Today, however, Negombo is renowned for its fishing. If wondering what to do in Negombo, the town’s fish market is quite possibly the island’s best. Large catches of fish – tuna, seer, marlin, shark, barracuda and swordfish – nestle beside lagoon prawns, crabs and lobster, for which Negombo is prized. Due to its significant Catholic population, Negombo is dominated by shrines and picturesque churches. The biggest is the impressive, candy-coloured church of St Mary’s, which exhibits some amazing ceiling paintings. 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 fisherman and their equipment. Water-sports and diving are also extremely 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. There are also local handicraft sales on the beaches and the shops near the town of Negombo. Places to visit in the area also include the Dutch canal along which tourists can take a boat ride.

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CAMELOT BEACH HOTEL

Blending tranquil ambience, comfortable accommodation and friendly service, the Camelot Beach Hotel Negombo is an ideal place for business as well as leisure travellers. The hotel offers conference rooms for organising your business meetings. You can have a refreshing…

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VILLA SHADE Negombo

A Beautiful property, where birds sing at dawn ,the house is bathed by the rising sun.. It offers tranquil shade In the evenings on the veranda. “SHADE” is also the name of the villa. Far from the stresses of…

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Villa Shade

A Beautiful property, where birds sing at dawn ,the house is bathed by the rising sun.. It offers tranquil shade In the evenings on the veranda. “SHADE” is also the name of the villa. Far from the stresses of…

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Jetwing Beach

Jetwing Beach is an idyllic hotel in Negombo Sri Lanka that can be found in the north western part of the island that is a 15 to 20 minute drive from the Bandaranaike International Airport, 3 km from the…

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Negombo Nightlife

Definitely not the place for a wild and crazy night out, Negombo offers a few bars located on the Beach Road.

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Negombo Shopping

While the regular shopping items such as clothes, tea and knick-knacks are available you can also pick up some interesting jewelry in Negombo. The handmade pieces are often charming and there is something for every budget.

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Diving & Snorkeling

The ocean around Sri Lanka whispers of tales bygone, ones of regal maritime visits, of bandits and pirates and journeys of explorers and spice merchants. As you plunge into the warm waters and dive below, these stories come to…

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Scuba Diving

The wide Bentota River separates the sandy beaches, restaurants and bars of Beruwala from the adjacent resorts of Bentota. Most of the resorts in Bentota and Beruwela have been upgraded recently, with spas added to meet the demand for…

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