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Negombo beach

  Province Western Province
  District Gampaha District
  Nearest Town Negombo
  Season November to April is best period.

Negombo (Negambo): beach & lagoon, 6 km away from Bandaranaike International Airport. Location: 37km (23 miles) north of Colombo city. Negombo is the closest beach resort to Bandaranaike International Airport.

Negombo is the first site of land you would witness while your aircraft is about to land in the one & only International airport of the island, Bandaranaike International Airport.

You will be slowly descending from the sky, turning over the Indian Ocean, over the long narrow Negombo peninsula, over the Negombo lagoon of prawns & lobsters into a long emerald bay of coconut trees. Concealed within the vast coconut groves are the airport & the luxurious hotels of the fine beaches of Negombo. Time is ripe for sea food.

Ruined Dutch Fort

Close to the western end of the peninsula, commanding the entrance to the lagoon lie the Dutch Fort, mostly demolished by the British to make way for a prison that still stand behind the gateway. It was built in the year 1678, 34 year after the Dutch wrested Negambo from the Portuguese. The natural harbour of Negambo was used by Dutch East India Company to export Cinnamon & other spices. Next to the walls is a Dutch cemetery.


Boat trips

The simplest boat trip is a short run up & down the beach in a primitive twin-hulled outrigger sailing canoes called Oruwa in Sinhalese.

We can have a long trip out in a motor boat to enjoy the long sight of the Oruwa fleet as it sails into the shore with the catch of tuna, shark, amberjack, skipjack, herring, mullet, pomfret & seer. Oruwas, are made Jak, a hardwood that last up to 30 years with the help of regular application of coconut oil & shark liver oil.

Long trips can be made to the stretches of reef for snorkeling; trips around the Negombo lagoon; & up the Maha Oya river & the Dutch canal, where we would enjoy the birdlife. Even if those trips wouldn't do, we can sail with a fleet of deep sea fishing & sail-by-stars-night-fishing trips.


PADI courses are available. Dives at around 40 sites, including remote & unspoilt reefs around 9km offshore at depth of 16-20 m teeming with marine life including barracuda (even rare giant barracuda), blue-ringed angels & starfish. There are wreck & deep dives with abundant marine life.

Enjoying local liquor

There are many toddy & arrack (local Real McCoy) taverns in the town. Trips to the arrack distillery, & watch toddy tappers at work are arranged too.