A mosaic of history, culture and pristine beauty, the quaint city of Negombo is one that will give you the best of beautiful Sri Lanka in a nutshell. Below are traveler's most popular spots in the city
The Colonial mark on Negombo is significantly evident in the city's gothic churches most of which have been constructed during the nation's Dutch era. Among all the age old places of worship in this part of Sri Lanka, nothing quite beats the architectural spectacle of the St. Mary's Church. Built during the late 1800's this magnificent Church flaunts the exquisite baroque style design and has the sturdy structure typical to buildings constructed back in time. The tall hall echoing the sounds of prayers is still very much active to date and in fact it is one of the most venerated Catholic Churches in that area. During a day of sightseeing in Negombo, do not miss the St Mary's Church for this well preserved structure is certainly worthy of admiration.
By the side of a dense Christian population, Negombo has always enjoyed an equally healthy Buddhist community and the many temples both old and new stands proof to both faiths living side by side in harmony. A Buddhist temple in Negombo that has significant historical value is the famous Angurukaramulla Temple. Located in the heart of the city, this temple is quite an interesting stop by for those who want to absorb a little bit of Buddhism; its art and its culture while exploring Negombo. The Angurukaramulla Temple is a significant Buddhist Temple and is known above all else for its preservation of ancient values.
Negombo's attractions extends to far more than just the culture and the history for this quaint little city in the West of Sri Lanka is blessed with some of the finest touches of nature. The Muthurajawela Marsh that adorns Negombo city is known for its breathtaking scenic wonders where also housed is a plethora of rare flora and fauna. To spend a quiet afternoon relaxing in Negombo, a boat ride down the Muthurajawela Marsh is an ideal option.
The most significant Dutch remains in Negombo are the Dutch canal and Fort, both of which have a look of beauty and strength. Crisscrossing within the Negombo city the Dutch Canal served as an important channel of transportation back in the day. Today there are boats stationed along the canal on which one can enjoy a quick tour of beautiful Negombo. By the famous beach of Negombo you will come across the mighty Dutch Fort. The thick walls that it is made of are definitely something to admire.
An attraction in Negombo that draws to its borders a plethora of local and foreign visitors is its array of golden beaches. With huge mighty waves and a prevalent crisp breeze, the Negombo beaches are perfect for both relaxation and adventure. The best part about the Negombo beach is that it is adorned with some of the finest hotels in Negombo. In fact if you are looking for a 5 star Hotel J, just head over to the beaches.