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A 7 Step Guide to Negombo

Majority of the tourists who travel to Sri Lanka make a stop at Negombo which is located just 8 km away from the Bandaranaike International Airport. Offering its visitors stunning azure seas and wild waves to surf, this destination is every beach lovers paradise. Here’s what you need to know to make your holiday in Negombo an idyllic story worth telling.

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Location and Weather

Location and Weather

The Negombo city is about 2 meters above sea level and is approximately 37km away, roughly one-hour drive from the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. In the heart of Negombo, is the Dutch Canal that was once used to transport cinnamon and spices. Negombo features a tropical monsoon climate. The city receives rainfall from May to August and October to January. The average temperature ranges from 24 to 30 degree Celsius and the humidity levels are high from February to April.

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Fishing Tours

Fishing Tours

Negombo is a famous fishing village in Sri Lanka. Tour agencies like Esna Holidays have specially curated beach holidays that include a visit to the fishing town. It would also be interesting and rewarding to spend 2-3 hours catching fish from the Negombo lagoon for your own succulent meal.

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City Tour

City Tour

The Negombo city has lots to offer. The St Mary’s church, a landmark edifice is a Roman Catholic structure that is not to be missed. Its specialty is the pink exterior that attracts many people to visit it and sometimes join in the mass. The Dutch Canal too is a great sight and offers boat tours in the lake and cycling along it and is an adventure packed affair.

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Fish Markets

Fish Markets

Fresh crabs, prawns, seer and a variety too great for words hit the shores of Negombo every morning at six. This is an ideal time in the day to make a bargain on a great variety of fresh fish.

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Negombo Beach

Negombo Beach

This beach is an idyllic setting and the sunset makes it even more worth your while. For the more ardent traveller, surfing the waves may seem an inviting offer. This is also a great place for a sea bath or even for a picnic. Jetwing Beach is located in proximity to the beach and makes a great place to stay for those who seek quick access to the beach.

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Food

Food

Sri Lanka is home to a blend of spice and salt. There's a vast array of food to choose from that makes Sri Lanka a food paradise too. Along the beach, you'll find street vendors selling isso vadey, vadey and spicey street food. For a more filling and typical Sri Lankan favourite meal try a spicy kottu and drown it with a plain tea.

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Where to go next?

Where to go next?

If you're obsessed with beaches and want to head over to another stunning beach close to Negombo, the Bentota beach is your calling. Set 116 km away from Negombo this is a famous tourist destination in Sri Lanka. This too can be visited all year round and is suited for couples, families and solo travellers. The bountiful beauty of Negombo and Bentota is bound to awaken your travelling spirit to dive deeper into Sri Lanka.