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Things to do in Negombo – Explore a Picturesque City by the Coast

On the west coastline of Sri Lanka lies the quaint city of Negombo that still seem to reminisce of its past as seen from the many buildings that have a certain Dutch air about them. Apart from that, there are several more things worth visiting and doing in Negombo. Read on to discover what they are!


Explore the Fishing Village

From a historical perspective, fishing has been the livelihood of many people in the beautiful town of Negombo. Even at present, many people depend on this life-threatening industry to earn enough for their families. For a glimpse of their lives, you can take a stroll down the paths on the outskirts of Negombo. If it's your day, you will be invited to go on a small fishing trip on a scenic lagoon, accompanied by some well-experienced fishermen. Keep in mind to capture some of the scenes from the journey as you would definitely feel the need to carry those memories home to share with loved ones.


Visit St. Mary's Cathedral

Being one of the largest cathedrals in Sri Lanka, St. Mary's Church stands as an important landmark of the city. This iconic church holds a special place in the hearts of the Catholics in Negombo, which is estimated to comprise 99 percent of its total population. The breathtaking architecture of the building is highly reminiscent of bygone times of the Dutch concession. The locals identify it as Mahaweediya Palliya, which can be roughly translated into "Main Street Church." When entering the church premises, you will be enveloped in a cool and refreshing gush of air that reminds you of the nearby sea.


Relax on the Negombo Beach

Even the locals consider that a trip to Negombo is not worth it if one does not take the time to visit its bustling beaches. If you want to avoid crowds, you can always visit the beach in the early hours of the day. Going to the beach with the sunrise can provide you with ample opportunities to not only relax but also to capture some fantastic photographs of the surroundings that would be lit up by the rising sun. Moreover, you will be able to witness the arrival of the boats carrying their latest catch. You would even be able to purchase some fresh crab, lobsters, and fish that are still fresh from the sea.


Indulge in Street Shopping

For those who love to shop, the streets of this fascinating city will provide idyllic spaces to spend on a budget. You can grab some scarfs or some pairs of shorts that depict sceneries that reflect the true essence of island life for only a couple of bucks. You can even buy handmade jewellery and souvenirs that are made from natural resources available in the country. They would be the perfect gifts to share with your friends and family back home.


Savour the traditional Flavours

Visiting Negombo is not just about its endless sightseeing or the views of the striking coastlines. While being subjected to some of the best hotel offers in Sri Lanka, you can enjoy a variety of dishes of traditional Sri Lankan cuisine and a luxury stay at properties such as Heritance Negombo.

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