The western coast’s most renowned resort town
Where beachlife and heritage mix
Although renowned for its golden beaches, in Negombo, sightseeing opportunities are also plentiful. Predominantly Roman Catholic, it’s referred to as “Little Rome'' due to the many ornate Catholic churches. However, Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim landmarks of significance are also found - often almost next to each other. Several relics that date back to the Dutch and Portuguese colonial era remain, like the ancient Dutch Fort gate built in 1672.

The 100 km long Dutch Canal is still in use, and a boat ride will offer a whole different view of Negombo and the suburbs.
Places to visit
in Negombo
Negombo Fish Market
The ‘Lellama’ as it’s known, is the heart of any fishing town. The catch of the day is traded here with much gusto.
Dutch Fort
Built by the Portuguese in 1588, fortified by the Dutch from 1649, this World Heritage site has truly withstood many tests of time.
Hamilton Canal
Built in 1804, this busy waterway is in use to date. A boat ride along its Negombo stretch is a very scenic one.
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