About Negombo -
Negombo is a charismatic fishing town north of Colombo,
located a mere 6 km from the international airport.
Set amidst lush groves of coconut palms, it breathes
the spirit of the sea. Negombo is a gourmet’s
paradise with sea food aplenty. Old - world fishing
craft, like the outrigger canoe and the catamaran,
bring seer, skipjack, herring, mullet and amber jack,
while lobster and prawn are caught in the lagoon.
Negombo is situated by the shores of
a lagoon and was once a trading port for the Portuguese
and the Dutch. It is a ideal place for those who
want quick access to and from the airport. Attractions
in the city include the old Dutch fort gate built
in 1672 and now a part of the prison, the Dutch
Canal which was then a supply route to the Dutch
administration, old churches and fishing villages.
The 100km long canal running through the town is still
being used and is an attraction for those who want to
see the country from a different perspective.
The stretch of road towards Kotchchikade comes to life
at dusk (most shops are open at daytime too) with many
handicrafts and shops, gem shops, restaurants and Internet
cafes catering to the tourists.