Negombo Travel Guide

  • The Elephant Orphanage
    The Elephant Orphanage
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    A treat for train buffs
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    View from balcony at Sea Shells, Negombo
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Negombo Highlights

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     Great beach, great markets, close to Colombo 

  • Con
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     Neverending question: "Do you need a girl or boy for this night?" 

  • In a nutshell
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     Nice stop after long flights for a relax and buzz free from the city. 

Negombo Things to Do

  • Dutch Canal

    We booked a tuk tuk driver to take us around to see the sites. It worked out great and we had a very interesting day.he stopped wherever we wanted..

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  • Dutch Fort

    Built in 1672 as the Dutch Fort .We stopped here as part of our Tuk Tuk tour...it's now part of the prison.

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  • Fish Market

    We could smell this market before we saw it...but it's worth a visit for sure. There are huge mats if drying fish everywhere and lots of locals haggling with fish mongrels.

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  • Catamaran photography

    One of the most charming part of the Negombo fishing culture are the locally made catamarans the fisherman use. I was never able to get the capture I was looking for like the picture linked below or the local poastcards with the catamaran returning at sunset but it was fun trying though. Google search "catamaran sailboats negombo" before you go and...

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  • Fish Market

    I have a 4 and a half hours transit before my connecting flight to Delhi. A VT member suggested that I come here. It's a peaceful fisherman's village. You can view the market, fresh fishes just brought up from the boat, blueish-silver in color and huge squids.

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  • Getting out and about.

    Railway travel in Sri Lanka is said to be ok for people who are poor in cash but rich in time but Colombo is a traffic nightmare so heading south from Negombo by train can be as quick as driving, is much more fun and costs next to nothing. Colombo by train is a doddle, Kalutara (and it's wonderful working Temple) is easy enough and for the more...

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Negombo Restaurants

  • Fabulous Food and Service

    We enjoyed our buffet breakfast here so much we just had to stay for dinner too. The food is wonderful!

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  • Nice seafood.

    Cute little restaurant not far from our hotel. ...we enjoyed our lunch , especially the fish burger.

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  • Excellent Sri Lankan Rice & Curry

    One ofthe best Restaurents along the beach road. Just 03 minutes walk from camolet Beach Hotel.The Sri Lankan Rice & curry was excellent which lead me to write a comment. the prices are also reasonable just Rs. 600 (Three British Pounds). The curries are out of the world.Also my friend ordered a sea food platter which was very fresh and worth the...

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  • swiss-german food

    knowing the resaturant since 2007,the food used to be one of the best in negombo.my last visit this year feb.2011 dissapointed me alot.the prices hijacked by more than 30% within 6month,the portions half the size than usually served.additionally the bill will be charged with 10% service charges.the staff were friendly but very slow and not attended...

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  • Avoid Avoid Avoid!!!

    Restaurant looked upscale. Since we were a group of 20, we first asked if the restaurant can handle a group our size. Manager told us "no problem" and invited us in. Menu was random with various soups, sandwiches, curries, and seafood. 30 minutes after ordering we had not received any of our food. Since we had a large group, we decided to stay....

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  • Sea food restaurant

    Pleasant and spacious, overlooking a quiet road. The fried crumbed seer fish (a white fish, also called King fish), with mixed vegetables in an onion sauce, was excellent. The crab curry was somewhat disappointing because the crabs were small with not much flesh.

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Negombo Nightlife

  • Deadsville

    If wild and crazy nightlife is your reason to live then Negombo is defintiely not the place for you, there is more nightlife in a graveyard. What little action there is allegedly centred on three bars within 1 minute walk of each other on Beach Road - Rodeo, Sherryland & Lords. The clientelle in all 3 is a mixture of couples and families from...

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  • gay's paradise negombo

    negombo is considerd as gay man's paradise and promoted in european countries .it is defineteley not the place to be for family vaccations.there are also rumors existing that negombo has the biggest phaedophile scene in sri lanka.sherry land in negombo is the main pick up point for gay visitors,frequented by agressive shady local male hookers and...

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  • wok in progress

    This "Chinese restaurant " was a work in progress and a labour of love ,we ate there once but used it several times to wait for our group before getting our boat up the DUTCH CANAL to our hotels up the canal. To our western paletes the food was pretty "strong" and may have been "chinese" to the Sri lankans, it was nothing like chinese to our...

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Negombo Transportation

  • Tuk tuk tour

    We had a good trip around the area by Tuk Tuk....just booked with a local we saw near our restaurant.

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  • train

    from negombo you can take a train to colombo fort, it takes about 1.30 minutes but cost about nothing and is safe and you heve nice scenery and local lifethe tuk-tuk from negombo to the train station costs about 200rps

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  • airport taxi

    silversands have a airport pick up for 1700rps from the airport and 1200 to the airport.at the airport is easy to find a taxi,with public transport,there is a free shuttle to averiwatte busstation, and from there busses to negombo and colombo.

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Negombo Shopping

  • Imported Cigarette & Cigars

    Marlboro, Benson & Hedges and other brands are available there, I used to buy Henry Winterman Filter Tips Cigars from there for 500 SLR (20's Soft pack) Prices are Cheaper then any where else.Friday. Closed from 12 to 2 PM

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  • gold,silver and jems

    The moment you enter you have a feeling of friendlyness, you don't get the hard sell they are interested in you as a person. I bought a birthday gift for my partner and things for my grandchildren and my daugter. As little as £2 to the skies the limit but great value

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  • stock up before you leave

    This is agreat place to stock up on things before you leave. TEA............ Try the ginger, its greatJams, coz there diffrent.Spices are so cheap its unrealand anything else that catches your eye, it's all great value. Peanuts

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Negombo Local Customs

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    by Oscar_Nonis Written Apr 13, 2004

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    you are always welcome to beach. most of hotels maintaining there beaches and try to keep clean beaches. because its for you and me

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Negombo Warnings and Dangers

  • Mosquito alert

    If you're one of the unfortunate people who are magnets for mosquitos, if you will be in Negombo after sunset then make sure you don't forget to bring your counter measures. There's plenty of the little blighters.

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  • Watch your step and the stray dogs in...

    No one is following behind the dogs on the beach with a pooper scooper. And, as my husband learned the hard way, personal belongings left on the beach in the bath of a stray dog is territory waiting to be marked.

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  • Beaches In Negombo

    The one thing that really disappointed me about Negombo was, although there are some beautiful beaches and lagoons, the government just doesn't seem to care about them at all. If you wander along the beach you'll find thousands of plastic bottles, dead animals, and litter spread accross the beach. It's such a shame that something so ugly has to...

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Negombo Tourist Traps

  • Don't be Taken

    Angurukaaramulla Temple.We stopped at this Temple at the suggestion of the driver. we took a quick look around , escorted by a local.it was pretty interesting . At the end we were asked to sign a guest book and make a suggested donation go $200.00...... We had to pass on that.

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  • taxi/\TUK TUK

    1. the hotel taxi or organised trips through your travel agent are too expensive!! they tell you its safer etc etc but its just a con.BUT dont go beyond 5 km in a TUK TUK!! they will tell you they can take you to Kandy or around the inner part of the island or to all the tourist areas JUST DONT!! the roads are terrible and a lot are old cars .no...

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Negombo Sports & Outdoors

  • when the sunshine....

    you can have chances to have sun bath for free in Negombothere are lots of facilities for tourists by hotels or you have freedom to be there as you wish (no in nude in public please - may be you can be in nude inside the hotel area)

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  • boat trips in the sea

    there are lots of nice fishemans offer boat trips in the sea for tourists.you can talk to some one when they are in the beach with their boats or you can ask from any one.first ask for the price and time. they will give you a good price. beware from touts. you can bargain directly from the owner.some time boat rider need one asiistant onboard. its...

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Negombo Favorites

  • Currency Exchange

    Ranlanka Jewellers Offers best rates for selling or even buying the US Dollar or British Pound.The Shop is located at the intersection of Greens Road and the main street of Negombo.A Bright Red Color Sign Board is visible and can be found easily.

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  • taxis in negombo

    1. the hotel taxi or organised trips through your travel agent are too expensive!! they tell you its safer etc etc but its just a con.BUT dont go beyond 5 km in a TUK TUK!! they will tell you they can take you to Kandy or around the inner part of the island or to all the tourist areas JUST DONT!! the roads are terrible and a lot are old cars .no...

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  • Help with moving to Sri Lanka

    We are emigrating to Negombo in February and all this has been made easy buy excellent service from Brian Young at The Property Market. The Pearl Hotel Poruthota Road, Kochchikade.e-mail introasia@eureka.lkHe can help with all asects of emigrating and will contiue to help once you are there.So if you are thinking about it make him your first port...

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