This was my 3rd visit it Negombo,and indeed Sri Lanka,the city is very vibrant,and bustling with people,and shop vendors only to happy to show you their wares,it also boasts a magnificent train station with regular services into Columbo,the beach area is near by with buses running from the main terminal in the city,it is big enough,but small enough to walk around
We went to Negombo on our last day in Sri Lanka. It was a relaxing ending to our perfect trip. We stayed at the Jetwing Beach Hotel and walked around a little in the streets and visited the small shops which was a really nice experience.
If you're in Negombo, there are two places you must go to: 1- Spa Ceylon (a place in one of the Jetwing hotels, I forgot which one. You can get all sorts of creams, sprays, candles, and even some nice and relaxing music all at a good price - considering it's a hotel spa.) 2- Go to this little cafe called Dolce Vita. It is a very cute little shop where it was peaceful enough to just sit and read. I would say one day is enough in Negombo, though. It could get a little boring if you're expecting a lot of action on your trip.
MORE OF A RETIREMENT CITY BUT NICE MY REASON TO STAY AT NEGOMBO WAS DUE TO THE PROXIMITY TO COLOMBO AND SOUTHERN SRI LANKA AT A LESSER PRICE THAN WHAT I WOULD HAVE HAD TO PAY HAD I STAYED IN COLOMBO
A very good city to either start or end your trip as it is close to the international airport. has good choices of local restaurants, travel agencies are plenty around.
Nice and friendly city nearby the airport. Reachable by TukTuk at the fare of 500rupe only.. going to the Lagoon and saw the activities of Fish Market on the beach.
friendly people. for muslim, grand mosque of Negombo is nice visit
Negombo is a quiet place - the inhabitants once known are friendly. The Tok Tok drivers need to be regulated as there are no safe guards for tourist from fleecing.
Negombo is a thriving town, now benefitting from the peace in Sri Lanka, it has a highly developed shopping centre, a busy traders market and a superb fish market.
The unsuspecting tourist must beware of local traders, who tend to set their prices individually, based on their own assessment of what a customer can pay. If you are lucky, you will only pay double the price to the locals, if you are unlucky, considerably more. But it is a good start to any holiday.
Negombo is not the nicest part of Sri-Lanka despite the really convenient location near the airport. Mirissa beach, 2h from the airport by bus is undoubtly better.
Best is to take city tour in tuc-tuc. DO NOT pay the first price!!! Haggling is a must. IF I returned to Negombo, I would only go there to 1-2 days.
Some pretty temples and sights. But I would likely only go there again to scuba dive (Colombo divers was ok) and spend some time by the beach reading a good book. Sri Lanka is a close flight for us for vacation; if it was not, I would not recommend going there for vacation. Instead I would go to Thailand, Bali, etc. More value for your money.
Negombo is flying under the radar for the present. It is very friendly, relaxing and has much to offer if you slow down and look around the place.
I see growth there and it will change with development. Enjoy it now.
Chaotic city but with a few nice and interesting places.(fishmarket, dutch canal, harbour, old churches and you can make boattrips on the lagune)
many churches, guess local people main religion are Catholics & Christian, quite enjoying time to visit around those chuches to see around there.
Negombo, which is only a short drive from the airport. Negombo itself was excellent lazing on the beach, chatting to the locals and drinking.
It was there we met a local man (Musthaq, who owned a souvenir shop across the road) who became our guide. If you are wanting to do a tour of Sri Lanka (which I highly recommend) you will definitely need a driver. This may seem a daunting prospect, but by finding a local in Negombo it will save you so much money and ensure you see and do exactly what you want to do. Our guide was a fountain of knowledge and was able to take us to all the places we wished to see. He also recommended other points of interest, which we would have never seen without him. By using a local driver we were able to get reduced rates in all hotels and day trips e.g. the elephant orphanage. He also gave good advice on cultural differences. He was such a friendly and easy going guy that by the end of the holiday we felt we were saying goodbye to a friend. We feel that he had our best interests at heart throughout the whole holiday and just wanted us to have a brilliant time seeing his beautiful country. We will definitely return to Negombo and we are already planning where Musthaq can take us next. you cannot buy Rupee abroad but you can bring in forging currency. Best is to rely partly on ATM's, if your bank card has Cirrus or Maestro they do work. Prices for quite a few things in Lanka are indeed lower than in the west. Wilpattu park is only 90 mins from Marawila and is very nice. But safaris are around dawn and dusk for obvious reasons, so either it is early leave (4:30 AM) or late return. For the rest, nearby? Maybe the Dutch canals of Negombo. Full day trips are Anuradhapura monument city (3 hours each way) and Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage (also 3 hours each way). Fully safe in all of the Sri Lanka.
It´s a good place to go when you arrive to Sri Lanka or when you are leaving. It´s near to the airport and you can skip the crazy Colombo.
Just love the atmosphere. Everyone was so helpful and friendly. We are 2 single women, and loved the huge choice of shops, cafés and bars.
The beach is beautiful. Our hotel set on the sand with a pool was an excellent choice. Would love to return for a few more days of fun.
Negombo is mostly of beaches and nothing more . You can also take up some boat rides but I preferred to chill out at the beach instead.
There are a few scuba dive option but kinda expensive for bag pack travellers. My favourite place to eat was the Jetwing Blue resort with fairly good buffet also heard of a few more good places to eat but didn't get the chance to try out . All n. All negombo is good for a couple of days
beach is the main attraction here. but its not the sea. the big sand beach is the attraction. you can find sri lankan Yatchs here.
It is a good place to visit. The old fish market gives a good sense of the culture of Negombo. If you visit, ask for Jo-kim.
He will give you a fine tour. Tell him the Priest who blessed him on the beach and his friends sent you.
Wave sounds come from the sea. I like this strong wave from the sea. There are a lot of seafood restaurants around this area.
Also, this place is just 20 min from the International Airport.
I usually stay near the lagoon as i am not keen on beaches.Negombo is a very small town where you can shop if you want.
It is close to the railway station and only 20 mins to the airport.It is a place that is popular with the beach and water sports crowd.I enjoyed my stay but wouldnt return.
It's a convenient beach stop near Colombo, but the beach isn't wonderful for swimming as it's a working fishing beach.
However, it's good for a few days' relaxation with lots of good restaurants, nice sea views and little boutique shops.
Take care when shopping or buying anything. Most of the buyers are layers and you have to keep bargining with them.
Just stay one night if you are arriving late at night as this city is very close to the airport. Nothing else much.
A strip of what is rapidly becoming a Sri Lankan over developed Costa Brava - even Tesco's and Asda's are there!
Try to see as much of the nature as possible. You can see the places of worship and walk on the long coast lines.
Negombo is very popular for it's fresh sea food and nightlife. Locals and foreigners are love this place alike.
Can't comment as have only stayed in Negombo twice as a stop over after a flight in. Good location to airport.
Very dirty beach. Nothing to do in this area. At 10 everything is closed and no one in the road. Felt unsafe.
Near to the air-port,good beaches but only the main road to walk down to see a few shops and restaurants .
Tut Tuts will take you on a sight seeing tour for about 2 hrs but nothing really to see.
Negombo city is just a city. Recommend to stay at the beach area. Lots of accommodation to choose from.
There are many restaurants, travelling agencies and sports activities.