A visit to St Mary’s Church in Negombo tells you why the city has been named as ‘Little Rome’. Highly influenced by Christianity, this place has many Portuguese-era Roman Catholic churches but none of them match the ornate beauty of St Mary’s. It is the largest cathedral church in Negombo and one of the largest ones in Sri Lanka that took 50 years to complete.
Inside the churchFrom the outside, this 140 year old place looks like any other Catholic church but as you step inside, a sense of... read more
If you have an inclination towards ancient architectures, frescoes and other historic paraphernalia, then Angurukaramulla Temple is the place for you to be. Situated in the eastern part of Negombo city, the temple is a fascinating site and different from most Buddhist places of worship.
What makes it unique?The temple entrance is its most striking feature, as one has to pass through a dragon’s mouth. This figurine was installed here to keep the evil spirits away. Above this dragon is a 6 meter tall Buddha ... read more
Running through the town of Negombo is a canal, built by the Dutch, which presently serves as an important means of transportation as well as tourist attraction. Many private tour operators and hotels offer boat rides in this canal to show you around the city from a different perspective.
The routeThe Dutch Canal covers a route of 120 kilometers passing from Colombo in the south to Negombo in the west and moves towards Puttalam in the north. On a boat ride here, you will be surrounded by mangroves on both the si... read more
Along the western coast of Sri Lanka, some of the most exotic beaches are offered by Negombo. The city’s shoreline is fairly long and well-maintained. Some parts of it under the maintenance of private hotels are quieter, while the public beach area is more abuzz with native people as well as tourists. At the Negombo Beach, you can spot many fishermen throughout the day, busy working with their equipment and catering to the large fishing industry of the city. You would also be able to spot a shipwreck, approxi... read more