Negombo - unattractive beach, but lot of things to see and to do
To be honest, Negombo is not an attractive beach resort. The beach is not protected and dirty. However, Negombo is the beach holiday destination close to the International Airport and thereby a good starting point for a Sri Lanka round tour. Negombo is the largest Christian town in Sri Lanka. Several churches can be seen on a city tour, but also places of worship of Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims in distinct neighbourhoods of the city. Main attraction is the fishing harbour and fish market close to the former Dutch fort. A boat trip on a traditional outrigger is rewarding. A motorboat ride in the large harbour and lagoon is recommendable, too. Half-day excursions to the Muthurajawela sanctuary in the south and the Maha Oya river mouth in the north offer surprising experiences of tropical wetlands very close to the town.