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Telephone dialing code for Negombo is 031

Places of Interest

There are many churches of every denomination , dotted around the main coastal roads of Negombo. St mary’s Church, Porutota Road , and Angurukaramulla temple ( Rs 250 return trip) are worth a visit for 2-3 hours. Late evening is great with the sunset.

Activities

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Watersports & Local Excursions

Hethma Travels (PVT) Ltd
13 Porutota Road
Negombo
Tel. 074 872 824
Email: info@pearl-negombo.com

Diving and water skiing
Island Excursions
Local village excursions – Toddy Brewery, coconut factory, Batik factory, Adventure rope crossing, canal trip.

Fishing trips are on offer from the local fisherman. Expect to pay about R500 for an hour and a bottle of Arrack will make you very popular. The vessels will leave in the early hours and return at about 10-11 am.

Kayak Excursions

Hanwella is a tropical paradise amongst rivers, mountains, forests and a rich ancient past, just an hours drive from Colombo. 300 meters of the River Kelani frontage is lines with pebbled sandy beach. Kayaking (1 or 2 person) trips can be joined for the day and a beach lunch is included. Paddle, swim for a while and absorb the river wildlife en route. Guests are returned to camp in Hanwella.
Contact :
Adveture Asia Ltd , c/o Peter Stewert
Tel. +94 11 5 368468
Email: adventure@wow.lk

Mountain Biking Excursions

Day excursions can be joined at Adventure Asia camp in Hanwella, approx one hour North east of Colombo. Ride amidst tough terrain and alondside the River Kelani. Stop for a dip and lunch on the pebble beach.

Cost : LKR 2000 / person for a day plus packed lunch.
Contact : Adventure Asia c/o Peter Stewart
Tel. +94 11 5 368468
Email: adventure@wow.lk

Bars & Restaurants

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There are many local restaurants for Rice & Curry with little to choose from, so opt for the most convenient. For a wonderful evening meal, try :

King Coconut, 11 Porutota Road, Negombo
On the beach, great value snacks and main dishes. Seafood and Stone baked Pizza specialities.

The Pearl (see above)
Casual beach side restaurant. The Sesame Roasted prawns are amazing. Friendly and casual with late night drinking

Pri Kin Restaurant, 10 Porutota Road
Chinese, local and western. Very cheap and cheerful.

Fine Dining can only be found in the large 5star hotels within the ala Carte restaurant. The best is Browns Beach Hotel but it may be quiet as most hotel guests opt for the all-inclusive buffet.

Entertainment/Nightlife

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Little by way of entertainment with the exception of the occasional beach party, or live calypso music at beach restaurants. The social scene is largely amongst tourists within the many bars and restaurants

Shopping

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Factories
Many of the clothing manufacturers have factories in this region but they have no official factory shop. If you speak to the hotel managers (and be careful you are not taken on a wild goose chase by the locals) they will identify the kind of stock in the factories and if the supervisor is willing to sell rejects or odd lines.

The Negombo fish and flower market is an exciting adeventure but you will need to be there at 6am so arrange a Tuk Tuk in advance through your hotel manager or a friendly Tuk Tuk driver.

Getting About

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A lot of Negombo can be done on foot as you meander through the Dutch quarters, canal street and coastal Road. Bicycles can be hired in many shops and hotels for about Rs 150 / day but don’t expect top of the range models.

Tuk Tuk’s are in abundance and you a trip around the local villages to see the farmers at work is a great way to hide from the mid day sun. Round trips within 1-4 km should be no more than Rs250.

Regular buses come in from Colombo to Lewis Place or Porutota road. No 8 and 270 leave every 15mins or opt for a comfortable air conditioned private bus for just Rs20 extra. The journey is about 45mins and costs Rs30. There will be long queues at peak time and weekends.

Private buses will also take you to Kandy but you will need to enquire at the bus station as private bus companies come and go regularly. Journey takes 3 hours and costs about Rs100.

Trains into Colombo are only 3rd class and will be extremely crowded.

See our Moving Around review for help with transport.