Negombo is a small beach town located near Bandaranaike International Airport. It is full of decent hotels and restaurants, as well as an OK beach.
Negombo is frquently where tourists spend their first day or two in Sri Lanka resting up after a long and exhausting plane ride. Before they head on to explore Sri Lanka.
Negombo was once one of the most important sources of cinnamon during the Dutch era, and the town is still full of reminders of the European days. Its culture is heavily influenced by the Catholic Church.
Negombo is full of churches. The locals were so successfully converted to Catholicism by the Europeans, that the town is called `Little Rome`. Most hotels and guesthouses are located at the main road that heads north from the town centre, going parallel to the beach.
Photo Credits : Raoul De Winne, Olivier Schram, Javier Suárez Cabeza