Overview

The major beach resort in the West Coast is Negombo, 45 km north of Colombo in Sri Lanka. It is located at the mouth of the Negombo lagoon, about 10 km from the Bandaranaike International Airport. . The wide sandy beaches and the safe sea are the major attractions of Negombo, also known as traditional fishing town. Negombo has a small port, and its economy is mainly based on tourism and its centuries-old fishing industry.

 

Besides the beach, the fish market is worth visiting where busy trading of a variety of fish including prawns, crabs and seer takes place in the mornings when the fishing crafts return to the shore with their catch. The most popular fishing craft is the outrigger canoe called oruwa dug out from a huge log and is seen in large numbers in the Negombo-lagoon.