Negombo, gateway to Sri Lanka, a perfect introduction to our tropical island Paradise!
Jacob & Emily Cass, Just Globetrotting Aussie adventurers who provide “insider advice on where to go, what to do and where to eat”.
Negombo is the gateway to Sri Lanka, a once fishing village turned premier west-coast beach resort just 35 minutes from the international airport.
Most tourists stay a night or two at one of Negombo’s many hotels—from four-star luxury to mom-and-pop homestays—before venturing forth on their exploration of our tropical Paradise.
Two such are Jacob & Emily Cass, Just Globetrotting Aussie adventurers who provide “insider advice on where to go, what to do and where to eat”.
Their verdict: “Starting our Sri Lankan adventure in Negombo was the perfect introduction to the country and a definite insight into how amazingly friendly the Sri Lankan people are!
“Smiles from ear to ear, helpful people everywhere and we’re not talking about the annoying in your face type of helpful, just down right genuine people.”
They highlight the many restaurants serving both international and Sri Lankan specialties, while “on the beach, You’ll find plenty of room to sunbake, a spot to watch the locals, along with the fishermen going about their business & a sunset to end the day with”.
A downside—or upside, depending on you point of view—is that there’s not a lot to do. “Just lower your expectations, make your own fun and enjoy being by the beach a world away from the chaos that nearby Colombo delivers”.
One highlight was Negombo’s famed lagoon, with its fisherman, mangroves, and the colonial-era canal that links it to the capital Colombo, 40km to the south.
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