Sri Lanka,

Negombo – the beach “everyone” visits

negombo beach

After Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage we were done with central Sri Lanka and took the evening bus the get to wake up by the ocean again. We drove straight west towards Negombo for which I had quite low expectations. We (“we” in these cases always means J) managed to get ahold of a really nice room with a balcony for 1.500 Rp ($7) close to the beach where we crashed into bed after a really long day.

Negombo is a beach “everyone” visits since it is so close to the airport and thus is a perfect first or last stop on a trip to Sri Lanka. I would not call it a classic tourist resort in the same style as Hikkaduwa but rather a combination of a tourist resort and a city next to the beach. When one could see tourist stores next to each other, Negombo has some local stores here and there. It feels less touristy but also a bit boring.

negombo beach sail

These boats lie on the beach here and there and just wait to be photographed. I would love to write that it is fishing boats but it is rather (nowadays) boats that tourist can pay to sail for an hour or two.

The beach of Negombo is, however, really really nice and almost free from parasolls, sunbeds and to some extent, people. There are, for good and bad, not really any restaurants by the beach to chill and have a Piña Colada at by the sunset. Instead, we went to the restaurant “Dolce Vita” to catch up on some work and have a coffee. The café, that is well worth a visit, is just by the beach but since the beach is so wide there is still some 200 burning hot meters down to the water. For me it was perfect though so I park myself and the computer here for the remainder of the afternoon.

pancake house negombo

Visit “Pancake house” in Negombo. The restaurant is a bit boring but the pancakes are excellent!

We had not planned to stay here for two nights but do it anyway since we are quite tired of travelling around every day and it feels good to catch up on work and other practical stuff – as well as just relax for a bit.

My recommendation: Negombo in itself is a rather boring beach resort but the beach is amazing. It is touristy but not extreme in any way. In other words, it is a perfect spot to spend your first and/or last day in Sri Lanka.

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My name is Christoffer Björkwall and I am a 36 year old guy from Sweden. I have been travelling ever since I was a kid. These are the stories from trips from the past and, of course, trips I am doing now. I love mountains, beaches, wild animals, storms & tornadoes, skiing, scuba diving, adventure sports etc when I travel. I am not equally fond of historical and cultural locations (like churches). I usually keep my trips on a low budget because I rather go on one more trip than on one expensive trip.

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