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Negombo is a beautiful beach resort on the western coast of Sri Lanka. Negombo is mostly a catholic city. In fact, 99% of them are catholic. You will see beautiful churches and religious statues almost everywhere you walk. It also bears the nick name ‘Little Rome’. This city is a fine example of religious harmony. Buddhist, Catholics, Hindus, Muslims and other minorities live among each other for generations without any conflicts.
Negombo is a traditional fishing town of Sri Lanka. It means its paradise of seafood lovers. Negombo is just 10km from Bandaranaike International Airport. Which makes it an ideal hub for travellers. Majority of the travellers spend their first days planning their tour and last few days relaxing in Negombo. It is a much easier place to find your Sri Lankan feet than any other city. Negombo has a decent selection of accommodation to suit all budgets.
Starting your Sri Lankan adventure in Negombo will be the perfect introduction to the country and a definite insight into how remarkably welcoming the Sri Lankan people are! Smiles from ear to ear and very helpful. They are just down right honest people. Negombo is quite famous for seafood and variety of restaurants and pubs. Restaurants in Negombo serves both international and Sri Lankan specialties. You’ll find plenty of room on the beach to take your sunbath and a sunset to end the day with.
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Portuguese were the first invaders to the town. The Dutch captured the town from the Portuguese in 1640, lost it, and then captured it again in 1644. The British then took it from them in 1796. You will find lots Portuguese names like Fernando, Bolonghe, Silvae and Perera in here. Dutch used this city for their cinnamon trade.
Remains of foundation contain the Dutch fort built in 1672, as well as centuries-old Portuguese and Dutch houses and architecture, Administrative buildings, Churches and the ceiling paintings of St. Mary's cathedral. Negombo is the heart of Sri-Lanka's Catholic community, and you can expect to see various shrines during a visit.