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  • Luxury, tailor-made holidays to Negombo and the west coast

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    Luxury holidays in Negombo

    Negombo is an important fishing town with Portuguese and Dutch colonial heritage. It is also a popular holiday destination because of its proximity to the international airport and its beachfront location. Due to the Portuguese influx back in the 16th century, the inhabitants are predominantly catholic. The Dutch legacy is seen in the remains of the grand Dutch Fort and the Dutch canal (now called Hamilton Canal) which runs from Colombo to Chilaw via Negombo. Although large parts of the canal are in disrepair, it is being revived and you can see gaily-painted boats using it as a waterway. The beaches at Negombo are wide and good for beach walking, although it is a struggle to keep them clean as urban debris washes ashore daily. The currents can be strong here so it is better to swim in the hotel pool. It is fascinating to see how the fishing industry dominates life in coastal Negombo - the fish market, the auctions, the stalls along the beach. The tourist resort area of Negombo, known as the Golden Mile, caters to a wide spectrum of holidaymakers on a range of budgets, mostly the mid to the lower end. It’s lively at night and has bars, restaurants, tourist shops and fashion outlets, selling everything from flip-flops to colourful batiks and handlooms.
    We work with the highest quality of the hotels in Negombo and the surrounding area, including Ayurveda Pavilions, a health retreat with an Ayurveda centre.

    Facts

    Climate: With daytime temperatures of between 26C and 33C, Negombo is hot and humid, though sea breezes cool and refresh the air. The evenings are slightly cooler. The main monsoon brings unsettled weather between May and August.

    Local highlights

    For nature lovers and birdwatchers there are the Muthurajawela wetlands where four varieties of kingfisher are frequently seen, as well as Negombo Lagoon. Offshore wrecks and a reef provide spots for diving (November to April, when the seas are calmer). PADI instructors, some other water sports and fishing trips are also available. Whale-watching and dolphin-watching boat trips are possible further north off Kalpitya, though this is a 3-4 hours drive away.

    Getting out and about

    In and around Negombo there are plenty of things to see and do: Dutch Fort remains; St Mary’s Church; Angurukaramulla Buddhist temple (murals); Fish markets, fishing boats and port; Select fresh seafood for your lunch or dinner; The Dutch canal (called Hamilton canal) and Maha Oya river – boat trip; Muthurajawela wetlands and Negombo Lagoon for birdwatching and nature; Some water sports and diving; November to April; Fishing; Tourist shops and restaurants (mostly mid-lower end), fashion shops; Inland to the archaeological site of Dambadeniya; Sri Lanka’s commercial capital of Colombo is 40 km away, offering a range of shops, restaurants and sightseeing.

    Travel arrangements

    Driving Distances: Negombo to Colombo International Airport: 20 minutes, Negombo to Sigiriya: 3 – 3.5 hours, Negombo to Kandy: 3.5 hours, Negombo to Colombo: 1-1.5 hours.

  • A tour around the work of Geoffrey Bawa

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    11 night architectural tour discovering the work of Geoffrey Bawa. Prices from £2480 per person.

    Active Family Tour of Sri Lanka

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    Two-week tour of Sri Lanka for families with many activities and excursions. Prices from £2670 per person.

    Best of Sri Lanka Tour

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    Spend two weeks exploring Sri Lanka and seeing the best of the country. Prices from £3150 per person.

    Sri Lanka colonial heritage tour

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    Spend 8 nights exploring Sri Lanka's colonial past. Prices from £1990 per person.

    Wildlife of Sri Lanka tour

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    Spot whales, elephants and leopards during this 10 day tour of Sri Lanka. Prices from £2350 per person.
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    Sri Lanka FAST FACTS

    Capital
    Sri Jayawardenapura-Kotte, with Colombo the commercial capital
    Airport
    Bandaranaike International Airport is 1 hour from downtown Colombo
    Currency
    Sri Lankan Rupee (£1 = 208 Sri Lankan Rupees)
    Size
    268 miles long and 139 miles wide
    Population
    21 million
    Average temperature
    The climate varies dramatically between coast and interior year-round, and between the south-west and north-east according to time of year. Average coastal temperatures in areas we feature is 30 degrees whereas the temperature is much cooler in the hills, with hot water bottles needed (and provided) at most hotels. Rainy season in the south-west is September to October, and April to May in the north-east.

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