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Located on the west coast of Sri Lanka, at the mouth of the Negombo Lagoon is the beautiful city of Negombo. This administrative hub is also the fifth largest city in the country and the second largest in Sri Lanka’s Western Province. Located about 35 kilometres from the island’s capital - Colombo, the city of Negombo is known mainly for its stunning beaches and for its proximity to the main international airport. It is also known for being home to the second largest fish market in Sri Lanka. With its economy being mainly based on tourism, Negombo has numerous hotels and motels, restaurants and food outlets, and most importantly – attractions. It is perfect for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and for those seeking a bit of relaxation and tropical life style. The city is home to a sizable Muslim population, therefore making it possible for Muslim tourists to locate Halal-friendly services like prayer areas and Halal food in Negombo.  When in Negombo, a walk around the city is a must. Tourists will get to see the remains of centuries-old buildings and structures, like the Old Dutch Fort, which was built in 1672 and is now used as part of the Negombo prison. Also found here are the remains of ancient Churches, Dutch and Portuguese houses and other buildings. Hints of the Dutch colonial era can also be seen in the Dutch Canal. This canal was built to transport spices, by the Dutch. The canal is now being used by the local fisherman to get to the sea. It runs from Colombo to Negombo and then to Puttalam and is an astounding 120 kilometres long. Because Negombo is home to Sri Lanka’s second largest fish market, a visit here is a must. Apart from getting to observe the fantastic varieties of fish available at the market, tourists are also able to observe a fish auction - which takes place daily, and to talk to the fisherman of the area. Those interested, and those looking to get more hands-on, can even organize a fishing trip to the lagoon. While here tourists must also spend a whole day out at Negombo’s golden sand beach. This beach draws in international tourists as well as those from other parts of Sri Lanka. The well preserved beach also offers numerous activities like diving, jet-skiing and so on. There are also a few coral reefs found here, as well as a 50 year old shipwreck. While here, tourists also have the opportunity to purchase some local items; like batiks and handicrafts, to take back home as souvenirs. ...more

Negombo, Sri Lanka

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Located on the west coast of Sri Lanka, at the mouth of the Negombo Lagoon is the beautiful city of Negombo. This administrative hub is also the fifth largest city in the country and the second largest in Sri Lanka’s Western Province. Located about 35 kilometres from the island’s capital - Colombo, the city of Negombo is known mainly for its stunning beaches and for its proximity to the main international airport. It is also known for being home to the second largest fish market in Sri Lanka. With its economy being mainly based on tourism, Negombo has numerous hotels and motels, restaurants and food outlets, and most importantly – attractions. It is perfect for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and for those seeking a bit of relaxation and tropical life style. The city is home to a sizable Muslim population, therefore making it possible for Muslim tourists to locate Halal-friendly services like prayer areas and Halal food in Negombo. 

When in Negombo, a walk around the city is a must. Tourists will get to see the remains of centuries-old buildings and structures, like the Old Dutch Fort, which was built in 1672 and is now used as part of the Negombo prison. Also found here are the remains of ancient Churches, Dutch and Portuguese houses and other buildings.

Hints of the Dutch colonial era can also be seen in the Dutch Canal. This canal was built to transport spices, by the Dutch. The canal is now being used by the local fisherman to get to the sea. It runs from Colombo to Negombo and then to Puttalam and is an astounding 120 kilometres long.

Because Negombo is home to Sri Lanka’s second largest fish market, a visit here is a must. Apart from getting to observe the fantastic varieties of fish available at the market, tourists are also able to observe a fish auction - which takes place daily, and to talk to the fisherman of the area. Those interested, and those looking to get more hands-on, can even organize a fishing trip to the lagoon.

While here tourists must also spend a whole day out at Negombo’s golden sand beach. This beach draws in international tourists as well as those from other parts of Sri Lanka. The well preserved beach also offers numerous activities like diving, jet-skiing and so on. There are also a few coral reefs found here, as well as a 50 year old shipwreck. While here, tourists also have the opportunity to purchase some local items; like batiks and handicrafts, to take back home as souvenirs. 

Nearby Airports

The nearest airport to Negombo is Bandaranaike International Airport, which is the major airport in Sri Lanka. This airport is located in Katunayake, and is about 11 kilometres from the center of Negombo.

Halal Restaurants

There are numerous Halal restaurants in Negombo as well as in the surrounding areas. Muslim tourists will be able to find a wide selection of delicious dishes, including Sri Lankan style rice and curry at Raheemiya Hotel and Bakery. There are also loads of restaurants in Negombo which serve fresh seafood dishes. Tourists could also make inquiries about the other restaurants which serve Halal food in Negombo, at the local mosque.

Mosques

There are quite a few mosques in Negombo, with the Negombo Grand Jummah Mosque being one of the most prominent mosques in the area. It is also said to be one of the biggest in Sri Lanka. Apart from this, there are 5 other masjids in Negombo that Muslim visitors can pray at. 

Things to Do and See in Negombo

  • Negombo Lagoon
  • The Old Dutch Fort
  • Muthurajawela Marshland
  • Negombo Fish Market
  • Dutch Canal
  • Negombo Town
  • Travel to Sri Lanka for your Honeymoon!

    For the newlyweds (or any couples), start packing your bags for Sri Lanka! via GIPHY   Galle Face Beach - Galle Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka Morning walks along Sri Lanka’s beautiful beaches is a must! Even this beach that is located so close to the city centre is a breathtaking sight in the early morning. Take a romantic stroll with your spouse and just spend some quality time to get to know each other.  Beach on Colombo Plan Road However, if you seek more thrill, something like combining beaches with railway tracks, then walk along Colombo Plan Road. It is a tranquil sight of the sea with occasional loud train sounds as the trains pass by the tracks on its way to Galle station. While you are there, stay on to catch a little bit of sunset. All you need is your life partner by your side and a sweet silence as you both listen to the muse of the sea. Negombo beach - Negombo, Sri Lanka If you need some private time with your spouse, Negombo Beach is the beach for you. There are very much lesser people here so you can walk along the beach and have a romantic conversation undisturbed! Amagi Aria Hotel - 640/82 Suhada Mawatha, Puttalam - Colombo Rd, Negombo 11500, Sri Lanka Even better, why not stay at the Amagi Aria Hotel and whisper words of forever as the sun sets leaving you and your spouse with warm lovely feelings. This is the perfect spot to have a heart-to-heart talk with your spouse. Alright, enough about the beaches! Let's go on to talk about just how gorgeous the train ride in Sri Lanka is!  Image Credit: YamuThere are so many beautiful places to visit via train. Places such as Ella, Nuwara Eliya and Kandy are among the top few for the must-visit! The journey to the mentioned places itself is such a breathtaking sight. Views en route from Colombo to Kandy Kandy Train Station  Things to do in Ella: 1.The Nine Arch Bridge Image Credit: Salt in our Hair This gorgeous bridge is located right outside of Ella. It will take about 30 minutes to walk through the woods and reach a beautiful tea field. Be there with your beloved and sip a cup of delicious Sri Lankan tea while watching trains pass by.  2. Swim at Diyaluma Falls Diyaluma waterfall - in Badulla district on the Colombo-Badulla highway, about 6km east of the regional town of Koslanda, and around 30km south of Ella.Image Credit: Pinterest The Diyaluma waterfall is 220-meter high and is the second-highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. On top of the waterfall, it has different levels of natural pools where you can swim. To get to this waterfall is not an easy task! A two-hour tuk-tuk ride from Ella to Poonagala through quintessentially lush Sri Lankan tea plantations followed by a hike downhill through long, dry grass for about 30mins before getting to the upper Diyaluma falls. A short hike further would bring you and your partner to the edge of the world, watching the cascading water drop 220m to the valley below. This is the start of a very challenging honeymoon thus far in Sri Lanka. However, such tasks would allow for a different kind of bonding as you learn more about your partner and even yourself! 3. Climb Little Adam’s Peak  Image Credit: Wandervisions To get to Little Adam’s Peak, you need to follow the trail which is right next to Ella Flower Garden Resort (3rd Mile Post, Passara Road, Ella 90090, Sri Lanka). An alternative entrance is also located at 98 Acres Resort (Greenland Estate, Ella - Passara Rd, Ella, Sri Lanka) and marked by a white Buddha. Just follow the trails and you would only need about an hour before you reach the top and have a lovely sunset view with the-love-of-your-life.    Things to do in Nuwara Eliya:  1. Go to the Tea Plantations Image Credit: Travel Triangle Nuwara Eliya has so many tea plantation fields. One of them is the Pedro Tea Estate. Pedro Estate is about 3.5km east of Nuwara Eliya station and is a 20 minutes drive by rickshaw from the station. You both can have an educational tour of the tea plantations here and learn the process of tea planting!  2. Take a stroll in Victoria Park  Image Credit: Kingsford Residences Well, why not take a stroll in Victoria Park (Badulla Rd, Nuwara Eliya 22200) and have a lovely chat while sipping a nice cuppa tea? This lovely walk with your soulmate will leave you with a tingling feeling and many gorgeous photos together!  3. Gregory Lake Image Credit: Sri Lanka Finder This enchanting lake (Gregory Lake, Nuwara Eliya 22200, Sri Lanka) is a must to visit. It is just a 5 minutes ride on a rickshaw from Nuwara Eliya. Enjoy a breezy walk and cooling weather which definitely calls for a lovely picnic or a sweet ride on the swan boats. Over at this lake, it compels you to show how much you love your spouse by doing things together and caring for each other! THE THING to do in Kandy: Well, we did mention that this honeymoon destination is not for the weak-hearted as the hike at Little Adam's Peak over in Ella was just the start of all hikes. In Kandy, climbing up Adam's Peak is a must if you want to learn the ultimate truth about your partner's character and yours too!  Image Credit: Atlas And Boots Adam’s Peak is located at South Central Sri Lanka and the nearest town is Dalhousie which is the start of the trek up the mountain. Taking the taxi/Grab/Uber/Private car rental from Kandy to Dalhousie is the fastest option to get here as compared to coming by bus or train. The ride takes about an hour and a half. The best time to start climbing Adam’s Peak is in the wee hours (start at 12 am or slightly later) as the climb takes between 2 to 4 hours (depending on fitness levels). This climb will be an opportunity to encourage each other as the total number of steps is about 5000 to 6000 crumbling steps and inclined trekking. Reaching to the 1000th step is already a great achievement but will definitely test you as your legs may go numb or feel very sore. However, with constant coaxing from the beloved, the pain would turn into motivation as watching the sunrise at the peak of the mountain is a glorious sight which leaves you feeling a sense of achievement. It takes a lot for couples to reach the top but hey, love conquers all (even the challenging Adam’s Peak!).  Sunrise at the top of Adam’s PeakImage Credit: The Partying Traveler One of the best feelings in the world is to pray with your spouse. Sri Lanka has a gorgeous mosque located at 2nd Cross Street, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The mosque goes by the name of Red Mosque or Jami Ul-Alfar Masjid.  Image Credit: Atlas Obscura Well, this honeymoon destination has loads of challenging activities to do with your spouse. Despite the pain, it is definitely a worthwhile trip to do together. Marriage may not always be smooth. There may be challenges. Well, challenges are meant to be conquered together, just like how challenging-Sri Lanka was conquered together! ...



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