Negombo City Tour from Colombo (Private 6-Hour Tour)
The Negombo city tour takes you on a journey into the north of Sri Lanka’s capital and urban metropolis, Colombo, to witness its most spectacular sights. View elegant colonial buildings rising in tandem with shiny new business constructions in this unique city that boasts of a blend of times both modern and past. Visit the 18th century St. Mary’s church that creates a tranquil haven amidst the hustle and bustle. Learn of Negombo's history and surrounding legends through its most interesting landmarks as you explore to your heart’s content.
- Transport throughout the tour with an air-conditioned vehicle.
- Service of an English-speaking chauffer guide.
- 1 liter of bottled mineral water per person.
- Hotel pick & drop.
- All taxes & service charges.
- Entrance fees.
- Food or drinks.
- Gratuities (optional).
- Expenses of personal nature.
What to Expect
You will start your tour upon being picked up by your chauffeur at 0830 hrs from your hotel in Colombo. Journey into the North of the Capital, Colombo, Negombo City Tour, and witness spectacular sights with memorable experiences and captivating stories as you learn of the history behind one of Asia’s richest cultures. Embark on an adventure like never before and become a part of the city with this private tour of Negombo.
The route that you will be taking is as follows,
Negombo City: Negombo is a city on the west coast of Sri Lanka, north of the capital, Colombo. Near the waterfront, the remains of the 17th Century Dutch Fortnow houses a prison. Negombo Lagoon, lined with fishermen’s huts, feeds into the Dutch-era Hamilton Canal. The canal leads south to Colombo. Neo-classical St. Mary’s Church, completed in the early 19th Century, features a ceiling decorated with vivid religious paintings.
Fish Market: Negombo is a traditional fishing town of Sri Lanka. The fishermen of the Negombo lagoon live in abject poverty in small, thatched palm houses in villages on the water’s edge. They rely on traditional knowledge of the seasons for their livelihood.
Dutch Fort: One of the most distinct tourist attractions in Negombo is undeniably the Old Dutch Fort. This is a structure with a history dating back to Sri Lanka’s colonial days when the nation was once under the rule of initially the Portuguese, and then the Dutch. The city was encircled by an earth wall. Eventually the landmass on which the Old Dutch Fort Gate was constructed, was regularly washed by the sea.
St. Mary’s Church in Negombo: The coastal town of Negombo is an area in Sri Lanka that is dominated heavily by Christian Faith and one of the town’s most important structures is St. Mary’s Church. This sacred building is lavish and grand in nature, standing tall amidst other structures in the town. The church consists of three main levels which are immediately apparent when approaching the structure from the front.
Dutch Hamilton Canal: Between 1802 and 1804, when the Island was under British governance, a new Colombo-Negombo canal was built, conceived by Garvin Hamilton, British Agent of Revenue and Commerce. The Hamilton Canal ran west of the old Dutch Canal, quite close to the sea from the mouth of the Kelani River at Hekitta, all the way to the southern edge of the Negombo Lagoon at Pamunugama; an astounding distance of 14.5 kilometers.
Upon reaching the end of tour, you will be dropped off back at your hotel at approximately 1230 hrs.
Comfortable walking shoes recommended for this tour. Drive time may change due to unpredictable road traffic. Photography stops on the way can be arranged but within locations with reasonable parking areas.