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Colombo and Negombo

Bounded by the Indian Ocean from western side, Colombo City is the financial centre of Sri Lanka. Due to its strategic position along the sea trade routes, Colombo and its large natural harbour was known to Indian, Greeks, Persians, Romans, Arabs, and Chinese traders over 2,000 years ago. When Sri Lanka was ceded to the British Empire in 1815, Colombo was made the capital of the island and its status was retained in 1948 when the nation became independent. Afterwards, in 1978, the legislative functions were moved to Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte and Colombo was designated as the commercial capital of Sri Lanka.

Colombo is a fascinating mixture of land and water with many canals and lakes including the 65-hectare Beira Lake located right in the heart of the city. During the colonial era, this lake was used for defending the city and today it hosts cultural events and regattas on its shores.

Negombo is located at the mouth of Negombo Lagoon in Gampaha district, 35 km north from Colombo and 10km from Bandaranaike International Airport. For centuries, this vibrant town has been known for its busy fish markets and long beaches.


A melting pot of cultures and commerce, Colombo is a lively city with the most fascinating history. Ancient Arab sailors frequented these ports to trade with the Portuguese, Dutch and British colonists that occupied the city. Today, Colombo has something from everyone! Visit impressive cultural sights, Buddhist Temples and Hindu Kovils scattered throughout the city and experience the diversity of religion, ethnicity and customs of the people. Drive through the city's commercial centre known as the “Fort”, where grand colonial era buildings stand alongside modern hotels and office structures. Explore the vibrant markets and bazaars in Pettah. Discover the Museums and Art Centres with their fine collections of antiques, arts and crafts of Sri Lanka. Or indulge in shopping and tasting Sri Lankan delicacies.


Negombo is a vibrant fishing town with a fascinating colonial past. British, Dutch, and Portuguese all fought over this town as it was a lucrative source of cinnamon, what was a highly sought after product in the spice trade. The cinnamon impacted the economic future of this town, but a stronger influence came from the colonizer’s historic Catholic church. Catholicism had such a strong influence on the society that it became known as “Little Rome’.

Today, Negombo offers its very own blend of culture and religions. Colonial-style architecture remains in many of the buildings in Negombo, like the church, but local traditions have outlived the colonizers. The lagoon has abundant with marine life, and fishermen have been harvesting lobsters, crabs, and prawns here for centuries.

Negombo is an ideal place to start your trip from - to find your Sri Lankan feet and relax. Take a stroll along the beaches, canals and lagoons, and stop by the lively fish markets. Or travel deeper in the suburbs and experience the typical Sri Lankan village life.


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Office Address : 20/63, Fairfield Garden, Colombo 08, Sri Lanka


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