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Negombo ( , IPA: [ˈmiːgamuə] in Sinhala) is a town of about 65,000, approximately 30 km north of Colombo in Sri Lanka. It is located at the mouth of the Negombo Lagoon, about 10 km from the Bandaranaike International Airport. Negombo has a small port and its economy is based on tourism and fishing, though it also produces ceramics and brass ware. Image File history File linksMetadata Negombo. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Negombo. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Articles with similar titles include the NATO phonetic alphabet, which has also informally been called the “International Phonetic Alphabet”. For information on how to read IPA transcriptions of English words, see IPA chart for English. ... a resource to look at current viewpoints Categories: Indo-Aryan languages | Languages of Sri Lanka | Wikipedia cleanup | Language stubs ... Map of Colombo with its administrative districts Coordinates: , District Colombo District Government  - Mayor Uvaiz Mohammad Imitiyaz (Sri Lanka Freedom Party) Area  - City 37. ... Bandaranaike International Airport (IATA: CMB, ICAO: VCBI) is Sri Lankas only international airport. ... For other uses, see Port (disambiguation). ... Tourist redirects here. ... Fishing is the activity of hunting for fish by hooking, trapping, or gathering. ... Unfired green ware pottery on a traditional drying rack at Conner Prairie living history museum. ... “Brazen” redirects here. ...



The place-name "Negombo" itself has no meaning: it was first used by the Portuguese and is a corruption of the Sinhala name Mīgamuva(මීගමුව), which literally translates as "village of honey".

Negombo is situated by the shores of a lagoon by the same name once has been a trading port for Portuguese and Dutch and is an ideal place for those who want quick access to and from the airport. Attractions in the city are the old Dutch fort gate built in 1672 now a part of the prison, the Dutch Canal which was then a supply route to the Dutch administration, old churches and fishing villagers. The 100km long canal running through the town is still being used and is an attraction for those who want to see the country from a different perspective.

The stretch of road towards Kotchchikade comes to life at dusk (most shops are open at daytime too) with many handicrafts and curio shops, gem shops, restaurants and internet cafes catering for tourists.


Fine sandy beaches of Negombo has been mostly unexplored but less crowded as most tourists use the town for the first or the last night of their stay in Sri Lanka. That is where the advantage where you have the beach mostly to your self. Nevertheless those who have identified it's secrets have been visiting the town year after year. Fine beach stretches are superbly maintained by the hotels while some are always busy with fisherman and their equipment.

Equipment for water sports such as diving, wind surfing are available at most hotels and private vendors. There are few schools offering diving courses.


Majority of people in Negombo are Roman Catholic. It has a lot of Roman Chatholic churches. Due to this it is given the name "Little Rome".

There are so may churches which was built in the time of Portuguese and Dutch.

Also, there are Buddhists, Hindus and other Christians like Jevohah Witnesses, AOG,LDS and other small churches.

Night Life

There are a lot of Hotels, Restaurants and Night Clubs in the Beach Strip, which is commonly known as "Beach Side". The most famous ones are Rodeo, Browns and Camlot.

Schools and Educational Institutes

There are lot of Religious and Public School

Maristella Boys College Ave Maria Girls College Newstead Girls College St. Mary's Boys College Harishchandra College St. Peters College St. Joseph College

IDM Negombo AGS Business School Gateway Institute Kithunana Institute

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Negombo YMCA

197/13, Thaladuwa Road, Negombo Programme: Child Rights Programme, Pre-school, Leadership development, Vocational Training & carrer guidance, English Language Training, Community uplifting programme.Human Right & Peace, Micro credit, self employment project, sports & recreational,Education,Bible studies.


St Mary's Church, Pitipana, Negombo .

See also

Negombo Tamils is a term usually used for Sri Lankan Tamils who live in the western Puttalam district of Sri Lanka. ... Bharatakula also Bharathas are a Sri Lankan caste of Paravar immigrants from Tamil Nadu in India. ... Bandaranaike International Airport (IATA: CMB, ICAO: VCBI) is the busiest of Sri Lankas two international airports. ... ...

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Coordinates: 7°13′N, 79°50′E Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...

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