Negombo is a major tourist destination in Sri Lanka. Negombo is the fifth largest city in the country after the capital Colombo, Kandy, Jaffna and Galle, and it is the second largest city in the Western province after Colombo. It is located approximately 35 km north of Colombo City. Negombo is known for its huge and old fishing industry with busy fish markets and sandy beaches.. This city is an ideal and liberal place with luxury, tropical life style, for those who want quick access to and from the country's main international airport and also to Colombo city.
Each day, fishermen take their oruvas and go out in search of the fish for which Negombo is well known. They’re a fine sight as they sweep home into the lagoon after a fishing trip. Fish auctions on the beach and sales at the fish market near the fort are a slippery and very smelly sight, but one that’s well worth forgoing some swimming pool time for.
East of town the Angurukaramulla Temple, with its 6m-long reclining Buddha, is worth seeing.
Even though it could never compete in a beauty contest against many Sri Lankan beaches, Negombo’s beach, which stretches north from the town right along the hotel strip before fading into a palm tree distance, has been recently tidied up and, in front of the big hotels, is now quite pleasant
St Mary’s Church
The fading pink chamber of St Mary’s Church, in the town centre, has some thunderous religious ceiling paintings covering the nave.
Angurukaramulla Temple (Temple road, Negombo, Sri Lanka ) :-
Angurukaramulla Temple situated in the Negombo City is one of the main as well as important historic temples in Sri Lanka. It is the largest Theravada Buddhist Temple in the Negombo city. The serene environment of the temple attracts many foreigners who visit to the city. The temple is famous for its 6 metre long reclining Buddha statue, ancient murals and Buddhist paintings. The painted pictures of ancient Sri Lankan kings who rendered their services to the temple evoke the historical importance of the temple in the mind of present day visitors.