Negombo

Negombo, the seaside town where the beaches are heaven-sent is a piece of history left behind from the Dutch Era, with forts and canals making quaint landmarks around the area. Known to many as Little Rome, due to its populace of Roman Catholics, this once fishing town is a point of convergence for many tourists coming into the island, being the closest tourist destination near the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake. Sandy beaches, colourful boats of the fishing community, the lagoon, Dutch landmarks and canals that dot the town are some attractions in store when in Negombo. However, for those who are not satiated with attractions in plain sight, there is Angurukaamulla Temple, one of the oldest in the land decked with ancient murals and Muthurajawela, one of the largest marshlands in Sri Lanka, a definite favoured destination for Eco-tourists.