Negombo & Chilaw Holidays

Sri Lanka's west coast includes the island's most established beach resort, Negombo, where there's always plenty to do, as well as lesser known Chilaw for those seeking a more relaxing place to enjoy time beside the sea.

Located at the mouth of the Negombo Lagoon, the wide sandy beaches of Negombo are perfectly located within easy reach of the international airport and so it has grown from an historic little town into Sri Lanka's fourth largest city with an array of hotels, bars and restaurants, with seafood a particular speciality. Whilst you will find the odd quiet stretch of beach, particularly those maintained by the hotels, many are a hive of activity with local fishermen and their traditional outrigger boats. There's also lots of opportunities for watersports including snorkelling or diving, with a few coral reefs and a shipwreck that serves as an artificial reef for many varieties of fish. Attractions away from the beach include the 17th century Dutch Fort, the Dutch Canal and a variety of picturesque churches.

North of Negombo is the charming fishing town of Chilaw, which as well as a beautiful lagoon also offers a wonderful expanse of soft sands that lead to the inviting turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. A notable sight is the Hindu temple of Munneswaram, dating back of 1,500 years, while for nature lovers the Chilaw area is also renowned for bird watching. This is also a perfect base for day trips, albeit long, to the cultural area.

Why visit Negombo & Chilaw?
  • Wide sandy beaches
  • Watersports
  • Excellent dining options
  • Short drive from Colombo airport
  • Within easy reach of Kandy
  • Bird watching in Chilaw
  • Historic buildings
Essential facts about Negombo & Chilaw
Local Time

GMT + 5.5 hours


Sri Lankan rupee. Travellers cheques are not accepted.

Travel information

The drive from Colombo airport to Negombo is approximately 30 minutes and Chilaw is 1 hour 45 minutes.

Best time to go

The west coast’s weather is governed by the south western monsoon. Average temperatures throughout the year rarely drop below 30ºC but the sunniest weather is from November to April, while rainfall is at its highest between June and September.

Visa information

A visa may be required. Please ask for details.

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