Negombo is a beautiful beach resort on the western coast of Sri Lanka, just a short drive north of Colombo.  As it is also very close to the airport, Negombo is a convenient place to either begin or end your trip to Sri Lanka.  You can relax on beautiful beaches, view incredible sunsets and enjoy western and Sri Lankan food. Sea food is very popular and is caught fresh daily by Negombo fishermen. In earlier times, Negombo was ruled by the Portuguese, Dutch, and the British.  You can see evidence of the influence of these colonial rulers in many places, such as the beautiful canals built by the Dutch and the churches built by the Portuguese.  Be sure to take some time and walk, or ride a bike, through Negombo and see all the interesting sites!