The “malu” market reminded Negombo, and all the way, it is consisting of golden beaches, clear blue skies and blue water. Enjoy the refreshing sea breeze on your face while the waves embrace your feet. Most of tourists use the town for the first or the last night of their stay in Sri Lanka because it is perfectly located within the 7 km from the Bandaranaike International Airport in Sri Lanka.
After in the early 1500s, the Portuguese constructed a fort in Negombo and took over the trade of cinnamon to the West and in the 1600s the king of Kandy turned to the Dutch for help. The Dutch captured Negombo from the Portuguese in 1646. The legacy of the Dutch colonial era can be seen in the Dutch Fort, constructed in 1672, a number of other buildings and the extensive canal system that runs 120 km from Colombo in the South, through Negombo to Puttalam in the north. The British then took it from them in 1796 without a struggle. Evidence of their occupation can be seen in the various colonial styles of architecture of many of the buildings in Negombo, is often referred to as “Little Rome’. The Negombo lagoon has provided the fishermen with a plentiful supply of crabs, shrimps, lobsters, cattle fish and many of the native species of fish. No wonder Negombo is a gourmet's delight with seafood available in plenty. Also produces spices, ceramics and brassware.