How to spend a day in Negombo, Sri Lanka

Stay at Jetwing Blue and you’ll be able to combine the Sri Lankan city’s urban attractions with seaside relaxation.

Sunday, October 6, 2019,
By Jetwing Hotels
Jetwing Blue hotel
Jetwing Blue
Photograph by Jetwing Hotels

Morning
Start the day with a dip in the infinity pool before a breakfast of fresh fruit, pastries and egg hoppers. Then, hop on a bike to cycle along the Hamilton Canal — a Dutch-built waterway that weaves around the city and stop off for a juice and samosa at one of the villages along its banks. Next up, hail a tuk-tuk to Angurukaramulla Temple — a striking fortress with a Buddha at its centre and an ornate shrine room in its interior.

Afternoon
The sun’s beating down and there’s only one place you’ll want to be — Negombo’s beautiful beach; this sedate stretch of sand runs north from the town. The golden curve has rightfully gained a reputation for some of the town’s best people-watching — of ice cream-licking locals, of guitar-strumming travellers, and excitable tots running in the shallows and scooping sand into palms.

Evening
If you’re feeling lazy, pull up a chair at Black Coral for relaxed fine dining — a popular place that pulls in a fun crowd of food enthusiasts. Sri Lankan ingredients are at its core and the place buzzes until late. For something with a less-is-more ethos in a space that focuses on exceptional food and drink, head to Centre Point Grill and Bar at Jetwing Blue — the atmosphere is unpretentious and the food is delicious.

Four more hotels in the city

Jetwing Ayurveda Pavilions: Close to the Negombo shoreline, this Ayurvedic resort is spread across a pretty patchwork of courtyards and lush gardens.
Jetwing Beach: This beachfront pad has a superb spa as its centrepiece and toes-in-the-sand dining.
Jetwing Sea: Situated right on Negombo Beach, this contemporary space is crowned with a rooftop spa and has a restaurant with a reputation for serving up top-notch, delicious seafood.
Jetwing Lagoon: The 100-metre pool at this lagoon-side hotel is its ace card.

Essentials
Average flight time: 13h.
Jetwing Blue is just a 30-minute taxi ride from Colombo Airport.

Published in the September 2019 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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