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Picturesquely set at the mouth of the Negombo Lagoon, the town of Negombo, Sri Lanka is about 37km from Colombo. Negombo is approximately 7km from the Bandaranaike International Airport and mainly thrives on tourism, fishing industry, ceramics and brassware. The town has its own small port and there are a number of buildings around the area from the Dutch and Portuguese colonial era

Negombo has a small population of Muslims and there are a few Masaajid too in the town. The Negombo Grand Jumma Masjid is the main Masjid in the town. The Jummah Salaath is conducted around 12:30PM and the sermon is usually delivered in Sinhalese or Tamil. Travelers can find some Halal restaurants in Negombo. On the Greens Road there is the Raheemiya Hotel and Bakery, which assures that it serves Halal food. Although there are many restaurants serving "Halal" food all around Sri Lanka, not many of them are certified Halal by a Halal certifying authourity.

The main feature of Negombo is its lovely beaches. There are several unexplored beaches where visitors can enjoy privacy. The beaches are excellent for surfing, swimming, kite flying and water skiing. There are several seafood restaurants also around the beaches. Most of the attractions in Negombo date back to the Dutch and Portuguese era. The Old Dutch Fort Gate and administrative buildings are nice places to visit. There is also a very long canal running through the town that also attracts visitors. The canal is still in use. Travelers can also visit the tile factories in the town.

Visitors can also get to know more about the old world fishing crafts like catamarans and canoes. Negombo also has the second largest fishing market of Sri Lanka the Llelama. The area conducts fish auctions everyday and travelers can even take fishing trips into the lagoon and the ocean. The Muthurajawela Marsh located off the Negombo lagoon south of the town is an exclusive wetland habitat and is also the largest in Sri Lanka. The wetland spreads over 6,000 hectares and is home to more than 190 species of wildlife.

Travelers can enjoy a great time at the road towards Kotchchikade. The street is lined with curio shops, Internet cafes and gem shops. Shopping can also be enjoyed at the Rani Shopping Tower where travelers can find jewels, handicrafts and also a furniture store. There are also some shops at the beaches where you can find beautiful souvenirs.

 

 

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Sri Lanka Info

ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL: Sri Jayawardenapura

COMMERCIAL CAPITAL: Colombo

GEOGRAPHY

It is an island, situated at the tip of the Indian Sub Continent. You can see breathtaking sights of beaches, hills, lakes, wildlife etc, all in an island of approximately 66,000 km². Sri Lanka has a coast line of 1,341 km's.

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 20 Million. Muslims account for about 8% of the population.

CLIMATE

Tropical and warm. In the low-altitute areas the temperature will range from 28 °C (82.4 °F) to nearly 31 °C (87.8 °F). The temperature in the Central highlands could go as low as 17 °C (62.6 °F).

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Sinhalese and Tamil are the two official languages. English is widely used as well.

LOCAL TIME

GMT+5 1/2 hrs throughout the year

BUSINESS HOURS

Government: 9 AM to 4 PM
General: 9 AM to 5 PM

HOLIDAYS
Independence Day: February 4th
Milad-un-Nabi: March 9th
May Day: May 1st
Deepavali (Hindu Festival): October 26th
Christmas: December 25th

Based on the lunar calandar:
Sinhala & Tamil New Year
Tamil Thai Pongal
Id-ul-Fitr
Id-ul-Adha
Vesak (Buddhist Holiday)
Full Moons (Poya Days) are holidays. Most businesses are closed and meats are not sold.

CURRENCY

Sri Lankan Rupees

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police/ Emergencies: 119 or 118
Medical: 110
Fire: 111
Accident Service: 011 269 1111

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