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  • Ease into Sri Lankan life with a trip around the seaside town of Negombo
  • Experience the vibrant spirit of the Negombo community
  • Take a boat ride through the historic Hamilton Canal and spectacular Negombo lagoon
  • Snap photos of the colourful fishing boats, mangrove forests, birds and marine creatures you’ll see along the way
The Spirit of Negombo tour starts and ends in Colombo. The Spirit of Negombo is a city sightseeing tour that takes 3 hours.

Get ready for a relaxing yet fun-filled afternoon exploring the laid-back seaside town of Negombo, where you’ll get to experience local life both on and off the water. See the sights on foot and then get a totally new perspective of the area with a leisurely boat tour, all while soaking up some epic views and learning all about the history and culture of Negombo.
customer reviews about Urban Adventures
4.8 - Excellent Based on 800 reviews
Mr. William's review for another Urban Adventures tour
4 - Very Good
“Our guide Rebecca did a great job on our tour. She was full of excellent knowledge about our tour sites and Japanese culture more broadly speaking.”
Ms. Samantha's review for another Urban Adventures tour
4.5 - Excellent
“My tour with Urban Adventures was a great one! I signed up for the Istanbul Uncovered tour at the last minute (late the night before), which was really easy to do on their website. I enjoyed not having to organize everything well in advance if I didn't yet know my plans and being able to do everything seamlessly online. Unfortunately for me, there was a sudden snow storm overnight and the city was a nightmare to get around in its wake. My guide, Pinor, very kindly called me the morning of to ask if I wanted to reschedule my tour, but because I was already on my way to the meeting point and leaving Istanbul the next day, I requested we move forward with the tour. She could have just said no because the weather-affected traffic made it too difficult to reach me, but she didn't. Her kindness and determination to make it to the meeting point on time were incredibly admirable. She even called me a few times to give me updates on how soon she would arrive! Despite the snow bearing down on us, Pinor still gave a top-notch tour. She tried to take me down as many of the paths that are included in the tour when Istanbul ISN'T freezing over and did her best to deviate the tour when necessary while still showing me the highlights. Her knowledge of the sites was enviable. I wish I could know as much as she does! Given that the tour was one-on-one, I felt really comfortable asking her all sorts of questions, ranging from things we were looking at to aspects of Turkish daily life. My only suggestion would be that the walk through the Grande Bazaar was more than just that: a walk through. We went in one side and out the other in under five minutes. If we could have wondered the streets a bit more and heard about the culture of the Bazaar, or perhaps stopped to take a coffee/tea in one of the cafes inside the Bazaar, it would have made the site feel more authentic. Though I understand that once you've seen one rug shop, you've seen them all, so there might not be much to examine in-depth. Thank you Pinor for your amazing tour and your ability to put up with that horrible, rare weather! You made my otherwise iffy time in Istanbul (stupid snow!) an experience to remember.”
Mrs. Monika's review for another Urban Adventures tour
5 - Excellent
“Thoroughly enjoyed this adventure tour - the guide was really engaging and informative. Sean set a good pace and it was clear he had really solid knowledge about the food in Amsterdam and enjoyed what he was doing. Terrific weather and a great experience.”
Itinerary
Despite its proximity to the hustle and bustle of Colombo, the laid-back coastal town of Negombo feels a world apart. Your Urban Adventures tour starts and ends here giving you the chance to experience the spirit of the Negombo community, as well as take a boat tour through the historic Hamilton (Dutch) Canal and spectacular Negombo lagoon. 

Your tour will first take you to a colourful Hindu temple on Sea Street where your guide will explain some of the historic events that happened here. We’ll then continue to St. Mary’s church, a serene spot where the stained-glass windows and religious paintings covering the ceiling are humbling to witness - especially considering that the church dates back almost a century and a half. 

Next, it’s time to experience local life with a walk through the bustling streets of Negombo town. We’ll stop for a cool drink at a local sweet shop before we meet our captain. This next part of the tour continues by boat, departing from the dock on the historic Hamilton Canal, cruising through town and the busy fishing harbor before entering Negombo lagoon. 

During the ride, our captain will share stories of village life and history as we drift through the colourful landscape of fishing boats, mangrove forests, birds, and marine creatures. 

You’ll then get to cool off with a drink of refreshing king coconut water as we make a stop on a nearby sandbank island to dig for clams, enjoy the cool breeze, and admire the spectacular views across the lagoon.  

We then return to the dock where our tour ends. From here, feel free to ask your local guide for suggestions on what else to see and do in the area during your visit.
what’s included
Guide
  • Local English-speaking guide
Others
  • Cooling local drink
  • Boat ride
  • Refreshing king coconut.
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  • Additional food and drinks
  • Souvenirs and personal shopping
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide.
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Full payment of 60 USD is required to confirm this tour.

Other Practical InformationMeeting start point : Pillaiyaar kovil (135, Sea street, Negombo). The Hindu temple is located opposite the road leading to Wijayaratnam Hindu Central College. Meeting end point : Pillaiyaar kovil (135, Sea street, Negombo).    
CancellationCancellation for this Spirit of Negombo tour is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given. If cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the chosen start date, no refund applies.
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    For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

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    As the tour visits temples, please do not wear shorts or sleeveless tops. Given the climate in Negombo, light, breathable clothes and fabrics are recommended. 

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