Negombo Highlights

Negombo Highlights – Travel Photo Mondays

Sri Lanka sunset at Negombo

Sri Lanka sunset at Negombo

Negombo trip highlights in Sri Lanka for Travel Photo Mondays

My first visit to Sri Lanka was in the city of Negombo, a thriving fishing community that still has strong ties to its fishing industry and lifestyle and supports this colorful community. Needless to say when I visited the city, one of the main attractions to experience was the lively fish market on the ocean front with expansive views of the western coastline of Sri Lanka. The fish market is also a regular outdoor market with an expansive seafood pavilion that sells a variety of fish and shellfish to fishmongers, restaurants and other industries all over the Island.

 

Negombo outdoor produce market

Vegetable vendor at Negombo market

Vegetable vendor at Negombo market

 

The fresh fruits and vegetable vendors outside of the fish market were quite busy when I visited selling their wares and all the excess scraps are not wasted and given to the cows and other animals in the area including a slew of stray cats that loved frequenting the markets and knew where to go for a fresh bite. King coconuts are very popular in Negombo and are this orange color when ripe and ready to drink and eat the delicious flesh below – cost twenty cents a coconut.

 

 

 

Negombo produce market

Selling king coconuts at the Negombo produce market

The fish market at Negombo

 

Colorful vendor at the Negombo fish market

Colorful vendor at the Negombo fish market

 

 

 

 

Exploring the Negombo fish market

Exploring the Negombo fish market

 

 

 

Colorful vendors and fish at Negombo fish market

Colorful vendors and fish at Negombo fish market

 

 

Cats and fish at the Negombo fish market

Cats and fish at the Negombo fish market

 

 

Negombo cathedral

Another fascinating part of the city included all the main temples and churches which worship almost side by side in relative peace. Close by is the large cathedral of the city called St. Mary’s cathedral which took 50 years to complete. There is a surprisingly large catholic population in this spiritual city and the cathedral is well-loved and maintained.

 

 

St. Mary's Cathedral in Negombo

St. Mary’s Cathedral in Negombo

 

 

In fact the town is ruled by a large Christian population including the Catholic faith and the town is lovingly called “Little Rome”. This is one of the main reasons that Pope Francis visited Sri Lanka in 2015 to see and pray with his faithful Catholics parishioners  and increase the visibility of Catholics in the country.

 

Façade of St Mary's cathedra in Negombo

Façade of St Mary’s cathedral in Negombo

 

The painted blue murals on the ceiling against the creamy yellow walls and stained glass create a colorful and  inviting palate to explore the interiors of the cathedral, it’s a magnificent church with just the right amount of details and local craftsmanship that makes this spiritual place shine.

 

Interior of St Mary's cathedral in Negombo

Interior of St Mary’s cathedral in Negombo

 

 

 

 

Contemplation at St. Mary's Cathedral in Negombo

Contemplation at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Negombo

 

 

 

Negombo Buddhist Temple

The main buddhist temple in Negombo

The main buddhist temple in Negombo

 

The colorful Buddhist temple and compound were a combination of renovated and dilapidated buildings in need of restoration but still interesting to visit and filled with murals and amazing details. I was followed by three monks that didn’t speak any English but were hoping for a nice donation to continue their restoration efforts, so they were kind enough to turn on all the lights and show me some of the unique paintings and dioramas of the Buddha in various stages of enlightenment.

 

Ornate interior of the main Negombo Buddhist temple

Ornate interior of the main Negombo Buddhist temple

 

The huge Buddha with the large mouth tiger were definitely an interesting entrance to the main temple which were filled with intricate sculpture reliefs and dioramas like the scene above and below.

 

Exterior facade, Negombo Buddhist temple

Exterior facade, Negombo Buddhist temple

Luxury Accommodation at Jetwing Blue

 

Swimming pool at Jetwing Blue in Negombo

Swimming pool at Jetwing Blue in Negombo

 

When I visited Negombo, I stayed at the luxurious Jetwing Blue hotel facing the expansive beach and Negombo coastline just outside the main city. I can’t say enough about the wonderful and large bedrooms and ultra luxe amenities of this beach hotel. The rooms are refined and simple in a modern organic style with all the perfect amenities built into each room. I love how the turn down service at night is well attended with lights set up, closed blinds and just the small details that make the night time sleep so easy and comfortable.

 

 

Plush bedrooms at Jetwing Blue in Negombo

Plush bedrooms at Jetwing Blue in Negombo

 

 

 

Sunset views from the beach at Jetwing Blue in Negombo

Sunset views from the beach at Jetwing Blue in Negombo

 

Enjoying the beaches at Negombo

 

Busy Negombo beach scene close to the city center

Busy Negombo beach scene close to the city center

 

North of the main town, the beaches at Negombo are expansive with large white sand that seem to go on endlessly. Where I stayed at the Jetwing Blue hotel, the grounds and beach area is raked daily and care is taken to collect garbage left on the beach. It really is a beautiful and exotic beach destination. Fortunately I also hung out on a late Sunday when it felt very festive with food vendors and all the locals enjoying the last free Sunday and sunset before the start of a new week.

 

Negombo beach fronting Jetwing Blue hotel

Negombo beach fronting Jetwing Blue hotel

 

Late afternoon to sunset is the perfect time to unwind and enjoy the coastline when all the crowds have disappeared and you practically get miles of beach to yourself with these golden sunsets. I loved my stay at Jetwing Blue and the long sunsets at the beach to the late evening with a nice cold bottle of ginger beer a favorite local drink .

 

Sunset at Negombo beach, Sri Lanka

Sunset at Negombo beach, Sri Lanka

 

Thanks for visiting the Negombo Highlights in Sri Lanka for Travel Photo Mondays, I hope you enjoyed the tour of this colorful city. Please do check out the other participating bloggers below for today’s linkup.

 

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15 Responses to Negombo Highlights – Travel Photo Mondays

  1. Linja June 7, 2015 at 12:35 pm #

    Love that Buddhist temple and also the final shot!

  2. rajlakshmi May 4, 2015 at 2:34 am #

    Gorgeous pictures of the place and the skies 🙂

  3. Lily Lau April 2, 2015 at 12:22 pm #

    What spectacular photos you took there! Thanks for sharing this amazing post with us 😀

  4. Johanna Bradley March 23, 2015 at 11:39 pm #

    The colour of that sky stopped me in my tracks, Noel. Beautiful shots! 🙂

  5. budget jan March 23, 2015 at 2:34 pm #

    Your first photo is so dreamy I feel like walking along the beach and photographing the boat and sky myself. Your “contemplation” photo has wonderful detail – just beautiful.

  6. Amila March 23, 2015 at 2:06 pm #

    Beautiful photos of Negombo.It is basically popular for fresh seafood and fish,and of course it is a popular city for beautiful beach and sunset.
    I really like the first picture of Negombo sunset.

  7. Carole Terwilliger Meyers March 23, 2015 at 5:19 am #

    Fabulous images, as per usual. I especially enjoyed the market images and the monks in the temple. Not to mention the kitty below the fish table, which I would love to have you submit to my collection of traveling cats at, http://berkeleyandbeyond.com/Way-Beyond/Photo-Galleries/Photos-of-Cats/photos-of-cats.html Re. Photo Monday, I’m getting closer to understanding what to do, have added myself, but can you give me an example of how I can add you back from my blog?

  8. Corinne March 23, 2015 at 5:10 am #

    I love the colors of a produce market and a bustling city. Negombo is gorgeous. Love it.

  9. rajlakshmi March 23, 2015 at 12:38 am #

    seems like a very busy market place. So many fishes!! Beautiful captures.

  10. Kerwin March 22, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

    I visited this town as well @Noel and also loved it.
    The day I did the fishermen did not catch any fish, but it was a great experience, I even helped :-).
    I did not make it into the town as my stay was so short, but I will next time. I enjoyed your photos, thanks for sharing them.
    I really loved their boats.

  11. Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse March 22, 2015 at 11:31 am #

    Amazingly colourful!

  12. Rahman @ Iran Travel Blog March 22, 2015 at 10:12 am #

    Fruit market is always the most colorful one and appealing scene to my eyes. Your photos are also very delicately taken. I like them.

  13. Moon March 22, 2015 at 6:57 am #

    Great photos! I had a refreshing virtual tour of Negombo …thanks to you 🙂

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