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.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, cooling local drink, boat ride, refreshing king coconut.
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Dress standard: 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.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Additional Information: Please note that this tour does not cover any part of Colombo. This tour starts and ends in Negombo. Negombo is located 40 kilometres north from Colombo and close to the international airport. It’s the joining point for most tours in Sri Lanka.
Child Policy: Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.