Flanked by both lagoon and sea, Negombo is where it all began for Sri Lanka’s tourism and home to the oldest beach resort in Sri Lanka. A winning combination of sun, sea and sand enshrined by the passing Dutch, Portuguese and British influences have helped this fishing town attract a loyal brand of die-hard visitors. At first light visitors can make their way to one of two buzzing fish markets where only the freshest catch of the day awaits. Larger than life tuna, prawns, crabs, squid and much more of the exotic can be expected on an early morning visit to the Negombo Fish Market. St Mary’s Church is one of the oldest and largest Catholic cathedrals in Sri Lanka that dates back to 1570 and presents a dramatic design. St Stephen’s Anglican Church is located right next to the Negombo fort and was consecrated in 1879. Its gothic revival architectural style is popular with visitors keen for a glimpse of Negombo’s colonial past. During the day, opt to laze around the long stretches of Negombo’s popular beaches that offer the best of tropical sun. At night Lewis Place comes alive with a range of shops, restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars. Don’t miss the chance to taste some great seafood.