The closest urbanized city to Kaya luxury resort is Negombo, located 15km northwardly, alongside the west coast of Sri Lanka bordering the Indian Ocean. Famous for its sea food, fishery industry and joyous living, Negombo has a distinct advantage of attracting tourists, due to Bandaranaike International Airport being located just 10km southwardly. Surrounded by a set of mesmerizing landscapes saturated with nature, history, religions, culture, architecture and the likes, collectively create an inviting tourism product for the discerning travellers to explore in excitement.
Things To Do
The oceanic environment in Negombo is a true representation of the theme – ‘Sun, Sand and Water’. Whilst wandering on the carpet of golden sand of the beach, the tourists can enjoy sunbathing during the day, cool breeze in the evening and a spectacular view of the lit up sky line of the Colombo city in the night, viewing the panoramic sunrise and the sunset are great opportunities for an explorer.
Fishery Harbour and Fish Market
Owing to the uncommon geographical setting of this city blessed with pristine beaches, an extremely busy fishery harbour with unlimited colourful fishing boats sailing around, is another prominent attraction. The consequences of the networked societal fishing folk is the ensuring of huge momentum and noise at the nearby fish market and at traditional locations where auctioning of fish taking place.
The Hamilton canal built by the Europeans during the early 19th century, commencing from the northern tip of Colombo, is set to flow almost parallel to the coastal belt and alongside the Muturajawela sanctuary. Experiencing a slow moving boat ride along the Hamilton canal itself would be amusing while the true nature lovers could access Muthurajawela sanctuary in an enriching nature excursion.
Culture and Religious Diversity
During your stay, learn about diversity in cultures and religions by visiting key places of religious worship, spread across the vicinity of Negombo, built in the ancient era. The influence of Dutch and Portuguese regimes, reflected from the concentration of churches in this city with their vivid and monumental architectural designs enriches the touristic value of Negombo.
More colour and variety is added to the town with the stretch of seafood outlets and live pubs decoratively lit up in the evenings, providing an atmosphere of a carnival to this coastal city presenting sandy and beautiful beaches. The row of scenic tourist hotels tastefully constructed on both sides of this road strip extending to a length of over 3 km, is yet another attraction for the Negombo bound visitor.
Although the first impression of Negombo appears to be a city of sea belt orientation, surprisingly the immediate inner landscape is rich in biodiversity with the Muthurajawela wetland sanctuary. Key significant features of this fascinating landmass are the abundance of mangroves and the natural habitat of many endemic migratory species. This entire product of nature is yet another paradise for bird lovers.
Coupled with this land mass rich of biodiversity that comes the Negombo lagoon, spreading from the area of Uswetakeiyawa to Katunayake northwardly, occupying 3,500 hectares. This extensive lagoon is best viewed from the Colombo-Katunayake expressway, while the aerial view is stupendous, as its western border opens to the blue waters of the Indian Ocean displaying a picturesque colour separation in the style of blue-green neighbourhood of water masses.