Hotels and beaches are Negombo (Sri Lanka)
Hotels in Negombo where to stay
Hotels in Negombo are considered to be one of the cheapest among the resorts in Sri Lanka. Find budget accommodation in Negombo not be easy, especially in low season. Prices are quite decent and clean accommodation in local guesthouses start from around 1,000 rupees (about 9 dollars refer to the currency of Sri Lanka, the exchange rate) for two people without air conditioning, but everywhere you have to bargain. Depending on the season and the greed of the owners, the initial price can be called up from a half to a few times. To bring down prices is possible and necessary in almost any Guesthouse in any season.
If you want to get a good hotel with amenities, where you can not only sleep, but also relax, it makes sense to select and book in advance. If you plan to stay in Negombo for a few days or more, then there is a real sense to choose a hotel with a pool, as the local ocean water is not too suitable for swimming.
And another tip: if you arrive in Negombo late in the evening or at night, you should book accommodation in advance and to warn owners of the possibility that you will arrive late. The fact that some of the guesthouses and hotels are closed here for the night tightly and you just can't reach them, not even to check in.
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Hotels Negombo on the map
The tourist area of Negombo is located along Lewis place (Lewis Place) and further down the road Porutota rd. (tourism area on an interactive map Negombo). Here are located most of the normal hotels, restaurants, cafes, travel agencies, some entertainment, car transport, diving office. Local residents and their homes in this area a bit. Here are more or less clean and cozy beaches. In General, the whole tourist life of the city is concentrated here, and it is here necessary to go, if you want to look for accommodation on the spot. Anyway, it makes sense to stay in Negombo where else, except in the area just yet. Most cheap guesthouses are located across the street from the beach, the beach is a little more expensive. Keep in mind that the street Sea street, which gradually turns into Lewis Place, accommodation is not at all. Hotels and guesthouses are beginning to fall only on Lewis Place and further North.
In the heart of the heart of Negombo hotels almost there, but it is the economic center of the city. It is formed by streets main street (Main street), green street (Green street) and the other adjacent to it (the town centre on the interactive map of Negombo). It is here that all the shops and currency exchange offices with the best rate. Also in the center is a bus and train station. If you want to find a cheap non-touristy place to eat, then you belong here too. To get to the center of the tourist area is 20-30 minutes on foot or by tuk-tuk for 100-150 rupees (after bargaining). Keep in mind that in the center of the city on the streets you can find signs "Hotel...something". But this does not mean that it is really a hotel. Sometimes signage Hotel in Sri Lanka, designated local restaurants.
In addition to these areas to find accommodation in the South and North of Negombo: If you move further North along the coast, then up to the town of Chilaw (which is about 30 kilometers away from Negombo), you can find hotels on the beaches relating to Negombo. Much sense there to settle there, unless you're not caught in the path of the night or you don't want to be away from Negombo. However, it is to say that the beaches there are objectively cleaner.
On the South of the city (towards Colombo) is a lagoon of Negombo, on the banks of which there are several good hotels. This area is not a tourist (everywhere in homes of local residents, and even no place to eat outside of the hotel), but if you plan to rent transport, you can stay there and drive into the tourist area at any time (10-15 minutes drive).
The beaches in Negombo
As already mentioned we have on the pages, the Negombo beaches are not as beautiful as write about this tourist websites selling tours here. To boast of pure and perfect beaches, the city can not. Because of the many flowing here into the ocean of the rivers that bring silt and debris from the land, constant waves, the water here is almost never transparent, therefore no scuba diving and snorkeling off the coast here cannot go and speeches. Does not add to the beauty of the beaches and the trash, unceremoniously discarded by local residents, especially in those places where they live.
The cleanest stretch of beach is the tourist area, i.e. beach streets along Lewis Place and Porutota rd. The beaches here are clean sometimes, especially near the expensive hotels, so the sand is clean and satisfactory. The slope of the bottom is moderate (though, of course, changes throughout). The width of the sandy strip, from 10 to 30 meters. In General, the result is a continuous three kilometres is not such a bad beach, along which guests can stroll and almost everywhere you can swim.
If you walk from the area a little to the North or South, then you will be redirected to the dirty littered beach. The house of local residents, especially the poor fishermen, located directly on the beach, and they are constantly dumped household garbage and fish waste directly into the sand. The result of their efforts you can see in the pictures. Further South, in the area of Negombo lagoon, you can find a decent black sand beaches, but sometimes the beach is very littered.
Tourist area in Negombo I generally liked it, if you compare it with other places I visited in Sri Lanka. The beaches are great I was not paying attention, because the beaches aren't my thing. For me, the beaches as the beaches, the water is only muddy. Much more important for me was that it is possible and take long walks along the shore.
But he tourist area is even nothing. First of all, I really liked the fact that it stretched along the wide streets. Then comparing it with the vaunted Unawatuna, where the narrow streets and then we were driven crazy tuk-tuks, here you can walk around and not afraid of crazy local drivers. Well, here is everything you need nearby, and it is not necessary to go somewhere. Everything is compact, you can walk to the centre. There are Wine shops right in the area. At the same time it is very quiet, the decor is almost rustic, though for some it's more negative. A fellow here has never met what to me again a plus.
Well, it is true, is to say that to be here more than two days, I couldn't. Though I don't need heaps of entertainment and discos (and there I have never met), to see and to do here, nothing special. To walk in the evenings, nowhere, everywhere dark and after nine all asleep.