1. What is there to see in Negombo?
Most people use Negombo as a quick stop-over from the airport. What a pity. Negombo offers great opportunities to explore the typical Sri Lankan culture and daily life.
“ Negombo is a major tourist destination in Sri Lanka. The 100 km canal network running through the city is still used.. Remnants of colonization include the Dutch fort built in 1672, as well as centuries-old Portuguese and Dutch houses, administrative buildings, churches and the ceiling frescoes of St. Mary's Cathedral , Bodhirajarama Maha Viharaya (Angurukaramulla Temple)
Negombo is home to the country's second-largest fish market, locally famous as the Lellama (Lel-La-Ma), at the north end of the lagoon. There are daily fish auctions, which give tourists a chance to meet the area's fishers, buy fish and even organize fishing trips into the lagoon and the ocean beyond. Other nearby attractions open to visitors include Muthurajawela Marshland, which is part of a 6,000-hectare (14,826-acre) reserve. The protected mangroves of the lagoon are home to over 190 species of wildlife.
Negombo offers one of the best
beaches on the west coast of Sri Lanka. It draws tourists who stop over for a
day on their way to or from the airport. Some quiet stretches of the beach are
maintained by the tourist hotels, while others are always busy with fishermen
and their equipment. Water-sports and diving are popular among visitors, with a
few well-preserved coral reefs and a 50-year-old shipwreck that can be seen in
the distance also known as Kudapaduwa (Ku-Da-Paa-Du-We) that serves as an
artificial reef for many varieties of fish. Mora Wala (Mo-Ra-Wa-La) and Beach
Park are very interesting places. There are local handicrafts, batiks and jewelry
boutiques on the beaches and the shops.”
Our guides will take you to all
the interesting spots you definitely shouldn’t miss.
2. Is the tour suitable for everyone?
Our tour is easy going. The landscape is flat. The bicycle tour is approximately 10 km in length and suitable for 10 years old and above, as long as you are used to city traffic and you are able to ride a bike confidently. During our tour we have many (refreshment) stops.
3. What if it rains?
No problem, in Sri Lanka it typically rains during the evening or night. If rain starts during the tour it will be brief and localized, we will provide free rain ponchos or we’ll seek shelter until the sun shines again.
4. Is it safe to cycle in Negombo?
Our routes have been specifically designed to maximize the use of quiet back streets and our qualified guides will look after you to ensure your safety.
5. Do I need to wear a helmet on a bike tour?
During the tour in Negombo you don’t, Helmets are available and we recommend that you wear one.
6. Is it too hot to cycle in Negombo?
Joining the bicycle tour in Negombo is a surprisingly refreshing adventure year round. The activity of cycling will always create a slight breeze to help cool you down. Negombo terrain is inherently very flat and we cycle at a leisurely pace. With no hills to climb, our tour never take on the character of a strenuous activity.
7. What should I wear?
Lightweight cotton clothes with sensible shoes, we do not recommend flip-flops or sandals. We also recommend that you wear a hat or cap. For the visit to the temples shoulders and knees should be covered. Bring also your sunscreen to protect your skin.
8. How big are your groups?
We tour with small groups with a maximum of 10 guests with 1 guide.
9. How do I make a booking?
There are some options for booking the tour. Leave a message on the booking page with the number of participants and the time of preference. Normally you get an reply within some hours. You can also send an email or simply call for a direct answer. Or just visit our office at 277/A/1 Lewis Place, Negombo.
10. What time should I arrive?
Please arrive at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before your tour starts.
11. How do I pay?
You can pay on the day at the meeting point before the start of the tour, we apologize but we can only accept cash payments in Sri Lankan rupees.