The town of Negombo (Sinhala- Meegamuwa) lies north of Colombo on the country’s west coast. It is fringed with golden beaches and is famed for fish and seafood. From early Arabian and Indian traders to the colonial conquerors of the island Negombo has had much to offer and this intermingling of races has bequeathed to Negombo a multi-ethnic populace of diverse cultures and religions. Fishing has been a major industry and today Negombo boasts not only of a thriving fisheries industry but also of a vibrant tourist industry. Apart from the beaches and the seas and multi cultures Negombo is also home to many places of religious worship and historical sites. The influx of tourist has seen a burgeoning of beach resorts, hotels, guest houses, restaurants and other facilities for tourists. If your choice of a Negombo beach resort is a chic, up market one then Heritance Negombo would be a suitable choice.
Among the Buddhist temples of Negombo, a much venerated temple is the famed Angurukaramulla temple also known as the Bodhirajarama Viharaya. It is located north of Negombo town down Temple Road. A dragon entrance leads to the temple and there is a belief among some that the dragon will ward off evil. A Buddha measuring 06 meters is tight in front of the temple. A shrine room known as the Budu Ge has fine sculptures and paintings from the life of the Buddha and the Jataka stories. Another shrine room, the Pilima Ge features important Sri Lankan Buddhist events and has life sized statues of Sri Lankan Kings from Prince Vijaya to King Sri Wickrema Rajasinghe, the last King of Kandy. There are also intricate ceiling murals, sculptures and paintings. The stairway to the stupa is guarded by bronze lions. The walls and windows have carvings and there are murals here as well. Across from the temple is a ruined building which once housed a library. The Siddha Sooniyam Devale here is a site of great veneration for Hindus.
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