Negombo is a picturesque coastal city with a distinctive history. Located on the west coast of Sri Lanka, Negombo is the country’s fifth largest city and the second largest in the Western province. More than 120,000 people belonging to diverse ethnic communities makes Negombo a vibrant city with lots to see and do.
Apart from the busy fishing villages, adrenaline-filled water sports and stretches of pristine beaches, Negombo is dotted with numerous places of worship. During the colonial era, many locals in this part of Sri Lanka converted and passionately embraced Catholicism, so much so that with time Negombo was identified as the ‘Little Rome.” As a result, many significant churches blossomed throughout the city. These cathedrals today stand as impeccable architectural masterpieces that attract tourists from all over the world. Out of all, the St. Mary’s Church, located in the heart of the town is a charming edifice. It is a peaceful, breathtaking church renowned for its historic importance and above all it’s simply stunning paintings in the ceiling. It is one of the largest Catholic churches in Sri Lanka, built in 1874. Other ancient churches worth visiting and exploring include the Katuwapitiya Church, the Grand Street Church, the Thalahena Church, Saint Philp Neri Church and Ivary Worship Church. The churches in Negombo can be discovered in a day or two, so the best way to do so is by staying at a comfortable and conveniently located Negombo hotel from where these sites can easily be reached. Hotel J Negombo is an excellent choice as it is located in close proximity to many significant religious sites in Negombo.
Churches are not the only religious attractions in Negombo. Visit the charming Angurukaramulla Temple home to a 6 meter long reclining Buddha Statue. It is a peaceful and ideal place to discover the history of this intriguing seaside city.
The best time to visit Negombo is during Christmas time when ‘Little Rome’ lights up with unique splendor. Christmas pageants and nativity plays are performed in almost every street corner.
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