West Coast of Sri Lanka

The West Coast extends from Chillaw to Negombo, and then through Colombo to Hikkaduwa, and is considered an excellent piece of the island, consisting of Golden beaches, which are extremely popular with foreign and local guests. The West Coast is the noisiest area in our island nation, and attracts thousands of thousands of tourists every year.

Sri Lanka Commercial Center Colombo is situated 1 hour to drive from the international airport of the country, and many believe that this is the best option as the start of your journey, as well as to complete it.

Accommodation — starter hotels are located in Colombo, as well as in the town of Negombo north of Bandaranaike Airport in the village of Katunayake.Villas and Boutique Hotels in recent years have grown like mushrooms after a tropical rainstorm, and offer visitors the opportunity of quiet luxury on a luxurious island immediately after you landed on the island.
An extensive list of gastronomic opportunities in Colombo is simply impossible to enumerate! There are dozens of restaurants covering several ethnic gastronomic schools of cuisine, which are guaranteed to tickle the taste buds of even the most experienced lover of exquisite food.

Shopping — Colombo is known for inexpensive and quality goods, and has been recognized as a popular shopping center in the Asian region in recent years.

Events — for a lively nightlife in Sri Lanka, go to Colombo. This is the place for many clubs, casinos, bars, and also hosts a lot of international events on a regular basis. In addition, several religious festivals are held annually on the streets of Colombo. One of the most popular happens every year in the Kelaniya Temple — Durutu Perahera. Nawam Perahera is held in the Gangaramaya temple, and the procession of the Hindu festival, dedicated to God Kataragama, is one of the largest religious festivals in total of South Asia!

Colombo is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, which, as many believe, is a cosmopolitan city. It is located on the west coast of the island state. It is the main port of the country since the beginning of the 20th century. This city attracts many tourists every year who want to see live historical colonial architecture and many interesting places, including temples, mosques, Hindu kovils, churches, museums, restaurants. Colombo is full of a variety of ethical groups with their gastronomic delights, affordable prices in stores. Colombo is a buzzing beehive and real nightlife.

North of Colombo — From fish markets to the most chic historical sites of colonial architecture in excellent security you can find in Negombo. Beach tours can also be started in Negombo. Many guests note that when they come to Negombo and its surroundings, they seem to be falling into the Portuguese or Holland of the past centuries in the tropics. This is the unusual architecture of Negombo!
An incredible abundance of seafood, crabs and shrimp is a common feature in most of the menus of coastal fishing towns. Among other food products from fresh seafood are fish, lobsters, cuttlefish, shellfish. Many beach cafes and restaurants at the hotels offer an interesting selection of seafood as the basis of the dishes.

Shopping — The two main fish markets on the island are in Negombo and in Chillaw, so it goes without saying that fresh seafood is the best purchase in these towns.

Entertainment — whales and dolphins can be found in Kalpitiya. However, this entertainment is seasonal. At the same time, various religious festivals, including the holidays of several Catholic churches are also common on the north-west coast. Do not miss the Hindu Munneshwaram Festival if you come to this part of Sri Lanka in August.

Negombo — North of Colombo is the town, and earlier the village, which when it was known as the main place of plantation cinnamon under the leadership of the Dutch colonialists. This Negombo. Negombo is a distorted Portuguese name. Sinhalese name of the city — Migamuwa means «the village of honey», because this town is famous since time immemorial for the production of high-quality coconut honey. Now Negombo is a famous fishing town, and in the past it was a famous port. The evidence of the former colonial grandeur is dozens, if not hundreds of churches, houses and colonial-era villas. This place really reminds southern Europe thousands of miles away from it.
Negombo for almost 5 centuries was the center of the Catholic community of Sri Lanka. During the Portuguese rule, many fishermen were converted to Christianity, and the city has since remained the main seat of the followers of this faith.

Old Dutch Fort in Negombo — Lean ruins of this once important structure can be viewed now. And once it was a place where the colonialists wandered and ruled the lands on which the cinnamon was growing up. In the aftermath of domination of these lands, the Portuguese and the Dutch fought. Later came the British, who finally turned the fort into those ruins that are now tourists and are available.

Duwa — This island is famous for its fish market, where shrimps, crabs and lobsters are sold among an extensive list of seafood. Here, too, is the annual Catholic festival, which every Easter is organized by local villagers.

St Mary's Church — One of the most famous sights in Duva. This church belongs to the Roman Catholic Church and has the image of Our Lady Madhu along with the images of many other saints.

Negombo Beach is the perfect place to observe, as local fishermen pull the catch in nets from the sea, chanting «Hela elaiya, eli elaiya», then each fisherman gets up with a catch next to his own personal boat called Oruwa.

Excursions around Negombo Lagoon — water excursions are a popular entertainment in these parts of the country, especially along the lagoon, as well as along the Maha Oya River. Diving and deep sea fishing are also very popular in this part of Sri Lanka.

Muthurajaela — the largest swamp of Sri Lanka and a home for a copious number of water birds and other interesting wildlife. Excursions on these wetlands are popular and very very exciting.

Waikkal — the city is popular with the production of high quality clay tiles. Clay for production is extracted in abundance in nearby areas. Passengers passing through this area of the island can see a succession of factories producing tiles and roof tiles along the way.

<b Marawila — a well-known center for the production of batik. Everything is done here from batik. From clothes to wall panels and bed linen in batik style. These are chic and exclusive gifts for themselves and for friends. You will not find such things in single copies anywhere else! Trading traditions of batik, as a Sri Lanka unique kind of weaving art, were laid here still by the Dutch. Marawila is also attractive to many interesting Catholic churches.

Chillaw — north of Negombo is this fishing town and a beautiful resort. The main attraction of the city itself is Chillaw — the famous Hindu temple of Munneshwaram Kovil. There is also a noisy and rich fish market.

Munneshwaram Kovil — a shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva is a popular pilgrimage center. In the impressive temple there are also statues of other Hindu gods and goddesses. The main festival is held in August or September of each year with especially magnificent and solemn divine services — puja, which occur daily.

Wilpattu National Park — in the dry zone of the city Puttalam further north from Chillaw is a large national park. Vilpattu is a home for a variety of wild animals, including elephant, leopard, deer, bear, deer and an abundance of diverse species of birds and reptiles. Even crocodiles live here.

Kalutara — is in fact the starting point for travel. On the south-western coast of Kalutara is about 40 km. south of Colombo. In this city is the Gangathilaka Vihara and only hollow dagobas with pictures depicting the life of Buddha. Visitors are allowed to go inside hollow dagobas. Kalutara is not a popular place to swim because of the rugged waters of the Indian Ocean, although a series of beach resorts stretched along the coast of Kalutara, because this is an excellent point for surfing!

Wadduwa — another good quiet beach area, which attracts tourists from Kalutara. There are many hotels and a good market.

Beruwela — A popular stretch of beach for visitors who want to be pampered by swimming in some safe places recommended along the beach. This city is the site of the first Muslim settlement in Sri Lanka, and also here is the oldest mosque on the island, Kachchimalay.

Aluthgama — a noisy seaside town with a market of fresh seafood and fruits, it also has a mass of guest houses located close to the lagoon. Boatmen often urge tourists to ride on the lagoon for a fee.
Brief Gardens is the former residence of the famous writer Bivis Bawa and his brother, the famous architect of many luxury hotels on the island, Jeffrey. Some interesting artistic works of Bawa can also be seen in the building next to the Brief Gardens, including an interesting collection of photographs and furniture.

Bentota — a popular beach and a place with a lagoon where you can find all possible and impossible options for water sports. This is one of the most favorite and sought-after places for visiting and accommodating by Lankarus guests. After an active rest on the water and stunning excursions around Bentota area, our guests often drop in at Pub Machan Bentota / Bollywood Masala to drink a couple of mugs of Sri Lankan beer and taste local seafood. Moreover, our guests get discount on the whole bill!

Bentota Village — the place where there are small factories producing coconut ropes, coconut fibers, bags and baskets. There are also a couple of interesting temples for inspection.

Vanawasa Rajamaha Viharaya — In Bentota this large temple demonstrates visitors the model of Adam's Peak / Sri Pada in miniature. Among other artifacts there are ruins of an underground temple.

Galapata Vihara — the temple is located near the lagoon, showing frescoes and other Buddhist artifacts. Extracts from Mahavamsa, the oldest chronicle of the island of Lanka carved on stone, remain the largest exhibits of the temple.

Bentota River is a great way to explore the life of birds and other wild animals, as well as to stay close to the mangroves along the river on boat safaris.

Sea Turtle Incubators — Some of these incubators can be found along the Bentota River. Eggs are brought and buried in the sand along the beach responsible for this project scientists. As soon as the turtle hatch, people transfer them to shallow reservoirs, where they feed them and take care of their babies for a few days, after which the turtles fall into the sea.

Induruwa, Kosgoda and Balapitiya — the beach area is popular for rest in luxury hotels along the coastline. Among these hotels are the Lankarus operated hotels. Kosgoda also has a large tortoiseshell incubator. He is one of the largest in the country.
Incubator For Turtles — administered by the Department of Wildlife, this incubator in Kosgoda is one of the first projects to rescue turtles on the island and house all kinds of turtles that visit the island for laying eggs. Turtles are released into the ocean when they are ready to stand up for themselves.

The Madu Ganga River — a trip along this wonderful river gives visitors the opportunity to observe beautiful mangroves, atolls, as well as a huge number of water birds and fish.

Ambalangoda is the town, famous for its best masks and puppets production. A variety of colorful masks are usually performed by folk dancers. In Ambalangoda, they make just wonderful memorable souvenirs, real symbols of memories of a trip to Sri Lanka.
Ariyapala Mask Museum is one of the museums, which in its time became a pioneer in collecting a collection of masks. An extensive and interesting collection of masks is also available in the sales center.

Talvatte Totagamuwa Temple is a popular temple among local residents, as well as among members of the royal family of a bygone era.

The Temple of Negrodharma — The murals displayed here are story more than 200 years. In the temple there is also a library, which has ancient manuscripts on the leaves of an ol tree. The texts describe the research of the Sinhalese on a number of subjects.

Hikkaduwa — located 20 km. from Galle. This vibrant coastal city is one of the most popular tourist destinations, as there are many opportunities for marine activities here and there is a beautiful coral garden. Noisy nightlife and abundant opportunities for shopaholics, consisting of traditional gems, jewelry, masks, antiques and capes of the most unimaginable souvenirs. An incubator for turtles is also in Hikkaduwa.

Thotagamuwa Rajamaha Viharaya — this little-known temple is located in the village Telwatte north of Hikkaduwa. The temple has an abundance of frescoes, sculptures and wooden monuments. This temple is believed to exhibit miraculous powers of healing, and is located amidst beautiful landscapes.

Coral Reserve — shallow reef is a popular haven of beautiful colored tropical fish and the remains of once abundant coral forests. Turtles also come to this place from the remote depths of the Indian Ocean. Sometimes turtles at the shore are especially numerous, in certain phases of the moon. Coral Reserve is a popular place for scuba diving.

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