The Locations

At a Glance

Arrival at Colombo Airport (CMB):

Negombo is the nearest city to the airport and the ideal destination to transit after a long flight. Many hotels in the neighborhood are within 15 minutes drive from the Airport. 

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History 

The Sinhala name Migamuva means "Village of the honeycomb". The name "Negombo" is a Portuguese corruption of the Tamil name Neerkolombu, which is a Tamilised word from Sinhala/Old-Tamil terminology. The shallow waters of the Negombo Lagoon offered a safe harbor for seafaring boats, and it became one of the primary ports from which the Sri Lankan kingdoms conducted foreign commerce, alongside Kalpitiya, Puttalam, Colombo, Kalutara, and Galle.

Negombo also functioned as a port of call for Arabic ships, the ancestors of whom are known as the Sri Lankan Moors. When the Portuguese arrived in the early 1500s, they built a fort in Negombo and took over the cinnamon trade to the west. During the Portuguese colonization, the Karava (Negombo's leading maritime clan), who were originally Buddhist and Hindu, converted to Catholicism. They were so successful in their conversion that Negombo is now known as 'Little Rome,' with over two-thirds of its inhabitants practicing Catholicism.

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Things to Do in Negombo

Relax at the Beach

Marshland in Negombo

Negombo Fish Market

Dutch Cannel

Negombo City Tour

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Accommodation
Blue Elephant
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Blue Elephant Boutique Hotel, which has an outdoor pool, is only 300 yards from the famed Negombo Beach. The Hotel features a barbeque and views of the pool. WiFi is provided throughout the property at a high speed. Each accommodation has a balcony as well as a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Some rooms include a lounge space where you can unwind. In the room, there is a kettle. Each room has its own bathroom. Bathrobes, slippers, and complimentary amenities are provided for your convenience. The facility has a front desk that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It provides free bicycle rental services. The property is located 8 kilometers from Colombo International Airport.

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Kalpitiya

Kalpitiya is located in Sri Lanka's North Western region and approximately 140 kilometers (three hours) from Colombo International Airport. It is well-known for its peaceful beauty. It comprises of 14 islands. It covers a total area of 16.73 km2. The majority of Kalpitiyans are fisherman. 

The second-largest peninsula in Sri Lanka is now developing as an attractive tourist destination. It is a marine sanctuary with a diverse range of ecosystems including bar reefs, low coastal plains, saltpans, mangrove swamps, salt marshes, and large sand dune beaches. Many fish and crabs use it as a nursery. Spinner, bottlenose, and Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins, whales, marine turtles, and even the rare dugong call the coastal waters home.

Kalpitiya was a renowned trading post for Arab traders for decades until 1544, when the Portuguese came and renamed the place Kardiv Island. They started building a fort in 1667 and finished it in 1676. The Dutch East India Company (VOC) relied on Kalpitiya to operate in the Indian Ocean. Kalpitiya was significant because it controlled the entry to the neighbouring bay, Puttalam Lagoon. The Puttalam region was one of Sri Lanka's primary cinnamon growing sites. To carry cinnamon from the region, the Dutch even built a canal from Puttalam to Colombo via Negombo. The fort was surrendered to the British in 1795. The British maintained military control of the Kalpitiya Fort until 1859.

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Kite Surfing

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Dolphin Watching

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Whale Watching

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Scuba Diving

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Lagoon Safari

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Accommodation
Elements Beach Resort
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As we are right at the beach and surrounded by the windy flat water lagoons of Kappalady which are famous for kitesurfing, stand-up paddling (SUP), and bird watching, Elements has rated the trendy beach hotel in Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka. With more than 700 coconut trees and wild lush greenery spreading over the 22 acre beachfront property, we are in a perfect setting for you to enjoy a unique beach holiday in Sri Lanka – unwind, relax, and get inspired.

​We are blessed with pristine nature all around, nestled in between hundreds of palm trees, lush mangroves and the sound of the Indian Ocean. Elements beach hotel in Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka is literally surrounded by flat water lagoons and the ocean. With Kite Center Sri Lanka we are based at the best kite spot in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia.

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Kalpitiya is located in Sri Lanka's North Western region and approximately 140 kilometers (three hours) from Colombo International Airport. It is well-known for its peaceful beauty. It comprises of 14 islands. It covers a total area of 16.73 km2. The majority of Kalpitiyans are fisherman. 

The second-largest peninsula in Sri Lanka is now developing as an attractive tourist destination. It is a marine sanctuary with a diverse range of ecosystems including bar reefs, low coastal plains, saltpans, mangrove swamps, salt marshes, and large sand dune beaches. Many fish and crabs use it as a nursery. Spinner, bottlenose, and Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins, whales, marine turtles, and even the rare dugong call the coastal waters home.

Kalpitiya was a renowned trading post for Arab traders for decades until 1544, when the Portuguese came and renamed the place Kardiv Island. They started building a fort in 1667 and finished it in 1676. The Dutch East India Company (VOC) relied on Kalpitiya to operate in the Indian Ocean. Kalpitiya was significant because it controlled the entry to the neighbouring bay, Puttalam Lagoon. The Puttalam region was one of Sri Lanka's primary cinnamon growing sites. To carry cinnamon from the region, the Dutch even built a canal from Puttalam to Colombo via Negombo. The fort was surrendered to the British in 1795. The British maintained military control of the Kalpitiya Fort until 1859.

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Kite Surfing

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Dolphin Watching

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Whale Watching

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Snorkeling

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Scuba Diving

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Lagoon Safari

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Accommodation
Elements Beach Resort
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As we are right at the beach and surrounded by the windy flat water lagoons of Kappalady which are famous for kitesurfing, stand-up paddling (SUP), and bird watching, Elements has rated the trendy beach hotel in Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka. With more than 700 coconut trees and wild lush greenery spreading over the 22 acre beachfront property, we are in a perfect setting for you to enjoy a unique beach holiday in Sri Lanka – unwind, relax, and get inspired.

​We are blessed with pristine nature all around, nestled in between hundreds of palm trees, lush mangroves and the sound of the Indian Ocean. Elements beach hotel in Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka is literally surrounded by flat water lagoons and the ocean. With Kite Center Sri Lanka we are based at the best kite spot in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia.

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Kandy

Kandy, also known as Maha Nuwara ("Great City"), is a city in Sri Lanka's Central Highlands that sits at a height of 1,640 feet (500 metres). It is located on the Mahaweli River, on the edge of an artificial lake built by the last Kandyan king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinha, in 1807. Kanda, the term from which Kandy is derived, is a Sinhalese word that means "hill"; the city was originally known as Kanda Uda Pas Rata ("Palace on Five Hills") when it was built about 1480 CE. It became the capital of the Sinhalese monarchs in 1592, and they maintained their independence throughout the era of European colonial rule—except for brief invasions by the Portuguese and Dutch—until 1815, when the British deposed Sri Wickrama Rajasinha.

In 1988, the city was named a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Esala Perahera, a 10-day torchlight parade of dancers and drummers, officials, and ornately dressed elephants, honors the sacred tooth; it is now one of Asia's most well-known festivals, and it may be the world's greatest Buddhist event.

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Things to Do in Kandy
Temple of Tooth Relic in Kandy

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Tea Plantation

Tea Museum

COCONUT SCRAPING

Cookery Lesson

Kandy View Point

Kandy View Point

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Privet Day Tour

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RU BOUTIQUE 
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Ru Boutique Hotel, situated in the heart of the hill capital, offers more than elegance and sophistication. With 14 modern and stylish rooms that offer luxury amenities and service, a visit to Kandy will never be the same again. Experience all that the ancient kingdom has to offer while enjoying true Sri Lanka hospitality, quiet surroundings, and privacy to enjoy your time on holiday.

Make the most of your stay and enjoy the convenient location, giving you splendid views of the Kandy lake, a walk to the Temple of the Tooth, and quick access to the many landmarks that make Kandy a unique town.

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13 rooms in a converted colonial home, with a small pool should you desire but really you’re not here for the pool but to explore what many locals consider the true capital of Sri Lanka, Kandy! Ru boutique is the perfect hub for that, situated on the lake, mountains beyond that, the road outside is a busy one that quietens at night so no impact to sleep. The garden at the front of the hotel provides a tranquil oasis and is perfect to enjoy a drink yet still be amongst it all. Coffee shop right below hotel to get your caffeine fix. Kandy city sites are a short walk along the lake and this is a great way to see everything. Hotel staff are efficient and friendly, room was a large size with a balcony I very much enjoyed, restaurant food was high quality mix of local and western dishes and wifi fast. I would’ve happily enjoyed additional nights at Ru Boutique.

Sandra G wrote a review Jan 2

Sydney, Australia

Date of stay: January 2022

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