Negombo Fort & Lagoon.

The Negombo fort is from the 17th century, back when the Dutch and Portugese tussled over Sri Lankan cinnamon trade. What’s left of the original thing is the arch entryway and the bell tower beside it on a plain of green – the rest of the space is now a prison.

Notice how the streets in Negombo near the fort have the same names as the ones in Pettah – Main Street, Sea Street, 1st Cross Street – because of Dutch influence in both places.

The entrance has been preserved somehow, though some of the wall seems to have given way to exposed brick.


You can also see the old fort walls are subjected to some proper Sri Lankan graffiti, Nipun and Sunil style.

This tower, the only proper remnant of the fort, still looks beautiful and better maintained than the entrance tunnel. It stands erect over a mound of fresh grass, amid orange dirt expanse and the closed-off prison. The place is usually flocking with tourists during season, and also with family members of prisoners on typical weekdays.

Nearby is the Negombo lagoon, and further ahead, the Negombo fishmarket on the beach. The lagoon has a ring of colourful little boats all along its edges – you might see some boatmen chilling in the shade here. You can get a boat ride across the lagoon for about Rs. 1500.

Just around the corner here is a thambili stand on the road-side that also happens to sell pet goldfish.

The thambili makes some sweet relief on a hot day of wandering around here, for Rs. 40, and if you feel like adopting some fish, a bag of them is Rs. 150.


The Negombo fort isn’t much of a visit all on its own, since there’s only that cool bell tower and the entry tunnel that’s left of it. So if you’re heading here, then also stop by the fishmarket, the lagoon, and grab some thambili on the way back. There’s also these figurines in a wooden box right in the middle of the road, between the beach and the thambili stand, a reminder of Negombo’s predominant Christian population since the mass Portugese conversions in the 1500s.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp




Ramada High Tea buffet – 2023

High Teas are quite the “Fash-un” these days, and we are stepping into a trendy


Street Burger Hitting It Off With The Festive Menu!

By Shamrina Carim Christmas has gotten merrier with their mouth watering Festive menu this December

Highlights Kamu

Indulge your cravings at Indulge Desserts. Co

By RR Everyone’s favourite spot for a well-deserved chocolate overdose has opened their doors in


Trying Scope Kitchen’s new menu – Dec 2022

By Hashini Pathirana Scope Cinemas, ever since their launch as Sri Lanka’s first multi-sensory luxury


Cinnamon Lakeside’s delicious High Tea spread- 2022

Cinnamon Lakeside has made an exotic appearance at the main lounge, serving a range of


Cooking with the Silvermill Coconut Culinary Range

As a Sri Lankan, can you imagine cooking without coconut? It is a universally accepted

Highlights Kamu


Celebrate A Love To Remember This Valentine’s At Hilton Colombo

Colombo, Sri Lanka – 30 January 2023 – February calls for yet another joyous occasion to celebrate


Hilton Colombo Goes ‘Coconuts’

Unique Coconut infused dishes at Café Kai Colombo, Sri Lanka – 23 January 2023 - Café


Emperor’s Wok Celebrates Chinese New Year With Auspicious Cantonese Dishes

Hilton Colombo’s Chinese restaurant will offer a Reunion set menu, in addition to À la


Uber’s 2022 Cravings report reveals Sri Lanka’s love and hate relationship with onions

Uber looked at how you ordered on UberEats last year and discovered Sri Lanka’s love


Courtyard By Marriott Debuts In Sri Lanka With The Opening Of Courtyard By Marriott Colombo

Courtyard by Marriott, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s extraordinary portfolio of 30 brands, today announced the


What you missed at the Fairway Street Food Festival

By Hashini Pathirana Renowned to be known as one of the finest City hotels in

Highlights Trending

Yamu Guide.

7 Places to Hike in 2023

Have you ever thought of arranging a travel bucket list to climb a mountain this

Highlights Yamu Guide

Yamu’s Top Restaurant Picks for 2023

New Year, New Reviews? Say “hell yeah”! We have sorted out a few restaurants that

Highlights Yamu Guide

7 movies to look forward to in 2023

With the passing of another year, brings us a set of new movies to cherish

Highlights Yamu Guide

Gym Round Up 2023

By RR This one's for all of you who’ve had that exact same new year

Highlights Yamu Guide

7 New Year’s Eve Parties in Colombo (2022)

By RR That’s another year down and boy, what a year it’s been.  It’s time

Highlights Yamu Guide

5 Places to buy Christmas Decorations

By Hashini Pathirana In the spirit of Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year,

Yamu Guide