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The Old Colombo/Negombo Road

Old Colombo Road, Negombo

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There is a coastal road from Colombo to Negombo which, while not especially fast, is really quite scenic and worth a drive. It begins as you take the bridge out of Mattakuliya and proceed along the canal. It then continues along the coast all the way to Negombo.



There is a coastal road from Colombo to Negombo which, while not especially fast, is really quite scenic and worth a drive. It begins as you take the bridge out of Mattakuliya and proceed along the canal. It then continues along the coast all the way to Negombo.

This road is barely trafficked and concreted more than tarred, but it makes for a much more relaxing drive than the main Negombo Road. With the new airport highway coming up it should be barely used at all, all the better for a Sunday drive. Note that this isn't a rush hour shortcut, however, it will still take ages like everything else at that time.

As far as long drives go, however, this strip really can't be beat. You proceed along a canal, then beachfront, then a narrow strip of land with ocean on one side and lagoon on the other. The road passes the lovely Jetwing Lagoon and goes through to Negombo if you want refreshments, and it also connects to Colombo via the less explored Mattakuliya side. It all makes for a great day trip.

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If you go during the day you can sometimes get Ra (toddy) along the road.

Address

Old Colombo Road, Negombo

Directions

From Colombo Fort, get onto Sea Beach Road (past the port) and just keep going straight (down a road that narrows) till you pass Mattakkuliya and take the bridge out of Colombo. Proceed along the Canal Road, you'll eventually be steered across and onto the beach road. Then keep going till Negombo. Google Maps has this road in the ocean but it's not.

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Shiroshan

This is the shortest distance from Colombo to Negombo. If you come from Fort by bus, use 275 bus route & after that 273 bus route. Most of roads are concreted at the present.

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Shiroshan

This is the shortest distance from Colombo to Negombo. If you come from Fort by bus, use 275 bus route & after that 273 bus route. Most of roads are concreted at the present.

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