Those arriving in Sri Lanka at the Bandaranaike International Airport will have plenty of captivating things to do nearby especially at the coastal city of Negombo, just a 15-minute drive away.
Enjoy Water Sports
Looking to get that adrenaline-pumping after a long flight? Close to the airport are hotels in Negombo, Sri Lanka, beside the lagoon. Such properties like Amagi Aria offer thrill-seekers a range of water sports to try be it speedy jet-skiing, exploration-filled kayaking, laidback catamaran sailing or family-friendly banana boating.
Head to Negombo Beach
If you are craving sun-soaked relaxation on golden sands, then the nearby Negombo Beach has got you covered! Apart from the main stretch of shore, there’s also the Negombo Beach Park which is a popular spot for locals, especially in the evenings. Since this is a west coast destination, don’t miss its mesmerising sunsets.
Take a Dutch Canal Boat Safari
Dating to colonial times, the Dutch Canal is a part of the city’s rich history. For your convenience, some hotels will organise boat safaris along this waterway where you can witness the traditional livelihood of fisherfolk and local markets; on your journey, you may also spot water monitors, monkeys, kingfishers and other wildlife too.
Visit Distinctive Churches
As you explore the area around the Bandaranaike International Airport, you can visit some of the beautiful churches in Negombo known for their striking design. These include the Neoclassical St. Mary’s Church as well as St. Sebastian’s Church and Saint Stephen’s Church featuring gothic revival architectural styles.