How to do solo travel in Negombo?
Negombo, a scenic town located on the western coastal belt of Sri Lanka, is a must visit beach resort, just as you step out of the country’s only International Airport, the Bandaranayake International Airport. Just a mere 7km away from the Airport, you won’t find a better place to start your adventures in the little Island than Negombo. After all, what can be better than a few relaxing days by the beach to get rid of all your jet lag, right?
If you are travelling alone, and you are wondering what this town has on offer for you, fear not, because with places to explore and views that take your breath away, there will not be a moment of boredom where you will be left with nothing to do. One of the main things that a solo traveler will be concerned about is accommodation. Well, you have your fair share of hotels around Negombo with rates that will put a smile on your face if you are on a tight budget, but on the other hand if you are looking for a luxurious abode where you can pamper yourself, then you can definitely book yourself into Vaaya Hotels Negombo, a self-indulgent, world class boutique hotel.
Once you have got your rooms in Negombo sorted out, then its time you step out into the streets, where you will be greeted with the site of numerous colonial era buildings, the architecture a true reflection of the Portuguese, Dutch and British who once ruled the region. The town of Negombo is best explored on foot, because of the numerous narrow side streets that you will come across. And if you don’t go about on foot, there is a high chance that you might miss out on entering these narrow alleys that are home to numerous interesting and intriguing cafes, restaurants as well shops filled with trinkets for you take back home.
Hiring a bicycle is the ideal way for you if you are planning to spend most of your day roaming the streets, or maybe you could opt for the famed tuk-tuk ride on and off, when your legs get too tired to carry you. Don’t forget to slather yourself with a healthy amount of sunscreen before you head out and always equip yourself with a wide brimmed hat, a pair of sunglasses and a bottle of water, because the temperatures can rise to sweltering heights on occasion.
When it does get too hot, you always have the cooling waters of the Negombo beach to jump into, either finding a secluded spot for yourself along the long stretch of beach or heading to the highly populated section called the Negombo Beach Park, where you will get to interact with hoards of friendly locals and foreigners alike.
Even though you have plenty to keep you occupied throughout the day, during the night, if you are craving for some company and a lively atmosphere, then the Rodeo Pub is the place to head to. With some exquisite Sri Lankan cuisine on offer to tease your taste buds, the music will also get you moving the moment you step in. With a live band playing on Tuesdays and DJ’s on the remaining days of the week, you will find the place bustling with people at any given time.
The friendly local community, are always ready to help you out with a smile on their face, if you do find yourself in a spot of bother, maybe regarding directions or trying to choose the best dish at a restaurant. So there is absolutely no reason for you to panic, because you have travelled the distance by yourself.